ELHS Favorite Panthers Lose Super Bowl

by Abdifitah Hussein, ’19

Josh Norman cries at the end of Super Bowl 50 (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

Josh Norman cries at the end of Super Bowl 50 (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

On Sunday, Feb. 7, the 17-1 Carolina Panthers, lead by their young and energetic quarterback Cam Newton, faced off against Peyton Manning and the 14-4 Denver Broncos and ultimately lost the game 10-24. The Denver Broncos won behind their top-ranked defense, which held the league’s top scoring offense to only 10 points and forced four turnovers. 

Edward Little High School students surveyed the week before the Super Bowl incorrectly predicted the Panthers would win. Of those surveyed, 140 expected the Panthers to win, while 107 were rooting for the Broncos.

Prior to the game, the two teams punched their ticket to the Super Bowl in two completely different ways. The Panthers cruised against the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship game in a 49-15 victory, while the Denver won an absolute thriller against 2015 Super Bowl champion New England Patriots 20-18.

Although the Panthers lost, it seems Cam Newton is still loved by many of the youth today like Edward Little High School sophomore Idil Farah, who said, “I think Cam is a nice guy, an excellent quarterback and an even better leader, and I believe those qualities make the Panthers along with their defense and their unstoppable run attack the Super Bowl 51 champions.”

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