Published: Feb. 4, 2016 at 12:01 p.m.
Updated: Feb. 4, 2016 at 08:20 p.m.

Super Bowl 50 analyst predictions: Panthers or Broncos in Santa Clara?

Will the Carolina Panthers win their first-ever Super Bowl? Or will Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos earn the franchise's third Lombardi Trophy? Who will steal the spotlight? Which moment will be talked about in years to come? Our analysts give their predictions of Super Bowl 50.

Carolina Panthers 21, Denver Broncos 13

Why the Panthers will win: The Panthers' interior defensive line will dominate the line of scrimmage and get after Peyton Manning.

MVP: Luke Kuechly

Bold prediction: Kawann Short will collect two sacks and force a fumble ... in the first half.
Carolina Panthers 24, Denver Broncos 20

Why the Panthers will win: The Panthers run out to an early start and cruise behind a ball-hawking defense that makes life miserable for Peyton Manning in his final game.

MVP: Luke Kuechly

Bold prediction: Jonathan Stewart rushes for 150 yards due to the special attention the Broncos pay to Cam Newton. The Panthers wear out the Broncos with a variety of zone-read plays that allow Stewart to crease the defense down the middle on the way to a spectacular performance.
Carolina Panthers 24, Denver Broncos 17

Why the Panthers will win: Denver's inability to run the ball costs them the game.

MVP: Cam Newton

Bold prediction: Carolina pass-catcher Ted Ginn Jr. steals the show with more big plays than the Broncos' wide receivers.
Carolina Panthers 18, Denver Broncos 16

Why the Panthers will win: Carolina will move the ball early, but Denver's defense will force field goals instead of touchdowns, keeping Peyton Manning in the game. In the end, however, Cam Newton will engineer the game-winning drive.

MVP: Cam Newton

Bold prediction: The Denver Broncos' defense will stymie the Panthers' rushing attack, holding Jonathan Stewart and the rest of the Carolina ground attack to their first sub-100 rushing game in 31 contests.
Carolina Panthers 24, Denver Broncos 21

Why the Panthers will win: I'd like Peyton to win his second championship, but I think Cam Newton and Co. are too good right now. They are proving everybody wrong. Matchup-wise, Carolina's defense has the upper hand against the Broncos' offense, and Peyton hasn't been that hot.

MVP: Luke Kuechly

Bold prediction: Denver kicker Brandon McManus is going to keep the Broncos in the game, making a number of clutch field goals.
Carolina Panthers 28, Denver Broncos 24

Why the Panthers will win: I've gone back and forth all week about who will win this game. The Panthers are more of a complete team, and if they get into a shootout, the defense and Cam will be able to pull through and lead the Panthers to victory. My fear for Denver is if they get into a shootout, does Peyton have enough in the tank to win the game? I'm not sure he does.

MVP: Luke Kuechly

Bold prediction: Cam Newton rushes for 150 yards and throws for 350 yards.
Carolina Panthers 23, Denver Broncos 16

Why the Panthers will win: In a game featuring two high-profile quarterbacks, the defense for both teams come to play. Carolina forces Peyton Manning into his first pick of the playoffs.

MVP: Luke Kuechly

Bold prediction: Kuechly racks up 10 tackles and keeps his postseason interception streak alive.
Denver Broncos 42, Carolina Panthers 28

Why the Broncos will win: The Broncos haven't turned the ball over lately, and that's key. Carolina takes a lot of chances and is going against a Denver defense that has a really good front seven and a secondary that can cover. As long as Peyton Manning doesn't turn the ball over, the Broncos will win.

MVP: T.J. Ward

Bold prediction: The Carolina Panthers don't rush for 100 yards, ending their 31-game streak of doing so.
Carolina Panthers 30, Denver Broncos 21

Why the Panthers will win: The interior three of the Panthers' offensive line ( Ryan Kalil, Trai Turner and Andrew Norwell) and their defensive line may be underrated, but they carry the day for Carolina, despite an excellent effort from Broncos QB Peyton Manning.

MVP: Cam Newton

Bold prediction: The field of Levi's Stadium, which has been an issue in the two-year-old venue's young life, will shock everyone by holding up well. Yes, this current field was recently installed just for this game, but the field has been re-installed, re-sodded, re-everythinged prior to this latest -- and likely most fevered -- incarnation. My prediction is that this one will hold up, and the field will be a non-factor despite the scrutiny given to it in pregame discussions.
Carolina Panthers 34, Denver Broncos 13

Why the Panthers will win: The Panthers enter the conversation among the best teams of the Super Bowl era after another high-profile blowout of a league superpower.

MVP: Cam Newton

Bold prediction: Newton has a hand in every Panthers touchdown passing and rushing.
Denver Broncos 23, Carolina Panthers 20

Why the Broncos will win: The Broncos will win because of two reasons. The defense, particularly Chris Harris Jr., has been phenomenal. The Panthers' defense will stop the run, and it will all fall on the shaky yet incredible arm of Peyton Manning. He's going to get it done.

MVP: Von Miller

Bold prediction: Manning will be literally carried off the field.
Carolina Panthers 34, Denver Broncos 17

Why the Panthers will win: It's going to be a defensive battle. For me, it's a wash, defensively; the only game-changer you can't account for is Cam Newton. Because he's in the Super Bowl, he's going to be the champion and Super Bowl MVP.

MVP: Cam Newton

Bold prediction: There will be three miscellaneous touchdowns by the Panthers. They will score two on defense and one on special teams.
Carolina Panthers 30, Denver Broncos 17

Why the Panthers will win: Carolina's versatile running game will be too difficult to stop, even for the vaunted Broncos defense.

MVP: Cam Newton

Bold prediction: Kawann Short will record 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble in the game, exposing a weak Broncos offensive line.
Carolina Panthers 20, Denver Broncos 14 (OT)

Why the Panthers will win: I think this game, as all games do, will come down to quarterbacks, and as great as Peyton Manning once was, the torch has been passed. Cam Newton simply makes big plays for Carolina, and I see him making the game-winning play in overtime, perhaps in the form of a big run.

MVP: Cam Newton

Bold prediction: Panthers left tackle Michael Oher will help keep DeMarcus Ware sackless.
Carolina Panthers 26, Denver Broncos 20

Why the Panthers will win: Carolina will bottle the run enough to force the Broncos out of the run game, forcing punts and winning field position.

MVP: Cam Newton

Bold prediction: The first score of the game comes on defense!
Carolina Panthers 41, Denver Broncos 29

Why the Panthers will win: Carolina scores twice in the first eight minutes of the game and rolls from there.

MVP: Shaq Thompson

Bold prediction: Denver will miss an extra point in the first quarter.
Carolina Panthers 27, Denver Broncos 17

Why the Panthers will win: The Panthers' offense is so hard to defend because with Cam Newton and the run game, there are so many different facets that it's hard to simulate that for your defense. They are doing so many different things that it paralyzes the defense. Carolina is so physical and it reminds me of the Seahawks, who also beat Denver on this same stage two years ago.

MVP: Cam Newton

Bold prediction: Ted Ginn Jr. will have two touchdowns.
Carolina Panthers 27, Denver Broncos 20

Why the Panthers will win: At the end of the day, the Panthers' run game is what's going to get them through.

MVP: Cam Newton

Bold prediction: Ted Ginn Jr. will have two touchdowns.
Carolina Panthers 31, Denver Broncos 10

Why the Panthers will win: If anybody has watched the last two games for both teams, I don't know how anybody could pick the Broncos to win this game. If both teams play equally well, the Broncos will lose. There is always a chance they could win because of injuries, defensive scores and other factors, but I don't see that happening.

MVP: Cam Newton

Bold prediction: Cam Newton will throw for 300 yards and rush for 100.
Carolina Panthers 27, Denver Broncos 14

Why the Panthers will win: The Panthers play with a physical mentality and are tough on both sides of the ball. There are a lot of underdogs on that team because people thought they didn't have a big name starting off, so they play with a chip on their shoulder. The camaraderie that team has and the way Cam Newton has led, it feels like they are destined to win it.

MVP: Cam Newton

Bold prediction: Ted Ginn Jr. will have a profound impact on this game because there is hardly any attention on him.

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