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Published: Jan. 28, 2016 at 01:39 a.m.
Updated: Jan. 28, 2016 at 12:55 p.m.

Mind-blowing stats for Super Bowl 50

When the Carolina Panthers, the highest-ranked offense, and the Denver Broncos, the highest-ranked defense, face off in Super Bowl 50, the winning quarterback will set a new milestone for future quarterbacks to reach. Take a look at what each former No. 1 overall draftee can achieve with a victory.

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  • This will be only the second Super Bowl to feature the No. 1 scoring offense (Panthers, 31.3 PPG) vs. the No. 1 total defense (Broncos, 283.1 YPG). The first such matchup was Super Bowl XLVIII, in which Seattle's No. 1 defense overwhelmed Peyton Manning and Denver's No. 1 scoring offense in a 43-8 blowout. 10

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    No. 1 Rankings

    This will be only the second Super Bowl to feature the No. 1 scoring offense (Panthers, 31.3 PPG) vs. the No. 1 total defense (Broncos, 283.1 YPG). The first such matchup was Super Bowl XLVIII, in which Seattle's No. 1 defense overwhelmed Peyton Manning and Denver's No. 1 scoring offense in a 43-8 blowout.

  • Cam Newton is aiming to become the first quarterback in NFL history to win a college National Championship, Heisman Trophy, Super Bowl and NFL MVP Award. 9

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    Become the first

    Cam Newton is aiming to become the first quarterback in NFL history to win a college National Championship, Heisman Trophy, Super Bowl and NFL MVP Award.

  • A victory in Super Bowl 50 would give Peyton Manning his 200th career win, including playoffs. Manning would be the only QB in NFL history with 200+ wins, surpassing Brett Favre (199 wins, including playoffs) for the most all-time. 8

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    Search for 200

    A victory in Super Bowl 50 would give Peyton Manning his 200th career win, including playoffs. Manning would be the only QB in NFL history with 200+ wins, surpassing Brett Favre (199 wins, including playoffs) for the most all-time.

  • This will be the first Super Bowl in which both starting quarterbacks were former No. 1 overall picks. Peyton Manning went No. 1 overall in 1998, while Cam Newton went No. 1 overall in 2011. 7

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    First Pick

    This will be the first Super Bowl in which both starting quarterbacks were former No. 1 overall picks. Peyton Manning went No. 1 overall in 1998, while Cam Newton went No. 1 overall in 2011.

  • The Broncos' defense has not allowed a single rushing TD to a quarterback this season, including playoffs (1 of 2 teams to do so). Cam Newton is tied with Steve Young for the most rushing TDs by any QB in NFL history (43, regular season only). 6

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    Goal-line Stand

    The Broncos' defense has not allowed a single rushing TD to a quarterback this season, including playoffs (1 of 2 teams to do so). Cam Newton is tied with Steve Young for the most rushing TDs by any QB in NFL history (43, regular season only).

  • Super Bowl 50 will be the first time both opposing coaches also played in a Super Bowl. Ron Rivera made the Super Bowl with the 1985 Bears as a linebacker (won), while Gary Kubiak made three Super Bowls as the Broncos' backup quarterback (0-3). 5

    Uniforms to Headsets

    Super Bowl 50 will be the first time both opposing coaches also played in a Super Bowl. Ron Rivera made the Super Bowl with the 1985 Bears as a linebacker (won), while Gary Kubiak made three Super Bowls as the Broncos' backup quarterback (0-3).

  • "Keep Pounding" Jonathan Stewart and the running game, Carolina. The Panthers as a team have rushed for 100+ yards in each of the last 31 games, including playoffs. That's the longest active streak in the NFL, and the longest streak since the late-70s Steelers went over the century mark in 37 straight games. The Panthers were the only team to rush for 100+ yards in all 16 regular season games this year. 4

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    "Keep Pounding"

    "Keep Pounding" Jonathan Stewart and the running game, Carolina. The Panthers as a team have rushed for 100+ yards in each of the last 31 games, including playoffs. That's the longest active streak in the NFL, and the longest streak since the late-70s Steelers went over the century mark in 37 straight games. The Panthers were the only team to rush for 100+ yards in all 16 regular season games this year.

  • Luke Kuechly has returned an interception for a TD in each of Carolina's two playoff wins this season, and that bodes well for the Super Bowl. Teams to return an INT for a TD in the Super Bowl are 12-0 all-time, and Peyton Manning threw a pick-six in each of his two Super Bowl losses. 3

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    Finding the end zone

    Luke Kuechly has returned an interception for a TD in each of Carolina's two playoff wins this season, and that bodes well for the Super Bowl. Teams to return an INT for a TD in the Super Bowl are 12-0 all-time, and Peyton Manning threw a pick-six in each of his two Super Bowl losses.

  • Peyton Manning is 7-1 in his career in road games in the Bay Area (SF & OAK). Manning has won his last seven starts in the Bay Area after losing in his rookie season to Steve Mariucci's 49ers. 2

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    Bay Area Desire

    Peyton Manning is 7-1 in his career in road games in the Bay Area (SF & OAK). Manning has won his last seven starts in the Bay Area after losing in his rookie season to Steve Mariucci's 49ers.

  • The Broncos hit Tom Brady 17 times in their AFC Championship win. It was the most quarterback hits by any team in a single game this season, including playoffs. Cam Newton has not been hit more than six times in any game this season. 1

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    Under Pressure

    The Broncos hit Tom Brady 17 times in their AFC Championship win. It was the most quarterback hits by any team in a single game this season, including playoffs. Cam Newton has not been hit more than six times in any game this season.