This weekend, the Panthers will take on the Broncos in Super Bowl 50. Historically, it’s a bit of a David versus Goliath matchup, although the Vegas spread has the traditionally maligned Panthers as a 6-point favorite. The Broncos, currently led by Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway in the front office and future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning on the field, have a long legacy of success. The team began playing in 1960 (as a member of the AFL) and has amassed 22 playoff berths as well as 8 Conference Championships and 2 Super Bowl victories. On the other side, the Carolina Panthers began playing in the NFL in 1995, have had only 6 winning seasons, and have been to the playoffs 6 times (once with a losing record). This will be the Panther’s second trip to the Super Bowl. They have never had the pleasure of hoisting the Lombardi Trophy.
Now, if you’re wondering where the car angle is at this point, we don’t blame you — this isn’t FootballGurus, after all. The NFL isn’t the only place where you can find Panthers and Broncos. The Ford Motor Company has two storied products that tie in ever so well with this year’s Super Bowl: the Bronco, and the Panther platform. Ever since its discontinuation in 1996, enthusiasts have been clamoring for a new Bronco. It’s a legendary truck with a legacy dating back to 1966; the 1973 NFL MVP actually owned a 1993 Bronco. The Panther platform, however, is even more famous than the Bronco. Since 1977, the vast majority of police cars in the United States have been built on this platform. LTDs, Crown Victorias, the Grand Marquis, and the Lincoln Town Car… the NFL’s Panthers may be relatively young, but Ford’s Panthers have filled U.S. roads for decades.
So which team do you predict will win Super Bowl 50, and which car do you think is more Super Bowl worthy?
– Matt Smith