Of the roughly 115 million people expected to watch Sunday’s Super Bowl 50 matchup between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers, more than half are not expected to be die-hard football fans. For those several million interested in staying on top of what going on, here is a helpful guide for the casual and novice Super Bowl viewer.
Below are 15 facts about the game that should help you get through Super Bowl 50.
1) No Roman Numerals This Year
The NFL has used Roman numerals for every previous game except this season. The league didn’t like how Super Bowl L, the Roman numeral for 50, looked but it will switch back next year.
2) The Broncos And Panthers Are Playing For The Vince Lombardi Trophy
The Vince Lombardi Trophy is named after the Green Bay Packers esteemed and legendary coach.
3) The Game Is Played In Santa Clara, California
Levi’s Stadium, which opened in July 2014, plays host this year and it can hold upwards of 75,000 spectators and it serves as the Bay Area’s first Super Bowl host city since 1985.
4) Mild Temperatures
Fans should have good football weather on Sunday with temperatures expected to reach a high of 73 degrees Fahrenheit and a low of 51 degrees.
5) Broncos Seeking Third Super Bowl, Panthers Seeking First
The Broncos are seeking their third overall Super Bowl title in their eighth appearance in the game, while Carolina hopes to win its first in its second appearance all-time.
6) Broncos Have Lost Five Super Bowls, And Won Twice
Denver lost Super Bowls XII, XXI, XXII, XXIV and XLVIII, but won two straight in Super Bowl XXXII and XXXIII.
7) Panthers Have One Super Bowl Appearance
Carolina appeared in Super Bowl XXXVIII but lost to the New England Patriots, 32-29.
8) Peyton Manning Set To Retire?
Denver will send out 39-year-old Peyton Manning for his fourth Super Bowl as he tries to win championship for the second time. Because of injuries and age, this might be Manning's last Super Bowl after playing for the Indianapolis Colts and Broncos. Peyton comes from a football family. His younger brother is Eli Manning, who plays quarterback for the New York Giants and won two Super Bowls. His father is Archie Manning, who played quarterback for 13 NFL seasons.
9) Cam Newton Seeking His First Championship
Unlike Manning, this year marks the first trip to the Super Bowl for Carolina quarterback Cam Newton. He is 26 years old and is considered a favorite to win the Most Valuable Player award for the 2015 season.
10) Newton Can Be The Third Black QB To Win A Super Bowl
In 2014, Seattle’s Russell Wilson became the second to ever win one, while back in 1988 Washington’s Doug Williams became the first.
11) Manning Is The Oldest Quarterback To Start A Super Bowl
Manning is already the oldest quarterback to ever lead his team to the Super Bowl, and on Sunday he’ll be the oldest passer to start a Super Bowl. Manning could surpass John Elway, who played for the Broncos, by becoming the oldest quarterback to ever win a Super Bowl. Elway was 38 when he won his last Super Bowl.
12) North Carolina Seeks Its First Pro Sports Title
The Panthers, who joined the NFL in 1995, can finally bring North Carolina its first pro sports title. Charlotte has had an NBA team for 25 seasons. The Carolina Hurricanes have played 19 seasons in the NHL.
13) Offensive Players To Watch For: Greg Olsen (Panthers), Ted Ginn Jr. (Panthers), Jonathan Stewart (Panthers), Demaryius Thomas (Broncos), Emmanuel Sanders (Broncos), Ronnie Hillman (Broncos), C.J. Anderson (Broncos)
There's more to both teams than just Manning and Newton. There should be plenty of points scored in this Super Bowl and the players listed above will be the ones putting up the points.
14) Defensive Players To Watch For: Von Miller (Broncos), DeMarcus Ware (Broncos), Aqib Talib (Broncos), Luke Kuechly (Panthers), Kawann Short (Panthers), Josh Norman (Panthers)
This is a matchup of two great defensive teams. The names above are some you will likely hear mentioned on several occasions.
15) Halftime Show Feature Coldplay And Beyonce
Rock band Coldplay and pop star Beyonce will headline the halftime show with several surprises guests expected to join them.