Super Bowl 50 is set for Sunday with the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos facing off at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara. Peyton Manning and Cam Newton will be the starting quarterbacks in the game, so for Throwback Thursday, here is a look back at the last championship each player won.
Peyton Manning wins Super Bowl with Indianapolis Colts over Chicago Bears
Manning is looking to cement his legacy with a Super Bowl win against the Panthers, but this game could have had quite a bit more meaning to his career had he not won a title with the Colts. Manning led Indy to Super Bowl XLI, winning 29-17 against the Chicago Bears. The game was in Miami and was played with some very rainy weather, the first that happened in the Super Bowl.
Manning won MVP of the game while throwing for 247 yards and a touchdown, completing 25 of 38 passes for with one interception. The game started off with a bang after Devin Hester returned the opening kick for a touchdown and that meant the Colts literally had to start the game from behind. The team ended up forcing five turnovers and Manning did more than enough to get his team the win, earning him his first Super Bowl victory.
Cam Newton wins the 2011 Tostitos BCS National Championship Game against Oregon
Newton almost led the Panthers to an undefeated season and if he had done that, it wouldn't have been the first time it happened in his career. Newton led the Auburn Tigers to an undefeated season and capped it off with a victory in the national title game 22-19 over Chip Kelly and Oregon. Newton had 265 passing yards and two touchdowns in the game and also had 64 rushing yards despite dealing with a back injury. Newton won a title for the third straight season after winning with Florida in 2008 and while playing in junior college before coming to Auburn. Now Newton has the chance to add a title at the highest level.
Throwback Thursday bonus:
Patriots Stun Seahawks With Malcolm Butler Interception
The matchup between the Patriots and Seahawks had one of the most exciting endings in Super Bowl history after Malcolm Butler picked off Russell Wilson with 26 left in the game. The Seahawks were set up on the 1-yard line and could have given the ball to Marshawn Lynch, but instead Wilson threw an interception, sealing the win for the Patriots.