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February 7, 2016 • Levi's Stadium • Santa Clara, CA • CBS • 3:39 p.m. PST
(1) Carolina Panthers Super Bowl 50 (1) Denver Broncos
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Team 1 2 3 4 Totals
Panthers 0 7 3 0 10
Broncos 10 3 3 8 24
NFL-AFCW-DEN logo.png 24

Super Bowl 50
Super Bowl 50 logo.png
1 2 3 4 Total
CAR 0 7 0 3 10
DEN 10 3 3 8 24
Date February 7, 2016
Stadium Levi's Stadium
City Santa Clara, California
MVP Von Miller, linebacker
Favorite Panthers by 5.5[1]
National anthem Lady Gaga
Coin toss Fred Biletnikoff, Marcus Allen, Joe Montana, Jim Plunkett, Jerry Rice, Steve Young
Referee Clete Blakeman
Halftime show Coldplay feat. Beyoncé and Bruno Mars with Mark Ronson and Ariel Winter with Duncan Tucker
Attendance 71,088[2]
TV in the United States
Network CBS-TV
Announcers Jim Nantz (play-by-play)
Phil Simms (analyst)
Tracy Wolfson and Evan Washburn (sideline reporters)
Nielsen Ratings 46.6 (national)
53.9 (Denver)
55.9 (Charlotte)
U.S. viewership: 111.9 million est. avg.,[3] 167.0 million est. total[4]
Market share 72 (national)
Cost of 30-second commercial $5.01 million
Super Bowl 50 Program
 < XLIX Super Bowl LI > 

Super Bowl 50 was the 50th edition of the Super Bowl in American football, and the 46th modern-era National Football League (NFL) championship game. The AFC champion Denver Broncos defeated the NFC champion Carolina Panthers 24-10 to earn their third Super Bowl title and the first with Peyton Manning. Denver gained an early 10-0 lead over Carolina in the first quarter, which Carolina was unable to overcome due to Denver's strong defense, helmed by Von Miller.

Instead of naming it Super Bowl L with Roman numerals like in previous Super Bowls, this game was marketed with the Arabic numeral "50".[5][6] The game was played on February 7, 2016,[note 1] at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, the home stadium of the San Francisco 49ers.[7] This was the first Super Bowl held in the San Francisco Bay Area since Super Bowl XIX in January 1985.[8] The Carolina Panthers entered with a 17-1 record, making them the first team since the 2007 New England Patriots to have had a chance at ending the season 18-1 with a win over the Denver Broncos. This also marks the first Super Bowl appearance by the Panthers in 13 years since Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2003. 

It has been dubbed as the Golden Super Bowl[9] because it was located in the Golden State (California); held in the home stadium of the 49ers, a team named after the miners of the California Gold Rush; and because the 50th anniversary is traditionally the "golden anniversary."[10] CBS telecast the game in the United States.[11]


Host selection process

In early 2012, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stated that the league planned to make the 50th Super Bowl "spectacular" and that it would be "an important game for us as a league."[12]

Even though the Los Angeles area lacked an NFL franchise at the time, Goodell said in 2009 that the game could be held there to mark the fiftieth Super Bowl and to commemorate Super Bowl I, which was held at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.[13] At the time of Goodell's comment, there were proposals to build two stadiums that could have hosted the game: Farmers Field in Downtown Los Angeles (L.A. Live) and Los Angeles Stadium in City of Industry, California.[14] However, neither was scheduled for construction by the time the league announced the finalists for host city.[12] The Rose Bowl in Pasadena and the aforementioned L.A. Coliseum were also discussed as possible host stadiums in the area.[13] The Rose Bowl, despite never having hosted an NFL team, hosted the Super Bowl five times between 1977 and 1993. The NFL has not had a franchise in the city since the 1994 season and has not had a Super Bowl played in the metropolitan area since 1993.

Other than the Los Angeles area, sites included in early discussions or that submitted bids included:

The league eventually narrowed the bids to three sites: New Orleans' Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Florida's Sun Life Stadium, and the San Francisco Bay Area's Levi's Stadium.[18]

Levi's Stadium at the soft opening on August 2, 2014

The league announced on October 16, 2012, that the two finalists were Sun Life Stadium[22] and Levi's Stadium.[23] The South Florida/Miami area has previously hosted the event 10 times (tied for most with New Orleans), with the most recent one being Super Bowl XLIV in 2010. The San Francisco Bay Area last hosted in 1985 (Super Bowl XIX), held at Stanford Stadium in Stanford, California, won by the home team 49ers. The Miami bid depended on whether the stadium underwent renovations. However, on May 3, 2013, the Florida legislature refused to approve the funding plan to pay for the renovations, dealing a significant blow to Miami's chances.[24]

On May 21, 2013, NFL owners at their spring meetings in Boston voted and awarded the game to Levi's Stadium.[8] Sun Life Stadium then became a finalist for Super Bowl LI upon losing the bid to the Bay Area, competing with NRG Stadium (then known as Reliant Stadium) in Houston.[25] However, Houston won the site less than an hour later.[26][12]

Use of the Arabic numeral

The NFL announced on June 4, 2014, that the game would be marketed with the Arabic numeral "50" instead of the Roman numeral "L." The use of Roman numerals will resume with Super Bowl LI.[27][28] According to Jaime Weston, the league's vice president of brand and creative, one primary reason for the change was difficulty designing a suitable logo for the game. Despite the league standardizing the Super Bowl logos beginning with Super Bowl XLV so that all would follow the same template, the graphic designers determined that using the template with only the letter "L" would not have been aesthetically pleasing enough.[5] The logo will also differ in that the Arabic numeral "50" will be in large gold numerals behind the logo, with 5 and 0 each on opposite sides of the Vince Lombardi Trophy, instead of underneath and in silver as in the standard logo.[5]

Game Summary


First quarter
  • DEN - Brandon McManus 34 yard field goal
  • DEN - Malik Jackson fumble recovery in end zone (Brandon McManus kick)
Second quarter
  • CAR - Jonathan Stewart 1 yard run (Graham Gano kick)
  • DEN - Brandon McManus 23 yard field goal
Third quarter
  • DEN - Brandon McManus 30 yard field goal
Fourth quarter
  • CAR - Graham Gano 39 yard field goal
  • DEN - C.J. Anderson 2 yard run (Bennie Fowler pass from Peyton Manning)


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