We went 9-2 (actually 10-1) in the postseason. We correctly picked the Super Bowl. We suggested the under as well though not counted in our statistics.
We leave the game feeling the same way as we did going in. The Carolina Panthers are probably the more skilled team, but in a one game scenario the Denver Broncos would be able to present unique challenges to Cam Newton and the Panthers.
What gets lost in all the coverage of the game is just how good the Panthers defense played. They had five sacks on only 28 Denver passing plays. That is a sack on 18% of drop backs. Denver had three fumbles while only losing one. Carolina had four fumbles while losing three. Each team had one interception.
The keys to the game are were where the turnovers took place. The Broncos one defensive TD and another fumble recovery at the doorstep to another were the game. The Panthers also were in FG range another time when losing the ball and missed a FG on another possession.
The punt return by Denver when the player unwisely didn’t call a fair catch and was rewarded for his bravery by inexplicably poor tackling by Carolina’s special teams allowing for a long return into scoring territory.
If these teams played ten times, we’re confident Carolina would win by six or more points at least seven times.
But, they only play once. Which is why we advised picking Denver.