The Carolina Panthers (17-1) meet the Denver Broncos (14-4) Sunday, Feb. 7, (6:30 p.m., TV: CBS) at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., in Super Bowl 50. Follow here for live updates from Observer reporters, columnists and others.
The numbers are clear, and presumably they don’t lie. Interest in the Carolina Panthers in the Triangle may be at an all-time high, or so say the TV ratings and polling numbers. And yet for some reason, I can’t shake the sense that people were a lot more excited about the Panthers in 2004 than they are now.