The Super Bowl Panthers

Super Bowl 50 In San Francisco

Will the Panthers win Super Bowl 50?

— People have been trying to poke holes in the Carolina Panthers all season.

Cam Newton was too flashy, both in style and consistency. Kelvin Benjamin was too important, and his season-ending knee injury would be felt eventually. There was simply no way that offense could keep piling up points and pulling out victories.

Let’s be honest, this was a team that got into the playoffs last year because someone from the NFC South had to. Most likely to be confused with the 2007 New England Patriots, they were not.

Yet here the Panthers are, one victory away from forcing themselves into the conversation of best teams in the modern era.

“It’s been the question and the narrative entire season,” tight end Greg Olsen said. “The more we won, the more people wanted to tell us why we couldn’t continue to win.”

Can the panthers pull it off?

All odds are on the Panthers

he picks are coming for Super Bowl 50, and most experts are predicting the Carolina Panthers to win their first Lombardi Trophy.

Our SB Nation experts favor Carolina by a 6-2 margin, with free spirit PFT Commenter and Stephen White being the only ones to pick the Denver Broncos. It's a similar consensus over at CBS Sports, with five of the eight writers taking the Panthers.

The Panthers are making their second trip to the big game after dismantling the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship. Cam Newton threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more, while the defense forced Carson Palmer into six turnovers. Carolina ran roughshod in the regular season with a 15-1 record, its only loss coming to the division rivalAtlanta Falcons.

One concern for the Panthers is the injury to veteran linebacker Thomas Davis , who broke his forearm in the NFC Championship. He's hoping to play, although his status will be a question mark with such a short recovery window. Defensive end Jared Allen sat out the last game with a broken foot, but is expected to play in his first-ever Super Bowl.