Cam Newton, Panthers Were a Deer in Super Bowl Headlights

February 8, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Cam Newton wasn't ready.
The 2015 NFL MVP has become the face of football, and at the age of 26, he has a hell of a future awaiting him. But Sunday night in Santa Clara, California, the Carolina Panthers quarterback wasn't prepared for the Super Bowl spotlight and the Denver Broncos' quasi-unstoppable defense.
Neither were the majority of his offensive teammates, and neither was his head coach, Ron Rivera. 
As a result, a young, relatively inexperienced team resembled a deer in headlights for the majority of its first Super Bowl appearance this decade. 
In hindsight, to win Super Bowl 50, Newton and the Panthers only needed to generate 18 points while avoiding giving up scores on offensive turnovers. Instead, they could only muster 10 while surrendering a touchdown on a first-half fumble. 
As a result, the Panthers are now 0-of-2 all time in the Super Bowl, and Newton's legacy—fairly or not—will forever contain a blemish legends like ...

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