1. This is the third straight season the top seeds from each conference are facing off in the Super Bowl. It had happened only three times since 1990 prior to this stretch.
2. This is the first Super Bowl matchup between quarterbacks who were drafted No. 1 overall.
3. According to Elias Sports Bureau research, this will be the first Super Bowl in history in which the No. 1 overall pick from a draft (Cam Newton in 2011) will face the No. 2 overall pick from the same draft (Von Miller in 2011).
4. According to Elias research, this will be the largest age gap between starting quarterbacks in Super Bowl history at 13 years, 48 days. The previous high was 12 years and 250 days when Peyton Manning faced off against Russell Wilson in 2013.
5. This will be the third Super Bowl matchup between quarterbacks from SEC schools. Peyton Manning (Tennessee) faced Rex Grossman (Florida) in 2006 and Ken Stabler (Alabama) faced Fran Tarkenton (Georgia) in 1976.
6. Quarterbacks making their Super Bowl debut have won four straight over quarterbacks with some Super Bowl experience. Peyton Manning's two Super Bowl losses came against quarterbacks making their debut (Manning won his debut).
7. Peyton Manning and Cam Newton have played each other once in their careers, a 36-14 win by Manning's Broncos in 2012. Newton was sacked seven times and posted a career-low 5.9 Total QBR in the game.
8. John Fox was the last head coach of the Panthers before Ron Rivera took over in 2011. Fox was also the last head coach of the Broncos before Gary Kubiak took over in 2015. Fox was the head coach for each team's most recent Super Bowl appearance.
9. Broncos offensive lineman Evan Mathis is the only active player in this game who has played for both teams. He was drafted by the Panthers in the third round of the 2005 NFL draft.
10. Since the start of 2011 and including playoffs, Cam Newton has rushed 648 times for 3,383 yards and 45 touchdowns. Peyton Manning has rushed 94 times for minus-48 yards and one touchdown in that same span.
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11. This is the eighth Super Bowl appearance for the Broncos, tied with the Patriots, Steelers and Cowboys for most ever.
12. According to Elias research, Gary Kubiak is the first man in NFL history to appear in a Super Bowl for the same team as a player and a coach.
13. The Broncos have already lost five Super Bowls, the most ever. With a win the Broncos would become the ninth team to win three Super Bowls.
14. When the Broncos lose the Super Bowl, they lose big. They have been outscored 206-58 in their five Super Bowl losses.
15. The Broncos allowed the first 36 points of the game in their last Super Bowl appearance in the 2013 season, the most ever allowed to start a Super Bowl.
16. This is Peyton Manning's fourth Super Bowl appearance. He has had a different head coach in all four appearances (Tony Dungy, Jim Caldwell, John Fox and Gary Kubiak).
17. Peyton Manning could become the fourth quarterback to lose three Super Bowls, joining Jim Kelly (4), Fran Tarkenton (3) and his boss, John Elway (3).
18. If the Broncos win, it'll be Peyton Manning's first Super Bowl victory since the 2006 season. That would be the second-longest gap (9 years) between Super Bowl wins for a quarterback, trailing only Tom Brady (10 years, 2004-2014).
19. At 39 years and 320 days, Peyton Manning will be the oldest quarterback to start a Super Bowl. That passes John Elway in 1998 (38 years, 217 days) and Manning in 2013 (37 years, 315 days), both of which were for the Broncos.
20. Peyton Manning is the first quarterback in NFL history to take multiple teams to multiple Super Bowls. Only three quarterbacks (Manning, Kurt Warner and Craig Morton) have started Super Bowls for two different teams.
21. Peyton Manning has completed 68.2 percent of his passes in Super Bowl play. The only quarterback with a higher completion percentage in multiple games played is Troy Aikman (70.0 percent).
22. Peyton Manning threw 17 interceptions in the regular season, second-most in the NFL, despite missing six games. Manning hasn't thrown an interception this postseason, and he has never made it through a postseason with zero interceptions when playing multiple games.
23. Peyton Manning has not thrown multiple touchdowns in a Super Bowl game. He has thrown three touchdowns and four interceptions in Super Bowl play.
24. The Broncos averaged 22.2 points per game this season. Four of the past six teams to average that few points in the regular season won the Super Bowl.
25. The Broncos led the NFL in total defense for the first time in franchise history this season. Teams to lead the NFL in total defense are 9-2 in Super Bowl history, including a loss last season.
26. The last time the Broncos made the Super Bowl they ranked first in yards gained and 19th in yards allowed. This season the Broncos rank first in yards allowed and 16th in yards gained.
27. The Broncos made the Super Bowl in Wade Phillips' first season as defensive coordinator in 1989. They have made the Super Bowl again in Phillips' first year back as defensive coordinator in 2015.
28. The Broncos led the NFL in sacks this season with 52, and they added seven more in the postseason. The Broncos also generated pressure (sack or duress) on 35 percent of opponent dropbacks this season, highest in the NFL.
29. The Broncos allowed the fewest yards per rush this season (3.28) and the third-fewest rush yards per game (83.6).
30. Demaryius Thomas set a Super Bowl record with 13 receptions in Super Bowl XLVIII, his only appearance in the game.
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31. The Panthers are one of 13 active franchises that have never won a Super Bowl. The Panthers lost their only appearance in the 2003 season.
33. The Panthers are the seventh team in NFL history to win 15 regular-season games. The 1984 49ers and 1985 Bears were the only 15-win teams to go on to win the Super Bowl.
34. The Panthers are trying to become the fourth team in NFL history to win 18 games in a single season (including playoffs). The 1984 49ers, 1985 Bears and 2007 Patriots were the others.
35. The Panthers won by 34 points in the NFC Championship Game. Of the five teams since the merger to win their conference title game by 30 or more points, only two went on to win the Super Bowl (1991 Redskins, 2014 Patriots).
36. The Panthers led the NFL in scoring this season. Teams to lead the NFL in scoring are 10-9 all-time in the Super Bowl, but they have lost four of the past five. The most recent to win: 2009 Saints.
37. The Panthers averaged 31.3 points per game this season. If they win the Super Bowl, it'll be tied for the fourth-highest scoring average by an eventual Super Bowl champion.
38. Cam Newton will be the eighth quarterback drafted No. 1 overall to start a Super Bowl game, joining Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Drew Bledsoe, Troy Aikman, John Elway, Jim Plunkett and Terry Bradshaw.
39. Cam Newton will be the third Heisman-winning quarterback to start a Super Bowl and the first since Jim Plunkett in Super Bowl XVIII. Roger Staubach was the other Heisman-winning quarterback to start a Super Bowl.
40. Cam Newton will be the fourth player to win a Heisman, get drafted first overall and play in a Super Bowl. The other three were George Rogers, Jim Plunkett and Billy Cannon.
41. Cam Newton can become the third quarterback to win a collegiate national championship and a Super Bowl as a primary quarterback. Joe Montana and Joe Namath are the other two to accomplish this.
42. In 2015, Cam Newton became the first player in NFL history to throw for at least 30 touchdowns (35) and rush for at least eight touchdowns (10) in the same season.
43. Cam Newton has thrown or rushed for 50 touchdowns this season (including playoffs). Newton has thrown or rushed for all but 13 of the Panthers' offensive touchdowns this season.
44. Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis led all linebackers with four interceptions each this regular season. Kuechly has two interceptions this postseason, both returned for touchdowns, the first player with multiple interception return touchdowns in a single postseason since 2006 (Asante Samuel).
45. The Panthers led the NFL in turnover differential (-plus20), takeaways (39) and points off takeaways (148) this season. The Panthers have forced nine turnovers with 32 points off turnovers this postseason, both tops in the NFL.
46. The Panthers intercepted an NFL-best 24 passes this season, not including the six they have so far this postseason. The Panthers were one of two teams (Bengals) to have more interceptions than touchdown passes allowed this season.
47. Opposing quarterbacks posted a 56.7 Total QBR when targeting wide receivers against the Panthers this season, the lowest QBR allowed on passes to wide receivers this season.
48. Ted Ginn Jr. led the Panthers with 10 receiving touchdowns this season. He had 11 receiving touchdowns in the first 120 games of his career from 2007 to 2014.
49. Including playoffs, the Panthers have rushed for at least 100 yards in 31 straight games, the third-longest streak since the 1970 merger.
50. Coach Ron Rivera has won the Super Bowl before -- as a linebacker for the 1985 Bears. He was also the defensive coordinator for the 2006 Bears, who lost to Peyton Manning in the Super Bowl that year.