This is a legacy game for many people involved, with Peyton Manning topping the list because he A) may retire after the Super Bowl and B) could use a win to shake that playoff loser reputation that has dogged him for years. For Cam Newton, it's the chance to put an exclamation point on a great season and establish himself as as the kind of guy that will get the "is he elite?" question for the next decade. The Broncos can make an unsightly Super Bowl record better, and the Panthers can get their first win in the big game. And so forth.
Make yourself a plate of nachos, grab yourself a few beers, and set up shop. We'll see you here at 6:30.
How to watch
When: Sunday, Feb. 7, 6:35 p.m. ET
Where: Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson
Online: Verizon NFL Mobile
We'll have your dedicated open thread tonight. Until then, speculate wildly about the outcome.