Yes, it’s obvious, it has been talked over again and again, and it is beginning to take on the patina of a cliché.
But the dominant storyline of Super Bowl 50 on Sunday nonetheless is true: Starting quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Cam Newton represent where past meets present, where old-school shares the stage with latter-day, where youth steps up and loudly demands its due while age, experience and accomplishment attempt to hold fast.
But the contest goes deeper. Of all NFL teams in the current season, Denver allowed the fewest total yards per game and the fourth-fewest points. The Panthers led the NFL in scoring, and Newton had a definitive year, passing for 3,837 yards and 35 touchdowns while rushing for 636 yards and scoring 10 touchdowns – video game stats.
Manning was limited to 10 games because of injuries, and statistically his 17th NFL season was his worst. But he is Peyton Manning. Of course, the other guy is Cam Newton.
Here’s where to follow the game, which kicks off at 3:30 p.m.
▪ CBS with broadcast the game. It will be the 19th Super Bowl the network has broadcast, most of any network.
▪ The CBS broadcast team includes play-by-play man Jim Nantz and analyst Phil Simms, the former New York Giants and Super Bowl-winning quarterback. Tracy Wolfson and Evan Washburn will report from the sidelines, with contributions from NFL officiating expert Mike Carey.
▪ CBS will broadcast feature content in the morning. It’s expanded pregame show, “The Super Bowl Today,” will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., when coverage from Levi’s Stadium will lead up to the 3:30 p.m. kickoff.
▪ The game will be broadcast on the Westwood One Network, playing on Sacramento station 1140 AM. Other north state stations carrying the game include KNBR-AM 680 in San Francisco, KWSX- AM 1280 in Stockton, KFIV-AM 1360 in Modesto and KKXS-FM 96.1 in Redding.
▪ Play-by-play will be done by Kevin Harlan, and former NFL quarterbacks Boomer Esiason and Dan Fouts will provide color analysis.Two other ex-NFL players, Mark Malone and James Lofton will report from the sidelines.
▪ A live blog , providing immediate Twitter posts from The Sacramento Bee coverage team along with other expert observers reporting from Levi’s Stadium, will provide updates, highlights, analysis and photos. The live blog will be launched at 2 p.m., offering coverage during the final run-up to the game.