Denver Broncos on Sports Illustrated cover ahead of Super Bowl 50

The Denver Broncos are featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated ahead of their Super Bowl 50 matchup against the Carolina Panthers.
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The Denver Broncos are featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated ahead of their Super Bowl 50 matchup against the Carolina Panthers.

In the AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots, the No. 1 Broncos defense limited Tom Brady to one touchdown with two interceptions and four sacks as Denver clinched its Super Bowl berth with a 20–18 victory. As the Broncos advance to face the Panthers’ red-hot offense, SI’s Greg Bishop writes how Denver’s defense propelled Peyton Manning to his chance at a second championship ring.

In the opposing cover story, SI’s Austin Murphy discusses how Panthers quarterback Cam Newton inspired a team of misfits to become the odds-on Super Bowl favorites.

Panthers QB Cam Newton on Sports Illustrated cover

Also in this issue is Steve Rushin’s imaginative opus on Super Bowl 100, which he predicts will be a technology-enhanced, international contest held in Las Vegas with U.S. President Rob Gronkowski in attendance.


The following locations will receive the Broncos cover: Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, California, Utah, Arizona, Alaska, Hawaii, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan.


The Panthers cover will be delivered to the following locations: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Washington D.C., Delaware, West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina.