Panthers had issues with Levi's Stadium turf

Wednesday February 10th, 2016

The Panthers seemed to have issues with the turf at Levi’s Stadium during Super Bowl 50 based on two plays that have been carefully examined the week following the game.

While going over coaches’ film, many have noticed the strange, video game-like movement of Panthers left tackle Michael Oher as he tried to block DeMarcus Ware early on in the game. His feet slid back as he tried to fend off the Broncos defensive end.


Tight end Greg Olsen was also unable to get a grip in the second quarter, falling down and forcing Cam Newton to scramble outside of the pocket. Olsen was headed into coverage, and tried to break back toward open field for a potential big gain. 

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Before the game, there were reported turf issues that groundskeepers had been attempting to remedy. Broncos receivers were falling down in pregame warmups while trying to make cuts and chunks of grass were sticking up.

The Broncos did not appear to have trouble with their footing during the game.

– Kenny Ducey

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