The Denver Broncos have the No. 1-ranked defense in the NFL, but no one is better than the Carolina Panthers when it comes to taking the ball away.
The Panthers led the NFL with an astounding 39 takeaways — 24 interceptions and 15 fumble recoveries. To put that in perspective, that's six more than the next-closest team (Arizona) and more than three times as many takeaways as the Dallas Cowboys (11).
Over their neighboring locker stalls, the Carolina defensive backs have a professionally made sign that reads, "Thieves Avenue." Safety Kurt Coleman, who had two picks in the NFC championship game against the Cardinals, explained the moniker: