The Carolina Panthers weren't supposed to be here. Nor were the Denver Broncos.
The Panthers lost their best receiver in the summer to a season-ending knee injury.
The Broncos lost their Hall of Fame-bound quarterback at midseason, and didn't get him back until the end of the year.
But here they stand, one step away from the NFL mountaintop, pitted against each other in Super Bowl 50, the golden anniversary of the game's biggest stage.
"This is an opportunity; you only get so many of them," said...