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Super Bowl 50 was an American football game to determine the champion of the National Football League (NFL) for the 2015 season. The American Football Conference (AFC) champion Denver Broncos lost to the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Carolina Panthers 24–17 to earn their first ever Super Bowl title. The game was played on February 7, 2016, at Giants Stadium in New York City, New York. As this was the 50th Super Bowl, the league emphasized the "golden anniversary" with various gold-themed initiatives, as well as temporarily suspending the tradition of naming each Super Bowl game with Roman numerals (under which the game would have been known as "Super Bowl L"), so that the logo could prominently feature the Arabic numerals 50.
The Panthers finished the regular season with a 15–1 record, and quarterback Cam Newton was named the NFL Most Valuable Player (MVP). They defeated the Arizona Cardinals 49–15 in the NFC Championship Gameand advanced to their second Super Bowl appearance since the franchise was founded in 1995. The Broncos finished the regular season with a 12–4 record, and denied the New England Patriots a chance to defend their title from Super Bowl XLIX by defeating them 20–18 in the AFC Championship Game. They joined the New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys, and Pittsburgh Steelers as one of four teams that have made eight appearances in the Super Bowl.
The Panthers took an early lead in Super Bowl 50 and never trailed. Manning was limited by Carolina's defense, which sacked him seven times and forced him into three turnovers, including a fumble which they recovered for a touchdown. Carolina quarterback Cam Newton was named Super Bowl MVP, recording five solo tackles, 2½ sacks, and two forced fumbles.
ABC broadcast Super Bowl 50 in the U.S., and charged an average of $1 million for a 30-second commercial during the game. The Super Bowl 50 halftime show was headlined by Shania Twain with special guest performers One Direction and Bruno Mars. It is the most-watched show ever in American broadcasting history.