After 17 weeks of strenuous regular season action and three rounds of excellent playoff games that we’ll be talking about for months, the Super Bowl matchup is now set. It’s the Denver Broncos taking on the Carolina Panthers!
Throughout the playoffs, the games have been highly competitive and also very reaction-worthy on social media. The conference championships this past weekend were no exception. Well, at least, the second part of that was true for both of the games.
In the first game on Sunday, Tom Brady and the Patriots took on Peyton Manning and the Broncos. It was only the two future Hall of Famers’ 17th time facing each other (and quite possibly, their final time), so this matchup was certain to be a big draw, regardless of it being for a trip to the Super Bowl. Take a look at the Social Delta graph of the game’s Twitter action here. The spike at 3:46 p.m. is during the Patriots’ touchdown run by Steven Jackson and the subsequent missed extra point by Stephen Gostkowski. Obviously, fans of both teams were pretty shocked at the miss. This is not the first time that Gostkowski has set Twitter into a frenzy this season. The Broncos would go on to defeat the Patriots 20-18.
Meanwhile, the Carolina Panthers continued their recent trend of getting off to big leads. This time, they would put the opposing team away for good without much drama in the second half of the game. They defeated the Arizona Cardinals, 49-15, and caused 7 turnovers, including 3 fumbles and 4 interceptions by quarterback Carson Palmer. On the Social Delta graph of this game’s Twitter action, you can see the spike at 9:04 p.m. when Cam Newton flipped into the endzone for a score to give the home team a 34-7 lead early in the fourth quarter. While people thought it looked good for Carolina before that score, this play really was the icing on the cake that punched Carolina’s ticket to the Super Bowl.
Hopefully the Broncos vs. Panthers Super Bowl provides us with more entertaining and buzzworthy moments – until then, we lament only having one more NFL game this season!