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Denver's defense sacked Cam Newton four times in the first half as the Broncos stayed a step ahead of the Panthers. Live on ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN (device restricted) and CBS.

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Heather Burns ESPN.com 

In six quarters of Super Bowl play, Carolina has led for all of 4:02 of game clock. That stretch came in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XXXVIII, in which they briefly led New England, 22-21, only to lose 32-29.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Cam Newton stood tall in the pocket to throw that rocket to Ted Ginn Jr. The kind of play those two have made all season.

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Rich Cimini @RichCimini

In his last 8 quarters, Demaryius Thomas has just 4 receptions for 24 yards. He has 2 drops during that span (both today). #SB50

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Colorful ending to the Super Bowl halftime show.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

High energy of Bruno and Beyoncé followed by Coldplay lullaby

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Very cool.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Beyoncé, Bruno and Chris Martin close out Uptown Funk. Don't believe me, just watch.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Think Beyonce' waved to me. Maybe not.

Win probability liking Broncos' chances
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Denver leads the Panthers by 6 points at halftime and the Broncos' win probability has rocketed to 71.3%. In-game live updates

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers have to find a way to get the ball to tight end Greg Olsen in the second half. The team's leading receiver has three catches but for only 34 yards.

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A star-studded Super Bowl 50 halftime show started with Coldplay, joined by a symphony of young musicians.

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Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

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Lots of dancing flowers on the field for Coldplay now as they play Adventure of a Lifetime

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Coldplay takes the stage and opens with When I Ruled the World

Heather Burns ESPN.com 

Setting up for halftime show.

Norman and Co. shut down Denver WRs
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The Broncos receivers were quiet in the first half as the unit combined for 5 catches for 50 yards. Demaryius Thomas, the team's top WR, has 1 catch for 8 yards with Josh Norman lining up on him for 21 of 29 snaps.

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Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Dozens of field workers picking up divots and filling in new sod as stage is set up for halftime show.

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carolina opens as 3.5-point 2nd-half favorite over Denver at some Vegas sports books and as high 4.5. In early betting. it looks like more bettors preferring Carolina as -4.5 is more common. 2nd half over/under opened between 21.5 and 23 and the consensus has moved toward 23.

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Heather Burns ESPN.com 

Teams leading by at least six points at halftime are 30-3 in Super Bowl history. The last team to overcome a six-point halftime deficit to win a Super Bowl were the 1993 Dallas Cowboys (XXVIII). They trailed 13-6 at halftime and went on to beat the Bills 30-13.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers wide receivers can't get enough separation versus the Broncos secondary. Carolina has to use more bunch and stack looks in the second half to generate some open targets for Cam Newton.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware are once again taking over on the edge. Too much speed for the Panthers in pass protection. Carolina has to win on early down and distance situations in the second half. Can't get stuck in third and long versus the Denver edge rushers.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Staff Writer 

BRONCOS 13, PANTHERS 7 (halftime): The Broncos scored their sixth defensive touchdown of the season as the Denver defense consistently pressured Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and sacked him three times.