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Bengals Bytes (1/25): Stage is set

The dust has settled, and the Super Bowl teams are set. What storylines surround the big game?

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

CBS’s Jim Nantz on calling Super Bowl 50, Peyton Manning and more
How’s this for an exclusive fraternity: CBS Sports broadcaster Jim Nantz is one of only six living voices (Jack Whitaker, Dick Enberg, Al Michaels, Greg Gumbel and Joe Buck) to call a Super Bowl, an honor he’ll be afforded again on Feb. 7 in Santa Clara. It’s the fourth time Nantz has called the final game of the NFL season, and he’s also served as the studio host for two games.

Carson Palmer’s Jake Delhomme moment should have Cardinals thinking about the future
Carson Palmer picked a bad day to have a bad day. That’s a mild adjustment to a quote from former Panthers coach John Fox seven years ago, after his team disintegrated in a 33-13 home loss to the Cardinals in the playoffs. Former Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme coughed up the ball six times in defeat, a horrific performance from which he never recovered.

Panthers open as 3.5-point favorites
The participants for Super Bowl 50 have been set. The betting line could be fluid. Via R.J. Bell of, Vegas has installed the Panthers as a 3.5-point favorite over the Broncos, with an over/under of 44.5 points.

Cam vs. Peyton top storyline as we begin countdown to Super Bowl 50
New versus old. The Dab versus the Charleston. One last chance for Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning to put the cherry on top of his brilliant career. The first of what could be many chances for Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton. The league's highest scoring team against its most fearsome defense. Super Bowl 50 has no shortage of potential storylines, and we've got two whole weeks to dig them out and pick them apart. So let's officially kick off the most frenzied fortnight of hype in pro sports with five questions about Super Bowl 50.

John Elway calls 2015 Denver Broncos best defense he has seen in 30 years
He played for the Broncos for 16 years during his Hall of Fame career at quarterback and has been the team's top football decision-maker since owner Pat Bowlen hired him in 2011. After he watched the franchise earn its eighth Super Bowl trip -- the sixth Elway has been part of as a player or team executive -- with a 20-18 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday in the AFC Championship Game, Elway declared this Broncos defense the best the team has had in those three-plus decades.

Pats' Stephen Gostkowski: I feel like I lost the game
The NFL's decision to move the extra-point line back this season wound up having a massive impact on the AFC Championship. And it left one of the league's best kickers wondering "What if?"

Dominant Broncos Defense Renders Brady Powerless, Leads Denver to Super Bowl
After Tom Brady threw his second interception, the kind of unforgivable pass any other quarterback would get crucified for throwing, he went to his spot on the bench. Then, a few feet away, Julian Edelman took off his own helmet and threw it. With four minutes left in the second quarter, the frustration had officially set in.