SB Advantage: RB
Both teams in Super Bowl 50 value the run game in order to have success on offense. The Carolina Panthers have one of the best dual threat quarterbacks in the NFL in Cam Newton who paired with running back Jonathan Stewart pose a tough challenge for the Denver Broncos defense.
The Broncos duo of C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman are a vaunted threat, but when one of your top rushers is a quarterback, that adds an extra element to the running game that puts the panthers over the top.
Newton and Stewart combined with that option-style offense is a scary threat. Newton has gotten more control over the offense this past season and has been given the ability to change calls at the line-of-scrimmage. When in the redzone is where this run game excels. Through many different designed runs and read plays, Newton's ability to run the ball becomes even more important. Stewart and Newton combined to rush for over 1,800 yards this season, a number unheard of when talking about a quarterback and runningback combination. That combo is why we're giving the Carolina Panthers the edge when it comes to the running game.