TRIBUNE PHOTO: MICHAEL WORKMAN - Tight end Ed Dickson, a former Oregon Duck, is one of several Carolina Panthers with ties to the state of Oregon.There'll be plenty of Oregon flavor in the 50th Super Bowl, 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. (CBS).

Denver and Carolina made the big game. The Broncos are trying to win their third Super Bowl, this time with veteran quarterback Peyton Manning and a ferocious defense, and the Panthers are trying to win their first behind a very good defense and an MVP-caliber quarterback in Cam Newton.

The Broncos squeezed past defending champ New England 20-18 in the AFC championship game Sunday, stopping a late two-point conversion.

The Panthers scored early and often and whipped Arizona 49-15 in the NFC title game.

Both teams are No. 1 seeds (Denver from AFC, Carolina from NFC). The Panthers are 17-1 overall and the Broncos 15-3.

The Oregon flavor? Denver sports safety T.J. Ward, from the University of Oregon. Carolina has several players with state ties: running back Jonathan Stewart (Oregon), backup QB Derek Anderson (Scappoose High, Oregon State), offensive lineman Mike Remmers (Jesuit High, Oregon State), defensive tackle Dwan Edwards (Oregon State), tight end Ed Dickson (Oregon) and linebacker David Mayo (Scappoose High).

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