Super Bowl 50 grounds crew paints two Broncos end zones

With MVP favorite Cam Newton and a 17-1 record, the Carolina Panthers are a Super Bowl 50 victory away from an unforgettable season. Yet the grounds crew at Levi’s Stadium this week apparently forgot the Panthers were taking part in the big game against the Denver Broncos on Feb. 7.

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Broncos QB Peyton Manning makes the face that grounds crew likely made when they realized they didn’t paint an end zone for the Panthers.

The crew painting the end zones on Monday in Santa Clara, Calif., initially emblazoned both end zones with the Broncos’ logo, failing to account for the Panthers, according to

Photos published by the website, including one from the Twitter account of CBS photographer James Martin, indicate that one end zone was then scrubbed of the Broncos’ blue and orange before the Panthers’ colors and logo were finally filled in on Thursday.


If this sounds awfully familiar, maybe that is because the gaffe is reminiscent of a Snickers commercial from several years ago in which a groundskeeper is informed he has just painted the word “Chefs,” instead of “Chiefs,” in an end zone.

Eerie coincidences aside, the Super Bowl 50 grounds crew at least temporarily succeeded in doing what Denver hopes to accomplish one week from Sunday: keeping Carolina out of the end zone.

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