The matchup in Super Bowl 50 was set Sunday when the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers defended their home fields in a contrasting pair of conference championship games.

The Panthers pounded the Arizona Cardinals behind four total touchdowns from Auburn standout Cam Newton in the NFC title game, while Denver got two touchdown passes from Tennessee alum Peyton Manning to nip the New England Patriots and win the AFC Championship.

Carolina and Denver have enough SEC players on their respective teams to go 11-on-11 in the Super Bowl. Among the 106 active players slated to suit up for this year’s game in Santa Clara, Calif., a whopping 23 players (22 percent) hail from conference schools.

Here’s a rundown of those 23 players and what they contributed in Sunday’s conference championship games:


(11 players on active roster)

  • Evan Mathis — LG — Alabama: Started at offensive guard (offensive linemen do not record statistics).
  • Andre Caldwell, WR, Florida: 1 target, 1 catch for 15 yards.
  • Max Garcia, OL, Florida: No stats recorded.
  • Lerentee McCray, OLB, Florida: No stats recorded.
  • Danny Trevathan, ILB, Kentucky: 5 tackles, 1 pass defended.
  • Shane Ray, OLB, Missouri: No stats recorded.
  • Darian Stewart, S, South Carolina: 3 tackles, 1 interception and 1 pass defended.
  • Britton Colquitt, P, Tennessee: 9 punts for 423 yards (47.0-yard average), including 4 inside the 20.
  • Malik Jackson, DE, Tennessee: 2 tackles.
  • Peyton Manning, QB, Tennessee: Completed 17 of 32 passes for 176 yards and 2 TDs; also rushed 3 times for 11 yards.
  • Von Miller, LB, Texas A&M: 5 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 1 interception, 1 pass defended.


(12 players on active roster)

  • Roman Harper, S, Alabama: Made 2 tackles before leaving Sunday night’s game with an eye injury.
  • Kevin Norwood, WR, Alabama: No stats recorded.
  • Cameron Artis-Payne, RB, Auburn: No stats recorded.
  • Cam Newton, QB, Auburn: Completed 19 of 28 passes for 335 yards 2 TDs and an INT also rushed 10 times for 47 yards and two more scores.
  • Thomas Davis, LB, Georgia: 6 tackles.
  • Charles Johnson, DE, Georgia: 1 sack, 1 tackle, 1 forced fumble.
  • Fernando Velasco, G, Georgia: No stats recorded.
  • Kyle Love, DT, Mississippi State: 1 tackle.
  • Michael Oher, OT, Ole Miss: Started at left tackle (offensive linemen do not record statistics).
  • Trai Turner, OG, LSU: Started at right guard (offensive linemen do not record statistics).
  • Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri: 3 tackles.
  • Chris Scott, G, Tennessee: No stats recorded.


  • Alabama: 3
  • Auburn: 2
  • Florida: 3
  • Georgia: 3
  • Kentucky: 1
  • LSU: 1
  • Mississippi State: 1
  • Missouri: 2
  • Ole Miss: 1
  • South Carolina: 1
  • Tennessee: 4
  • Texas A&M: 1