While Super Bowl 50 features one of the best quarterbacks of all time going up against one of the best in the game today, they still need to throw the ball to somebody to rack up all of those gaudy numbers as well as all the plaudits.
The Denver Broncos haven’t exactly been lighting things up in the passing game in the postseason. Peyton Manning has tossed 398 yards combined in their wins over the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots with Emmanuel Sanders leading the way in both games with 85 and 62 yards receiving respectively. Demaryius Thomas, co-fave with Greg Olsen at online shop, caught just two balls for a dozen yards against the Pats and has just 52 yards in the playoffs.
It’s no surprise that tight end Greg Olsen has been Cam Newton's favorite target in the playoffs. Olsen has 190 yards receiving in two games and is coming off a great performance against the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship game, hauling in six passes for 113 yards.
Thomas amassed 1,304 yards on 105 catches during the regular season, but his production has dipped considerably in the postseason. His total at online shop is currently 67.5 but Thomas has eclipsed that number just twice since Week 11 of the regular season.
The Georgia Tech product is also being tabbed with 5.5 catches in the Super Bowl, a number he surpassed once since Week 15. In two playoff games, he’s hauled in just six passes, but has been targeted 15 times.
Olsen, the co-fave with Thomas, has put up his best season as a tight end in the NFL, hauling in 77 passes from a career-high 123 targets for a career-best 1,104 yards and seven touchdowns, his most since hauling in eight as a member of the Chicago Bears back in 2009.
As mentioned, he’s turned in a pair of great performances in the postseason and will be an integral part to the Panthers’ offense in the Super Bowl. He’s surpassed both of the totals offered in each of his playoff games and has been a target of Cam’s 14 times so far.
Denver’s second-leading receiver comes in with 10 catches for 147 yards (16 targets) in his two playoff appearances this season. Sanders finished the regular season with 76 grabs for 1, 135 yards and six touchdowns.
For what it’s worth, Sanders was heavily targeted in Denver’s playoff appearance last year as well. He was targeted 15 times catching seven balls for just 46 yards – an average of 6.6 yards per catch – in the Broncos’ 24-13 loss versus the Colts.
Ted Ginn Jr.
Ginn has been largely anonymous so far in the playoffs, getting shutout versus the Seahawks, and catching two passes for 52 yards versus the Cardinals. He has caught more than three passes seven times this season – all in the regular season – including a season high six catches on 14 targets in Carolina’s 38-35 versus the New York Giants.
Ginn is tabbed with 42.5 yardsand his big-play ability certainly makes this an intriguing total. Ginn has 10 catches of 10-or-more yards this season and averages 49.3 yards receiving per game.
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