CHARLOTTE- Less than one week before the season opener against Denver, Cam Newton still isn't ready to talk about Super Bowl 50.
"A lot of people want to make it a rematch, it's not a rematch. It's just our next opponent," Newton said.
It's a mindset echoed throughout the Panthers locker room. What happened in 2015 is in the past and now the Panthers are pushing forward.
"This game isn't about channeling our revenge. I think revenge is a shallow emotion. When we do things out of revenge the victory isn't as satisfying. For us, it's about who do we want to be this year. Who do we want to be as the 2016 Panthers," Kurt Coleman said.
The first step in proving they have what it takes to put together another Super Bowl run comes against the Broncos. The Panthers know last year's success won't help them anywhere this season.
"All that is null and void if we don't prove it on Thursday night and we're going to have a lot of guys on the Carolina Panthers that are going to be ready to go, as well as we know we will too," Newton said.
It's just the second time two teams that played for a Super Bowl met in the season opener, and the implications of a high caliber game aren't lost in the Panthers locker room.
"This is what you dream about as kids... We all dreamed about playing in prime time football. And just to think about it, this is the type of games you pretty much set your legacy," Newton said.
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