CHARLOTTE - While a football-hungry nation readily accepts storylines of retribution, the Carolina Panthers don't seem to have revenge on the mind in Thursday's Super Bowl rematch at Denver.
Safety Kurt Coleman doesn't even like the word revenge.
"Revenge is a shallow emotion," Coleman told reporters Sunday. "When we do things for revenge the victory isn't as satisfying."
A victory certainly would be satisfying for Carolina, avenging last year's 24-10 loss to the Broncos. But perhaps only because it would make the Panthers 1-0 in 2016.
When asked if a win Thursday would take away any of the sting of February's loss, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton simply responded: "No."
The Panthers can focus on 2016 all they want, but the memories of Super Bowl 50 still creep in.
"I'm never going to forget the game," Coleman said. "I'm not going to lie."
But he reiterated: "It's not about revenge."
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