Michael Oher and the rest of Carolina’s offensive line had a long evening during Super Bowl 50. The Panthers couldn’t get anything going offensively, and Denver’s defensive front pressured Cam Newton on 21 drop-backs, hit him a whopping 13 times and sacked him on seven occasions. While the Broncos’ pass rush deserves a ton of credit for that, the Panthers also couldn’t seem to get a grip on the turf at Levi’s Stadium.
Here’s Oher trying to block DeMarcus Ware on one passing play:
Oher is listed at 315 pounds, and in that clip he’s being moved like a tackling sled. It wasn’t just the Panthers who had a problem with the surface during the big game, Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib blasted it as well:
“The footing on the field was terrible. San Fran has to play eight games on that field, so they better do something to get it fixed. It was terrible.”
The turf at Levi’s Stadium has been an issue since the facility opened in 2014. Before the 2015 season even began people were complaining about it.
The Santa Clara stadium reportedly cost $1.3 billion to construct, you would figure they could come up with a decent field surface to go along with it.