“Cam Newton” is hot on Google – in every state but one.
A day before the Panthers and Broncos clash, Google Trends data shows people in the U.S. have overwhelming searched more for the Carolina Panthers quarterback than the Denver Broncos’ Peyton Manning.
The stats are tracked live and change as Google search trends change.
On Saturday morning, Google’s map of quarterback search popularity showed Newton beats Manning in every state but Indiana – the Hoosier State where “The Sheriff” was named league MVP four times and took the Indianapolis Colts to the Super Bowl twice.
Manning’s 14 seasons with the Colts probably explains Indiana’s interest in the 39-year-old quarterback who may retire with the Broncos after Sunday’s game. This weekend’s game is Manning’s fourth trip to the Super Bowl and he’s won once – in the 2006 season with the Colts.
While Newton dominates in quarterback search traffic, the Broncos appear to have garnered more interest overall. Google stats on Saturday showed a slight advantage to the Broncos in the Super Bowl’s “most searched team” category – 52 percent to 48 percent.
Trending search data from Saturday shows the Panthers are most popular along the Eastern Seaboard, in Southeastern states and a few others like Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois. The Broncos are the most searched team elsewhere.
Other search habits revealed by the trends are: