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NFL mistakenly paints Broncos emblems in wrong end zone

Remember that old Snickers commercial featuring the groundskeeper meticulously painting an end zone only to realize after he finished that he’d spelled out “CHEFS” instead of “CHIEFS?”

Well, something similar happened at Levi’s Stadium as the field was being painted in preparation for Super Bowl 50 next Sunday.

The NFL grounds crew in charge of painting the end zones painted the wrong end zone in Denver Broncos colors. CBS photographer James Martin took a photo of the end zone after the Broncos emblems were painted over. However, the outline of the logo was still visible.

Another shot from Samuel Lam shows the outline of the Broncos logo in the far end zone while the correct end zone was being painted instead.

Eventually, the paintings were completed correctly with the Broncos and Panthers each having their own end zones in place.

UPDATE 7:48 a.m. ET: The original version of this article suggested that the normal Levi’s Stadium grounds crew committed the blunder. For the Super Bowl, the league takes over the process of preparing the field for the game.

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44 Responses to “NFL mistakenly paints Broncos emblems in wrong end zone”
  1. briguy5 says: Jan 29, 2016 12:58 AM

    Great googly-moogly..!!

  2. crabwasheld says: Jan 29, 2016 1:02 AM

    The field is cursed!

  3. tdubdizzle says: Jan 29, 2016 1:15 AM

    Somehow,this is Jed Yorks fault.

  4. reptar310 says: Jan 29, 2016 1:19 AM

    The Broncos are wearing their road jerseys so it probably confused the ground crew into painting the end zone by the away team tunnel with the Broncos logo and colors.

  5. coltzfan166 says: Jan 29, 2016 1:50 AM

    How do you mess that up?

  6. lionglass says: Jan 29, 2016 1:56 AM

    Great googly moogly!

  7. anonymousnevermindfishdeath says: Jan 29, 2016 2:08 AM

    I didn’t know the orientation mattered, the teams switch sides during the game.. I learned something today! 🙂

  8. lesterclan says: Jan 29, 2016 3:02 AM

    Does it matter??

  9. jetsflyinghigh says: Jan 29, 2016 4:13 AM

    What difference does it make what side they’re on?

  10. johnniemayes says: Jan 29, 2016 4:46 AM

    Panthers have been jinxed.

  11. typicalnipple says: Jan 29, 2016 4:54 AM

    Sounds like an honest mistake. It happens. Ask Big John Football.

  12. whodatnhollywood says: Jan 29, 2016 5:23 AM

    Oops!!! Need to get away? Southwest Airlines have $73 flights from the Bay.

  13. woninthetrench says: Jan 29, 2016 6:43 AM

    I’m confused, unless they painted the Panthers’ logo with the Broncos’ name or vice versa…why does it matter which end zone has which name?

  14. blitzrules says: Jan 29, 2016 6:49 AM

    Great googly moogly

  15. ctiggs says: Jan 29, 2016 6:54 AM

    The jed york affect

  16. dapollock69 says: Jan 29, 2016 6:55 AM

    Wanna get away?

  17. knowspinzone says: Jan 29, 2016 7:08 AM

    Great moogooly googooly!

  18. alewatcher says: Jan 29, 2016 7:20 AM

    You had one job.

  19. cakesw says: Jan 29, 2016 7:27 AM


    I see Trent Baalke is still busy at work this off season.

  20. stl45fan says: Jan 29, 2016 7:28 AM

    You got One Job! ONE JOB!!!!!

  21. whatevnfl says: Jan 29, 2016 7:55 AM

    Sounds about right

  22. underdog518 says: Jan 29, 2016 8:05 AM

    Great googly moogly

  23. wolverineinnc says: Jan 29, 2016 8:06 AM

    And if the Patriots were playing Goodell would have told his ground crew to LEAVE the Broncos name at both ends….

  24. joshgordonsbong says: Jan 29, 2016 8:12 AM

    Great googly moogly….

  25. The collective IQ of the haters is lower than the PSI of Brady's game balls says: Jan 29, 2016 8:17 AM

    Don’t worry Levi’s grounds crew, when reading the article I fully expected it was the NFL that effed it up, and not you… Its what the NFL does

  26. iamtheoven says: Jan 29, 2016 8:33 AM

    Great googly moogly…

  27. patsxsaintsfan says: Jan 29, 2016 8:55 AM


  28. vikings2102 says: Jan 29, 2016 8:59 AM

    Does it really matter which end zone each team has? Who cares if they painted the “wrong” end zone in Broncos colors, just paint the other end zone in Panthers colors. No need to fix it!

  29. Florio Believer says: Jan 29, 2016 9:04 AM

    Curious, what difference does it really make which end zone their Logo is painted in?

  30. leftypointspread says: Jan 29, 2016 9:07 AM

    Shoulda had a Snickers…

  31. chumthumper says: Jan 29, 2016 9:08 AM

    I wouldn’t think so either seeing that they flip a coin (ok, sometimes it flips) to determine who’ll kick and who will defend which end zone.

  32. footballfan says: Jan 29, 2016 9:16 AM

    Great googly moogly!!!

  33. mccarthyisamoron says: Jan 29, 2016 9:43 AM

    Aren’t the “50” numbers supposed to be gold?

  34. athwartships says: Jan 29, 2016 9:46 AM

    Are they also going to paint over all the divots to hide how atrocious that field is?

  35. boltbacker619 says: Jan 29, 2016 9:47 AM

    The other end zone was already finished when they started to do the other side both wth bronco colors

  36. kevo95 says: Jan 29, 2016 11:39 AM

    The Patriots aren’t in the Super Bowl ,that’s all that matters

  37. usdcoyotesfan says: Jan 29, 2016 12:32 PM

    Let me guess, Viking fans: It’s Aaron Rodgers’ fault?

  38. rootpain says: Jan 29, 2016 2:05 PM

    Easy mistake. Most people were wanting/expecting the Patriots to be in the SuperBowl. The grounds crew were so flustered, they messed up. That’s what happens when the Patriots magnanimously throw the AFCC game all in the name of parity.
    Patriots 35
    Panthers 18

  39. solo681 says: Jan 29, 2016 2:36 PM

    HGH is now painted in the Broncos end zone

    Along with #HeadGateHomer

  40. paulrevereshorse1775 says: Jan 29, 2016 2:55 PM

    I’d like to know who is at the top of the management totem pole on this one. Wouldn’t be surprised if it was Kensil , Vincent or Gardi

  41. skittlesareyum says: Jan 29, 2016 4:53 PM

    Can you imagine the consequences if this wasn’t fixed?

  42. Patch24680 says: Jan 29, 2016 11:18 PM

    Jan 29, 2016 8:55 AM



  43. purpleandgoldforever says: Jan 30, 2016 2:05 AM

    You had ONE job………..

  44. rportkid says: Jan 30, 2016 8:08 PM

    Kind of funny and also pathetic. Does the NFL ever do anything correctly?

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