The Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers, 24-10, in Super Bowl 50 last night, allowing veteran 39-year old quarterback Peyton Manning to hobble into the sunset with his second Super Bowl championship.
But let’s face it, Peyton struggled, completing just 13 of his 23 pass attempts for 141 yards and zero touchdowns. Manning was sacked five times by Carolina’s defense, and gave up two turnovers (1 interception, 1 fumble). His longest passing play of the game went for just 25 yards. But none of that mattered considering the defensive effort Gary Kubiak’s Broncos put up against Cam Newton and the Panthers’ offense.
It was a valiant effort by Denver’s front seven that led to the victory––Denver’s third Super Bowl title in eight appearances. Super Bowl MVP Von Miller recorded 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles––including the game-clinching fumble––of quarterback Cam Newton, while Denver as a team recorded seven sacks and forced four turnovers. Miller became just the fourth LB to win the Super Bowl MVP trophy, joining Ray Lewis, Chuck Howley and Malcolm Smith.
Carolina had a number of miscues that kept them from winning its first Super Bowl in franchise history, including four turnovers, 12 penalties (for 101 yards), and a missed field goal.
As a team offensively, Denver got into the end zone just once on a C.J. Anderson rush (only other Denver TD was on a Cam Newton fumble). They went just 1-for-14 on third downs, tallied 11 first downs and just 194 total yards. It was a total defensive effort by Denver, and it looks like this will allow Peyton to go out on top if, he in fact, calls it a career as we’re all expecting him to.
The victory gives Peyton his 200th career win (including regular and postseason), allowing him to pass the great Brett Favre for the most in NFL history by a starting QB. He would also retire as the only QB to win a Super Bowl as a starting quarterback with two different teams.
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