Super Bowl 50: Denver Broncos, led by Von Miller, had seven sacks and forced four turnovers as they defeated Carolina Panthers 24-10 to win their third Super Bowl title Sunday. It was Denver’s first championship win since 1998.
If this was Peyton Manning’s last rodeo, what a spectacular way to ride off into the sunset! He can thank the defensive prowess of Miller, who was the star of the show and made big plays down the stretch. The victory gave Manning his second ring and first with the Broncos.
In the end, the much-hyped duel between Manning — the oldest quarterback in Super Bowl history — and NFL MVP Newton never materialized. Both quarterbacks had below-par outings, especially Newton who was sacked on several occasions during the course of the game. Manning, too, showed signs of an aging body but could rely on his teammates for pulling him through.
It was Denver’s stifling defense that won the contest. Miller and DeMarcus Ware smothered the Panthers’ renowned offense at every given opportunity – as Denver racked up a record-tying seven sacks in a Super Bowl game. Nobody expected the Panthers to get pummeled the way they did.
10:43 (FG): Brandon McManus made a 34-yard field goal to give the Denver Broncos an early 3-0 lead. Manus kicked 64 yards from Denver 35 to Carolina 1.
6:27 (TD): Von Miller sacked Cam Newton, leading to the Panthers QB fumbling into the end zone. The Denver Broncos jumped on it for the game’s first touchdown! Broncos took a 10-0 lead.
11:25 (TD): Panthers got their 1st down at the 1 after a very blatant facemask by Aqib Talib on Philly Brown. Johnathan Stewart capitalized went up and over for the touchdown.
6:58 (FG) Brandon McManus made 33-yard field goal to give Broncos 13-7 lead!
8:18 (FG): The Panthers came out firing in the third quarter, but hit the upright on a 44-yard FG attempt. Minutes later, Brandon McManus made another 33-yard field goal.
10:21 (FG): Graham Gano makes 39-yard field goal to reduce Denver lead to 16-10.
3:08 (TD): Von Miller’s second forced fumble results in C.J. Anderson’s two-yard run (Peyton Manning Pass to Bennie Fowler for Two-Point Conversion). With this, it was game, set and match.
In the end, it was an ugly game filled with interceptions and fumbles. Denver Broncos deserved to win because they capitalized on major mistakes by the Panthers.
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