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Added February 8th, 2016 by Ian
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Broncos defence shuts down Panthers to take Super Bowl

It certainly wasn’t pretty, but the Denver Broncos were extremely successful at containing this season’s best NFL offence in their 24-10 Super Bowl victory over the Carolina Panthers at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California on February 7th. Panthers’ 26-year-old quarterback Cam Newton was held in check and his 39-year-old counterpart Peyton Manning didn’t really have much to do for the Broncos on his way to his second Super Bowl victory. It was Manning’s record 200th NFL win, including the playoffs, and he may be back for another season later this year.

The Panthers are now 0-2 in their pair of Super Bowl appearances while Denver improved their record to 3-5. Manning’s record now stands at 2-3 and he’s the oldest quarterback to ever win the NFL title. There wasn’t much of a flow at Super Bowl 50 as it featured numerous penalties, punts, turnovers, and sacks as well as a missed Carolina field goal. The game featured the league’s best offence against its top defence, but the underdog Broncos put enough points up on the board to ultimately win the championship by a relatively comfortable margin. Manning basically had an average game while Newton struggled. Denver linebacker Von Miller was the star of the show though and took home the game’s Most Valuable Player award.

Carolina turned the ball over four times on fumbles and Newton was sacked seven times on the day. He was also hit 13 times. The Broncos’ defence and special teams were responsible for 17 of their 24 points and Carolina was limited to 315 net yards. The Panthers’ defence, which was ranked the second-best in the league this season, was also quite effective though. It held the Broncos to just 194 yards of total net offence, which is an all-time low for a Super Bowl winner. Manning went 13 for 23 in passing for just 141 yards. The veteran quarterback also turned the ball over twice and was sacked five times to keep Carolina in the contest.

Another veteran Broncos’ player to put in a good performance was future Hall of Fame prospect DeMarcus Ware as he recorded a pair of sacks, four quarterback hits and a couple of tackles for yardage loss. Other effective Broncos included cornerback Aqib Talib, linebacker Danny Trevathan and defensive tackle Malik Jackson. They all chipped in to help Denver make up for their last Super Bowl appearance which resulted in a humiliating 43-8 defeat at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks. Denver head coach Gary Kubiak also made history by winning the Super Bowl for the same team as both a player and coach.

Newton, the NFL’s MVP this season, was charged with a pair of fumbles and also threw an interception. It was the one and only time this season that he failed to come up with a touchdown. He completed just 18 of 41 pass attempts for 265 yards and he also carried the ball six times for another 45 yards. Carolina was credited with 315 total yards and lost 102 yards on a dozen penalties. The Broncos were penalized 51 yards on six penalties. Carolina led in first downs at 21 to 11, but both teams were terrible at third-down conversions with the Panthers going 3 for 15 and the Broncos just 1 for 14.

The Broncos Brandon McManus was successful on all three of his field goal attempts with the longest being 34 yards while Carolina’s Graham Gano was 1 for 2 with a 39 yarder. The game featured just three touchdowns and Carolina had the edge in possession at 32:47 to 27:13.

 
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