Super Bowl 50 Final Score
The Denver Broncos are your Super Bowl champions.
Von Miller tallied 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles to win MVP, while Denver’s defense held Cam Newton and the No. 1 scoring offense to 4.2 yards per play and forced four turnovers. Peyton Manning threw for just 141 yards, but it didn’t matter as Denver’s elite defense dominated all game long.
As has been the case all season, the Broncos defense put the team on its back. After an opening-drive field goal put Denver up by three points, Von Miller strip-sacked Cam Newton and Malik Jackson recovered it in the end zone:
The Panthers climbed out of the early 10-0 deficit on the legs of Cam Newton, who had a couple of big runs to lead a 73-yard scoring drive. Jonathan Stewart, who has struggled to find running room all game, finished off the drive with a one-yard dive into the end zone.
Set up by a Super Bowl record 61-yard punt return by Jordan Norwood, the Broncos added another field goal to take a 13-7 lead into halftime despite Peyton Manning throwing for just 76 yards.
In the defensively-dominated half, the Panthers averaged just 3.6 yards per play and the Broncos 4.0 yards per play. There were three combined takeaways.
That one didn’t go so well–most Broncos fans have blocked the Seattle Seahawks’ 43-8 drubbing from their memory–but now they enter on the opposite end of the spectrum. Led by Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware, Aqib Talib and Chris Harris, the Broncos are the owners of the No. 1 defense, going up against Cam Newton and a Panthers squad that scored the most points during the season.
The similarities end there, though. That Denver squad two years ago had a shaky defense that was exploitable. This year’s Panthers defense features three All-Pros and playmakers all over the field, making them a complete team on both sides of the ball.
Ultimately, Denver’s biggest challenge will be slowing down Carolina’s running game, which is not only physical, it’s mutli-faceted. At any one point, the Panthers typically have three guys who are threats to carry the ball, while Newton, who has the size of a linebacker and speed of a running back, is the most dangerous of all.
As a result, the Panthers have 31-straight games of 100 yards rushing or more. If they run the ball that well against a Broncos team thrives on stopping the run, Carolina will be hoisting the Lombardi Trophy.