This year’s Super Bowl was the fiftieth edition of this storied championship game as it featured the Denver Broncos vs the Carolina Panthers. Two elite quarterbacks faced off in this game but it was the defense for both clubs that stole the show.
Peyton Manning and the Broncos had a hot start on the first drive of the game that ended with a quick 3 points. After punts by both teams the Panther’s offense took the field for their second drive of the game. On third and 10, Cam Newton dropped in the pocket to pass when Von Miller sacked Cam Newton and forced a fumble. The ball rolled into the end zone and was recovered by the Bronco’s defense for a touchdown.
The Panther’s offense took the field again but had trouble moving the ball and was forced to punt. Carolina’s defense forced a 3 and out and Carolina regained possession.
Cam Newton looked good on the next drive. He threw for 51 yards and ran for 23 yards. A pass to Corey Brown set the Panthers up on the Bronco’s 1 yard line after a face mask penalty by Aqib Talib. Jonathan Stewart punched the ball into the end zone for a touchdown, bringing Carolina to within 3 points with a 7-10 score.
Later in the second quarter Carolina punted the ball and their coverage broke down. The punt returner, Jordan Norwood, returned the ball for a Super Bowl record 61 yards and brought the Broncos to the Carolina 14 yard line. After a strong stand in the red zone by the Panther’s defense, Denver was only able to get 3 points out of the great field position.
After a series of punts and turnovers by each team, the first half of the game was over and the score was 7-13, Denver was ahead. The halftime show featured Coldplay along with Beyoncé and Bruno Mars. The show gave a fun break from the game while both teams prepared for the second half.
Carolina started the second half with the ball, and had a good drive, but a missed 44 yard field goal attempt by Graham Gano ended the drive.
Denver would get into the red zone on their first drive of the second half but their offense broke down in the red zone due to Carolina’s strong defense. Denver would get another 3 points and go up 7-16.
Cam Newton would throw an interception on the next drive but Denver couldn’t take advantage of the turnover and had to punt. After another punt by Carolina and a fumble by Denver, Carolina would capitalize on the short field position and get 3 points to bring them to a 10-16 disadvantage. The next 3 drives resulted in 3 and outs for both teams as the defenses stayed strong.
The play that may have cost Carolina the game though, came about on Carolina’s next possession. On third and 9, Cam Newton dropped back to pass but had the ball swatted out of his hand by Von Miller. Denver recovered the ball on Carolina’s 4 yard line. Denver would get their first and only offensive touchdown on this drive and increase their lead 10-24.
Carolina tried to come back but with only 3 minutes left in the game it was all but over. The Bronco’s defense showed why it was #1 in the NFL Sunday night as Denver won the Super Bowl 10-24. Peyton Manning won his two hundredth NFL game which was also an NFL record.
In a game where Denver was the underdog, they proved that they were the better team in a dominant Super Bowl performance.