Broncos defeat Panthers 24-10 in Super Bowl 50

After lengthy pregame festivities a football game finally broke out in Santa Clara, Calif., between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50.

The game got off to a slow start, with only three points through the first four and a half minutes of action on a 34 yard field goal from Broncos kicker Brandon McManus. Then, the Broncos struck for their first touchdown of the game after linebacker Von Miller broke into the backfield and forced a fumble which was recovered by Malik Jackson in the end zone.

“In all honesty, we came into the game wanting to play our defense,” Miller said after the game, according to ESPN, “We knew if we were to be consistent and play our style of defense, we’d come out on top.”

The Broncos defense came to play on Super Bowl Sunday, holding the Panthers to 315 yards of offense. During the regular season, the Panthers averaged 367 yards of offense.

“They just played better than us. I do not know what you want me to say. They made more plays than us, and that is what it comes down to,” Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said in his postgame press conference.

After more than a quarter of being shutout, the Panthers offense finally got on the board when running back Jonathan Stewart leaped over his offensive linemen and flew into the end zone. At halftime, the Broncos led 13-7.

For some fans, halftime was the high point of the game in a star studded show that featured Coldplay, Bruno Mars, and Beyoncé.

Although the third quarter was the lowest scoring, there were still significant plays. Carolina had multiple scoring chances in the quarter, but failed to capitalize on them. On their first drive of the half, the Panthers got to the Broncos’ 26 yard line and was forced to kick. They sent out kicker Graham Gano who missed from 44 yards out. Then, on the next possession, Carolina got to the Broncos’ 28 yard line when Newton threw his first and only interception. The score at the end of the third was 16-7 in Denver’s favor.

Early in the fourth, the Panthers put the game within a touchdown on a Gano field goal that made the score 16-10 with just over ten minutes left. Two possessions later, with the score still 16-10, the Panthers were looking for the go ahead score. With 4:04 to go, Miller came up big again, forcing his second fumble of the game that put the Broncos in the drivers’ seat. Then, several plays later, the Broncos sealed the game when running back CJ Anderson found his way into the end zone for the final touchdown. The Panthers tried to battle back, but were unsuccessful. The Broncos emerged Super Bowl Champions, winning 24-10.

It was a quiet night for Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who only had 141 passing yards in what many thought was the final game of his career.
“I feel very, very grateful,” Manning said. “Obviously, it is very special to cap it off with a win.”