Super Bowl 50: Denver Defence Tames the Panthers in Milestone Game in California
Carolina Panthers 10-24 Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos claimed their third World Championship in the milestone 50th Super Bowl as they thwarted the Carolina Panthers in California in what may have been Peyton Manning's last rodeo as he bows out from a stellar career.
Over 71,000 fans crammed into the Levi's Stadium as the Broncos' defence made an almighty difference to stop the lethal Panthers, on a night which also featured a spectacular half-time performance from the likes of Beyoncé, Coldplay and Bruno Mars.
But back on the field, Von Miller typified the quality of his side, forcing a defensive touchdown and making the evening a very tough one for the opposition's quarter-back.
Peyton Manning was looking up to the occasion as Denver began the 50th Super Bowl with a promising drive, eventually ending up with 3 points on the scoreboard after 4 minutes and 17 seconds after Brandon McManus was successful with a field goal from 34 yards.
Just like most of the Internet, the Panthers weren't happy. Things would go from bad to worse when Denver's esteemed defensive line extended the lead to double digits thanks to Von Miller. Sacking Newton and getting a fumble, Jackson recovered the ball and got the touchdown.
But as the first quarter began to wind down, and even if there wasn't to be no Dabbing as of then, the Panthers grew into the game as Cam Newton settled. Some 3 minutes into the second phase and the drive, which included a sensational evasion of Ward by Newton, would be completed when Stewart lept over a sea of bodies into the end zone and really forced the 50th Super Bowl into contention once again.
With half-time quickly approaching the Panthers were eager to push on further, but big play after big play from the Broncos defence would make things too much of a stretch. Brandon McManus ended up punting his second field goal of the game to make it 13-7.
Almost symbolic of the first half of the game, Cam Newton was sacked to close out the second quarter, yet again exemplifying the quality of the Denver defence and the struggles that the league's highest scoring offence endured. It was a game poised more on defensive fundamentals where the Broncos thrived.
Then as the sun set in California over half time the stage was set for an illustrious spectacle, the Super Bowl 50 half time show. Coldplay were joined by Beyonce and Bruno Mars as fans watched on in awe while the teams prepped for the second half.
Offensively the Broncos weren't at their sharpest but they managed to clock up the points regardless, yet again McManus capitalising on a field goal to re-establish a strong lead. With around 8 minutes left in the third, Broncos lead 16-7.
With 15 minutes of the game remaining, Panthers had it all to do while for the Broncos it was about preserving a lead. Even after all that action it was all about the defence, that was not destined to change drastically.
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Von Miller solidified an MVP worthy game, and in fact a stellar postseason when he forced a Cam Newton fumble which was recovered by Denver as a pile of players accumulated around the ball.
Soon enough the Broncos offence would get some action; helped by a flag which gave the side a first down. A two yard run into the end zone put the lead to 12 points, requiring some confirmation before a two point conversion all but handed the Super Bowl to Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.