Congratulations to the Denver Broncos for winning Super Bowl 50. For full transparency I was rooting for the Carolina Panthers and wanted Peyton Manning to fall flat on his face. Oh well. Hopefully this will be Manning’s final game because it’s clear he doesn’t have much more in the tank. He might as well go out a winner like his general manager John Elway. He’ll head into retirement with two Super Bowl rings (tied with his brother Eli) and a plethora of records that will make him an automatic first ballot Hall of Famer. For the game Manning completed 13-of-23 passes for 141 yards with 0 TD and 1 INT. The key to the Broncos success was not Manning’s passing attack or “Omaha” audibles but their incredible defense who shut down the league MVP Cam Newton.
The MVP of SB50 was none other than Von Miller who put on a clinic on how to disrupt Newton and the Panthers offense. Cam was sacked six times (2.5x by Miller and 2 by DeMarcus Ware), twice leading to game changing fumbles and one being returned for a defensive touchdown. In total the Denver D forced three fumbles and had one interception. The 2000 Baltimore Ravens were a historically great defense over the course of a year, like the 1985 Chicago Bears, but in their Super Bowl they beat a New York Giants team QB’d by Kerry Collins. What the Broncos did in back to back weeks against Tom Brady and Cam Newton was just special. This will be a two game run like we’ve never seen. Their defense completely carried them to victory throughout the playoffs. The offense was inept and if Carolina played like half the team they were during the regular season they would’ve defeated Denver easily.