Cam Newton throws tantrum as Peyton Manning becomes first quarterback to win 200 games. When asked if he would retire, Manning said, ‘I’m going to kiss my wife, spend time with my family, drink a lot of Buds, and say a prayer of thanks to the Man upstairs.’
The question for two weeks leading up to Super Bowl 50 was whether the Denver Broncos’ vaunted defense could possibly contain the Carolina Panthers’ unstoppable offense for long enough to deliver quarterback Peyton Manning a championship in what might be his final NFL game.
On Sunday, the AFC champs answered with a resounding yes.
After relentlessly battering Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the AFC title game, Denver did the same to league MVP Cam Newton and the Panthers, holding Carolina to a season low in scoring and forcing a season-high four turnovers in a 24-10 victory at Levi’s Stadium. The championship is the first for Denver since current Broncos GM John Elway led the team to back-to-back titles in 1997 and 1998, and the third for the franchise since ailing owner Pat Bowlen bought the team in 1984.
Denver got on the board early with a 34-yard Brandon McManus field goal to end its first drive, then extended the lead to 10-0 when Malik Jackson recovered a Von Miller strip sack in the end zone with 6:34 left in the first quarter. The touchdown was set up by a failed Carolina challenge after officials ruled an apparent Jerricho Cotchery catch incomplete then upheld the call after review.
After gaining just nine yards on their first three drives and 28 total yards in the first quarter, Cam Newton and the Panthers offense finally found their rhythm with a nine-play, 73-yard touchdown drive to open the second quarter. The highlight of the drive was a high-flying one-yard touchdown run by Jonathan Stewart, who had previously left the game with an ankle injury.
However, the momentum was short-lived.
SOURCE: Sam Gardner