The final nail in the Carolina Panthers’ Super Bowl 50 coffin came in the fourth quarter on Sunday.
With just over four minutes left in the game, Cam Newton dropped back to pass, but before he could get a throw off, Newton’s right arm was hit by Broncos linebacker Von Miller, which caused a fumble.
The Broncos ended up with the loose ball, which was almost a miracle because it looked like Newton was in the perfect spot to recover it. Instead of going after the ball though, Newton appeared to avoid DeMarcus Ware.
During the aftermath of the Broncos’ 24-10 win, plays like that left at least two Broncos defenders questioning Newton’s effort.
Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan basically called Newton selfish. “That’s the way he is. Playing for himself,” Trevathan told MMQB.com.
Broncos defensive back Aqib Talib agreed, saying, “He didn’t want it.”
No one was celebrating Newton’s downfall more than Talib after the game.
“There ain’t no Easter Bunny, there ain’t no Santa Claus, there ain’t no Superman,” Talib told the Broncos’ official website.
In a separate interview with a Canadian television station, Talib said Newton was probably tearing up in his press conference.
“Cam’s probably crying right now,” Talib said, via TSN.com.
Trevathan said his team flustered Newton by keeping pressure on him all game.
Source: CBS Sports