Denver Broncos, 20, New England Patriots, 18
Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips’s masterful game plan pressured Patriots quarterback Tom Brady all game. The Broncos’ fierce front seven hit Brady a staggering 20 times. It was the most hits any quarterback has suffered in a game all season, per to the Boston Globe. Phillips mixed up coverages, and Brady finished with a completion percentage of just 48.2%. Something also must be said for Broncos QB Peyton Manning, who threw two touchdowns and no picks. Manning will be the oldest quarterback to start in a Super Bowl.
Carolina Panthers, 49, Arizona Cardinals, 15
Panthers QB Cam Newton was pretty much unstoppable throughout the game. Newton has been playing at an MVP level all season. Defensively, the Panthers were sharp and forced seven turnovers. The Cardinals were flustered from the get-go, and QB Carson Palmer never looked comfortable.
(AFC #1) Denver Broncos vs. (NFC #1) Carolina Panthers