The Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers 24-10 to win Super Bowl 50. Broncos linebacker Von Miller spearheaded a valiant defensive performance and won the Super Bowl MVP title.
Broncos first-year head coach Gary Kubiak, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, and special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis each deserve credit for leading the Broncos through adversity all season and coaching the team to a Super Bowl victory. Broncos EVP of Football Operations and general manager John Elway crafted a high-quality roster built for a Super Bowl run.
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning completed 13 of 23 passing attempts for 141 yards, a completed two-point conversion, and an interception. Running back CJ Anderson tallied 90 rush yards on 23 attempts and a touchdown.
Miller recorded five tackles, 2.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles. Cornerback Chris Harris Jr., CB Aqib Talib, and defensive lineman Malik Jackson each totaled five tackles, and Jackson scored a touchdown on a fumble return. Kicker Brandon McManus connected on all three of his field goal attempts, and punter Britton Colquitt averaged 45.9 yards on his eight punts.
The Broncos defense shut down Panthers QB Cam Newton, who completed 18 of 41 passes for 265 yards, no touchdowns, one interception, and two fumbles. Coming into the game, a key to a Denver victory was to win the turnover battle, and they came out on top 4-2 in that category.
Elway, who quarterbacked the team to two Super Bowl titles in the late 90’s, recognized owner Pat Bowlen after the game. Mr. Bowlen is battling Alzheimer’s disease.
If Manning decides to retire, it would be a fitting end to a great career. Manning and the Broncos faced a lot of adversity, but they are undisputed league champions, and they accomplished a goal they set before the season began.