And now, the regular season has ended. On Sunday afternoon in Santa Clara, the NFL season came to it’s conclusion. The final opponents: the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers.
The Denver Broncos walked away world champions in Super Bowl 50, 24-10 victors over the Carolina Panthers. And in a season that saw turmoil in injury, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning walked away with his second Super Bowl victory, in what could be his final game of his career.
Despite possibly being Manning’s final game as a player, it was the Broncos defense that stepped up and dominated the game. Broncos linebacker Von Miller, who would go on to be named Super Bowl 50 MVP, recorded six tackles, 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble, which ended up leading to the game-clinching touchdown for the Broncos.
Carolina Panthers quarterback and NFL MVP Cam Newton, who had been incredible at the helm this season, struggled in Super Bowl 50, garnering only 265 yards and one interception on 18-of-41 passing. Newton was hurried over 20 times in the game, being hit 10 times and sacked 7 times.
Moving forward, the question becomes not if, but when, the Denver Broncos will be handing the reins over to quarterback Brock Osweiler. But for now, the Broncos will enjoy their moment as world champions. The offseason personnel moves are “going to be taken care of,” president John Elway said at the team’s celebration pep rally in Denver. But for now, the Broncos relish in their new title: reigning champion of the NFL.
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