The 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl is officially done.
This was possibly Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s last game.
The Panthers were the away team and picked tails, landed tails and picked to defer on the coin toss.
It was a defensive game, but Denver pulled away 24-10 to beat the Carolina Panthers for their third Super Bowl win in franchise history.
The first half was explosive for both teams as Denver scored first.
Denver received the ball first and Peyton got rid of his jitters as he was able to drive it down the field.
Kicker Brandon McManus put the Broncos on first with a 32-yard field goal.
The No. 1 defense in the NFL this season helped put the Broncos up 10-0 with a strip on Cam Newton, quarterback for the Carolina Panthers.
Von Miller was able to rip Newton and defensive end Malik Jackson recovered the ball in the end zone.
Fumbles and interceptions went back and forth between both teams in the first half.
Carolina was able to put up seven by three penalties caused by Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib.
Jonathon Stewart put it in the end zone from 1 yard out.
McManus was able to tack on another field goal before the end of the half. Peyton Manning walked into halftime with the lead in possibly his last game.
Heading into the half, the Broncos were up 13-7.
The second half was the same kind of defensive battle as the first.
Carolina was only able to tack on a field goal in the second half as the Broncos were able to outscore Carolina in both halves. Miller was able to come away with a big strip in the fourth quarter deep in Carolina’s side of the field that was recovered by T.J. Ward. The fumble led to a 1-yard touchdown run by Denver running back C.J. Anderson, who would put the game out of reach.
Despite the 21 first downs by the Panthers, they could not match the Broncos defense. Carolina was able to amass over 300 total yards with 197 passing and 118 rushing. Denver was held under 200 total yards with 104 passing and 90 rushing.
The key to victory for the Broncos was their ability to capitalize on their ferocious defense and come away with four turnovers. Danny Trevathan for the Broncos recovered two out of the three fumbles by the Panthers.
Carolina’s defense was also able to put some pressure as defensive lineman Kony Ealy recovered a fumble and an interception.
Ealy was able to get pressure on Manning as he sacked him for a total of three times.
The Super Bowl MVP was Miller, who was a force to be reckoned with for the Denver defense.
Miller had an impressive two force fumbles, 2 1/2 sacks and six tackles.
Peyton Manning finished his last possible game going 13 for 23 with141 yards passing, no touchdowns and one interception.