For Cam Newton, it would be all about bringing that swagger he has into this Super Bowl. With the anticipation high, we head into to the first quarter.
In the first quarter on the first drive of the game, the Denver Broncos drove down the field. The Carolina Panthers defense tightened and ended up stopping the Broncos from scoring a touchdown, allowing the team to kick a field goal to take a 3-0 lead.
The Panthers could not do anything going three and out on the teams first drive. On the Panthers second drive of the game, Von Miller got pressure on Cam Newton, forcing a fumble. Mark Jackson picked up the football running in for a touchdown, increasing the lead to 10-0 with 6:34 left in the first quarter.
The Panthers got the teams first points of the game, driving down the field ending with a one yard touchdown run by Jonathan Stewart.
With 11:28 left in the second quarter, the Broncos would send a 61 yard punt to the Panthers. Danny Trevathan would recover a fumble a couple minutes later to bring the ball back to the Broncos.
However, the drive would be short-lived after Peyton Manning threw an interception to the Panthers, as Kony Ealy would return it for 19 yards. Other than a CJ Anderson 34-yard run for the Broncos, no other significant plays would take place.
We wrap up the half with both quarterbacks not passing for a touchdown. Peyton Manning was 9/16 in CP/AT and 76 yards, throwing 1 interception. Cam Newton wasn’t himself either earlier as he went 8/19 in CP/AT with 95 yards. Cam Newton did lead his team in rushing with 46 rushing yards. The only touchdown for the Broncos was coming from Mark Jackson off the fumble. Ben McManus would pick up two field goals for the Broncos.
The Panther’s touchdown would come from Jonathan Stewart, who had 6 yards in 6 rushing attempts. This pretty much sums up the first half.
After a stellar halftime show by Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, and Cold Play’s Chris Martin, we move into the next half. A 65 yard punt return would kick off to Carolina to start the 3rd quarter. A couple of plays later, Graham Grano would miss a 44 yard field goal.
The third quarter would involve both teams going back and forth with the ball with Ben McManus’s third field goal of the game. McManus has attributed to 10 of Denver’s 16 points this far.
We enter the fourth quarter with the score being 16-7 Broncos. With 10:26 left on the game, Graham Gano would make a 39 yard field goal to make the score 16-10.
Six minutes later, with four minutes to go on the game, and Cam Newton being down by 6 points, he would fumble the ball over to the Broncos. CJ Anderson later on would rush in the touchdown to make the score 22-10. The Broncos would then go for a 2-point conversion to make the score 24-10.
As time winds down, the Broncos would hang on to win the Super Bowl for the third time in franchise history. Peyton Manning picked up his second ring, and his first in 10 years.
If this is the way that Peyton Manning retires, then there is absolutely no way better to go out. Manning is without a doubt one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Although, it wasn’t his greatest performance, pulling away with a total of 141 yards, 13/23 CP/AT and 1 interception. However, he earned this ring.
Cam Newton also has nothing to be ashamed of, he exceeded expectations pulling away with 259 yards, although he didn’t receive a touchdown, and turned the ball over 3 times. This was a great Super Bowl. A defensive game throughout, and a great way for Peyton Manning to hang it up, if he decides to do so.
The MVP announced was Von Miller with 6 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. The defense held it down through out with Von Miller leading them, and the MVP seems well deserved.