Super Bowl 50 has now come and gone. The Denver Broncos behind a fierce, relentless defense defeated the Carolina Panthers 24-10.
The thought entering the big game on Sunday was that the two-star quarterbacks from each team would lead an offensive barrage against their opposing defenses. With Cam Newton, the newly elected NFL MVP leading Carolina and Peyton Manning the five-time NFL MVP leading Denver, the thought was that offense would dominate.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Both offenses could not accomplish much all game. Denver was able to make just 11 first downs while gaining a total of 194 yards.
That total was the lowest for a winner in any of the previous 49 Super Bowls. For Carolina, Newton completed just 18 of his 44 passes or 44%. Both quarterbacks threw for interceptions and lost fumbles. The two touchdowns by the offenses on the night were from a 1-yard and a 2-yard rush.
C.J. Anderson was the only bright spot on offense for Denver with 90 yards rushing on 23 carries with one touchdown.
Denver was 1 for 14 and Carolina 3 for 15 on third down conversions. The combined percentage ended up at 14%, which was another record for futility in a Super Bowl.
Carolina s Newton summed it up well by saying that both teams dropped passes, committed turnovers, threw bad passes and allowed quarterback sacks.
The Denver defense however was the determining factor. The Broncos forced Newton and his offense into third and long situations.
The game plan worked for Denver, as Charlotte was forced into those situations and could not convert.
A fumble forced by Von Miller early in the first half that was recovered for a Denver touchdown, was an example of what was to follow.
Another season has concluded with Denver as the Super Bowl Champion. Teams will now start preparing for another season that will start in August with preseason and a regular season kickoff in September.
No one is sure if Manning will return next season. The veteran has now won two Super Bowls and 5 MVP of the league awards and the soon to be 40-year does not have anything more to prove.