- Peyton Manning not confirming, but may retire a Champion
SANTA CLARA, California — Peyton Manning can now retire a champion. Broncos defense which is headed by Von Miller secure them the title.
Both quarterback Bronco's Manning and Panthers' Cam Newton was given hell they were harassed all night, but the Broncos made enough big plays that gave them the 24-10 victory, Manning’s 200th and perhaps his last before retirement.
Von Miller blew around Carolina Panthers right tackle Mike Remmers, and Cam Newton couldn’t feel him coming. That Miller walloped Newton from his blind side was one thing, but it was what happened next that showed why Miller is the NFL’s next major defensive star.
Miller finished Super Bowl 50 with 2.5 sacks, including 2 that resulted in fumbles, and 6 total tackles. Far from taking credit, he heaped praise on his teammates.
Newton was helpless against Denver’s suffocating defense he was jittery the whole game. Newton couldn’t finish off a dynamic season in which he was the league’s MVP. Miller simply owned him, Miller stripped him twice, once for a touchdown, the second time setting up a clinching TD. Denver’s top-ranked defense, the one that ran roughshod over Tom Brady in the AFC championship, simply wouldn’t let Newton get comfortable.
Newton was sacked 6 times, receiver Ted Ginn Jr., went down once on an aborted trick play and if Miller wasn’t torturing him, DeMarcus Ware was. Ware had two of the seven sacks, the most ever by one team in the Super Bowl.
The Panthers very efficient offense that led the league with 500 points was held to its fewest points of the year, and Denver set an ignominious mark with 194 yards gained, the fewest for a Super Bowl winner.
The Broncos (15-4) are champions and Manning is the first quarterback to win Super Bowls with two franchises, Indianapolis in 2007 was the other. Gary Kubiak is the first to win a Super Bowl as player and coach for the same team.
Manning finished 13 for 23 for 141 yards against a strong Carolina (17-2) defense that just couldn’t match Miller and the rest.
Manning wouldn't budge on whether this was, in fact, his last game.
"I got some good advice from Tony Dungy," Manning said of the first of four coaches with whom he's been to the Super Bowl. "He said, 'Don't make an emotional decision.' This has been an emotional week, an emotional night. I'm going to take some time to reflect."