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The Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 24-10 to claim their third Lombardi trophy in franchise history. While not the game many national analysts wanted, it was the game Broncos fans expected.
The dominant Denver defense came to play on the biggest spot, cementing their place as one of the greatest defensive units of all time. Five-time MVP Peyton Manning playing in what is likely his last football game, will ride out as a two-time World Champion.
From the jump, it was clear that MVP Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers were no match for the top-ranked Denver defense. The game started with an efficient drive from Manning and the Broncos offense that stalled at about the 20-yard line, resulting in a Brandon McManus field goal.
From there, it was essentially all Denver. The Broncos defense absolutely dominated this game.
Von Miller, the eventual Super Bowl MVP, recorded 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles, one of which resulted in a Denver touchdown. The Denver defense forced a plethora of turnovers and recorded an incredible seven sacks.
The Broncos offense finished with next to nothing in terms of production. They finished with just 194 total yards. However, thanks to a dominant defensive performance, the Broncos were able to turn Super Bowl 50 into a blowout victory.
It was an emotional experience when the team took the stage to accept their third Lombardi Trophy. Annabel Bowlen, the wife of ailing Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, told the fans and her team what her husband would think of their victory. “If Pat were here today, he would say he was very proud of his team and the best fans in the NFL,” Bowlen said.
In a moment for which Broncos fans have waited for years, John Elway stood on the podium and proudly declared, “This one’s for Pat.”
Head coach Gary Kubiak, the man Elway hired to bring the Broncos to the next level, told CBS’ Jim Nantz that the victory was reflective of the kind of game the Broncos had played all season. “We call ourselves grinders,” Kubiak said. “We grinded another one out tonight to win a World Championship.”
However, it was 39-year-old Peyton Manning who got the last word as the Broncos claimed their third championship trophy. Manning discussed what this victory meant, and what his team had discussed leading up to the game. “We just kind of reflected on all we’ve been through this season,” Manning said. “I was just thankful for letting me be a part of the journey.”
Manning claimed his second ring, won his 200th game, and became the first quarterback to win a Super Bowl with two different teams — all on one very special night. However, the questions he was asked weren’t about his past, they were about his future.
Manning addressed whether it would be the last game of his remarkable career. For the most part, Manning deflected the question. “I got some good advice this week,” Manning said. “Don’t make an emotional decision. I want to kiss my wife and drink a lot of Budweiser tonight.”
So, while a decision on Manning’s future will have to wait, Broncos fans can relish the moment, celebrate a championship, and get ready for a parade.
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