The Carolina Panthers had the highest scoring offense during the regular season and were coming off two postseason games where they averaged 40 points per game. The Broncos' defense had the Panthers' number for most of the game, putting constant pressure on Cam Newton and disrupting the flow of their offense.
However, over the course of the game this offense lost four key players at different points in the game that also didn't help their cause. The injuries started in the first half when Jonathan Stewart was forced out not once, but twice, due to a foot injury and both times were listed as questionable to return.
Now he did return both times and he actually scored a touchdown after the first injury when he leapt over the entire line for the Panthers' first score of the game.
Stewart though struggled to find much running room and finished the game with only 29 rushing yards on 12 attempts and the one touchdown.
The second half thought was when the team lost a number of players as they lost Andrew Norwell at left guard, running back Fozzy Whittaker and wide receiver Philly Brown. The loss of Brown was probably the toughest as he was having one of the best games of his career.
He had caught four passes for 80 yards, with the last catch being the most spectacular as he went up and beat two Broncos' defenders for the ball. However, that play proved costly as he was ruled out for the rest of the game due to an injury.
After Brown left the game on that 42-yard reception, Newton struggled to get into rhythm and take shots deep. He finished the game 7-of-14 for 61 yards and one interception after Brown left the game.
The Broncos' defense locked down the Panthers' offense almost all night, however the injuries the Panthers suffered made it much tougher to score points in Super Bowl 50.