Despite having a future Hall of Fame quarterback in Peyton Manning, the Denver Broncos rode their stellar defense en route to a dominating 24-10 championship win in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday.
No one was more dominating than Pro Bowl linebacker Von Miller who finished with five tackles, 2.5 sacks and two huge forced fumbles. His dominating performance led to him being named the game’s MVP, the first since Raiders linebacker Malcolm Smith won the award when the Seahawks beat the Broncos.
Miller’s first big play came in the first play when he got around the tackle to get to NFL MVP Cam Newton, knocking the ball out of his hand and into the endzone where Malik Jackson recovered the ball for the Broncos first score, going up 7-0 in the first quarter.
His second forced fumble was just as big, coming late in the game when the Carolina Panthers were attempting to mount a comeback. Miller again beat his man, getting around and knocking the ball out of Newton’s hands once again and gave the ball to Manning and the offense on the Panthers’ four-yard line. Two plays later, Bay Area native C.J. Anderson punched the ball into the end zone to give the Broncos the two-touchdown lead.
Not to be overlooked, Miller was also asked to drop back in coverage on multiple plays. The young linebacker continues to develop into one of the league’s best defensive players, and it showed on the NFL’s biggest stage on Sunday.