By Cole Weinstein
With a score of 24-10 the Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50, the NFL’s annual championship game. This came as a surprise to many as the Broncos entered the game as a 5 point underdog against the 15-1 Panthers. However, NFL MVP Cam Newton and his Panthers were no match against a vicious Bronco defense. The defense, led by Super Bowl MVP Von Miller, tied a Super Bowl Record with seven sacks. The only two other teams that recorded seven sacks were the 1975 Steelers and 1985 Chicago Bears. Miller’s dominant game, which included six total tackles, 2.5 sacks, and a forced fumble, that Malik Jackson recovered in the endzone for the first touchdown of the game, allowed him to join the elite ranks of only nine other defensive players who have been named Super Bowl MVP.
While this was a big game for the Broncos defense, it was probably the last game in the illustrious career of Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. With the victory, Manning won his second championship, tieing his brother Eli Manning’s Super Bowl victories and marking his 200th win --a record previously held by Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre at 199. When CBS’s Tracy Wolfson asked Peyton Manning about his possible retirement he said, “I’ll take some time to reflect, I got a couple priorities first i wanna go kiss my wife and my kids, I wanna go, you know, hug my family and drink a lot of Budweiser tonight… definitely gonna say a little prayer and thank the man upstairs for this great opportunity and i’m just very grateful.” While Peyton has not yet decided his future it was a great win for the “The Sheriff” and his entire team on the golden anniversary of America’s biggest game.
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