Broncos Win Super Bowl 50 Led by MVP Von Miller

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The Denver Broncos won their third World Championship in eight appearances Sunday night, soundly defeating the Carolina Panthers 24-10 in Super Bowl 50.

Given the Denver defensive onslaught, it was fitting that the game’s MVP Award went to a defensive player for only the tenth time in the game’s 50 year history. The recipient, linebacker Von Miller, finished with 6 tackles and 2.5 sacks, including 2 strip sacks that led to each of Newton’s game-changing fumbles.

The Broncos got off to a quick start, holding a 10-0 lead by the end of the first quarter, and out-scored Carolina 14-10 over the game’s final three quarters. Denver’s number-one ranked defense smothered Carolina’s high-powered offense. The Broncos held Panthers’ quarterback and NFL MVP Cam Newton to 310 total yards (265 passing, 45 rushing), no touchdowns, and three turnovers, including two costly fumbles.

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Miller praised his teammates after the game, saying in his postgame press conference, “If I could cut this award, I would give it to DeMarcus (Ware) and (Derek) Wolfe and all the other guys. That’s what I would do. This is all great and stuff, but for me, I want to be with my guys. I would take the (championship) ring. The MVP is great, but I’ll take the ring. I want to go in there with my teammates.”

Courtesy NY Times

Courtesy NY Times

While Miller took the on-field accolades and Newton’s subpar performance will surely be the subject of many “hot-takes” in the coming weeks, no player garnered more attention after the game than Denver’s Peyton Manning.

Amidst mounting retirement talk, the  Broncos’ legendary QB didn’t have anything close to a classic-Manning game (throwing for only 141 yards with no touchdowns and an interception), but did finally secure his long-sought second Super Bowl title.

After the game, the 5-time NFL MVP was non-committal on his future, saying that he needed to take time to reflect.

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