The “Golden” Super Bowl has been played and it was as entertaining as fans could have hoped. It was a back-and-forth matchup between the number one offense and the number one defense in the league.
Peyton Manning entered the game looking to win his second Super Bowl ring in what was possibly the final game of his career. The Broncos rode the backs of the defense into the game and it was that side of the ball that won them their third Lombardi Trophy.
The Broncos got their scoring going early on in the game. With a 3-0 lead, their number one defense recorded their second sack of the game as Von Miller forced a fumble, which was recovered in the endzone by Malik Jackson.
As it looked like the Broncos could open up the scoring in the first quarter, Cam Newton led his team on a 74-yard drive that was capped off by a sick one-yard touchdown dive by Jonathan Stewart.
Jonathan Stewart's foot seems ok now https://t.co/nXGJTcz4lT
— The Comeback (@thecomeback) February 8, 2016
It was pretty rough go of things for both offenses and the Panthers couldn’t seem to get much going. A missed field goal could have made the game 13-10 and the another drive was stopped short with a T.J. Ward interception.
The game continued to be a defensive struggle and late in the game, the Panthers made a crucial mistake. Trailing 16-10 with less than five minutes left in the game, Miller came up with huge strip sack on Newton that essentially sealed the game for the Broncos.
VON MILLER CANNOT BE STOPPED
— NFL (@NFL) February 8, 2016
This led to a one-yard touchdown for running back C.J. Anderson to make the score 24-10. With just under four minutes left in the ball game, it seemed all over except the crying.
The Broncos held strong against the Panthers and moved on to win their first Lombardi Trophy since 1999. Miller finished the night with three forced fumbles, one of which led to a recovery for a touchdown.
The defense also tied a Super Bowl record with seven sacks, 2.5 of which were Miller’s. Anderson also rushed for 90 yards and the game-sealing touchdown.
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