SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Across a season where his team won 17 times and he was named the league’s Most Valuable Player, Cam Newton appeared invincible.
Then along came Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware, Malik Jackson, Wade Phillips and the entire Denver Broncos defense that bruised, battered and eventually beat him in the biggest game of them all.
Denver 24, Carolina 10 in a defense-delivered upset in Super Bowl 50.
It was the Broncos’ defense, not the Peyton Manning offense that was most responsible for Denver’s points. A Miller sack and strip of Newton in the first quarter was recovered in the end zone by Jackson to give Denver a 10-0 lead and set the tone that this was a different level than Carolina had seen.
The game was capped by another Miller strip of Newton that set the Broncos up on Carolina’s 4-yard line. C.J. Anderson scored a few plays later to put it out of reach. Newton was sacked six times, tossed around like rag doll.
Miller was named Super Bowl 50 MVP.
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