After this weekend’s 2019 NFL Divisional games, we’ll officially have our final four on the Road to Super Bowl 54 in Miami! Two teams on the outside-looking-in, the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos, headline our latest in the countdown, with a Super Bowl 50 matchup in California.
‘The Sheriff’ Leaves a Champion
The Denver Broncos walked away Super Bowl 50 champions, 24-10 winners over the Carolina Panthers. And after a season that saw turmoil following injury, former Indianapolis Colt Peyton Manning walked away with his second Super Bowl victory in what would ultimately be his final game of his career.
“All I know is, I’m going to go out tonight and drink a lot of beer…drink a lot of Budweiser,” Manning said to CBS Sports analyst Jim Nantz when asked about pondering retirement.
Despite being Manning’s final game as a player, it was the Broncos defense that stepped up and dominated the game. Broncos linebacker Von Miller, who would go on to be named Super Bowl 50 MVP, recorded six tackles, 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble, which ended up leading to the game-clinching touchdown for the Broncos.
Carolina Panthers quarterback and league MVP Cam Newton, who had been phenomenal all season, struggled in Super Bowl 50, garnering only 265 yards and one interception on 18-of-41 passing. Newton was hurried over 20 times in the game, being hit 10 times and sacked 7 times.