The Denver Broncos won Super Bowl 50, beating the Carolina Panthers 24-10 as Peyton Manning earned a second championship ring.
In what is rumoured to be his final NFL game, the 39-year-old Manning threw for only 141 yards, completing 13 of 23 passes, and tossing one interception, but a dominant defensive display saw the Broncos beat up the Panthers.
Cam Newton also threw an interception, and was sacked six times in his first Super Bowl appearance, completing only 18 of 41 passes for 265 yards.
The Broncos built an early 10-0 lead with a field goal on their first possession and then Super Bowl MVP Von Miller stripping the ball from Newton near the Carolina goal line, with defensive end Malik Jackson pouncing on the loose ball in the end zone for the first touchdown of the game.
Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart scored in the second quarter to eat into the Broncos lead, but they would score only three more points in the second half as Denver’s defence continued to harass Carolina’s quarterback.
Trailing by six deep into the fourth quarter, Newton fumbled the ball in Carolina territory, and Broncos running back CJ Anderson muscled into the end zone from two-yards out to effectively end the contest – Manning adding a two-point conversion to take the lead to 14.
After the game, Manning wouldn’t confirm whether this would end up being his last game in the NFL, saying he wanted to take stock before making any decision.
“I got some good advice from my old coach in Indianapolis, Tony Dungy – who is going into the Hall of Fame – he said don’t make an emotional decision.
“This has been a very emotional week, and an emotional night. I have my priorities in order, first I want to go kiss my wife, kiss my kids, celebrate with my family and teammates. Von Miller is buying!
“I will then take some time to reflect. I’m just so very grateful.”