Cam Newton Dominates As Panthers Defeat Cardinals In NFC Championship
As Future and Young Jeezy posed with Cam Newton before the NFC Championship Game against the Arizona Cardinals, this game seemed over before it even started. It was. Newton’s two passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns stamped a signature on Cam’s MVP season as the 17-1 Panthers stomped the Arizona Cardinals 49-15 to advance to Super Bowl 50. Newton finished his day 19 of 28 passing for 335 yards. The Panthers’ defense also showed why it was among the best in the entire league, pressuring the Arizona Cardinals into three first-half turnovers, fumbling twice and also failing to capitalize on the Newton interception, throwing a pick of his own in the end zone just one play later. The red-hot Cardinals offense sputtered by giving up seven turnovers altogether, with six coming from MVP candidate Carson Palmer.
Manning Outlasts Brady As Broncos Advance To Super Bowl 50
If this is indeed the last time that Peyton Manning and Tom Brady face off against each other, what a way for them to go out. Despite not being the physically gifted QB that he once was, Manning led the Denver Broncos over the New England Patriots in a 20-18 nail-biter in the Mile High City. Behind the Broncos’ dominant defense, Manning did just enough by completing 17 of 32 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns.
Although Brady had a pedestrian game for the entire first half, he pulled some magic off at the last second and almost forced overtime, finding tight end Rob Gronkowski in the back of the end zone with 12 seconds remaining. That’s as close as he would get, though. A two-point conversion failed after the touchdown, and the ensuing onside kick was quickly recovered to propel the Denver Broncos to their second Super Bowl appearance in three years.
“There’s no question this is a sweet day; this was a sweet victory,” Manning said following the game. “To me, this victory sort of is a great example of what this entire season has been like. It hasn’t been easy, it’s been a lot of different people stepping up doing their parts at different times.”
Triple H Captures 14th WWE World Championship At Royal Rumble
We all saw it coming, but it didn’t make it any less spectacular. For the 14th time in his career, Triple H captured the WWE World Heavyweight Championship by returning at the 29th annual Royal Rumble last night and eliminating Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose. The championship win puts Triple H third all-time in world title reigns behind John Cena’s 15 and Ric Flair’s 16.
Aside from Triple H’s win, Sasha Banks returned following the Divas Championship match between Charlotte and Becky Lynch to stake her claim for the Divas’ Championship. Kalisto defeated Alberto Del Rio to win the United States Championship, Dean Ambrose outlasted Kevin Owens to retain the Intercontinental Championship in a “Last Man Standing” match, and AJ Styles made his highly anticipated WWE debut as the third entrant in the Royal Rumble.
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