While the media focused on what was possibly Peyton Manning’s final game of his NFL career, what flew under the radar for the past two weeks was exactly what got the Broncos to the Super Bowl in the first place: defense. The NFL’s #1 ranked defense proved to be more than enough to shut down the NFL’s MVP and carry Manning to one last championship as the Broncos won Super Bowl 50, 24-10.
Newton threw an awful 18-41, was hit 11 times, sacked six times, fumbled away two balls, and was intercepted once. Von Miller, the 2nd overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft that Newton went 1st, was the game’s most valuable player. Now let’s get to the good stuff.
The Inevitable Cam Newton Shitstorm Happened
He smiled, dabbed, celebrated and played with youthful exuberance all year as he led his Panthers to a near-perfect NFL season on his way to his first MVP trophy. The one thing that people questioned about Newton was if he could handle losing, especially in the biggest game of his life. If you are a pundit who couldn’t wait for our #Quarterblack to fall flat on his face, last night was your Christmas.
After fielding a few questions from the media after what was undoubtedly the worst game of his 2015 campaign, Newton abruptly left his Super Bowl press conference. The electrifying play that defined Newton all season was reduced to straight-up garbage, and the people who called Newton “classless” all season as he danced and dabbed his way to Super Bowl 50 got all the ammo that they needed when he couldn’t handle the media scrutiny that was coming his way. All of those lousy mothers that wrote letters about their kids watching Newton, and doofus former pros that couldn’t understand why Cam was the way he was, are going to give you another year of “I told you so’s.”
What separates Newton from the entire NFL was his unflappable confidence that willed a Panthers offense to be the best in the league when, in all honesty, it had no business being that good in the first place. Without #1 option Kelvin Benjamin at wide receiver, the Panthers offense was expected to die. Instead, they thrived and ended up having a historic season. Newton has nothing to hang his head about, but if he wants to be considered the face of the NFL he absolutely has to carry himself like one, especially in defeat.
Peyton Manning “At Peace” After Winning Second Super Bowl
It wasn’t a vintage Manning performance. In fact, it was one of the worst winning quarterback performances in Super Bowl history. However, it was enough for Peyton and the Broncos. Manning finished the game with a passer rating of 56.6, the fourth worst in Super Bowl history among winning quarterbacks. Through it all, Manning seems to be pretty content with his career, ending it on a high note if last night was indeed his final game.
“I’m very much at peace right now and I think, however it works out, it’ll work out the way it’s supposed to,” the Denver Broncos quarterback said today on Good Morning America.
“I got some good advice from my old coach Tony Dungy. He told me just to take some time after this game and not make an emotional decision,” Manning said, referring to his former Indianapolis Colts coach. “There’s been a lot of emotion these past two weeks and certainly in the Super Bowl, so to take some time and to get away and kind of reflect on what’s happened this season and maybe a few other things.”
This was Manning’s final season under contract with the Broncos, and many believe that the veteran will call it a career after last night’s game.
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