SUPER BOWL: Broncos defeat Panthers 24-10

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If this was the final game of his magnificent career, what a Super way to go out for Peyton Manning.

He can thank Von Miller and the Broncos' swarming, big-play defence for his second NFL championship.

Adding another ring to his five MVP awards, Manning certainly can be satisfied and comfortable in retirement should Sunday's 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers be his finale. He wasn't the star – game MVP Miller seemingly was everywhere on every Carolina play – but Manning really hasn't been the headliner in this injury-shortened season.

Emulating his Broncos boss, John Elway, the 39-year-old Manning can ride off with the Lombardi Trophy after leading Denver to its third NFL title, first since 1999 – when Elway was the quarterback.

“I'll take some time to reflect,” Manning said when asked if Super Bowl 50 is the end. “I got a couple priorities first. I'm going to go kiss my wife and my kids. ... I'm going to drink a lot of Budweiser tonight. Take care of those things first.”

Denver's suffocating defence kept Cam Newton jittery all day. Despite wearing gold shoes before the golden Super Bowl, Newton couldn't finish off a dynamic season in which he was the league's MVP. Miller twice stripped him, once for a touchdown, the second time setting up a clinching TD. Denver's top-ranked defence, the one that ran roughshod over Tom Brady in the NFC championship, simply wouldn't let Newton get comfortable.

“It's every one of these guys who got me to this,” Miller said.

Newton was sacked six times – receiver Ted Ginn Jr., went down once on an aborted trick play – and if Miller wasn't torturing him, DeMarcus Ware was. Ware had two of the seven sacks, the most ever by one team in the Super Bowl.

Carolina's potent offence that led the league with 500 points was held to its fewest points of the year, and Denver set an ignominious mark with 194 yards gained, the fewest for a Super Bowl winner.

So what: The Broncos (15-4) are champions and Manning is the first quarterback to win Super Bowls with two franchises, Indianapolis in 2007 was the other.

Manning finished 13-for-23 for 141 yards against a strong Carolina (17-2) defence that just couldn't match Miller and company.

“This game was much like this season has been, testing our toughness, our resiliency, our unselfishness,” he said. “It's only fitting that it turned out that way. .  .

“I feel very, very grateful. ... Obviously, it's very special to cap it off with a Super Bowl championship.”


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