The lead up to Super Bowl 50 was all about two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, but the game wound up being a battle of the NFL's best defenses. The Broncos "D" was too much for the Carolina Panthers, as they created pressure on Panthers quarterback Cam Newton all night, eventually emerging victorious by a score of 24-10.
Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller was named Super Bowl MVP, and created havoc for the Panthers offense, recording 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles, one of which was recovered for the Broncos' first touchdown. All told the Denver defense racked up six sacks and an interception.
Miller reportedly already wanted to become the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL before the game, and after this postseason he will likely receive a huge contract. While Miller was the hero of Super Bowl 50, quarterback Peyton Manning's storybook ending can't be forgotten.
Manning struggled to move the ball for the Broncos offense, but still completed 13 of 23 passes for 141 yards. Broncos running back C.J. Anderson rushed for 90 yards and punched in a two-yard touchdown to put Denver up two scores late in the fourth quarter. Both Anderson and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders were huge playmakers for the Broncos offense, but after holding the Panthers' top-ranked offense to just 10 points in Super Bowl 50 it's clear that this Broncos defense belongs on the list with some of the all-time greats.