SANTA CLARA, Calif. — 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 defense for his second NFL championship.
If Von Miller isn't the Super Bowl MVP, the winner should give him whatever they win.— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) February 8, 2016
After a career littered by seasons where his team's poor defenses kept him from rings, Peyton Manning was carried to a SB by a sterling D.— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) February 8, 2016
This is one of the all time great Defensive performances in the Super Bowl. Just incredible.— Chad Dukes 🇺🇸 (@chaddukes) February 8, 2016
Adding that 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.
At least Peyton connected on a 2-point conversion! Two rings! Wish he had won more with the @Colts but he'll always be my guy.— John-Paul Flaim (@GlassJoeJP) February 8, 2016
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.
Gotta give Elway credit. Gave Peyton all that money after Colts gave up on him. And then went ALL IN with defense after last SB.— Eric Bickel (@EBJunkies) February 8, 2016
Denver’s suffocating defense kept Cam Newton jittery all day. Despite wearing gold shoes in 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 defense, the one that ran roughshod over Tom Brady in the NFC championship, simply wouldn’t let Newton get comfortable.
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 offense 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.
Congrats to Peyton Manning & the Denver Broncos. Like Las Vegas, I certainly didn't pick you to win. Great season with an ever better ending— Chad Dukes 🇺🇸 (@chaddukes) February 8, 2016
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) defense 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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