Just week’s shy of his 40th birthday, Peyton Manning finished his 2015-16 football season in a blizzard of ticker-tape to finish a storybook season which way well may be one of the greatest stories written in NFL history.
Manning’s underdog Denver Bronco’s would lead Superbowl 50 from the opening drive and would never need to look back. Denver’s superior defence would control the rest of the outcome until very late in the fourth quarter when Manning and the Bronco’s would widen the score to eventually win the 50th Superbowl decisively 24-10 played in a jammed Levi’s stadium in San Francisco.
On the other side of the drama, Cam Newton, Carolina’s young talented quarterback and the league’s most value player this year was continually under pressure from the fired up Denver defence and was totally frustrated and never able to show some of the creative flare he had displayed with his team all through the Panther’s amazing regular season run.
They say defence wins football games, and if there was ever a study done on how a defensive unit should play in a major championship, the Denver Bronco’s effort last night will be the case study for years to come.