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Broncos dominate Panthers in 24-10 Super Bowl win

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After getting romped by Seattle in their last bowl appearance, I guess the Bronco's have made up for it. Darn it !! I thought Cam ready. They friggin' sacked him 7-8 times. I lost count.

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Defense does that. Carolina's OC was outcoached and underprepared.

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Seven sacks on Cam. During the strip-sack in the fourth quarter that set up Denver's final score, Cam was so gun-shy of the Denver defense that he actually backed away from the ball rather than be involved in the scrum. He lost a lot of respect around the country right then. It showed he wasn't giving 100% on the field.

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Fadamor: Cam was so gun-shy of the Denver defense that he actually backed away from the ball rather than be involved in the scrum.

Well, we didn't have the same view of it he did. Sticking his throwing arm in between a bunch of colliding linebackers might not be the best course of action for the team's first-string quarterback.

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Well, we didn't have the same view of it he did. Sticking his throwing arm in between a bunch of colliding linebackers might not be the best course of action for the team's first-string quarterback.

Actually the slo-mo replay gave us a pretty good view of what Cam was seeing - and also an excellent view of his "self-preservation over fumble recovery" choice. When it's late in the game, you are trailing by 6 points, the ball is loose, AND IT'S THE SUPER BOWL, you are expected to be doing everything and anything to regain possession for your team. Cam revealed to the world in 4K super slo-mo that he wasn't willing to go that far.

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P. Manning (1998) and Newton (2011) were both 1st overall draft picks, 13 years apart, facing each other in Super Bowl. SB MVP Von Miller was the 2nd pick (2011) after Newton.

NFC Semifinals and Finals:

Panthers played - 120 min

In the lead - 114 min

In the lead for 10+ points - 108 min

Trailed - 0 min

Super Bowl:

Panthers played - 60 min

Trailed - 56 min

In the lead - 0 min

3rd down conversion: both teams combined for just 4 of 29 (winner Broncos just 1) - the ball changed hands more than dollars in Vegas.

Broncos is the first team to not gain 200 total yards and yet win the Super Bowl. Before the rushing TD with 3 min left in the game, Broncos would had been the first team to win the SB with no offensive TD.

Peyton Manning, in most metrics, is the QB with the worst season stats to ever win the Super Bowl - with the worst QBR rating (9.9 out of 100) to win the SB game. But all that matters is he finally tied his younger brother Eli with 2 SB rings, and the only starting QB to win SB with 2 different teams, and the oldest QB to win SB (displacing his boss John Elway).

And this is his 200th total NFL win (season and playoffs), the most ever for a QB, in likely his last ever game (to become only the 2nd HOF QB ever to retire after winning the SB, again after his boss Elway).

When it's late in the game, you are trailing by 6 points, the ball is loose, AND IT'S THE SUPER BOWL, you are expected to be doing everything and anything to regain possession for your team. Cam revealed to the world in 4K super slo-mo that he wasn't willing to go that far.

Wasn't feeling Superman there

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Fadamor: Actually the slo-mo replay gave us a pretty good view of what Cam was seeing ...

Yeah, but our angle was still different, facing him, not where he was. And our arms aren't worth a few million. And we hadn't been sacked about 6 or 7 times.

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But let's talk about what's really important:

Who won the commercial ad wars?

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lostrune2: Who won the commercial ad wars?

I only watched a few of them and they all seemed pretty sucky. Maybe one mildly funny ad.

And way too many ads from CBS pushing its own lame upcoming shows. Like Stephen Colbert.

Maybe they couldn't get advertisers to shell out $5M per 30 second spot and had to put this CBS publicity spots in as filler.

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Is this a bad time to bring up the never refuted HGH shipment to Manning's wife?

Do the wives of NFL players usually require human growth hormone, or was this an isolated case?

The whistleblower's retraction of everything he ever said, after being visited by some goons, smells like fish.

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First of all, congrats to all who are fanatic fans of Broncos. We earned the trophy as well as the players did.

I've been trying to explain to some friends who don't care much for football why this night means so much to me. It's hard to explain what a sports team means to you and why, since in the grand scheme of things it might seem pretty trivial and insignificant. But i think the Broncos for me symbolize my hometown and have always been a focal point around which my family and my friends have bonded. , i realize in my living memory i have stuck with the broncos through the craziest of ups and lowest of downs with jake plummer, jay cutler, kyle orton, tim tebow, and peyton manning-- almost two decades of disappointment. Year after year, i expected something to happen, and finally, that thing has happened, and now i don't even know what I'm feeling. I guess more than anything, I am thinking of my home city, my family, my childhood, Mile High Stadium, all the years of emotional energy spent on my team that wears orange and blue. I am enjoying this spcial moment in Tokyo 9000 miles away. The tear was rolling on my face in joy when we finally did it. It has been a long journey, but it is now very sweet.

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I would hardly say Denver was dominant in that game. Granted their defense was stellar, but the offense.....not so much. While Peyton gets a ring and a storybook ending to his career his effort in what should be his last game was woeful. I would hope Orsweiller gets recognition for having gotten Denver TO the playoffs. Had Peyton been the QB all season long I doubt Denver would have made it to the 1st round.

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2 games left in the season, Broncos may not even make the playoffs, and their starting QB's Brock Osweiler. Last year, their defensive coordinator (Wade Phillips) didn't even have a job. They ended up earning the top seed home-field advantage and winning all the way the Super Bowl.

lostrune2: Who won the commercial ad wars?

I only watched a few of them and they all seemed pretty sucky. Maybe one mildly funny ad.

Japan would probably vote for the Pokemon or Prius ads.

Fadamor: Actually the slo-mo replay gave us a pretty good view of what Cam was seeing ...

Yeah, but our angle was still different, facing him, not where he was. And our arms aren't worth a few million.

Yeah, on the one hand, he made a "business decision" - he could have lost millions $$ down the road if he got injured.

On the other hand, who knows, tight game late in the 4th quarter, this can turn out to be his best chance to win a Super Bowl in his career (ask Dan Marino). Whether he thought it was an incomplete pass or he thought his teammate was going to end up with the ball, coaches tell players not to take any chance and dive for it yourself.

Who knows what the future holds

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As I said in a previous post, "Superman", meet Kryptonite !

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Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks would have jumped into that pile, fought for and recovered his own fumble. That's what true athletes do. You play for every member on your team...not yourself.

Cam Newton put himself before his team.

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Yeah, but our angle was still different, facing him, not where he was. And our arms aren't worth a few million. And we hadn't been sacked about 6 or 7 times.

Hence my comment that Newton had become "gun-shy". Ask someone who lives in Charlotte, North Carolina whether his arms are worth a few million today. Today his name is "Mudd". It's one thing to make an attempt and fail, and quite another to clearly abandon the attempt before you even get there. I think people will forget about criticizing his celebrating, because they have a much more substantial thing to criticize him about now.

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Congrats Denver! You showed up and outplayed the Panthers ...

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Defense ALWAYS beats a good high powered offense. The problem with the Panthers was Denvers great defense put points on the board and stopped the panthers offense. When your defense has a chance to score along with the offense and shut down the opposing team offense game over!!

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The correct title should be Denver Defense dominates Cam Newton and Panthers O-Line. Denver offense was not exactly something to rave about and it was probably one of the worst Peyton Manning performances in his career. He threw 13/23, 141 yards, 0 TD 1 INT and got sacked 5 times with 1 fumble. Overall I will chalk this up as a defensive Super Bowl.

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Fadamour

Cam made an error. I think you are being too hard on him.

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Drew Brees dove for a fumble in 2005, got squashed by a linebacker, dislocated and tore his shoulder and faced 4 months rehab.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i05pOS8WPIo

(vid of the play, and a sports doctor discussing the injury)

http://espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2278077

Brees said he probably shouldn't have dived for the ball, "just because you know guys are going to take shots at you. But being in the situation in the game, the last thing I wanted them to do was recover that fumble, especially recover it in the end zone. When you're in the heat of the battle you don't have time to think about it."

If Cam doesn't make it out of the pile uninjured, they'll have to go to their backup quarterback, who apparently has only played a few games with the Panthers:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derek_Anderson_%28American_football%29

Carolina Panthers - Anderson signed with the Carolina Panthers on July 31, 2011. Since then, he has been the backup to quarterback Cam Newton and has played a few times for Carolina either to end the game or play for an injured starter. On September 7, 2014, Anderson made his first start since 2010, and first start for the Carolina Panthers, after Newton suffered an injury which held him out. In his Week 1 start, Anderson completed 24 of 34 passes for 230 yards, 2 touchdowns and no interceptions, leading the Panthers to a 20-14 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Anderson would have his second start of the 2014 season after Cam Newton was involved in a car accident. Coincidentally, this game was also against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Anderson finished the game by completing 25 of 40 passes for 277 yards, 1 touchdown and no interceptions, helping the Panthers win 19-17.

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@turbotsat,

Brees said he probably shouldn't have dived for the ball, "just because you know guys are going to take shots at you. But being in the situation in the game, the last thing I wanted them to do was recover that fumble, especially recover it in the end zone. When you're in the heat of the battle you don't have time to think about it."

Brees wasn't playing for anything that game which is why he said what he did. The Chargers had been eliminated from the playoffs a week earlier. In his case there was no reason to dive in there and risk injury - in fact the press was wondering why the coaches were playing their starters in a meaningless game. Contrast that with Newton, whose team was within one touchdown of taking the lead of the CHAMPIONSHIP in the 4th quarter, yet decided he didn't want to risk injury. Why you think Brees' situation paralleled Newton's is a bit of a puzzler. Based on his (in)actions, Newton doesn't have the heart to play at the professional level. Brees dove in to recover a fumble during a meaningless game. Newton balked at diving for a fumble during the NFL's most important game of the season. Brees is ten times the professional that Newton is.

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@Fadamor

Here's a couple of vids. The first one is a lot better, it shows the entire play and not just the one little bit that's being repeated, where he jumps back. It looks like four other guys were going after it, they had a better angle, and some of their helmets may have traveled through the spot where his knees were, if he hadn't jumped.

He's got to answer to his coach if he risks the team's chances for the next few seasons by going into a pile and coming out unplayable. What's the coach's policy on that, and team policy? They signed him to a "5-year, $103.8 million contract extension" (says wikipedia), last year. Think they're going want him to risk not playing? And having to go to their backup quarterback, who's only played a few games for them up to now?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b697uu-jAHw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fE-xswZX-8k

Re the quarterback protecting the quarterback, just a few weeks ago, ...

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2016/01/18/peyton-isnt-proud-of-his-self-sack-pass/

January 18, 2016 - ... Peyton ...Manning, whose strategy for avoiding a possible injury-inducing hit consists of diving to the ground when under pressure, took a dive in the fourth quarter. Untouched either on the way down or after he landed ... Manning didn’t lean forward and fall due to momentum. He took a dive to avoid being hit. He’s done it before, and against a Steelers defense that has plenty of guys who could inflict significant damage on a body that, with a win, would have to be ready to go again, he intended to do it again. ... More than 20 years ago, Jim Everett was called “Chris” by Jim Rome for taking dives in lieu of taking hits. Manning, despite the fact that he seems to be ashamed by the play, has never gotten criticized for opting to preserve his body. ...

The last sentence is referring to Jim Rome insulting Jim Everett by calling him "Chris Everett" on-air, up until a moment before Everett jumped him in this television interview (FYI to younger set the insult was a reference was to Chris Evert, a top-ranked female tennis player of the day). Jim Rome graduated as a communications major and it's doubtful he ever faced the choice of diving into an NFL pileup. He wouldn't even agree to letting the footage be used in a commercial, that's the extent of his risk-taking.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjgpo3_SF7M

Jim Chris Everett confronts Jim Rome

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Everett

... This eventually led to a confrontation in 1994 with then Talk2 host Jim Rome. Rome had regularly mocked Everett's aversion to taking hits on the field by addressing him as "Chris" Everett (a reference to female tennis player Chris Evert). When Everett appeared as a guest on Talk2, Rome wasted no time, applying the insult twice within the show's first 30 seconds. Everett warned Rome not to do so again, implying that physical confrontation would ensue otherwise. When Rome did, Everett overturned the table between them and shoved Rome to the floor while still on the air. ...

In a 2012 interview with Deadspin, Everett stated that "a large burger franchise" wanted to use the footage in an ad. Everett agreed, but Rome did not, blocking the deal.

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He's got to answer to his coach if he risks the team's chances for the next few seasons by going into a pile and coming out unplayable.

Seriously? The "next few seasons"? Does the potential injuries result in amputations? Even in your Brees example the rehab was only four months. Why on Earth would a quarterback in the most important game OF HIS LIFE be thinking about what the coach might say?!

...Think they're going want him to risk not playing?

Well he DIDN'T play 100% when he was 100% healthy in the most important game of the year and his team lost. How valuable was he for Carolina in the Super Bowl? Why dwell on all these "could have happened" scenarios when we already know what DID happen?

Re the quarterback protecting the quarterback, just a few weeks ago, ...

Hmmm... Peyton Manning with four neck surgeries trying to minimize impact injury that could potentially make him a quadriplegic, compared to Cam Newton with... how many potentially crippling injuries is cam dealing with? Yeah. They're TOTALLY comparable situations. (rolls eyes)

By your logic, high-paid players shouldn't even step on the field for fear of getting a boo boo. I'll say it again, this was the SUPER BOWL. When you're behind in the Super Bowl, the only acceptable effort is 100% effort and all your pitiful excuses for Chamomile can't change the fact that he didn't give 100% effort when his team needed him to. He failed his team and he failed his coaches that you're so convinced would chew him out on the off chance that he might incur a season-ending injury (which at the time had only three minutes remaining in the season).

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It's not the most important game of his life. If he has a career-ending injury in a game, THAT would be the most important game. Not the 100's before it. And apparently Rivera doesn't have a problem with it.

http://ftw.usatoday.com/2016/02/cam-newton-critcism

... On the CBS broadcast, play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz and Phil Simms, a former quarterback who left the pocket hesitantly if ever, questioned whether Newton showed enough effort diving for a fumble late in Carolina’s 24-10 loss to the Denver Broncos. ...

Had Manning hesitated briefly before attempting to recover a football he would have been called savvy, and for any number of reasons. He was trying to read the bounce. He knew not to sacrifice his body because he’s too valuable. Whatever. Fact is, Manning has put dozens of fumbles on the ground in his career and in many cases was never athletic enough to get close to recovering them. That was not anything anyone even expected of him. ...

His coach, Ron Rivera, saw nothing unique about it. “He was trying to find a chance to grab the ball and to stay alive,” Rivera said. ...

(Re Jim Nantz: high school basketball and golf player and college golf player.)

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Folks from Texas played a huuuge part in the Broncos win.

Coach Gary Kubiak: Texas A&M graduate (Gig 'Em) and former head coach of my Houston Texans;

DC Wade Phillips: former head coach of the Houston Texans;

SB 50 MVP: Texas A&M graduate (Whoop!!!), Von Miller

Bottom line: Don't Mess With Texas!!!!

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cam_Newton

... In his rookie year, Newton broke numerous rookie and all-time NFL records for passing and rushing yards. He became the first NFL quarterback to throw for 400 yards in his first game, shattering Peyton Manning's first-game record by 120 yards. He also broke Otto Graham's 61-year-old record for passing yards by any quarterback in an NFL debut. Newton would go on to become the first rookie quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards in a season, as well as the first rookie quarterback to rush for 700 yards. He also ran for 14 touchdowns, more in a single season than any quarterback in NFL history, breaking Steve Grogan's 35-year-old record.

In 2015, Newton became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 30 touchdowns and rush for 10 in the same season (35 passing, 10 rushing). He also became the only quarterback ever to have 300 yards passing, 5 touchdown passes, and over 100 yards rushing in the same game. In the final regular season game of the 2015 season Newton tied Steve Young's record for the most career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback—a record that Young set after 15 seasons in the NFL, compared to Newton's five.

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It's not the most important game of his life. If he has a career-ending injury in a game, THAT would be the most important game.

So the only NFL championship game he has ever been in wasn't the most important game of his life? That's an interesting viewpoint. Football players at EVERY LEVEL enter EVERY GAME facing the possibility of a career-ending injury. The game can't be played if everyone cowers from the POSSIBILITY that they might get a career-ending injury. I find it funny that you're justifying Newton's cowardice by somehow thinking that not giving 100% actually BENEFITS a team. It doesn't.

Re: quoting Newton's Wikipedia entry... you forgot this part:

On February 7, 2016, the Panthers lost to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 by a score of 10 to 24. In that game, Newton finished 18 of 41 for 265 yards, he fumbled twice and was sacked six times. In the post-game interview, Newton answered reporters' questions mostly in mono-syllables, did not make eye contact and generally slouched and sulked before walking away from the interview room.

Newton knows his lack of effort failed his team.

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