Fifty Super Bowls in and we still haven’t defined a “catch.” But we finally get Lady Gaga to sing the national anthem.
Other highlights of the Denver Broncos’ 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday night in Super Bowl 50:
Fumble recovery for a touchdown by Denver’s Malik Jackson in the first quarter.
Jordan Norwood’s 61-yard punt return.
Graham Gano’s missed field goal on the first drive of the second half.
Danny Trevathan’s recovery of a T.J. Ward fumble after Ward’s interception.
Cam Newton’s fourth-quarter fumble.
Mostly, Von Miller’s first step off the bus.
1. Doritos fetus fun
2. Avocados from Mexico retro tour
3. NFL Super babies
4. T-Mobile with Drake
5. Jeep history of mug shots
6. TurboTax with Anthony Hopkins
7. Honda’s singing lambs
8. Heinz “Meet the Ketchups”
9. Audi astronaut
10. Amazon Echo
All the political ads tied for first place
Carolina’s Kony Ealy became the only player with multiple sacks (3) and an interception in the same Super Bowl.
The Broncos had seven sacks.
Denver’s Von Miller had 2.5 sacks.
Denver’s C.J. Anderson had all 90 of Denver’s rushing yards.
Peyton Manning had 47 yards passing on the first Denver drive, and 94 after that.
1. Super Bowl MVP parade
2. Lady Gaga
3. Director Ron Howard
Super Bowl MVPs from the apparently soon-to-leave Oakland Raiders crowding the coin toss stage with beloved Super Bowl MVPs Joe Montana, Jerry Rice and Steve Young of the 49ers.
The halftime show’s tribute to all Super Bowl halftime shows.
There were lots of leadership questions about the Panthers’ quarterback during his first few NFL seasons but the shrewd decision to sign Newton to an extension last summer worth $103.8 million over five years to 2020 was richly rewarding for Carolina.
Newton made castoff Michael Oher feel welcome in the offseason by telling the left tackle of “The Blind Side” fame, “I don’t want you, I need you.”
Wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr., known for drops, didn’t catch a single touchdown pass with Arizona last season. He caught 10 for Carolina this season and rushed for a TD against Arizona in the playoffs.
“When (wide receiver) Kelvin (Benjamin) went down in training camp, Cam told me, ‘Come on, Ted, let’s have the best season you’ve ever had.’”
Leadership skills put Newton and the Panthers in the Super Bowl. Despite the loss, what a season. What an investment.
Boomer Esiason at halftime on Peyton Manning’s interception (Kony Ealy) in the first half: “That should never ever happen, especially in the Super Bowl.”
Bill Cowher at halftime on Cam Newton: “Put it on his shoulders … Improvisation.”
Phil Simms late in the third quarter: “If this (Denver) offense doesn’t turn it over, is Carolina capable of getting two scores?”
Simms on Newton not trying harder to recover his fumble late in the fourth quarter: “Not getting that recovery almost takes the chances of winning this football game away.”
Jim Nantz in the final two minutes: “Cam Newton … He’s never seen a defense like that before.”
5: Total sacks (each team had that many, five for the Panthers, seven for Denver)
41.5: Cam Newtown rushing yards (ended up with 45)
235.5: Peyton Manning passing yards (141)
30-to-1: Panthers win by 37 or more points (should have been slightly longer odds)
50-to-1: No touchdowns scored in the game (close, but close doesn’t cash in)
Steve Smith Sr., the former Panthers wide receiver
A normal number was fun while it lasted. Looking ahead to Super Bowl 51, er LI, the NFL will go back to Roman numerals for the festivities in Houston.
But look for one critical carryover element from Super Bowl 50 to LI: the Panthers.
Against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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