Despite the dose of drama and the expectation that surrounded SB50 in the days preceding the game, Super Bowl 50 was everything but a marquee matchup of quarterbacks. The best two defenses in the league stole the show and made Peyton Manning and Cam Newton look like couple of rookies. The two quarterbacks completed only 31 of 64 passes, were sacked 12 times and picked off twice. There were also two fourth-quarter fumbles.
In fact, this was only the fourth game in Super Bowl history not to feature as much as a single TD pass. The Broncos won the NFL title with 194 yards on offense, the fewest recorded by any Super Bowl champ. The previous low was 244 by the 2000 Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl 35.
The Broncos defense, who hit Pat’s QB Tom Brady multiple times in the AFC championship game, became Newton’s worst nightmare. Newton was pressured a career-high 19 times and had to save a handful of sacks, but his pocket was simply battered by Denver’s defense. The result: An impressive 24-10 win for Denver in Super Bowl 50.So let’s have a look at some of the game stats, records and other info that surrounded the game.
- Denver became the ninth franchise in NFL history to win three Super Bowls. The Broncos have been to eight, matching the Patriots, Cowboys and Steelers for the most ‘Super Bowl games played.
- Defense really matters, and a good example of that is the Broncos’ defense, which ranked No. 1 in the regular season in yards allowed. No. 1 defenses from the regular season are now 10-2 all-time in the Super Bowl since 1970.
- The game’s MVP wasn’t Newton or Manning. Instead, the honors went to Denver’s Von Miller after racking up 2.5 sacks of Newton, including two game-changing strip-sacks that helped the Broncos sealing the 24-10 victory at Levi’s Stadium. Only two other linebackers have been named Super Bowl MVP: Ravens’ Ray Lewis in Super Bowl XXXV and Cowboys’ Chuck Howley in Super Bowl V.
- The Broncos scored only one offensive touchdown in their win. They joined the 1968 Jets and 2002 Patriots as the only teams to win a Super Bowl with one offensive touchdown.
- In addition to setting a record as the oldest QB to win the league’s final, Peyton Manning became the 12th starting quarterback to win two Super Bowls and the first to win the NFL title with two different teams.
Super Bowl 50 Props ResultsNational Anthem LengthLady Gaga performed a dramatic version of the National Anthem that clocked in a stately 2 minutes, 15 seconds. If you’re wondering about the prop bet, the over/under for her performance was 2:20.Coin TossThe coin landed on TAILS. The Panthers called TAILS and WON the coin toss.Half Time Show“Which song will Coldplay play first during the halftime show?” That was the question that many bettors tried to predict this past Sunday, however, the result for this prop has generated some controversy after some sites graded “Viva la Vida” as the opening tune. Although, other sites, including the LA Times and NME.com had a different opinion.
Coldplay’s singer Chris Martin, crouching on the field invited fans onto the crowd as he began the show with the opening lines of ‘Yellow’, before segwaying into ‘Viva La Vida’.Gatorade ShowerThe color of the drink poured on Denver’s Gary Kubiak was orange. The prop paid $12 for every $10 bet on that result.
Cam Newton Total Touchdown Passes (Total: 1.5)Result: UnderWho will record the most receiving yards in the game?Result: Emmanuel Sanders, BroncosDemaryius Thomas Total Receiving Yards (Total 67.5)Result: UnderWho will record the most rushing yards in the game?Result: C.J. Anderson, BroncosWill a special teams or defensive TD be scored?Result: Yes