It wasn’t just the powers of superstar quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Cam Newton that made Super Bowl 50 a great game. In fact, the best plays were actually made by the defense! Check out five monumental plays from this year’s Super Bowl right here!
What do you get when your defense turns up? A Super Bowl victory! The Denver Broncos D-squad was on fire at Levi’s Stadium during Super Bowl 50, making some of the most crucial plays to lead the team to a 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers. Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller may have received MVP recognition for his incredible strip sacks, but there were definitely a few other plays that deserved to be honored too!
Von had not one, but TWO strip sacks on Cam Newton in his outstanding Super Bowl performance, with the first happening in the first quarter to give the Broncos an early 10-0 lead. After taking the ball right out of Cam’s hands, the ball bounced right into the end zone and was recovered by Malik Jackson for a touchdown — the first Super Bowl touchdown from a fumble recovery in 22 years!
Then, to declare his MVP status, Von stripped Cam once again with four minutes to go in the game. The ball shot back to the 4-yard line, where T.J. Ward picked it up to give the Broncos the ball. The Broncos were only up by 6 at that point, so Von’s play wasn’t just epic…it was crucial! Watch it below!
VON MILLER CANNOT BE STOPPED
— NFL (@NFL) February 8, 2016
It wasn’t just Von who had a big game, though. Wide receiver Jordan Norwood of the Broncos made a huge 61-yard punt return that allowed for the Broncos to get a field goal and take them up 13-7. Not to mention, Jordan’s play set a record for the longest punt return in Super Bowl history!
Although the Broncos were victorious in Super Bowl 50, the Panthers’ Luke Kuechly had a major hit that was one of the biggest in the game. In the second quarter, Luke hit Demaryius Thomas so hard that the ball flew right out of the wide receiver’s hands! The Panthers couldn’t do anything with it, but Luke certainly made headlines for his tackle!
But while all of these incredible plays were being made, Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib had a rather controversial play that put the Broncos in some trouble in the second quarter. Aqib had a nasty facemask penalty called on him that put the Panthers in scoring position and eventually allowed a touchdown to put them back in the game 10-7. In the end, the Broncos recovered from the scoring threat, and they proved to be the champions. Even though Peyton Manning wasn’t the man with the big plays on Feb. 7, with plays like Von’s and Jordan’s, we totally see how the Broncos were victorious!
Which play would you declare the most monumental of Super Bowl 50, HollywoodLifers? Do you think the Broncos deserved to win? Tell us below!