Clete Blakeman's officiating crew called a high number of penalties by Super Bowl standards, but it mostly let the players and coaches decide the game.
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Never too early to look at next year
New England, Pittsburgh and Seattle all opened with the best odds to dethrone Denver next season, according to the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook. Denver is given 14-1 odds to defend its title.
Riding off into the sunset?
If Super Bowl 50 was indeed Peyton Manning's final game, Hollywood couldn't have scripted a better ending. The sure-fire Hall of Famer wouldn't be the first legend to finish on top.
No team in the NFL scored more points during the regular season than the Carolina Panthers. But on Sunday their offense was reduced to shambles. How? Bill Barnwell has many reasons.
The Seattle linebacker said the Seahawks QB would have jumped on the fourth-quarter fumble that the Panthers QB, and MVP, didn't.
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Two interesting items from the ESPN Stats & Information review of Super Bowl 50. Cam Newton was 5 for 20 for 147 yards (7.4 YPA), zero touchdowns and one interception on vertical passes (aerials thrown 11 or more yards downfield). He had a Total QBR of 17 on those throws, which is really bad considering 50 is the average in that metric. The odd part is Newton was exceptional on stretch vertical passes (aerials thrown 20 or more yards downfield). He went 3 for 5 for 86 yards (17.2 YPA) and a 99 Total QBR. Add it up and it turns out Carolina might have been better suited to let Newton be even more aggressive on downfield throws.
The future of quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler are questions the Broncos must deal with this offseason.
The Denver quarterback has been leaving signs all season that this might be it. So what's next? Everyone around him has some ideas.
The Broncos shut down star tight end Greg Olsen in Super Bowl 50, and Cam Newton and the Panthers' offense was rendered ineffective. Can Carolina upgrade in the offseason?
A young quarterback trying to build a solid NFL résumé could hardly do better than to play for a team with a dominating defense. Brock Osweiler should keep this in mind before free agency.
Some players weren't happy with the field at Levi's Stadium for Super Bowl 50. Stadium workers even had to pick up divots before the game after warm-ups and following the halftime show.
The Manning family doesn't care about the box score, or the fact that Peyton's highlight came from a two-point conversion. He's a two-time Super Bowl champ now. It's time to go out on top.
Von Miller got the MVP award, but the architect of Denver's defensive domination in Super Bowl 50 is a coach who was out of work not long ago. Wade Phillips finally broke through on a big stage.
More money was bet in Nevada on Super Bowl 50 than on any other Super Bowl, multiple sportsbooks told ESPN. Estimates of how much was wagered statewide ranged from $120 million to $130 million.
The Panthers and Broncos both left their offenses back home, as Cam Newton and Peyton Manning struggled to get much of anything going against two of the NFL's best defenses.
Jordan Taylor, a 23-year-old practice squad player, didn't suit up Sunday. But his value to the Broncos and Peyton Manning is immeasurable.
DeMarcus Ware's dominant play and infectious leadership helped the future Hall of Famer capture his first Super Bowl ring in 11 NFL seasons.