SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers, 24-10 in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday.
The Broncos lost the coin toss and got the ball first. Quarterback Peyton Manning completed 4 of 6 passes for 46 yards, including a 22-yarder to Andre Caldwell on third down.
But the drive bogged down at the Panthers 16-yard line and the Broncos had to settle for a 34-yard field goal by Brandon McManus, going 64 yards in 10 plays, taking 4:17 off the clock.
The Panthers faced third down on their second possession at their 11-yard line when Von Miller rushed in a strip sacked Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. Malik Jackson then recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown and a 10-0 lead with 6:27 to play in the first quarter.
After an exchange of punts, the Panthers drove 73 yards in nine plays, getting a 1-yard over-the-top touchdown run Jonathan Stewart to make it 10-7 with 11:25 to play in the first half.
The Broncos got the longest punt return in Super Bowl history in the second quarter when Jordan Norwood returned a kick 61 yards to the Panthers 14-yard line. But the offense again was a no-go in the red zone, and coach Gary Kubiak went for it on fourth-and-1 from the 5.
C.J. Anderson appeared to get the first down, but a holding penalty wiped it out and McManus kicked a 33-yard field goal to put the Broncos ahead, 13-7, with 6:58 left in the first half.
On the Panthers’ next possession, the Broncos defense created its second turnover when Mike Tolbert got hit by Darian Stewart and fumbled, and the ball was recovered by Danny Trevathan.
The Broncos drove into Panthers territory, by Manning was intercepted by Kony Ealy, nullifying the drive. It was Manning’s first interception since he re-entered the lineup in Week 17 against the San Diego Chargers.
The Panthers got one last possession in the first half, starting at its 19-yard line with 1:55 to play. Newton drove the Panthers into Broncos territory, but Demarcus Ware sacked the quarterback on the last play to preserve the 13-7 lead at halftime.
The Panthers took the opening drive of the second half and went 54 before the drive stalled at the Broncos 26-yard line. Graham Gano lined up for a 44-yard field goal attempt but it hit the right upright, keeping the Broncos ahead by six.
The Broncos took over and came out with a hurry-up offense and used it to good success. But again, the offense bogged down in the red zone, and McManus made a 30-yard field goal to put the Broncos ahead, 16-7, with 8:18 to play in the third quarter.
The Panthers moved downfield but once again, the Broncos defense came to the rescue when Newton was intercepted by T.J. Ward, who fell to the ground. He got back up but fumbled, only for Trevathan to recover at the Broncos 7.
Early in the fourth quarter, Manning committed his second turnover when he was stripped of the ball and Carolina recovered at midfield.
The Panthers drove to the Broncos 21, but the defense again was huge, and Carolina had to settle for a 39-yard field goal from Gano with 10:22 to play that cut the Denver lead to 16-10.
With four minutes left, Miller again strip sacked Newton and Ward recovered at the Panthers 4.
Three plays later, after a defensive holding penalty, Anderson plowed into the end zone on a 2-yard run with 3:08 to play. The Broncos went for two and Manning found Benny Fowler to make it 24-10.