Patriots Deflated, Cardinals Routed And The Broncos And Panthers In Super Bowl 50

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Peyton Manning 2Peyton Manning has his defense to thank for helping him squeak past the always tough New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. In a game that went down to the wire, the Denver Broncos couldn’t relax until the final few seconds when Tom Brady had the opportunity to tie the game and force an overtime with a 2-point conversion after a four yard TD pass to his favorite target, tight end Rob Gronkowski. The 2-point conversion was intercepted and then after the Broncos recovered the onside kick, the game was over. Brady needed to go for the 2-point conversion instead of the extra point because the Pats’ kicker, Stephen Gostkowski missed an extra point attempt after the Pats first touchdown. The fact the game came down to the difference between one or two points is a bit ironic as Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick lobbied to get the extra point moved back 13 yards because it wasn’t competitive enough at the 2 yard line. With that said, Gostkowski hadn’t missed an extra point since 2006, which just proves that strange things can happen in pressure packed playoff games. With the win, the Broncos face the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. Manning, at 39 years old, will be the oldest starting QB in a Super Bowl.  Broncos 20, Patriots 18.

In the NFC matchup, the Carolina Panthers completely routed the Arizona Cardinals. Led by Panther’s QB Cam Newton’s 4 TD’s (2 passing and 2 rushing), the Cardinals never had a chance. Newton, who has had an MVP season and is not showing any signs of slowing down, played with such joy and confidence, he’s inspired his teammates. As cornerback Josh Norman said, “He’s awesome. He put on his cape and he flew.” The defense did their part as well forcing Cardinals’ QB Carson Palmer into 4 interceptions and 2 fumbles.  Panthers 29, Cardinals 15.

Super Bowl is on Feb 7th at 6:25 pm ET.

 

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