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Broncos Beat Panthers In Super Bowl 50, Lynch To Retire



Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 7.54.20 AMThe NFL Post Season is over. The Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, giving Peyton Manning his second Super Bowl ring and the opportunity to end his career on the highest of notes. Asked about his retirement plans immediately following the victory, Manning demurred. Manning said he would take the advice of his former coach Tony Dungy and refrain from making an emotional decision. Instead, he told reporters, he’d take some time to reflect, kiss his wife, and drink a lot of beer. If he does retire, Manning will be in good company. Former Bronco’s quarterback and current General Manager John Elway famously retired after winning Super Bowl XXXIII in 1999.

Lombardi Trophy 2Lombardi trophies aside, it wasn’t a spectacular day for Manning. He completed 13 of 23 passes, fumbled twice, threw one interception and had zero touchdowns. It was indisputably a defensive victory for Denver. Their sole touchdown came from the secondary, after linebacker Von Miller strip sacked Cam Newton. Miller was named MVP of the game. He had 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and six total tackles.

On the other side of the game, newly crowned NFL MVP Cam Newton had a pretty rough day. Just 24 hours after being voted the league’s Most Valuable Player, Newton was ravaged by the AFC’s number one defense. The Broncos came after Newton again and again, sacking him a total of seven times, forcing two fumbles and one interception. The frustrated quarterback was curt with reporters after the game, ultimately walking out in the middle of the press conference. Luckily for Newton, it was no fluke that the Panthers made it to the Super Bowl this year. The team went 15-1 in the regular season and dominated in the playoffs. They look primed to roar back to life next September and have another go at winning the franchise its first Super Bowl title. Denver Broncos 24, Carolina Panthers 10

In other news, Marshawn Lynch looks to be hanging up his cleats. The 29 year old Seattle Seahawks running back hinted at retirement on Twitter this Sunday when he posted a picture of cleats hanging from a telephone wire. His teammates seemed to confirm the retirement, responding with messages of their own praising the running back and wishing him well. Sunday was the first time in the last three years Marshawn Lynch and his fellow Seahawks were not in the Super Bowl.

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