The game was a defensive battle throughout, and the Broncos struck first with a Brandon McManus field goal early in the first quarter. Von Miller forced a fumble that was recovered in the end zone by Malik Jackson, extending the Broncos lead to 10-0 in the first quarter.
The Panthers responded on the first drive of the second quarter, as Jonathan Stewart punched in a touchdown from the 1-yard line. Midway through the second quarter, Carolina punted, and Denver's Jordan Norwood set a record for the longest punt return in Super Bowl history. The return set up another Broncos field goal, and Denver went into the half with a 13-7 lead.
Denver's defense stymied Carolina throughout the second half. The only points scored in the third quarter came from Broncos kicker Brandon McManus, with a field goal on Denver's first possession of the quarter. Denver went into the final quarter holding onto a 16-7 lead over the Panthers.
Panthers kicker Graham Gano did add a field goal in the fourth, but a Von Miller strip of Cam Newton that was recovered by the Broncos on the Carolina 9-yard line and put Denver in position to tack on six more. Peyton Manning's two-point conversion attempt to Bennie Fowler was complete, and it was enough to put the Panthers away. The Broncos won with a final score of 24-10.
The most important thing we can all take away from this, however, is that Atlanta is not the only team in the NFC South without a Super Bowl ring.
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