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Broncos’ fierce pass rush took Cam Newton out of Super Bowl 50

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For the Denver Broncos, the game plan was simple.

All they had to do to win the Super Bowl 50 was to make league MVP Cam Newton even less of a threat than aging quarterback Peyton Manning.

The fierce pass rush of the Broncos, especially of linebacker Von Miller, held Newton to 10 points in Denver’s 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers Sunday night. Miller had 2½ sacks, forced two fumbles, and made six tackles to lead the Broncos’ victory.

Newton was on the move most of the night with Miller or Demarcus Ware chasing him.

“I’m so proud of my guys,” Miller said. “It’s been every last one of you guys in the locker room that’s gotten us to this moment right here.”

Miller became the third linebacker to win Super Bowl MVP honors. The other two are Dallas’ Chuck Howley, whose team lost the fifth Super Bowl, and Baltimore’s Ray Lewis, who won Super Bowl XXXV in a close vote.

In all, Denver had seven sacks in the game. Newton threw for 365 yards and ran for 45, but he got his team into the end zone only once. Denver’s defense scored the Broncos’ first touchdown and set up another.

Denver won 11 games by a touchdown or less this season because of that defense.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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