Manning became the first quarterback to start and win Super Bowls for two teams. He can thank Von Miller and the Denver Broncos' swarming, big-play defence for his second Super Bowl win. Carolina held Denver to 194 yards - the fewest ever for a Super Bowl winner - and didn't allow a first down on eight of 14 drives.
Instead it was a relentless Denver defense that can claim credit for the victory holding the Panthers' number one ranked offence - that averaged over 31 points a game during the regular season - to a single touchdown and field goal.
Denver, which never trailed in the game, failed repeatedly on opportunities to extend its lead with another touchdown, finally succeeding after another Miller sack, which caused another fumble by Newton with a little more than four minutes remaining in the game.
The Broncos beat the Panthers 24-10 in Super Bowl 50. They were complied by Elias Sports Bureau.
Many took to Twitter during and after the game to voice their displeasure with the Super Bowl's entertainment value. One was all it took for Broncos wide receiver Bennie Fowler to tie the record for most two-point conversions.
"It's really unfortunate", Ealy said.
Peyton Manning can ride off into the sunset with a second Super Bowl ring, but it was his defence that won the day. "I'm just so proud of him and what he did to make his way back and what he means to this group". "I think the first drive was important".
He said: "They just played better than us".
This time last season, Robert "Snacks" Myers was preparing for the NFL Combine after wrapping up his playing days at Tennessee State University.
In the first quarter, Miller nearly ripped the ball out of Newton's hands and waltzed into the end zone: instead, Miller strip-sacked Newton and Denver's Malik Jackson scooped the ball up for the touchdown, giving the Broncos as 10-0 lead.
"We got in (Newton's) head after that".
On if Denver did anything different to take away running lanes: "No". "I love everything about him, from the way he handles the media, the way he handles his teammates and his brothers". "But actually doing it, I don't know how to put it in words". They couldn't wait to toss flags when players jawed at each other, and they still can't figure out what a catch is as evidenced by the unsuccessful challenge two plays earlier of a catch by Jerricho Cotchery that wasn't. The Panthers could fade into oblivion, like the San Francisco 49ers did after losing the Super Bowl three years ago. "We dropped balls, we turned the ball over, gave up sacks, threw errant passes, that's it. We lost".