If Manning rode off into the sunset, he did it in the passenger seat.
The best way to recognize Manning’s performance in Super Bowl 50 may be to appreciate what it took for him to simply be there. — Adam Kilgore (Read More)
But he is talking about beer.
As the Denver Broncos’ celebration began, he stressed that he had spent time leading up to the game calling friends and well-wishers to thank them. He used the word “grateful” more than once. But he wouldn’t say whether he’ll play next season. — Cindy Boren (Read More)
All eyes will be on the Broncos quarterback to see if he indeed rides off into the sunset this offseason.
Broncos executive John Elway has plenty to address in the offseason that begins now, including the pending free agency of star pass rusher Von Miller and Manning’s likely successor at quarterback, Brock Osweiler. But Manning’s retirement decision comes first and looms largest. — Mark Maske (Read More)
As long as Cam Newton stands behind center, Carolina will remain among the NFL elite.
They may have disappeared Sunday night, failing the most important test on the most important stage. But they still have Cam Newton, the MVP and still a unique force despite a terrible showing Sunday night. They should be here to stay. They won 17 games, and that doesn’t just happen. — Adam Kilgore (Read More)
The regular season stats are quite compelling.
Sunday’s win can be primarily credited to Denver’s defense — Manning’s passer rating was just 56.6 — but regardless, the man just won his second ring to pair with quite the impressive resume. — Neil Greenberg (Read More)
The Broncos defense punished Cam Newton all night long and gave Peyton Manning his second Super Bowl title.
Peyton Manning got his storybook ending, if this indeed was his final NFL game. But Manning mostly was along for the ride as the Denver Broncos followed the lead of their spectacular-once-more defense to beat the Carolina Panthers, 24-10, on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium in Super Bowl 50. — Mark Maske (Read More)
Inside Peyton Manning’s secret investigation into Al Jazeera documentary
Before the televised report aired, the quarterback’s lawyers hired private investigators to track down the unnamed witness and review records.
According to Cohron, everything Sly said in the documentary about helping pro athletes take performance-enhancing drugs was a fabrication to impress Al Jazeera’s undercover reporter, whom Sly claims he thought was a potential business partner.“It was pure puffery,” Cohron said of his client’s words. “He was manufacturing a story to bolster his own appearance.”The story Sly said he made up contained at least a bit of truth, though: The Guyer Institute did ship medication to Ashley Manning, Fleischer confirmed. — Will Hobson and Justin Wm. Moyer (Read More)
Everyone says this will be Peyton Manning’s last game. Except Peyton Manning.
The Broncos quarterback has thus far avoided discussing his future beyond Sunday’s Super Bowl, and that’s unlikely to change.
Manning perhaps has made his decision. He might have alluded to it when he told New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick on the field following the AFC title game that it might be his final rodeo and he’s appreciative of the rivalry they had.But Manning is respectful of the game and its protocols. If his mind is made up, he wouldn’t upstage the Super Bowl by making an announcement this week. It also seems unlikely he would make a postgame announcement Sunday that potentially would grab attention from the game. — Mark Maske (Read More)
He smiles, he dances, he gives footballs to kids. So why all the hate for Cam Newton?
The Panthers quarterback has carried his team to the cusp of a Super Bowl title, but some football fans seem more interested in shouting him down than cheering him on.
This season, Cam Newton’s level of play, and the according level of notoriety, has risen sharply. But along with the acclaim for a star quarterback playing at an elite level, so, too, rose a furor from those who see the face of the Carolina Panthers as more villain than hero.—Cindy Boren (Read More)
The Washington Post provided real-time insights throughout the game from Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall, Pro Football Focus analysts and Post columnist Jerry Brewer. Here were their final insights of the night
DeAngelo Hall’s Highlights: Applauding Peyton Manning
Last updated: 10:17 p.m. — Peyton Manning did what true champions do: He found a way to win. He knew this time around he couldn’t do it by himself. He trusted his guys and coaches to put this team in position to win. I love Peyton. He’s one of the first guys that talked to me as a 21-year-old Pro Bowler, and for that, I was a fan. He told me what a good player I was and that I was going to be a force in this league for a long time. Him, Charles Woodson and Champ Bailey were the guys my eyes lit up to see out there in Hawaii, and Peyton talked to me. I’ll always be a Peyton guy for that simple fact. I want to see him go out on top the way a great player like him should.
The defense comes through again for Denver. When you have elite pass-rushers, it makes a coach’s job easy. Just outstanding defense by Denver. Really not much more to say. That holding penalty was big to set up the Denver touchdown. Even if the Broncos had kicked a field goal, they still get three more downs to run the clock down, or make Carolina use their timeouts.
Jerry Brewer: Miller brings Broncos a title
Last updated: 10:15 p.m. — Led by Von Miller, Denver did to Carolina what the Panthers have been doing to opponents all season. The Broncos, the best defense in the NFL, forced turnovers and turned them into points — Carolina’s specialty. The defense covered up what Peyton Manning and the Broncos offense couldn’t do, sacking Carolina seven times and forcing four turnovers. This belongs on the list of great defensive performances in Super Bowl history.
This was the only way Peyton Manning, his body thrashed after 18 NFL seasons, could have a storybook ending: On the shoulders of others, namely Miller and the best defense in the league. This season, Manning learned his limitations, and he learned to trust his teammates. Just when you thought the game had beaten him, he found one last way to win. It’s a really cool story. He gave the game his all, and then the game gave him this gift: his second Super Bowl victory and the 200th win of his career, making him the only quarterback in NFL history to achieve that. If this is it for Manning, it’s the proper salute to an amazing player.
Pro Football Focus: Panthers crumbled under pressure
Last updated: 10:47 p.m. — Denver’s ability to get pressure was obviously an enormous factor in this game, most notably Von Miller’s two strip sacks that led to his Super Bowl MVP award. For the entire game Cam Newton was under pressure on 24 of his 49 dropbacks — a much higher rate than he was all season, nearly one half of his dropbacks as opposed to less than one third during the regular season. Newton finished 18-of-41 passing for 250 yards and one interception, and was an abysmal 2-for-15 for 51 yards and an interception in the 10-19-yard range.
Peyton Manning pitched an imperfect game, finishing just 13-of-23 for 138 yards and an interception, but as it has all year, his poor play didn’t matter due to the outstanding play of the Broncos’ defense. They were PFF’s top-ranked unit this season, No. 1 in pass rush and run defense and top-5 in pass coverage, with Miller standing out as the best performer on a unit full of them. Most importantly, Manning limited his mistakes against a good Carolina defense, clearing the way for a Broncos victory.