“Drinking from the Victory Fountain”
Denver, known as the home of Coors Beer, will be drinking Orange Crush today, from the Victory Fountain.
Denver did it again…against all the odds…and against the NFL’s MVP, the Broncos won the Super Bowl for a third time in their storied history.
It was a (24-10) win over the (17-1) Carolina Panthers. It was a glorious 200th career win for Peyton Manning, in Super Bowl 50. It was a dominant defensive performance against the brilliance of Cam Newton, who sadly couldn’t do it by himself.
When the orange confetti reigned down onto the field, with the neon lights flashing, it was Manning holding the trophy, and his linebacking buddy Von Miller walking off with the MVP award.
Cam Newton got up and walked off the podium, sullen, heartbroken, and fed up after taking just 1-question.
Wade Philips used every card in the deck early, blitzing some, dropping 7-into coverage on other plays, tackling and getting to the ball quickly. And then when it became a lopsided game, he brought the heat, blitz after blitz.
When it was over, the Broncos had 7-sacks, 3-fumble recoveries,a pick, held Newton to (17-for-40) passing, made Carolina take 10-costly penalties with that pass rush.
Carolina missed 1-field goal, turned it over twice deep in their own territory, and let the Broncos run loose on a key 61-yard punt return.
Manning did the rest, milking the clock, managing the game with the lead, and letting running back CJ Anderson muscle his way for nearly 100-yards, especially chunks when it was needed to take time off the clock.
The Broncos won the ring and raised the trophy with a very pedestrian offense. They won it with a punch you in the mouth defense, strong at the point of attack, at getting to the ball, and in deep coverage.
It probably was Manning’s goodbye game in Denver. The Broncos don’t want to pay him 18M next season. Him going to a woeful team like the Rams doesn’t make sense. He could become the next Elway in a front office job, possibly with the troubled Tennessee Titans.
For Newton, it wasn’t his fault. He should have handled post game better, but he will learn from it. Carolina at (17-2) is an awesome finish, considering that once upon a time they were (1-15). The future looks bright with that guy at quarterback, with that offensive front, and that defense.
Coors may be the banquet beer in Colorado…but they’re toasting Orange Crush as they get ready to honor the Broncos in a Super Bowl parade.