On Feb. 7, Super Bowl 50 took place at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., and aired on CBS. The highly anticipated showdown between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos was viewed by 111.9 million people.
The overall takeaway from the game was more negative: Hollywood Reporter called it “essentially a disappointment for the Super Bowl” with a “relatively low-scoring game.” The Broncos beat the Panthers 24-10, but critics said the game was far less competitive than last year’s Super Bowl.
Regardless, the Broncos emerged as champions with a solid defense. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was sacked seven times, resulting in four turnovers.
Broncos linebacker Von Miller was named Most Valuable Player with six tackles, 2.5 sacks and a “pair of game-changing forced fumbles” (Oregon Live).
However, all eyes were on quarterback Peyton Manning and his up-in-the-air retirement plans. If he does choose to retire, he leaves with many accolades and achievements. With the Feb. 7 win, Manning became the first quarterback to win Super Bowls with two franchises.
“I’ll take some time to reflect,” Manning said when asked about retirement. “I got a couple of priorities first. I’m going to go kiss my wife and my kids … I’m going to drink a lot of Budweiser tonight,” ESPN reported. According to CBS Sports, Manning has until Mar. 9 to decide.
Carina Wang, Staff Writer
Sophomore Carina Wang is a staff writer for the 2015-2016 Colonel. She is on the FIRST Robotics team.