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THE SUPER BOWL 50 RE-CAP: BRONCOS DEFENSE STEALS THE SHOW IN 24-10 WIN AGAINST THE PANTHERS - BUT WE'VE GOT MAJOR ISSUES TO TACKLE
So much for getting a "golden game" in the "golden state" in Super Bowl 50 ... Okay, so everyone's giving a tip-of-the-cap today to a Denver Broncos' defense that was absolutely stifling in Sunday's 24-10 snuff-out win against the 5-point favorite Carolina Panthers -- but let's make sure this is a shared storyline here:
The NFC champion Panthers - winners of 17-of-18 games this year while heading into SB 50 - were dreadful from the pre-snap penalties to the dropped passes to the errant throws to the low, low, low quality of this league-leading offense and let's not spare the special teams either as they were an utter embarrassment!
Wait ... was this really/truly the team that scored an NFL-best 500 points this year and then rolled up a grand total of 80 points in back-to-back playoff home wins versus Seattle and Arizona?
Sorry, but we're not gonna be quite as "speechless" as Carolina QB Cam Newton was - and shame on him for being such a bad loser in the post-game presser and shame on the ESPN analysts (all former players) who cut 'em all that slack for being such a bore.
Answer the questions, Cam, take your medicine and then get the hell outta Dodge. Future "face of the league"? Hope not!
Okay, so we'll get into more SB 50 details shortly but first some quickie items to clear up here in today's Jim Sez:
So, let's do a little pointspread house-cleaning here as we put a capper on the 2015 Football Season ...
The AFC thus exited this Super Bowl 50 victory at 22-25-3 ATS (against the spread) all-time in SB games for a .468 winning rate while Carolina's loss means Super Bowl Betting Favorites are now also 22-25-3 against the odds with dogs having won each of the last five Super Bowls in outright upset fashion - remember that New England (+ 1) downed Seattle 28-24 last year, Seattle (+ 2) crushed Denver 43-8 two years ago, Baltimore (+ 5) beat San Francisco 34-31 in the Super Bowl that ended the 2012 campaign and the New York Giants (+ 3) downed New England 21-17 to wrap up the 2011 NFL season.
Now, here's a final look back at the last 10 Super Bowls:
|2011||NY Giants||+3||New England||21-17|
|2007||NY Giants||+12||New England||17-14|
Now consider that Denver finished the year at 9-6-4 ATS for a .600 winning rate while Carolina finished up at 13-6 versus the vig this year (a .684 winning rate).
The 2015 football season's officially now been put to bed but Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers will continue to pile up the profits all this week/month with loads of NBA and NCAA Basketball winners right here online or at our toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 - so go ahead and pound the books with hard court action today! BLUE RIBBON BASKETBALL Plays are on a 25-8 run after a 3-0 Saturday with Creighton, Richmond, and Virginia Tech and 1-1 Sunday
SUPER BOWL 50
DENVER 24, CAROLINA 10 - Let's start by saying that there could have been co-MVPs here with Broncos' OLB Von Miller (2.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, lots of mayhem) sharing the award with Denver defensive coordinator Wade Phillips who just wrapped up one of the great post-season trifectas in league history as his stop unit surrendered a grand total of four offensive touchdowns to teams quarterbacked by Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger, New England's Tom Brady and Carolina's Cam Newton.
Phillips' pressurizing game plan - most times the Broncos rushed at least five men at a confused (and overrated) Panthers' offensive line - was brilliant and one that we doubted would work here mainly because Newton appeared to have great escape skills and the blocking wall was in a real rhythm in recent weeks but instead Miller and OLB DeMarcus Ware and mates surged forward like a dam had busted and gave Newton major headaches (and body aches) from start to finish.
Please don't ask if the Panthers' coaching staff made any adjustments - gotta feeling head coach Ron Rivera was too busy chucking out red challenge flags at rather inopportune times while offensive coordinator Mike Shula had trouble counting ... yes, Mike, you need to keep six blockers in if Denver's pass-rushing six guys, okay?
Forget for a single moment that Carolina was negatively impacted early on when RB Jonathan Stewart (12 carries for 29 yards) suffered a foot/ankle injury because he never did provide a threat but the Panthers managed to convert a mere 3-of-15 plays on third down and committed four turnovers (three lost fumbles and one Newton INT that actually should have been a completed pass to WR Ted Ginn Jr. inside Denver's 10-yard line) and we never got the feel that Carolina was gonna get its act together offensively ... nor did we ever get the feel Carolina was gonna win this SB 50 even when it was a one-score game for a chunk of the fourth quarter (it was 16-10 in Denver's favor for more than seven minutes of clock time).
Carolina's defense, however, did get its act together after a sluggish start that included a couple of QB Manning completions and a big 12-yard run by RB C.J. Anderson - the Panthers' defense was the hidden gem in this game as it held Manning and Company to 1-of-14 on third down (and that was after Denver succeeded in its initial third down of the game).
The truth is Manning (13-of-23 passing for 141 yards and ) TDs with 1 INT) was even less a "game manager" than one might have imagined heading in here as the Broncos got very conservative with a slew of third-down plays as head coach Gary Kubiak simply relied on his defense to hold Newton and Carolina at bay and the strategy worked wonders.
Both Anderson (90 yards rushing on some 23 carries) and WR Emmanuel Sanders (6 receptions worth 83 yards) make solid contributions to this Denver offense but this was all about getting the lead and allowing the Bronco pass rushers to tee off and keep Newton on the turf -- and out of it mentally.
Again, the Broncos - winners of the organization's first Super Bowl since the 1998 season - deserve all the plaudits today but Carolina's wobbly offensive game plan and in-game gaffes made you think about just how Denver played on offense two years ago in SB 48 when that Manning-led team was pummeled 43-8 by the Seattle Seahawks.
If you're old enough, it also reminded you of some of the early Super Bowls when teams simply didn't respond like champions when push came to shove and, looking back, we're quite sure we'll remember the strip sack by Miller that resulted in DL Malik Jackson's fall-on-the-ball touchdown that made it 10-0, Miller's sack that caused another fumble the Broncos fell on and the Manning "Retirement Party" that was a tad over the top for us but we get it (and let's not forget more perfect FG kicks by PK Brandon McManus who didn't miss this post-season) ... but the real story was it all seemed like "Carolina's year" right from the very start of this once-perfect season and yet things crumbled to pieces faster than you can say Jake Delhomme!
Among other things to chew on this off-season, Carolina must be questioning Newton and his sour showing here - again, the OL could have saved his bacon a lot more but it didn't happen - and wondering aloud how the league's newly-named MVP is gonna bounce back from this one. It could be a real looong off-season for a Panthers' crew that bullied lots of teams this year and now clearly got sand kicked in their collective faces in the biggest game/challenge of the year.
And it makes you wonder if maybe the Panthers need more help than initially thought at wide receiver - the return of Kelvin Benjamin next year will help, but will it be enough - and if Carolina will get such a good shot to win it all again because Tampa Bay's on the rise on the NFC South and gotta feeling New Orleans could be a 10- or 11-win team next year.
Remember Dan Marino? He went to a Super Bowl in his second season in the league with the 1984 Miami Dolphins; never went back.
If the same fate beholds Newton, well, remember where you read it first, okay?
Final SB 50 Notes:
No question that the Broncos' record-worst 194 total offensive yards gained by a Super Bowl champ had Manning (among others) a bit sheepish in the post-game interview sessions but what about the fact Carolina had the ball for 75 snaps on offense and scored just one TD? ...
Newton's lousy stat line - 18-of-41 passing for 265 yards with 0 TDs and 1 INT while getting sacked six times (the Broncos also had a sack of Ginn on an attempted trick play) - was pretty bad but we counted up at least four passes that should have been caught for at least 75 yards and so do give Mr. Newton a break here ...
Finally, this wound up being the first-ever 24-10 final in a Super Bowl game with a note that the Broncos' other Super Bowl wins were 31-24 over Green Bay in SB XXXII and then a 34-19 win against Atlanta the next year in SB XXXIII - and now we've had our ninth first-time Super Bowl-winning head coach in the last 11 games with Kubiak joining the ranks of Seattle's Pete Carroll, Baltimore's John Harbaugh, Green Bay's Mike McCarthy, New Orleans' Sean Payton, Pittsburgh's Mike Tomlin, New York Giants' Tom Coughlin, Indianapolis' Tony Dungy and Pittsburgh's Bill Cowher.
Finally, need a Super Bowl LI (that's 51) prediction to hold you over till August? We have the right to change our mind but - as of this minute - we'll say next year's Super Bowl in Houston will pit the Green Bay Packers versus the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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