You can’t be mad. You can’t (unless of course you’re Cam Newton and his offensive line). Unfortunately, Cam was a sham, but it wasn’t all his fault. Not entirely. Denver’s dominant “D” punished the Panthers as Carolina’s “O” line looked like Swiss cheese. They just couldn’t keep Demarcus Ware and Von Miller, the Super Bowl MVP, off and away from the MVP of the NFL.
Peyton Manning wanted to make one thing perfectly clear when he arrived in the Golden Gate City for the golden anniversary of the Super Bowl: “Our defense is what got us here.” Two years ago, Manning brought along the league’s top offense — in fact, the highest-scoring team in NFL history — and things didn’t work out. This time, he’s tagging along with the league’s No. 1 defense.
The “Orange Rush” finished first in the NFL in sacks, yards per play, pass defense and total defense. But to earn their place atop or even alongside the ’85 Bears or ’00 Ravens, Denver’s fearsome front-seven and star-studded secondary did what few thought they could do: they corralled Cam Newton and beat up and beat down the favored Carolina Panthers.
So, congrats to Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. Now Peyton, who just won his 200th game, the most in NFL history, can ride off into that orange sunset with a second Super Bowl ring. Manning mustered an almost magical performance this season out of his 39-year-old body and that quick mind. And he deserves all of the accolades he can get. It wasn’t easy and sometimes it wasn’t pretty, but in the end, the old man got it done.
And I’m especially happy for Denver Coach Gary Kubiak. Kubiak is a first year coach who was fired by the Houston Texans mid-season in 2013. Winning the Super Bowl in your first year is not bad and not too shabby, either.
So we get another moral, mystical message and another spiritual, theological lesson from Denver and Manning and Coach Kubiak. Denver lost the Super Bowl two years ago in horrific fashion, and this year, they won going away. So it just goes to show ya: you can comeback from way back and you can turn it all the way around.