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SUPER BOWL 50: Broncos defense leads way to victory over Panthers

Feb 7, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA;Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak gets Gatorade dumped on him in the closing seconds in Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

SANTA CLARA – Just like his boss, Denver Broncos general manager John Elway, Peyton Manning is in position to go out on top. And, just like Elway, his golden arm really didn't have all that much to do with it.

Manning, 39, became the oldest quarterback to win the Super Bowl when his Broncos upset the Carolina Panthers 24-10 Sunday night at Levi's Stadium. However, after a brilliant career that has him as the NFL's all-time leading passer, he was little more than a bystander to a great defensive performance.

Denver sacked Carolina quarterback Cam Newton six times, 2 1/2

Broncos outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware (94) grabs a loose ball ahead of Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium.

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SANTA CLARA — Von Miller and the Denver Broncos’ No. 1-ranked defense dominated the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. The Panthers, who had the highest-scoring offense in the NFL in 2015, and NFL Most Valuable Player Cam Newton didn’t find their way fighting for survival against a potent pass

Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips on the sidelines in Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium.

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