Emmanuel Sanders caught 6-of-8 targets for 83 yards in the Broncos' Super Bowl 50 win over the Panthers.
While Demaryius Thomas dealt with Josh Norman's shadow on boundary routes, Sanders worked mostly against Panthers replacement CBs Robert McClain and Cortland Finnegan. Sanders turned in Peyton Manning's biggest pass play, gaining 25 on a crisp third-quarter route and adding 22 two snaps later. The catches set up Brandon McManus' 30-yard field goal. Sanders whipped McClain regularly, leading the Broncos in receptions, yards, and targets. Sanders turns 29 this March. 2016 will be his contract year.
Demaryius Thomas managed one catch for eight yards on six targets in the Broncos' Super Bowl 50 win over the Panthers.
Demaryius got shadow treatment from Josh Norman on perimeter routes. He wasn't targeted until 16 minutes in and was immediately smacked by MLB Luke Kuechly on his first look, missing the pass on Kuechly's deflection. Demaryius' lone catch came on a bubble screen in the slot late in the first half. Norman ultimately won the battle outside. Thomas' best play was to draw a pass interference flag on Norman in the fourth quarter, setting up C.J. Anderson's one-yard TD. The NFL's worst kinda-awesome player, Thomas will return as the Broncos' No. 1 receiver in 2016. His base salary will be $13 million.
Ronnie Hillman failed to gain a yard on five carries and missed his lone target in the Broncos' Super Bowl win over the Panthers.
After C.J. Anderson opened the game with consecutive runs of 8 and 12, struggling Hillman was promptly thrown for a three-yard loss on Denver's very next snap. Anderson was utilized as the Broncos' clear-cut feature back in this one, while Hillman operated as a lightly used change of pace. Hillman was wholly ineffective throughout the playoffs, managing 54 yards on 32 carries (1.69 YPC). Continually buried at the line of scrimmage and weak in pass protection, Hillman will take the bad tape into unrestricted free agency.
C.J. Anderson rushed 23 times for 90 yards and a touchdown and caught 4-of-4 targets for ten yards in the Broncos' Super Bowl win over the Panthers.
Anderson finally and deservedly got the start over Ronnie Hillman and capitalized early with runs of 8 and 12 on his first two carries. Anderson added a tackle-busting 34-yard burst in the second quarter. His one-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter put icing on Denver's win. Although Anderson's slow start and committee with Ronnie Hillman rendered him a fantasy football disappointment, Anderson was very arguably the Broncos' best offensive player from Week 7 on. 25-year-old Anderson now heads to restricted free agency, where he should earn at least a second-round tender.
Peyton Manning completed 13-of-23 passes for 141 yards and an interception in the Broncos' Super Bowl win over the Panthers, 24-10.
A six-point pre-game underdog and the oldest starting quarterback in Super Bowl history, Peyton came out firing with passes on each of the Broncos' first five plays. Although Manning eventually settled into ball-control mode, the game script played directly into Denver's hands as the Broncos' defense strip-sacked Cam Newton for a first-quarter touchdown and Jordan Norwood returned a punt 61 yards. Teams that score defensive TDs in a Super Bowl are now 16-2 all time. Manning threw a second-quarter pick to Panthers DE Kony Ealy on a well-designed zone drop by DC Sean McDermott, but Carolina's offense couldn't capitalize versus Denver's shutdown defense. Although Super Bowl MVP Von Miller and Denver's defense and special teams were more responsible for this win, Peyton can now ride into the sunset with two Super Bowl rings.
A tweet from Marshawn Lynch on Sunday night indicated Lynch plans to retire.
Lynch's tweet -- accessible at the link below -- has a "deuces" sign with two fingers up and a picture of Marshawn's green cleats. The cleats are hanging; BeastMode seems poised to "hang 'em up" after nine NFL seasons.
Corey Brown is done for the day in Super Bowl 50 due to a concussion.
It's a big blow to Carolina's offense, which is down by two scores and will likely need to throw the ball successfully to engineer a comeback. Brown has been the Panthers' best wide receiver this postseason, and had a team-high 80 yards before exiting.
Corey Brown left Sunday's Super Bowl game against the Broncos with a possible concussion.
Brown has had a huge postseason and showed up big time in the Super Bowl before leaving, catching 4-of-7 targets for 80 yards. One play after Brown left the game, Ted Ginn deflected a target into the hands of Broncos ILB Danny Trevathan, giving the ball back to Denver. The Broncos lead 16-7. Brown will need to pass the NFL's in-game concussion tests in order to return.