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By: Eddie Poe
One of the NFL’s all-time great quarterbacks on his final postseason leg sparred off against one of professional football’s relatively new faces, Cam Newton whom most fans may know by his “Superman” persona.
Lady Gaga absolutely slayed the pre-game national anthem and the halftime festivities included a three-headed act featuring Coldplay, Beyonce, and Bruno Mars.
Held at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos took center stage for Super Bowl 50 as 112 million people worldwide tuned in.
Now more than ever, the NFL places high emphasis on their star quarterbacks. The buildup to Super Bowl 50 proved to be no exception.
During the two weeks prior to the big game, the conversation around the country largely centered on the two signal-callers. For Peyton Manning, a win would be a picturesque farewell for the potentially retiring all-time great. On the other side, a win for Cam Newton would be a final crowning for the season’s Most Valuable Player.
With much of the mainstream medias doubt on their shoulders, the Broncos surprised many and beat the Panthers, 24-10.
The Broncos came into the postseason fielding the league’s number one defense. Carolina had their work cut out for them after breezing through the postseason much in thanks to their electrifying offense, captained by Newton.
The headlines were set, expectations were high, something had to give way.
It was a mistake-riddled affair, often at times putting fans to sleep. In the end, it almost seemed a relief that either team were victorious at all.
If fans were expecting a sedately pleasing evening of television, they received just that as both defenses generally impressed. The Carolina defense, stacked with a smothering group of lineman and linebackers, forced two Manning turnovers—an interception early and a fumble—and a whopping eight punts.
The heralded star of the game was Denver’s freak pass-rusher, Von Miller. Midway through the first quarter, he darted across the line of scrimmage and without much effort wrestled the ball from Newton’s hands. His teammates pounced on the ball in the end-zone for the first touchdown of the game leaving the score at 10-0 ending in the first quarter.
For the rest of the evening, Miller tore through Carolina’s offensive line creating a hellish nightmare for Newton all game. He was sacked seven times in all, the last created another fumble that Newton couldn’t muster up the fight to pursue.
The clock ran out. Manning ran out onto the field at the final whistle, received a congratulations from “Papa” John Schnatter and let the world know he’d spend his second Super Bowl victory drinking endless amounts of Budweiser.
Moments after Miller was declared the Super Bowl MVP, the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and CBS commentator Jim Nantz resumed their gushing praise of Manning, thanking him for his illustrious contributions to the league.
As for the commercials, which went for a staggering $5 million for 30-seconds airtime, they simply failed to generate much buzz.
Doritos, which shines on most Super Bowl Sunday’s, featured a soon-to-be father eating the snack while his wife was given an ultrasound. Suddenly, the baby starts moving inside the womb reaching for his father’s Doritos. The pregnant mother throws a chip and the baby leaps out, and just like that there’s a happy, healthy baby.
The one that seemed to catch most viewers’ attention was Mountain Dew’s attempt to promote its Kickstart brand. On your television screen appeared a rather stupidly humorous creature that was one part puppy, one part monkey, and one part baby. Yeah, it seemed like we were all lost on that one.
For the younger viewers, T-Mobile hit it out of the park with their commercial featuring Drake.
A bunch of lawyers from a competitor were seen convincing Drake to change his “Hotline Bling” song to include clauses that would make his song more truthful regarding what their company was offering.
Super Bowl 50 may have left a bad taste in your mouth, but the NFL continues to roll out exceedingly positive numbers on Super Bowl Sundays as they look well on their way towards either international dominance or total destruction.