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Superbowl 50 session: Denver 7 Carolina 31

Garry Lloyd
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As usual, I dug out my copy of Pizza Box Football today for a solo session in advance of tomorrow's big event. Who will come out on top: Cam Newton or Peyton Manning?

First Quarter
Carolina were first to receive the ball starting at their 26 yard line and moving it down as far as the Denver 25 before they had to settle for a Field goal.
Denver 0 Carolina 3
Unfortunately for Manning, two incomplete passes and just a handful of yards meant Denver had to punt their first possession away, giving Carolina good field position on their 41 yard line. Two first downs later and with the ball on the Denver 30, Stewart broke through the Denver defence to run the ball into the End Zone.
Denver 0 Carolina 10

Second Quarter
Things went from bad to worse at the start of the second quarter as Manning on a third and five threw an interception giving the ball to Carolina on the Denver 28. Control was the name of the game for Carolina as they kept the ball on the ground and their patience was rewarded with a five yard rushing touchdown to extend the lead to 17 points.
Denver 0 Carolina 17
Denver's next play saw them start on their 18 yard line but Manning at last started to make things happen with 37 and 15 yard passing plays in a drive that took them into the Red Zone. Then Hillman and Anderson took over with the latter eventually crossing the line to put Denver on the board at last.
Denver 7 Carolina 17
Carolina's running game was still working well but their advance was brought to an abrupt halt as Newton was sacked at the 41 yard line and the Panthers had to punt the ball away. Into the last two minutes, Carolina's defence proved that anything the Broncos could do, so could they as Manning was also sacked on his own 12 yard line. The resulting punt left Carolina with a couple of plays but their attempted 49 yard Field Goal attempt was wide of the mark so the score remained the same.
Denver 7 Carolina 17

Third Quarter
The Third Quarter proved to be where the two defences could show their worth. Manning was intercepted for a second time on Denver's first drive but Carolina were held around midfield and punted away. After another couple of traded punts, Manning completed a 61 yard passing play to Emmanuel Sanders to the Panthers' 19 yard line. However, a couple of plays later, he was sacked again and tragically for Denver a fairly straightforward 41 yard Field Goal saw Brandon McManus miss for the first time from that range all season.
Denver 7 Carolina 17

Fourth Quarter
Carolina finished the Third Quarter on their 24 but Newton completed a 16 yard pass on the first play of the Fourth Quarter to keep the pressure on the Broncos. Although the drive didn't count for anything, Denver again found themselves getting the ball back on their 20 yard line. Three unsuccessful attempts to move the ball forward meant Carolina picked up possession at midfield with time ticking down. Five plays later, they were celebrating in the End Zone again as things were looking increasingly desperate for Denver.
Denver 7 Carolina 24
With just five minutes left, Manning knew that something needed to happen but he wasn't counting on his next play being picked off for the third time and returned 25 yards to the Denver 8 yard line. Twisting the knife, Carolina capitalised two plays later to extend their lead to 24 points.
Denver 7 Carolina 31
Broncos fans knew it was all over but were able to cheer a 36 yard pass completion on the next drive only to see the erratic Manning throw a fourth interception and Carolina were home and dry. With no risks being taken, they ran the clock down and Denver couldn't do anything when they eventually got the ball back so the Panthers were able to celebrate what turned out to be a very comfortable victory.

Final Score
Denver 7 Carolina 31

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