Quarterbacks outshined by tenacious defenses

Alan Rawles

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This year’s Super Bowl provided viewers with much to talk about. The game was a struggle more between defenses.

The Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers both came to the game with superstar quarterbacks. Peyton Manning and Cam Newton were to be the highlights of the game.

The Broncos and Panthers defenses put a stop to the offensive domination.

The Panthers defense was led by Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis. Kuechly recorded seven solo tackles and one sack. Davis had five solo tackles and one tackle for loss.

The Panthers caused two turnovers, an interception and a fumble, both on Manning.

The Broncos showed a more impressive defensive response. The leaders for Denver were Von Miller and Danny Trevathan. Miller had five solo tackles and an impressive two and a half sacks. Trevathan made four solo tackles.

The Broncos caused four Panther turnovers and scored one defensive touchdown. Miller received the Super Bowl MVP award for his outstanding performance in the game.

Manning was 13-23 with 141 yards passing. C.J. Anderson was the leading rusher with 90 yards rushing and one touchdown. Emmanual Sanders had the most receiving yards recording 83 yards receiving from six receptions.

Newton was 18-41 with 265 yards passing and one interception. Newton was Carolina’s leading rusher with 45 yards rushing. Corey Brown led the Panthers in yards receiving with 80 yards.

The two teams were known for their top defenses this year, but I didn’t think that the highlight would be on the defenses. Some parts of the game were viewed as not interesting because of the dominating defenses. Bailey Granade, a junior General Business major, remarked on the slow portions of the game.

“What part I saw wasn’t very interesting,” Granade said.

The Panthers entered this game with the NFL’s MVP quarterback, but Denver’s defense was sure to be a problem for Newton.

Dylan Sons, a sophomore Atmospheric Science major, was rooting for the Panthers, but he recognized the strength of the Denver defense.

“I knew Denver would give them trouble,” Sons said.

The golden anniversary of the Super Bowl turned out to be a great struggle between defenses. It gave viewers a different experience from the offensive domination of past games.

This focus on defensive battles has the potential to change draft picks.

Teams might put more emphasis on the defensive side of the ball in picking drafts.