Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton’s dream season ended with a nightmare performance.
Fresh off being named the league’s Most Valuable Player, the Panthers fifth-year quarterback was stymied by an aggressive Denver Broncos defense in his first Super Bowl appearance on Sunday.
The 6-foot-5, 111 kilogram quarterback who scored 45 touchdowns during the regular season — and five more in the playoffs — failed to produce a TD running or throwing for the first time this season and the Panthers lost 24-10 in Super Bowl 50.
Newton didn’t get much help from his offensive line which allowed a Super Bowl record-tying seven sacks, or his wide receivers, who dropped big passes at key times.
Newton spent much of the game under heavy duress as the Panthers were unable to handle the pressure of Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware on the edges.
Miller had 2.5 sacks, including two strip-sacks against overmatched right tackle Mike Remmers that led to Denver’s two touchdowns.
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