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NFL News: Notes from Super Bowl 50



With their victory in Super Bowl 50, the Broncos are the ninth franchise to win as many as three Super Bowl championships.  This was the eighth Super Bowl appearance for the Broncos, matching the record also shared by the Patriots, Steelers and Cowboys.


The second overall selection in the 2011 draft, Miller became the 10th defensive player in Super Bowl history to be selected as the Super Bowl MVP by harassing the first overall pick in that draft, quarterback Cam Newton of the Panthers.  Miller had 2.5 sacks, 6 total tackles, 2 forced fumbles, 2 hurries and a pass defensed.  The other three linebackers to be chosen Super Bowl MVP are Chuck Howley of the Cowboys (Super Bowl V), Ray Lewis of the Ravens (Super Bowl XXXV) and Malcolm Smith of the Seahawks (Super Bowl XLVIII).



With his victory in Super Bowl 50, Peyton Manning, at age 39, becomes the oldest starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl.  He eclipses the previous record held by Broncos GM John Elway who was 38 when he won Super Bowl XXXIII to complete the 1998 season.


Manning also becomes the first quarterback to start and win Super Bowls for two different teams.  He also won Super Bowl XLI (2006 season) for the Indianapolis Colts.  He is the third quarterback to start for two teams, joining Kurt Warner (Rams, Cardinals) and Craig Morton (Cowboys, Broncos).


With the win, Manning became the first NFL quarterback with 200 career wins (186 regular season and 14 postseason).  He had been tied with Brett Favre, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2016, with 199.


The 61-yard punt return of Jordan Norwood in the second quarter was the longest in Super Bowl history.  John Taylor of the 49ers had held the mark since Super Bowl XXIII with a return of 45 yards.


The Broncos tied the Super Bowl record by recording seven sacks in today’s game.  It  was officially set by the Bears in Super Bowl XX (1985 season) but the Steelers are also credited with seven sacks in Super Bowl X (1975 season) before sacks became an official statistic in 1982.


Although it was the Broncos with seven sacks, it was a member of the Panthers, Kony Ealy, who tied the individual sack record with three sacks.  He now shares the mark with Reggie White of the Packers in Super Bowl XXXI and Darnell Dockett of the Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII.


Ealy also became the first player in Super Bowl history to record multiple sacks and an interception in the same game.  He is the first player since Leslie O’Neal of the Chargers (1/2/93 vs. Kansas City) with multiple sacks, an interception and a forced fumble in a postseason game.



With Denver`s win today, the teams wearing white jerseys have won 11 of the last 12 Super Bowl games.  It is a run that began with the Patriots win over the Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX (the Packers in Super Bowl XLV are the exception).


Teams scoring first are now 34-16 in the Super Bowl as the Broncos started the scoring with a field goal.


Denver’s victory extends the NFC’s lead in Super Bowl play to 26-24.


The Panthers had trailed at halftime only twice in 18 previous games this season, and on both previous occasions by just three points.  The six-point halftime deficit was their biggest of the year.


The Broncos set an NFL record (for an extended season) with 11 wins by 7 or fewer points.  Their 14-point margin in Super Bowl 50 equaled their second-largest of the season (vs. Green Bay +19, at San Diego +14).



The Broncos gained only 194 yards in today’s win, the fewest for a victorious team in a Super Bowl.  The previous low was 244 yards by the Ravens in their win over the Giants in Super Bowl XXXV.


The Broncos were the sixth team to win a Super Bowl without throwing a touchdown pass.  The Broncos, in Super Bowl XXXII, the first of John Elway’s two Super Bowl champions, were the last team to do so.


Peyton Manning’s 141 passing yards represent the second-lowest total of his 27 postseason games.  He had 137 in a loss for Indianapolis to the Jets in a Wild Card game on January 4, 2003.


Manning’s final numbers for this postseason – 51 of 92 (55.4%), 2 TDs, 1 INT, 75.4 passer rating.


If this is the final postseason game of for Manning, he will end it second to Tom Brady (7,957) in career postseason passing yards with 7,339.  Manning is also second to Brady with 649 postseason completions and 1,027 pass attempts.  He is 4th behind Brady, Joe Montana and Brett Favre with 40 passing TDs.


Manning wins his second Super Bowl championship nine years after his first for the Colts in Super Bowl XLI.  Only Tom Brady, XXXIX and XLIX, had a longer gap as a QB with 11 years.


Von Miller was the first player drafted by John Elway when he became Executive VP of Football Operations in 2011 (now Exec VP of Football Ops/GM).


Elway is the first Super Bowl-winning QB to also win a Super Bowl ring as a GM.



Kubiak became the first coach to win a Super Bowl for the same team for which he was rostered as a player in the Super Bowl.  He joins Tom Flores (Raiders) and Mike Ditka (Bears) as the third coach to win the Super Bowl as a head coach for a team he played for.


Kubiak became the fourth coach to win a Super Bowl in his first year as the head coach of that team.  The most recent was Jon Gruden of the Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVIII.  The others are Don McCaffrey of the Colts in Super Bowl V and George Seifert of the 49ers (over the Broncos) in Super Bowl XXIV.



The Panthers were held to 10 points, their lowest total of a season in which they led the NFL in scoring.  They had reached 20 points in all but one of their 18 games (13 in their lone regular season loss to Atlanta in Week 16).


The seven sacks suffered by the Panthers in Super Bowl 50 (six of Cam Newton, one of Ted Ginn, Jr.) were the most they had allowed this season.  So, too, were the four turnovers.


The Panthers did extend their streak of consecutive games with 100+ yards rushing to 32 (regular season plus postseason).


The Panthers failed in their bid to join the 49ers (Super Bowl XXI) and Bears (Super Bowl XX) as teams that won the Super Bowl with an 18-1 record.  The Patriots in the 2007 season, also ended with an 18-1 record after their loss in Super Bowl XLII.  The Panthers are one of eight teams to go 17-2, plus the 17-0 1972 Miami Dolphins.



NFL announces Super Bowl 50 Records set or tied



Compiled By Elias Sports Bureau


Oldest Quarterback To Start – 39, Peyton Manning

Oldest Quarterback To Win – 39, Peyton Manning

Longest Punt Return – 61 yards, Jordan Norwood

Most Times Sacked, Game, Both Teams – 12, Carolina vs. Denver

Fewest Total Yards, Game, Winning Team – 194, Denver



Most Sacks, Game (Since 1982) – 3, Kony Ealy

Most Fumble Recoveries, Game – 2, Danny Trevathan

Most Touchdowns, Fumble Recoveries, Game – 1, Malik Jackson

Most Two-Point Conversions, Game – 1, Bennie Fowler

Most Games, Team – 8, Denver




Broncos LB Von Miller wins Super Bowl 50 MVP Award

Von Miller By Jeffrey Beall - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https commons.wikimedia


Denver Broncos linebacker VON MILLER was voted the winner of the Pete Rozelle Trophy, awarded to the Super Bowl 50 Most Valuable Player.

This marks the tenth time in Super Bowl history that a defensive player has been named Most Valuable Player. Linebacker MALCOLM SMITH of the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII was the last defensive player to receive the honor.

The award is chosen by a panel of 16, comprised of members of the Pro Football Writers Association of America, selected members of the broadcast media and by fans interactively through the National Football League’s official website,

Miller led a Broncos defense that recorded seven sacks, posting six tackles, two and half sacks, two forced fumbles, one pass defensed and two quarterback hits.

Miller, a fifth-year player from Texas A&M, helped force two turnovers that were instrumental in setting up both Denver touchdowns. His first-quarter sack forced a fumble that was recovered by defensive end MALIK JACKSONin the end zone for a touchdown to the give the Broncos a 10-0 lead. Miller’s second full sack of the game came in the fourth quarter and forced another fumble that was recovered at the Carolina nine-yard line by safety T.J. WARD. Four plays later, Broncos running back C.J. ANDERSON ran for a two-yard score to seal the Broncos 24-10 win.




2015 NFL Honors announced; Newton, Watt, Brown win two each



​The night before the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers meet in Super Bowl 50, the National Football League handed out 17 awards at NFL HONORS – a two-hour primetime awards special saluting the best players, performances and plays from the 2015 season.

In addition, the newest PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME class was announced and introduced during the show with the Class of 2016 appearing on stage at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

The full list of awards and winners include:

AP Most Valuable Player

Presented by Verizon

Cam Newton, QB Carolina Panthers
AP Coach of the Year

presented by Lenovo

Ron Rivera Carolina Panthers
AP Comeback Player of the Year Eric Berry, S Kansas City Chiefs
AP Offensive Player of the Year presented by Microsoft Cam Newton, QB Carolina Panthers
AP Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt, DE Houston Texans
AP Offensive Rookie of the Year Todd Gurley, RB Los Angeles Rams
AP Defensive Rookie of the Year Marcus Peters, CB Kansas City
Rooney Sportsmanship Award presented by McDonald’s Charles Woodson, S Oakland Raiders
Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year presented by Nationwide Anquan Boldin, WR San Francisco 49ers
Deacon Jones Award J.J. Watt, DE Houston Texans
FedEx Air Player of the Year Carson Palmer, QB Arizona Cardinals
FedEx Ground Player of the Year Adrian Peterson, RB Minnesota Vikings
Salute To Service Award Presented by USAA Vincent Jackson, WR Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bridgestone Performance Play

of the Year

Aaron Rodgers, QB Green Bay Packers Fantasy Player of the Year presented by SAP Antonio Brown, WR Pittsburgh Steelers
Courtyard’s Greatness on the Road Award Antonio Brown, WR Pittsburgh Steelers
Clutch Performer of the Year presented by Castrol Drew Brees, QB New Orleans Saints



NFL heading to Mexico! 2016 regular season game, Raiders-Texans in Mexico City

Azteca Stadium By Jymlii Manzo from Atlanta GA, USA - Estadio Azteca III - Guilermo Cañedo, CC BY 2.0, https



Building off of the tremendous success of the NFL International Series of regular-season games in the UK, the NFL will return to Mexico for a regular-season game in 2016, NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL announced today at his press conference in San Francisco in advance of Super Bowl 50.

The Oakland Raiders will host the Houston Texans at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City on Monday night, November 21.  The game will be televised live on ESPN in the United States and on Televisa and ESPN in Mexico, marking the first-ever Monday Night Football game to be played outside the US.

“Expanding our International Series of regular-season games to Mexico marks an important step in our continued international growth,” said NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL. “We have a tremendous, passionate fan base in Mexico and we know the atmosphere on game day will be outstanding.”

The NFL played its first international regular-season game on October 2, 2005 when a crowd of 103,467 saw the Arizona Cardinals defeat the San Francisco 49ers 31-14 in Mexico City.

“Mexico is honored to be selected by the NFL to host a regular season game, “ said Mexico’s Minister of Tourism, ENRIQUE DE LA MADRID CORDERO. “Our country has been host to numerous high-profile international events including Formula One and we look forward to leveraging the popularity of the NFL in the US and international markets to showcase Mexico’s incredible tourism offering.”

“Grupo Televisa is excited to confirm that a regular season NFL match will return to Estadio Azteca in 2016, and continue the tradition of hosting the NFL in Mexico,” said Vice President of Televisa Deportes, YON DE LUISA. “We look forward to celebrate Estadio Azteca’s 50th Anniversary along with Mexico´s increasing and passionate NFL fans.”

“The Raiders are honored to once again represent the National Football League in its International Series,” said Raiders Owner MARK DAVIS. “The Raiders are truly a global brand and we look forward to visiting the loyal and passionate members of the Raider Nation in Mexico.”

“We are excited the Houston Texans can represent the NFL on an international stage for the first time on Monday Night Football this fall,” said Texans Owner ROBERT C. MCNAIR.  “This is a great opportunity to grow our brand on a global scale and we are looking forward to playing in front of a passionate crowd at historic Azteca Stadium.”NFL owners approved a resolution in 2015 to extend the ability to play international regular-season games through 2025 and enable the league to play games in countries other than the United Kingdom.  The success of the International Series in the UK has helped more than double the Sunday television viewership of NFL games there with the Super Bowl audience increasing more than 75 percent.  The league also has developed new and stronger business partnerships and, according to internal research, has a UK fan base of more than 13 million.

The decision to next move the International Series to Mexico was based upon several factors, including general fan interest, current NFL visibility through existing media agreements, the size and value of the overall sports and entertainment market there and the potential to build year-round marketing, sponsorship and fan engagement.

The passion of the Mexican fans is consistent with the burgeoning US Hispanic fan base.  According to the Nielsen Company, average viewership for regular-season NFL games among Hispanics has risen 28 percent in the past five years alone, and the addition of a regular-season game in Mexico will help to unite this extraordinary audience of NFL fans.​



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