Super Bowl 50 might have been a defensive feast. However the biggest question after underdog Denver Broncos have beaten the Carolina Panthers 24–10 is whether Peyton Manning to retire or not.
Super Bowl 50 was all about defenses. And we knew it before, since two of the best #D units have reached the final. And as the Carolina Panthers considered as having the upper hand in offense and productivity, they seemed to be the more complete team beforehand.
That’s why the Panthers were six-point favorites at legal online betting sites in the US, according to gambling news before the Super Bowl. But the Broncos had Peyton Manning, arguably the best NFL quarterback ever playing the game. Not that anybody expected him throwing 400 yards and 5 touchdowns. But still, his experience and knowledge was a factor that had to be considered before the game.
Steel Curtain. Legion of Boom. Orange Rush?
— ESPN (@espn) February 7, 2016
Manning was no more than a game manager on the field. Super Bowl 50 was won by the Denver defense. Not unsurprisingly, an outside linebacker Super Bowl MVP Von Miller was chosen. 6 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, sports scores news report and his numbers speak for itself. However, Peyton Manning still proved to be a decisive factor according to Broncos players.
Manning and DeMarcus Ware, Miller’s pair in the Broncos’ pass rush unit, held speeches on Saturday night for the Denver Broncos. Linebacker Brandon Marshall revealed that it was a very emotional event. He said, “Both got choked up. And I got a little emotional. It was amazing to see that.” He also revealed that Manning was close tho shed tears.
Tight end Owen Daniel also confirmed that the speeches of the two were very emotional and that it meant a lot for the team. Guard Evan Mathis added, “Peyton got up and it was a good talk and he was serious and funny. He said a lot of good things. DeMarcus got up there – DeMarcus is a very serious and emotional speaker. We were ready to go and it got us even more ready to go.”
Demaryius Thomas’ mother was in prison 6 months ago & had never seen her son play. Now, she celebrates a Super Bowl. pic.twitter.com/XaEBdUuulR
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It was a rough week for defensive end Antonio Smith. He learned recently that his father died while serving his life sentence in jail. He spoke about how Ware’s speech helped the team mentally. He expressed that “D-Ware said that neither one of us had to worry about anything going wrong on the field because, if one side slipped, you got a horde of angels behind you: And that’s the defense. And if the other side doesn’t do good, you know, the protection for that horde of angels: that’s the offense. I think the guys really took that to heart and believed and had faith that nothing was going to stop us from being Super Bowl champions today.”
During the game, the Broncos offense started confidently, but flinched a couple of times. But they had not to worry indeed. The defense was there to help them out. They scored a touchdown, provided excellent field position for the offense several times and also set up the TD that killed the game off. Manning basically had two tasks: to remain calm and supervise things while the defense was torturing Cam Newton.
Manning was in a similar situation in 2007. He only had to stay calm, while Rex Grossman lost the game against an excellent Indianapolis Colts defense. Back than Manning still became Super Bowl MVP. This time it was not possible with his arms being considerably weaker. But it wasn’t about that. Now he has a 2–2 record in Super Bowl finals. And the acquirement of his second ring brought the perfect opportunity for Peyton Manning to retire.
Still, it is unclear whether Peyton Manning to retire after his second Super Bowl win. If it was up to his mother, Peyton was already done. He turns 40 in March, has pain everywhere in his body. He also has to go under the knife to repair his hips. And Brock Osweiler is there to supervise this offense just like Manning did. This franchise would be boosted by its elite defense for a couple of years more.
However, Manning loves this game so much that it is really an option for him to carry on playing for one more year. Let’s say, for the Los Angeles Rams. Big money, big hype, sunshine, Hollywood. That would be the icing on the cake for him. And for many fans of gambling facts.
Still, I’d give 95% percent for Peyton Manning to retire after this achievement. He is one of the twelve quarterbacks with multiple Super Bowl wins. Now the circle is complete. He only has to worry about somehow his brother Eli getting his third ring in the future…