No one gave Denver a chance, and I mean no one. For the past two weeks, pundits and sports commentators (of which I listen to many) tripped over themselves describing the different ways the Panthers were going to dominate Superbowl 50. Cam Newton is the MVP. Their offensive line is too dominant, their offense as a whole unstoppable. Denver is too weak, too old, too hobbled. The question wasn’t who would win the Superbowl but by how much would Carolina dominate? At least that was the talk, which, once the game actually started, amounted to exactly zero.
What we saw last night was a Denver defense absolutely dominate Cam Newton’s Panthers from start to finish, never letting Carolina get a chance to breathe. Denver didn’t squeak out a win, they won comfortably by two touchdowns. Denver deserved every bit of this Superbowl, the one that no one, absolutely no one thought they could win.
So what’s the life lesson from all this: Forget the skeptics. You do you.
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