There was talk about Super Bowl 50 being Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s last game. If it truly was the last time he will ever play, at least he has the comfort of knowing that he finished strong through Denver’s 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers. This win makes Broncos 3rd Super Bowl title in franchise history.
The most anticipated story line of the game — the quarterback battle between a future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning, 39, and the league’s Most Valuable Player, 26-year-old Cam Newton. However, the match-up wasn’t quite what fans expected. Cam Newton seemed out of the game and wasn’t quite himself. But, neither quarterback threw for a touchdown all game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. “The high-powered passing attacks — normally on display during a Super Bowl — were replaced by a slugfest on the ground,” according to CBS News.
When asked whether the Super Bowl 50 is the end, Manning said, “I’ll take some time to reflect. I got a couple priorities first. I’m going to go kiss my wife and my kids. … I’m going to drink a lot of Budweiser tonight. Take care of those things first.”
Manning, the oldest quarterback to start the Super Bowl, is now the first quarterback to win the Super Bowl with two franchises; Indianapolis in 2007 was the other.
After the loss, Cam Newton found it difficult to put his loss into words after so much pressure on him to defeat the Broncos; one didn’t have to wonder why. “They just played better than us. What you want me to say, said Panther quarterback Cam Newton. The second half, Cam Newton loss 7 turnovers and Von Miller Won Super Bowl MVP.
Lady Gaga’s Performance
Conversely, all of the performances at the Super Bowl were spectacular. The Internet and social media flooded with comments praising each performance — even news anchors covering the show reported how they, along with fans, went Gaga over Lady Gaga’s national anthem performance.
The Grammy Award winning pop singer rendition of the Star – Spangled Banner was a gospel-inflicted version. Dressed in a glittering red suit, matching eye shadow and American flag inspired shoes, Ms. Gaga received rave reviews for a powerful performance. Many were surprised at how well she sang.
There is so much to say about the half-time performance; it was illuminating. Some said British band Coldplay performance was a disappointment, saying that compared to Beyoncé and Bruno Mars, it looked like an afterthought. However, most would disagree. The three performers complimented each other and fed off each other’s energy to create an unforgettable performance – they blew out the stadium.
Beyoncé’ managed to wow fans by turning the Super Bowl into the Beyoncé show, she did not mix a beat.
Bey performed her latest single “Formation.” Some say it’s a transformation of her becoming an activist, mentioning the black freedom struggle and Trayvon Martin, which was shown in her video on Saturday. Her single is a powerful statement on both racism and police brutality.
Watch the halftime show below!
Bruno and Beyonce
Written by: Taylor Bennett