Broncos beat Panthers in Super Bowl

Denver celebrate CJ Anderson's touchdown

Denver scored just one offensive touchdown, through CJ Anderson in the fourth quarter

The Denver Broncos upset the Carolina Panthers 24-10 to win Super Bowl 50.

Carolina were heavy favourites, having lost only once all season and with the league’s Most Valuable Player of the season Cam Newton at quarterback.

But Newton was smothered by the Broncos defence and gave up three turnovers – including one fumble that led to a touchdown.

That opened up an early 10-0 lead for Denver, quarterbacked by veteran Peyton Manning, and they never lost it.

It had been rumoured that the game would be 39-year-old Manning’s last, but he said after the match he would “take time to reflect”.

Newton did not have a good game, but he was not helped by an awful display by Carolina’s receivers, with Jerricho Cotchery guilty of two particularly crucial drops.

It’s a third Super Bowl title for the Broncos, while for the Panthers, the wait for their first goes on.

Key action

  • Broncos win first Super Bowl since 1999
  • Second Super Bowl for Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who throws for one touchdown
  • Malik Jackson scores early defensive touchdown
  • CJ Anderson touchdown clinches victory in fourth quarter
  • Jonathan Stewart scores second-quarter touchdown for Carolina
  • Carolina quarterback Cam Newton gives up three turnovers

Most Valuable Player

Von Miller is a four-time selection for the Pro Bowl, the NFL’s all-star game

Broncos linebacker Von Miller was named the game’s Most Valuable Player after a superb performance in which he managed five tackles, two-and-a-half sacks and two forced fumbles.

He becomes only the tenth defensive player to win the award, and the fourth linebacker.

26-year-old Miller was the number two pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, in which Cam Newton was drafted first by the Panthers.

Coldplay and Beyonce star in half-time show

Coldplay were the first British act to perform at the Super Bowl half-time show since The Who in 2010

British group Coldplay were the main performers at the half-time and they were joined by Beyonce, Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson.

Coldplay opened the show by singing ‘Yellow’ and ‘Viva La Vida’ as children carrying multi-coloured umbrellas and violins streamed onto the pitch.

Beyonce and Bruno Mars were both performing in their second Super Bowl half-time show, but it was Chris Martin’s first

Mars and Ronson performed their hit ‘Uptown Funk’, before Beyonce sang her new song ‘Formation’.

The artists closed the show by performing a mash-up of Coldplay’s hit ‘Fix You’ and Beyonce’s ‘Crazy In Love’.

Mark Ronson enjoyed himself
American comedienne Ellen de Generes declared it the best half-time show ever
But Piers Morgan wasn’t such a fan
Footballer Joey Barton doesn’t expect to see that sort of spectacle at Wembley any time soon

More to follow.

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