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SAN JOSE —Von Miller forced two fumbles to set up Denver’s two touchdowns and the Broncos defense frustrated Cam Newton all game to carry Peyton Manning to his second Super Bowl title with a 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
Manning threw for just 141 yards and committed two turnovers in one of the least productive games of his brilliant career that could be coming to an end.
But with Miller leading a defense that recorded a Super Bowl record-tying seven sacks and forced four turnovers for the Broncos (15-4), Manning ended an up-and-down, injury-riddled season with another title to go with the one he won with Indianapolis nine years ago.
Newton’s MVP season ended in disappointment for the Panthers (17-2). He lost two fumbles, threw an interception and failed to produce a touchdown for the only time this season.
Broncos linebacker Von Miller earns Super Bowl MVP honors
Linebacker Von Miller earned Super Bowl MVP honors Sunday night, forcing two fumbles and getting 2 1/2 sacks to help the Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers 24-10 for the championship.
Five years after being drafted No. 2 behind Cam Newton, Miller harassed Carolina’s quarterback from start to finish.
Denver’s first touchdown came when Miller ripped the football away from Newton, and the fumble was recovered in the end zone by defensive end Malik Jackson to put the Broncos ahead 10-0 about 8 1/2 minutes into the game.
And Denver’s other TD came on a 4-yard drive after Miller knocked the ball out of Newton’s hand again, this time with 4 minutes left in the fourth quarter.
Keep Pounding drum
Golden State Warriors guard and NBA MVP Stephen Curry had the honors of banging the “Keep Pounding” drum for the Panthers.
Curry, who grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, and played at nearby Davidson College, remains a huge Panthers fan. He even wore Panthers gear at Warriors practice the day of the NFC championship.
Curry also hit the drum before the team’s home opener against the Houston Texans. The Panthers viewed it as a good luck since they didn’t lose at home all season.
Hitting the drum before the game is a tradition honoring the late Sam Mills, a former Panthers linebacker and coach who died of intestinal cancer inspired the message of “Keep Pounding.”