The Denver Bronco’s asked their defense to win the biggest game of the season and for veteran quarterback Peyton Manning to manage the game. The result was a 24-10 victory.
Manning’s 56.6 passer rating was only slightly better than Cam Newton (55.4). He completed just 13 of 23 for 141 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. Hardly the type of numbers you would associate with a Super Bowl win.
But the Broncos simply asked Manning to not lose the game. Don’t turn the ball over, like the Carolina Panthers did four times (three by Cam Newton). Denver’s offense may have been boring to watch, but the Bronco’s coaching staff wasn’t worried about style points. They were worried more about winning a Super Bowl.
To pull that off, the Broncos would have to put the game in the hands of their defense.
Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips has been coaching for 40 years, as an assistant, a head coach and now a coordinator. He’s help build one of the league’s top defenses and they showed just how good they are by holding down the Panthers. [Read more…]