Sto­ry­lines

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

Here are other story lines for the 50th Su­per Bowl, which will be Den­ver’s record-ty­ing eighth and Carolina’s se­cond:

Su­per­man: New­ton threw for 335 yards and two TDs, and he ran for 47 yards and a pair of scores, lead­ing Carolina past the Ari­zona Car­di­nals 49-15 in the NFC ti­tle game Sun­day night. It was the type of dy­namic per­for­mance he put in all sea­son, the sort of prom­ise he showed while win­ning a Heis­man Tro­phy in col­lege at Auburn. “I keep say­ing it: We’re not fin­ished. We’re not fin­ished,” New­ton said.

Miller Time: Bron­cos linebacker Von Miller was ter­rific Sun­day, get­ting 2 1/2 sacks and an in­ter­cep­tion in a 20-18 vic­tory over Tom Brady and the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots in the AFC ti­tle game. “I wanted to do it for Pey­ton,” said Miller, who was in­jured and missed Den­ver’s loss to Seat­tle in the 2014 Su­per Bowl.

Dom­i­nant De­fences: Both of th­ese teams ex­cel at de­fence. The Bron­cos led the NFL with 52 sacks and al­lowed a league-low 283.1 yards per game, then made life dif­fi­cult as can be for Brady on Sun­day, knock­ing him to the ground over and over. No one forced more turnovers than the Pan­thers, and only five clubs gave up fewer points (the Bron­cos were one, nat­u­rally). Against Ari­zona, Carolina pro­duced seven take­aways.

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