Broncos beat Panthers 24-10 to win Super Bowl 50

Denver Broncos win third championship over top-seeded Caroline Panthers in Super Bowl 50

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Feb 7, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the game against the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium.

The Denver Broncos won their third National Football League championship with a 24-10 upset victory over the top-seeded Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday.

The Broncos scored early and never trailed as they held the league's highest-scoring offense in check en route to capturing their first Super Bowl title in 17 years.

Denver's Peyton Manning, 39, playing in what could be the final game of his storied NFL game, added another line in the record books as he is now the oldest quarterback to play in a Super Bowl and first to reach 200 wins in the NFL.

But it was the top-ranked Denver defense that can claim credit for the victory after holding the league's highest-scoring offence to a single touchdown and 10 points.

The Denver defense was led by Von Miller who forced Panthers quarterback Cam Newton into two fumbles that were both converted into touchdowns.

Trailing 3-0 in the opening quarter, Carolina quickly found themselves in an even deeper hole when Miller barreled into Newton and stripped the ball from his hands before defensive end Malik Jackson fell on the ball in the end zone for the game's first touchdown.

Miller then ended any hope of a Carolina comeback when he knocked the ball out of Newton's hand on the Panthers four-yard line where the Denver offence took over, CJ Anderson powering his way over from the two for 24-10 lead.

Denver Broncos' C.J. Anderson (22) scores a touchdown in the fourth quarter during the NFL's Super Bowl 50 against the Carolina Panthers in Santa Clara, California February 7, 2016

TRTWorld, Reuters