Broncos' Von Miller: Secures Super Bowl MVP with 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles
The five-year veteran's dominant afternoon rightfully secured him MVP honors, making him only the 10th defensive player to receive the award, and third linebacker overall. Miller's two strip-sacks of Cam Newton provided immeasurable benefit to a
Broncos' Owen Daniels: Totals 18 yards receiving in Super Bowl victory
The veteran tight end notably came up with an impressive 18-yard reception on the game's first play before essentially becoming a non-factor the rest of the way. The 33-year-old put together a solid season in his first Denver campaign, especially considering that he played with a physically compromised Peyton Manning and inexperienced Brock Osweiler. Daniels came close to duplicating the 2014 numbers he'd put up in his lone season in Baltimore, tallying 46 catches for 517 yards and three touchdowns. Under the
Broncos' Demaryius Thomas: Totals eight yards receiving in Super Bowl victory
Demaryius Thomas secured one of six targets for eight yards in Sunday's 24-10 Super Bowl victory over the Panthers.
The 28-year-old barely made his presence felt on the season's biggest stage, suffering a decrease in receptions for the third straight postseason game. Thomas' tough afternoon was a combination of the Josh Norman's tight coverage in the secondary and a lack of time for Peyton Manning on several occasions. He also took a hard hit from Luke Kuechly in the first quarter that may have had a lingering effect on the receiver the rest of the game. Thomas was able to draw a key fourth quarter third-down pass interference penalty in the end zone on Norman that gave Denver new life, and eventually led to C.J. Anderson's decisive one-yard touchdown. The six-year veteran will head into the offseason with more questions than usual following a pedestrian second half of the 2015 campaign, but still figures to slot in as Denver's No. 1 receiver to start the 2016 season.
Broncos' Emmanuel Sanders: Totals 83 yards receiving in Super Bowl victory
Emmanuel Sanders secured six of eight targets for 83 yards in Sunday's 24-10 Super Bowl victory over the Panthers.
The 28-year-old led Denver in targets and receptions, taking advantage of the fact that Josh Norman's attention was focused primarily on Demaryius Thomas. Sanders made several key receptions throughout the game, and was the Denver's leading receiver in the postseason with 16 receptions on 24 targets for 230 yards. With Thomas struggling late in the regular season and postseason, Sanders was arguably the more effective of the two over the second half of the 2015 campaign. Coming off a second consecutive 1,000-yard season, he figures to once again serve as a centerpiece of Denver's offensive attack next season.
Broncos' C.J. Anderson: Posts 100 yards of total offense, touchdown in Super Bowl victory
C.J. Anderson gained 90 yards on 23 carries and scored a rushing touchdown, while also securing four of four targets for 10 yards in Sunday's 24-10 Super Bowl victory over the Panthers.
The third-year pro was named the starter heading into the game and was the clear-cut workhorse on the day, earning 90 tough yards against a talented Panthers front seven. The 23 carries were by far a season high for Anderson, who tallied 234 yards over three postseason games. He ripped off his game-long 34-yard run in the second quarter on the second play following a Mike Tolbert fumble, and impressively muscled his way into the end zone late in the fourth quarter for the deciding touchdown following Von Miller's strip sack of Cam Newton. Anderson was once again productive in 2015 as part of a timeshare in the Denver backfield, and likely goes into the offseason set to compete with Ronnie Hillman for starting duties in 2016.
Broncos' Peyton Manning: Throws for 141 yards in Super Bowl victory
Unlike his first Super Bowl victory nearly a decade ago, Manning was much more of a secondary figure Sunday, largely managing the game while C.J. Anderson ran effectively and the
Panthers' Mike Tolbert: Totals 18 yards rushing, fumbles twice in Super Bowl loss
Mike Tolbert gained 18 yards on five carries in Sunday's 24-10 Super Bowl loss to the Broncos. He also fumbled twice, losing one.
The eight-year veteran had a difficult time holding onto the ball against an opportunistic and hard-hitting Denver front seven, getting stripped at the Broncos 40-yard line in the second quarter by Darian Stewart after a game-long 11-yard run. Tolbert was also separated from the ball in the first quarter, but was able to recover. The Coastal Carolina product was once again used sparingly on offense in his fourth Carolina Panthers season, carrying the ball 62 times and securing 18 receptions. However, he served as valuable veteran insurance in Jonathan Stewart's first season as a feature back, and heads into free agency with the likelihood of filling a similar role on either the Panthers or another club in 2016.
Panthers' Jerricho Cotchery: Totals 17 yards receiving in Super Bowl loss
Jerricho Cotchery secured two of five targets for 17 yards in Sunday's 24-10 Super Bowl loss to the Broncos.
The veteran had some trouble hanging on to the ball, failing to come down with a couple of contested passes against a swarming Broncos secondary. The 12-year veteran nevertheless was a productive component of the Carolina Panthers offense in 2015, grabbing 39 receptions (26 of which went for first downs) for 485 yards and three touchdowns as one of Cam Newton's most trusted move-the-chain targets. While his 80-plus reception years are in the rearview mirror, Cotchery's character in the locker room and savvy on the field figure to earn him a spot on an NFL roster in 2016.
Panthers' Devin Funchess: Totals 40 yards receiving in Super Bowl loss
The Michigan product's highlight of the game was a key 24-yard grab on third down late in the second quarter, helping to extend a
Panthers' Greg Olsen: Totals 41 receiving yards in Super Bowl loss
Greg Olsen secured four of nine targets for 41 yards in Sunday's 24-10 Super Bowl loss to the Broncos.
Cam Newton's favorite target turned in a rather ordinary Super Bowl performance, as both time and pass-catching opportunities were at a premium against Denver's stalwart defense. His game-long 19-yard reception did help set up Carolina's first touchdown, with Olsen creating all the yardage on his run after making the grab at the line of scrimmage. Despite the failed championship bid, Olsen commemorated a second successful campaign in as many seasons in a Carolina Panthers uniform, breaking the 1,000-yard mark through the air for the second consecutive year while also hauling in 77 receptions and recording seven touchdowns.
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