Panthers' Ted Ginn: Tallies 74 yards receiving in Super Bowl loss
The 30-year-old was unable to convert many of his game-high 10 targets due to a suffocating Broncos defense, but did secure a game-long 45-yard pass from Cam Newton on the second play of the third quarter. Denver was also careful to not allow Ginn many opportunities to do some of his trademark damage on punt returns, limiting him to just two yards on the three occasions in which he touch the ball on special teams. Despite difficulties hanging on to the ball at times throughout 2015, Ginn certainly proved to be serviceable and at times dynamic big-play threat. He hauled in 44 receptions for 739 yards and a career-high 10 touchdowns during the campaign, serving as a particularly valuable weapon in the season-long absence of Kelvin Benjamin (knee).
Panthers' Jonathan Stewart: Gains 29 yards rushing, scores touchdown in Super Bowl loss
The eight-year veteran, who endured foot and ankle ailments late in the season and postseason, avoided serious injury in the first quarter after his left leg was trapped under several players following a run and he was momentarily bent backward at an awkward angle. Stewart limped off the field and returned late in the period, eventually diving into the end zone from one-yard out early in the second quarter to close out a nine-play, 73-yard drive. The 28-year-old otherwise found tough sledding against a ferocious Denver front that yielded little on the day. Although his season concluded with a thud, Stewart gave the
Panthers' Cam Newton: Throws for 265 yards, one interception in Super Bowl loss
Cam Newton completed 18 of 41 passes for 265 yards and an interception, and was also sacked six times in Sunday's 24-10 Super Bowl loss to the Denver Broncos. He gained 45 yards on six rushes and fumbled twice, losing both.
The sixth-year pro's adrenaline seemed to get the best of him early, and a relentless Broncos defense did him in the rest of the way. Newton looked as unsettled as he had all season, rarely enjoying the kind of time he had benefited from throughout his MVP campaign. He was brought down six times, knocked down on 13 occasions, and hurried 17 times overall. Newton also had several overthrows, and his offensive options were further compromised after receiver Philly Brown was forced from the game in the third quarter with a concussion. The Broncos' defensive gameplan and furious pass rush frequently stymied Newton's ability to make game-altering plays on the ground, and forced him into three particularly untimely miscues. Von Miller's sack of Newton in the first quarter led to a Malik Jackson fumble recovery that gave Denver an early 10-0 lead, while T.J Ward's interception of a pass intended for Ted Ginn, Jr. at the Broncos' 10-yard line short-circuited the Carolina Panthers ' opening drive of the third quarter. The game was effectively over when Miller got to Newton again with 4:04 remaining in the fourth quarter and separated him from the ball for a second time, setting up the Broncos offense at the Panthers' five-yard line. Despite the season-ending disappointment, Newton and the Panthers established a formidable foundation on which to build for another championship run, an undertaking that figures to be greatly aided by the return of standout wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin from injury and any additional weapons acquired in the offseason.
Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch: Suggests that he will retire
Marshawn Lynch suggested on his twitter account that he plans to retire this offseason.
Lynch tweeted a hand making the 'peace' symbol, accompanied by a picture of green cleats hanging from a nail. Given the timing of his announcement -- during the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl -- there's perhaps some chance that Lynch is just messing with the media. However, it seems far more likely that he really does intend to retire, as there have been rumors to that effect since the end of Seattle's season.
Panthers' Philly Brown: Ruled out with concussion
Corey Brown left the Super Bowl with a concussion and will not return, according to CBS' broadcast of the game.
Brown suffered his injury in the third quarter and was ruled out for good early in the fourth. He finished with four catches for 80 yards on seven targets, highlighted by an impressive 42-yard reception over two defenders. Brown's absence leaves the team with just three wide receivers -- Ted Ginn, Devin Funchess and Jerricho Cotchery.
Broncos' C.J. Anderson: Starting Super Bowl 50
C.J. Anderson will start Super Bowl 50 against the Panthers, Mike Klis of 9 News Denver reports.
Anderson has been far more effective than Ronnie Hillman over the past month, notching at least 72 rushing yards in four straight games. Overall, Anderson has racked up 55 carries for 312 yards, seven receptions (on 11 targets) for 32 yards, and three touchdowns during that span.
Panthers' Cameron Artis-Payne: Inactive Sunday
Artis-Payne dropped the ball in the divisional round against the Seahawks, but his relegation to the inactive list the past two games has more to do with the relative health of the backfield than any other factor.
Broncos' Darian Stewart: Active Sunday
Darian Stewart (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's Super Bowl against the Panthers, Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post reports.
In advance of the season-ending tilt, Stewart was likely the most iffy of the Denver Broncos ' injured, but with two weeks to rest, he won't be denied by the sprained MCL sustained in the AFC championship game. While his tackle totals were modest from game to game, he was still involved in five turnovers this season (three fumbles and two interceptions).
Broncos' T.J. Ward: Active Sunday
T.J. Ward (ankle) is active for Sunday's Super Bowl against the Panthers, Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post reports.
After the Denver Broncos ' starting safety tandem came out of the AFC championship game with injuries, there was some worry whether Ward and Darian Stewart (knee) would take the field in Super Bowl 50, but full practices Thursday and Friday put an end to those questions.
Panthers' Thomas Davis: Active Sunday
Thomas Davis (forearm) is active for Sunday's Super Bowl against the Broncos.
All signs indicate that Davis is poised to be his typical self Sunday, despite sustaining a broken forearm in the NFC championship game. Expected to start at weak-side linebacker, he'll be donning just a pad on the affected region, meaning contact could be his biggest hindrance to logging a full complement of snaps.
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