The Panthers that took the field against the Denver Broncos isn’t the same team that decimated the Arizona Cardinals and the Seattle Seahawks in the playoffs. Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton looked out-of-sorts in the first drive, completely over throwing easy passes.
The Broncos’ defense completely manhandled the Panthers’ offense. The Panthers’ offensive line was pushed around the entire game. Wide receivers couldn’t get open against Denver’s secondary.
The only bright spot was the Panthers’ defense. Like the Broncos, the Panthers had a Super Bowl winning defense, but the league’s highest scoring offense was shutdown.
When responding to critics, Newton often said if people don’t like him dancing then defenses need to keep him out of the end zone.
The Broncos did just that.