Cam Newton took the NFL by storm this year. Analysts and football experts everywhere knew he was something special, but his dominance throughout the entirety of this season was something not many expected so soon. On his way to being a top contender for the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award this year, he racked up 4,400 yards of total offense with 40 touchdown passes.
This Sunday, he put on a similarly dominant performance against the Bengals en route to his first Super Bowl appearance. Fox Sports reports that Cam Newton threw for two touchdowns, and ran for two others in the game.
On the other side of the NFL, Peyton Manning lead the Broncos to their second Super Bowl appearance in three years, despite doubts from experts and analysts alike. He will become the oldest quarterback ever to start a Super Bowl at an age of 39 years and 320 days. Some speculate this might be his last game ever — and if it is, yesterday was the last time fans will ever get to see the classic Tom Brady versus Peyton Manning rivalry.
“We could never play on our terms, so it was an uphill battle all day,” Brady said.
It’s easy to see the respect that Peyton has for Brady, but after his game on Sunday, Cam Newton had some high praise for his Super Bowl counterpart.
When told about who he’ll be facing in the Super Bowl, Cam responded, “Oh wow. Playing the sheriff. Well either way, we’re going to live in the moment.”
Elaborating on the victory, Cam said “You’ve thought of this moment way before this moment, you’ve played it out so many times in your mind… It’s like that dream is becoming a reality.”
The win on the other side of the NFL was just as precious to Peyton Manning, who said after the game, “There’s no question this is a sweet day; this was a sweet victory. To me, this victory sort of is a great example of what this entire season has been like. It hasn’t been easy, it’s been a lot of different people stepping up doing their parts at different times.”
This is going to be Peyton’s fourth Super Bowl appearance, and he’s the first quarterback in NFL history to lead multiple teams to multiple Super Bowls.
Looking back on the bumpy year, Peyton said “My role has been different and my contributions are different, but I’m fortunate and grateful that I have the opportunity to contribute still, in some way. And it’s a great honor to be going back to the Super Bowl.”
The Tampa Bay Times reports that Cam Newton is just 26-years-old, a stark contrast to the age of Peyton Manning.
Whether Cam Newton’s youth can beat Peyton Manning’s experience is a whole other story entirely, but the major headline leading up to the next Super Bowl will most certainly be that of Manning versus Newton.
The Panthers and Broncos both have two weeks to rest and prepare for the biggest game of the year. One thing’s for sure, Cam Newton will be ready for “The Sheriff” come game time.
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