By Zane Miller
On Sunday, February 7th, 2016, the Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers 24-10 in Super Bowl 50 to win the 96th championship in NFL history. It was the third (and, as of this writing, most recent) championship for the Broncos franchise as Broncos linebacker Von Miller won the Super Bowl MVP Award. The game was held at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton won the MVP Award with 35 passing touchdowns and 3,837 passing yards, while Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt won his back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year Awards with three forced fumbles and 17 and a half sacks.
Out of Playoffs: New York Jets (10-6), Indianapolis Colts (8-8), Atlanta Falcons (8-8), Philadelphia Eagles (7-9), Oakland Raiders (7-9), St. Louis Rams (7-9), Detroit Lions (7-9), New Orleans Saints (7-9), New York Giants (6-10), Chicago Bears (6-10), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-10), Miami Dolphins (6-10), Baltimore Ravens (5-11), Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11), San Francisco 49ers (5-11), San Diego Chargers (4-12), Dallas Cowboys (4-12), Cleveland Browns (3-13), Tennessee Titans (3-13)
Out in first round: Cincinnati Bengals (L 18-16 to Steelers), Minnesota Vikings (L 10-9 to Seahawks), Washington Redskins (L 35-18 to Packers), Houston Texans (L 30-0 to Chiefs)
Out in second round: Green Bay Packers (L 26-20 (OT) to Cardinals), Kansas City Chiefs (L 27-20 to Patriots), Seattle Seahawks (L 31-24 to Panthers), Pittsburgh Steelers (L 23-16 to Broncos)
Out in third round: New England Patriots (L 20-18 to Broncos), Arizona Cardinals (L 49-15 to Panthers)
Most passing touchdowns: #12 Tom Brady (Patriots)- 36 TD
Most rushing touchdowns: #28 Adrian Peterson (Vikings)- 11 TD & 1,485 yds
Most receiving touchdowns: #15 Brandon Marshall (Jets)- 14 TD & 1,502 yds
Most sacks: #99 JJ Watt (Texans)- 17.5 sacks
Most forced fumbles: #91 Jamie Collins (Patriots)- 5 FF
Most interceptions: #22 Marcus Peters (Chiefs)- 8 INT & 2 TD
Best field goal percentage (min. 12 attempts): #5 Dan Bailey (Cowboys)- 30 for 32, 93.8%, 25 for 25 on extra point attempts
Link to stats database: https://www.pro-football-reference.com/years/2015/
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