The Broncos' defense and special teams units were the story of the game. Denver returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown and a punt 74 yards for a score, while also sacking Carolina quarterback Cam Newton eight times and forcing two interceptions.
Meanwhile, Denver's Peyton Manning was solid as usual, going 27-of-38 for 301 yards and a score. Rookie running back Ronnie Hillman added another offensive score, and kicker Matt Prater converted two field goals (53 long). Denver's defense scored an additional two points on a sack/safety late in the contest as well.
The game was John Fox's first in Carolina since he was fired by the Panthers in 2010. Needless to say, Fox got the last laugh this time around.