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Overall Grade: A
Fourth Quarter: A
Collectively, this has been the best the defense has looked all season. Miller finished the game with six tackles, four of them being for a loss. As a team, Denver sacked Newton seven times and kept him frustrated all day.
About the only thing the Broncos hadn't done was record a safety, and with just over five minutes to play, they even did that when safety Mike Adams brought Newton down in the end zone at the 10:32 mark of the quarter.
As if all of that wasn't enough, Denver didn't allow a single third-down conversion as Carolina was 0-for-12.
An emphatic performance for the Denver defense.
Third Quarter: A+
The Broncos defense has completely taken this game over and Von Miller is having possibly his best day as a pro.
There has been constant pressure on Newton and he has been hurried or hit on nearly every play.
The Broncos have five sacks on the day and after Manning was hit and fumbled, giving Carolina a glimmer of hope, Tony Carter intercepted a Newton pass and ran it back 40 yards for a touchdown.
Through three quarters, Carolina is 0-for-9 on third down.
Second Quarter: B
The defense has continued to apply pressure on Newton, collapsing the pocket and holding him to just 9-of-16 passing.
While the Broncos haven't been able to run the ball, Carolina hasn't either. At the break, they have just 34 yards on the ground, two more than Denver.
First Quarter: C
Von Miller picked up his 10th sack of the season on the Panthers' first possession, but when they got the ball back, they couldn't keep track of tight end Greg Olsen.
The Panthers drove the ball 77 yards down the field in just six plays, capped off with a four-yard touchdown pass from Newton to Olsen. On the drive, Olsen made three catches for 46 yards. Mike Tolbert also had a big 26-yard catch on the drive.