The Denver Broncos are beating the Carolina Panthers at their own game, jumping ahead early Sunday in Super Bowl 50 with 10 first-quarter points.
After an early field goal, Denver scored the game's first touchdown on a Malik Jackson fumble recovery in the end zone after Von Miller strip-sacked Cam Newton.
Twitter was on fire after the play, with comments such as these from Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Network, Scott Kacsmar of Football Outsiders and former NFL wide receiver Donte Stallworth:
They started getting pretty colorful, like this one from former NBA basketball player Greg Anthony:
Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jacques McClendon made note of just how good he thinks Miller is:
Hall of Famer Michael Strahan, who knows a thing or two about sacks, was impressed as well:
The play nearly paid off for FS1’s Clay Travis:
Matt Miller of Bleacher Report kept his analysis of the play short and sweet:
Former pro wrestler The Iron Sheik was a little more descriptive:
As great as the play was, the 10-0 lead doesn’t guarantee anything, especially if you know Broncos’ Super Bowl history, per ESPN Stats & Info:
Of course, that doesn’t mean much to fans watching tonight, even to ones from across the pond. Aston Villa centre back Jores Okore weighed in on Miller and the Broncos defense:
Even the Today Show couldn’t contain its excitement:
All of the excitement never would have happened had a challenge gone the Panthers' way just two plays earlier. Wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery bobbled and dropped what would have been a first-down pass. The incompletion was upheld, and the Denver touchdown soon followed.
Matt Norlander of CBSSports.com commented on the game-changer:
It remains to be seen if the touchdown will determine the outcome of the game, but it's a good sign for the Broncos, per ESPN Stats & Info:
It's definitely been a better start to the Super Bowl for Denver than two years ago against the Seattle Seahawks, when the Broncos were the ones fumbling the ball in their own end zone and giving up early points, including a safety on the opening snap.
All the talk about Denver leading up to the game was about just how good its defense is, and early on, it's easy to see why.