Twitter Reacts to Malik Jackson's Fumble Recovery and TD in Super Bowl 50

Mike Norris@@MikeNorrisBRFeatured ColumnistFebruary 8, 2016

Denver Broncos’ Von Miller (58) strips the ball from Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton (1) during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. The Broncos recovered the ball for a touchdown. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Charlie Riedel/Associated Press

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:

Daniel Jeremiah @MoveTheSticks

Von Miller is a bad man!!!

Scott Kacsmar @FO_ScottKacsmar

Okay I'm not going to lie I just screamed at my TV. Whoa

Donté Stallworth @DonteStallworth

Von Miller is not even fair coming off that edge like that smh.

They started getting pretty colorful, like this one from former NBA basketball player Greg Anthony:

Greg Anthony @GregAnthony50

Ok Von Miller is #MVP of the 1st qtr! #SB50 followed closely by the @NFL officials 😳 😊

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:

Michael Strahan @michaelstrahan

Von Miller is special! Wow

The play nearly paid off for FS1’s Clay Travis:

Clay Travis @ClayTravis

I had Von Miller strip sack TD at 50-1. So close!

Matt Miller of Bleacher Report kept his analysis of the play short and sweet:

Matt Miller @nfldraftscout

Cam Newton just got rocked!

Former pro wrestler The Iron Sheik was a little more descriptive:

The Iron Sheik @the_ironsheik


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:

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

The 3 10-point comebacks in Super Bowl history: Super Bowl XLIX - Patriots Super Bowl XLIV - Saints Super Bowl XXII - Redskins (vs Broncos)

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:


Another sack for the #Broncos D! #SB50 https://t.co/yqlDC0S2wU

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:

Matt Norlander @MattNorlander

What a swing that call was. CAR goes from decent field position and down three to a Cam fumble and 10 in the hole against the NFL’s No. 1 D.

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:

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Broncos are 5-0 this season when scoring a defensive TD.

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.


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