|Carolina v. Denver||Levi's Stadium (Santa Clara, Calif.)||6:30 p.m.||CBS|
With just over four minutes left in the game, Cam Newton dropped back to pass, but before he could get a throw off, Newton's right arm was hit by Broncos linebacker Von Miller, which caused a fumble.
The Broncos ended up with the loose ball, which was almost a miracle because it looked like Newton was in the perfect spot to recover it. Instead of going after the ball though, Newton appeared to avoid DeMarcus Ware.
During the aftermath of the Broncos' 24-10 win, plays like that left at least two Broncos defenders questioning Newton's effort.
Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan basically called Newton selfish. "That's the way he is. Playing for himself," Trevathan told MMQB.com.
Broncos defensive back Aqib Talib agreed, saying, "He didn't want it."
No one was celebrating Newton's downfall more than Talib after the game.
"There ain't no Easter Bunny, there ain't no Santa Claus, there ain't no Superman," Talib toldthe Broncos' official website.
In a separate interview with a Canadian television station, Talib said Newton was probably tearing up in his press conference.
"Cam's probably crying right now," Talib said, via TSN.com.
Trevathan said his team flustered Newton by keeping pressure on him all game.
"Our defense came out there and got after him," Trevathan said. "We never let him get comfortable back there. He made some passes, but he was never comfortable."
Newton was sacked a total of six times in the game. The Panthers quarterback didn't exactly defend himself in his postgame press conference, either. After several questions, he just got up and walked out.
LeBron James said he didn't see Cam Newton's postgame press conference after Super Bowl 50, but shared what it's been like for him to talk to the media after an NBA Finals loss: "I know it's very difficult to play in one of the biggest games of your life and come out on the wrong side of it and then have to automatically answer questions. And we also know as professionals that's part of the business. We also know that you guys are part of the reason that help (make) the game as great as it is, so you got to, as difficult as it is to answer some of the questions that you know this is the last thing you want to talk about, you have to go up there and take the onus, and take the good with the bad. Like I said I didn't see the Cam interview, but I can only imagine what happened. But I've been in that situation before on both sides, so, it's difficult."