This past Sunday the Super Bowl celebrated its Golden Anniversary. The Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers by a final score of 24-10 in Super Bowl 50.
The Broncos, lead by future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning for possibly the last time before he retires, knocked off the reigning MVP Cam Newton in a defensive battle. Manning set a record himself on Sunday as the oldest quarterback to ever win a Super Bowl.
“I hope Manning retires because he has done everything he needs to do,” principal Herb McPherson said. “He’s not physically able to play up to his standards anymore and he needs to go out on top.”
Denver got a strip sack on Newton in the first quarter to score the first touchdown of the game and their defense recovered two more fumbles and got another interception which led to 14 more Broncos points. Neither team could generate much offense the whole game, with Denver being the first team to win a Super Bowl with less than 200 yards of total offense.
“I thought that it was a really well fought defensive battle and overall it was a pretty good game,” senior Brady McComb said.
The game itself was a major story, but this year, being the 50th Anniversary, was a new story in itself.
On January 15, 1967, the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10 in the first Super Bowl at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. That game had an attendance of almost 62,000 while this latest game had over 83,000 people in the stadium.
Another difference was the entertainment surrounding the big game. Currently, the halftime shows are huge shows with some of the biggest names in music performing, while the original halftime simply had a band perform.
“The halftime show was better than previous years in my opinion,” senior Bryce McKennon said. “I thought it was really cool how the whole stadium got involved in it this year.”
One of the biggest differences was the difference in money between the games. At Super Bowl I the tickets topped out at $12 a ticket, while at the latest game the most expensive tickets topped out at just short of $28,000. The cheapest ticket sold for just over $2000.
Super Bowls have accounted for the 21 most watched television programs in US television history. The past six Super Bowls have all had over 100 million viewers while Super bowl I had almost 52,000 viewers. That number had doubled in the past 50 years and it continues to grow every year.