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First-quarter analysis: Von Miller gets the best of Cam Newton early

At least in the first quarter, No. 2 got the best of No. 1 in Super Bowl 50.

Denver's Von Miller, the No. 2 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, stormed around the edge and sacked Carolina quarterback Came Newton – the No. 1 pick – for a sack and fumble that was recovered in the Panthers' end zone by Denver defensive end Malik Jackson for a touchdown.

Miller, a pending unrestricted free agent, had been overshadowed by Newton, the NFL's MVP, leading up to the game, but is an outstanding player in his own right. Miller had 2.5 sacks in the AFC Championship Game against New England.

Riverboat Ron: Panthers coach Ron Rivera didn't exactly live up to his nickname on Carolina's first possession. He elected to punt on fourth and 1 from the Carolina 28-yard line, when his team needed a little more than a foot for a first down. With Cam Newton at quarterback, there had to be at least some temptation to go for it. Rivera, however, didn't show much of a gambler's mentality.

Catch or no catch: It's the question that does not have an answer in the NFL, and it came up when Carolina's Jericho Cotchery failed to hold onto a pass on a first-down play from the Panthers' 15-yard line. Cotchery bobbled the pass, but appeared to gain possession on his way to the ground. Officials, however, reviewed that the ball touched the ground and moved, sticking with their original call of incomplete.

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