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Second-quarter analysis: Turnovers, clock management plague Carolina

Neither team took good care of the football in the second quarter of Super Bowl 50.

Carolina running back Mike Tolbert lost a fumble after the Panthers got into Denver territory when he was hit by Broncos safety Darian Stewart. The ball was recovered by Denver linebacker Danny Trevathan.

On the ensuing possession, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was intercepted by Panthers defensive lineman Kony Ealy, who dropped into coverage and stepped in front of intended receiver Emmanuel Sanders.

Carolina demonstrated poor clock management to end the first half. After taking possession at their own 19-yard line with 1:44 remaining and two timeouts, the Panthers managed to reach the Denver 45-yard line, but let the clock run down to 18 seconds before using their final timeout. That limited their ability to get into scoring range, and the half ended on a sack by Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware.

Penalty problems: Broncos cornerback Aqib Taib needs to calm down. Talib took three penalties in the first half, including two personal fouls. The second of those was for a facemask, putting the ball at the Denver 1-yard line. Carolina got on the board on the next play on Jonathan Stewart's touchdown run. On the extra point, Talib was penalized for being offside.

History is made: Broncos punt returner Jordan Norwood had a 61-yard return, setting a Super Bowl record. Norwood elected not to signal for a fair catch, and Panthers defenders Colin Jones and Teddy Williams both pulled up on the play to give Norwood room to make the catch.

 

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