How Von Miller and Wade Phillips Teamed Up to End Cam Newton’s Magic Run

February 8, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — This was supposed to be a story about the passing of the torch. Peyton Manning giving way to Cam Newton. The old MVP to the new MVP. But that didn't happen.
Instead, Manning and the Denver offense limped to a Super Bowl-record-low 194 yards while the defense bottled up and rattled Newton all night. And that became the real story: how Wade Phillips' defense stopped the unstoppable league MVP.    
And how did he do it? By unleashing Von Miller and letting him be an athlete, that's how.
"Coach Wade did a great job putting us in position to win. It was an all-around great effort. We had no doubt. We knew what we had in this group and we knew what we could do."
Malik Jackson's words after the game conveyed the classic postgame swagger that you expect from the winning podium. But they also speak into life the game plan that Phillips put together.
Be yourselves. Play fast. Play loose. Don't let Cam get out of your sight.
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