2016: The Superbowl at 50

112 million. The population of the UK and Kenya added together. The probability of being crushed by a vending machine. The amount of sales Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone has. The amount of revenue Wreck it Ralph made ,in US Dollars. And the amount of people who watched Superbowl 50 this year.

However, that is not the record. In 2015, the Superbowl entertained 115 million people worldwide on their televisions. The Superbowl is the largest sporting event in America, easily surpassing all NBA matches and the NHL. It even ranks as the fourth most watched event worldwide, after the Olympics, the Cricket WC and the Football WC. But what is all the hype and fuss about?

The Superbowl was first played in 1967, and is the annual championship game of the NFL. It used to be played between the winner of the NFL and the AFL, the American Football League. But then in 1970, the two leagues merged and became conferences. Now, the Super Bowl is played between the winner of the two conference’s championship games. So far, the NFC (National Football Conference) has 24 wins to the AFC’s (American Football Conference) 22. The Pittsburgh Steelers have won the Superbowl 6 times, most recently in 2006 and 2009.

This year’s game was played between the winner of the AFC championship game, The Denver Broncos and the winner of the NFC championship game, The Carolina Panthers. The Broncos had won their AFC championship game against the New England Patriots 20-18 on January 24th. The Panthers had won their NFC championship game against the Arizona Cardinals 49-15 on the same day.  This meant they were the favourites coming into the match.

However, the Broncos took the Panthers by storm in the first quarter, taking 10 points to their 0. But, in the second quarter, the Panthers recovered well, taking a 1 yard touchdown and kick to take it to 10-7. Then an amazing 33 yard field goal by McManus of the Broncos brought it back to 13-7, and gave the AFC team a good lead going into the halftime break. Performances in the break came from Coldplay with special guests Beyonce and Bruno Mars. After the break play continued as fierce as ever, and the Broncos again turned to McManus, who slotted in another field goal to make it 16-7. The Broncos looked in prime position going into the final quarter of the night. However, a field goal by Gano of the Panthers made it 16-10. Finally, the Broncos scored another touchdown, this time with a two point pass, to make the title theirs, at 24-10.

And that is how it ended. The Superbowl 50 was won by the Denver Broncos 24-10 to the Carolina Panthers. Another amazing Superbowl Sunday over, and another few records to be beaten. Goodnight, everyone, and see ya next year!


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