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After the Carolina Panthers lose to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 24-10 , A reporter asked if Newton asked if Denver had done anything unexpected to counterbalance his offensive threat.
“Nothing different,” Newton mumbled.
Next he was asked if the Broncos’ win was proof that great defenses have the ability to stifle even the most potent offense. Newton responded with a stare and shrug.
When quizzed as to what head coach Ron Rivera had told his team after the match, Newton was no more forthcoming. “(Coach) told us lots of things,” Newton said.
After two more questions were met with nothing audible in the way of reaction, Newton finally gave his only complete answer.
“They just played better than us,” Newton said, when asked to put his disappointment into words. “They made more plays than us and that’s what it came down to. We had our opportunities.
“It weren’t nothing special that they did. We dropped balls, we turned the ball over, gave up sacks, threw errant passes, that’s it. We lost.”
That was as talkative as Newton got, and when he was asked about what sympathy he had for his teammates, he simply stood without a word, left the podium and retreated to the locker room.
Soon after, he walked slowly through the bowels of the arena, climbed onto the Carolina team bus, and slouched into the front seat.
The effervescent, electrifying figure that was seen for most of the season was gone. A long off-season of soul-searching had begun.
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