The Panthers sacked Manning five times on 28 dropbacks, limited the Denver running game to 3.2 yards per carry on their 28 rush attempts, and allowed the Broncos to pick up just one of their 14 third downs. They did enough to win the football game. The rest of Carolinas roster would be hardpressed to say the same. 97. Aqib Talib While the Broncos cornerback deserves a Super Bowl ring for his excellent play during the season, he wont look back at his onfield performance from Sunday fondly, and thats without considering his postgame slip. Talib committed a pair of personal fouls during the first half, including a needless taunting call and a brutal face mask on Corey Brown inside the 5yard line. Even more abhorrently, Talib admitted after the game that he committed the penalty on purpose, knowing that the flag would only cost his team a yard because of where the foul was committed. Its a window into the bizarre mindset of the NFL that there was more talk after the game about Newtons petulant news conference than there was about a player deliberately trying to injure a member of the opposition. Talib finished the first half with three penalties, and the Panthers had more success throwing at him than they did at either Chris Harris Jr. or Bradley Roby, each of whom played superbly. Talibs a good player, and he was part of a phenomenal defensive effort, but this wasnt his day. 81. Cam Newton Speaking of the Panthers quarterback, lets get to him here. Newtons disappointing night became a flashpoint for postgame discussion in a number of different ways, all of which are worth unpacking.