Despite being dominated by the Denver Broncos defense for much of Super Bowl 50, Cam Newton still had a chance to give his Carolina Panthers the lead with just over four minutes left and down 16-10. But then something strange happened.
Cam Newton out here making business decisions in the SUPER BOWL pic.twitter.com/0yCyvHNpPu— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) February 8, 2016
Much like he'd done all game long, Von Miller sped into the backfield on 3rd down, stripping Cam of the football just as he was cocking back to launch a pass downfield. The ball fell to the turf, but instead of getting on the ground and diving for it, he just kind of looked at it before taking a step back.
DeMarcus Ware recovered the ball, and the Broncos scored a few players later, essentially putting the game out of reach, Twitter went bananas, with may scratching their head and blasting Cam for not diving to grab the lose ball and play another down. Cleveland Browns safety Donte Whitner came strong.
Coward move...— DonteHitner (@DonteWhitner) February 8, 2016
ESPN NBA reporter J.A. Adande joined in with this:
The official did a good job of staying away from the loose ball...almost as good a job as Cam did— J.A. Adande (@jadande) February 8, 2016
And then the Michael Jordan crying face came out:
Young Carolina fans in the front row tonight pic.twitter.com/72rw138LJ1— Shooter McGavin (@ShooterMcGavin_) February 8, 2016
Well, Cam. It was fun while it all lasted.
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