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9 Feb 2016 02:22 PM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Denver’s Von Miller strips quarterback Cam Newton. (Image Source: Charlie Riedel/Associated Press)

Denver Broncos notes from Super Bowl 50:

— By reaching the Super Bowl for the eighth time, the Denver Broncos matched the Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers for the most appearances. They also became the ninth franchise to win as many as three Super Bowls.

— Head coach Gary Kubiak is the first person to reach the Super Bowl as a player and then win the Super Bowl with the same franchise. Mike Ditka and Tom Flores are the only other head coaches to lead the team they once played for to a Super Bowl victory. He’s also the fourth first-year coach to win it all, joining Jon Gruden of the Tampa Bay Bucs, Don McCaffrey of the Baltimore Colts and George Seifert of the San Francisco 49ers.

— The Broncos took winning with defense to a new level, as the offense managed just 194 total yards, which is the fewest yards by a Super Bowl winner. The previous record low was 244 yards by the Baltimore Ravens in their Super Bowl XXXV win over the New York Giants. In addition, they are just the sixth team to win the Super Bowl without throwing a touchdown pass, the first since John Elway’s Broncos won Super Bowl XXXII.

—  Speaking of Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway…he became the first Super Bowl-winning quarterback to also earn a Super Bowl ring as a general manager. The first player Elway drafted when he was named Executive VP of Football Operations in 2011, was linebacker Von Miller, who was selected as the Super Bowl MVP.

— Speaking of Von Miller, who was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, he became the 10th defensive player to earn Super Bowl MVP honors. He did so by getting in the face of Cam Newton, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Miller recorded six tackles, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbled, two QB hurries and a pass defensed. He’s the fourth linebacker, joining the Dallas Cowboys Chuck Howley (Super Bowl V), the Baltimore Ravens Ray Lewis (Super Bowl XXXV) and the Seattle Seahawks Malcolm Smith (Super Bowl XLVIII) to be named SB MVP.

— Led by Miller, Denver’s defense recorded seven sacks in the Super Bowl, which tied the record set by the 1985 Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XX. The 1975 Pittsburgh Steelers also notched seven sacks in Super Bowl X, which was seven years before the sack became an official stat.

— The Broncos also set a Super Bowl record on special teams when Jordan Norwood returned a second-quarter punt 61 yards, breaking the previous mark held by John Taylor of the San Francisco 49ers (45-yard return in Super Bowl XXIII).  

— With their record 11 wins by seven points or fewer leading up to the Super Bowl, the Broncos were the champions of winning the close one. Denver’s 14-point win over the Carolina Panthers tied for their second-largest margin of victory this season, matching a 14-point win over the San Diego Chargers. A 19-point victory over the Green Bay Packers was their largest of the season.

— Starting with the New England Patriots win over the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX the team wearing white has won 11 of the past 12 Super Bowls. The lone exception was the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV.

— Denver took the early lead with a field goal and the team that has scored first is now 34-16.

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. You can reach him via email: danmogollon@gmail.com.

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