Point it at right tackle Mike Remmers.
Remmers couldn’t handle Denver outside linebacker Von Miller, the Super Bowl MVP. He allowed seven quarterback hurries and three of Carolina’s six sacks in the 24-10 loss, according to Pro Football Focus.
The first sack was the most costly as Miller raced easily past Remmers to strip the ball from Newton. The Broncos recovered in the end zone for a touchdown and 10-0 advantage.
Miller stripped the ball from Newton again late in the fourth quarter with the Panthers trailing by six. Denver converted for a touchdown that iced the game.
Remmers had a minus-6.8 grade from PFF. It was by far his worst game of the season.
Newton had a grade of plus-3.5. Despite a season-low passer rating of 55.4, the league MVP had four drops, three passes thrown away due to pressure and one batted down.
Newton was pressured on 46.9 percent of his dropbacks, compared to 34.5 percent during the regular season. Even the most athletic quarterback in the league couldn’t handle that.