BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Since the big game ended last Sunday, analysts and fans have been discussing whether the Broncos defense-led Super Bowl win was anything like past defense-driven games.

“After Sunday, I think I can say without hesitation that Denver’s defense compares favorably to the 2000 Baltimore Ravens defense as one of the best in the Super Bowl era,” wrote’s Pat Kirwan. Denver’s defense was great, but the statistics show that Denver’s defensive Super Bowl 50 performance doesn’t even compare to the Ravens’ defensive performance in Super Bowl XXXV.

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Here’s a look at some of the numbers:

Denver’s defense vs. Panthers (Super Bowl 50)

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  • Offensive points allowed: 10
  • Passing yards allowed: 197
  • Rushing yards allowed: 118
  • Defensive touchdowns: 1
  • Interceptions: 1

Ravens’ defense vs. Giants (Super Bowl XXXV)

  • Offensive points allowed: 0 (Giants’ seven points came on a kickoff return TD)
  • Passing yards allowed: 86
  • Rushing yards allowed: 66
  • Defensive touchdowns: 1
  • Interceptions: 4


Denver’s pass rusher Von Miller was named the Super Bowl MVP Sunday night after forcing two fumbles. Former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was the Super Bowl MVP after his five tackles and a pass deflection that led to an interception.

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Numbers don’t lie, but what do you think?