Did you fall asleep during the riveting Super Bowl that featured the dynamic Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos?

If you call dynamic scoring just one touchdown and turning the ball over five times, that is.

Super Bowl 50, a milestone for America’s game, featured a British band (Coldplay) at half-time. And it was a dud.

But if you like strong defense, this was your game.

Carolina quarterback Cam Newton did not look ready for the big stage at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Instead, he looked like a young child does the first moment he gets to meet his idol — wide-eyed and in a trance.

The entire week leading up to the game, Newton flashed his big Cheshire Cat grin at press conferences.

When reporters tried to talk to Newton, who had his hood up, following the 24-10 loss to the Broncos, he said maybe one word — in true Marshawn Lynch fashion — then left the room.

How can someone who gloated all week about how good his team was and what an honor it is to be playing in the Super Bowl, just storm out of a press conference?

Sports reporters have a tough job sometimes, after these big games, talking to athletes or coaches because the emotions are running high.

Sure, the National Football League requires players to have media availability — especially, if you’re the face of the franchise, like Newton.

The majority of you reading this are likely Patriots fans — we all know that coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady aren’t really the most open people during press conferences.

But what Newton did to the media is not a good look for him. Reporters don’t forget athletes who have ducked them. Now, he has to live with that label.

Newton and the Carolina offense looked like a car trying to drive through the snow — skidding and sputtering all over the field in need of a swift push from a good Samaritan.

That good Samaritan certainly was not wearing zebra stripes. The Denver defensive line made the Carolina offense look like a piece of wet cardboard. Carolina’s offensive line had no answer for the likes of Super Bowl MVP Von Miller, whose strip-sack led to a touchdown that ultimately put the game away.

Newton looked like he gave up on his team late in the fourth quarter. Winners do not quit.

They channel their frustration into positive energy.

As the football squirted onto the field, Newton looked like he was going to jump on the ball and then he pulled back. If he had fallen on the football, it would have been fourth down.

The Panthers could have punted and it still would have been a one-possession game.

But Newton tried to single-handedly bring his team back — a mistake commonly associated with inexperienced players.

Neither quarterback had the time of their lives. Thirty-nine-year-old Broncos legend Peyton Manning chucked an interception into the hands of Carolina defensive-end Kony Ealy. Ealy sacked Manning three times — a Super Bowl record.

Manning, who was the second oldest player to play in a Super Bowl, wanted nothing to do with the talks about whether Sunday was his final game.

Call it a career, Manning. No one will fault you for it. I, for one, will never eat chicken parm without singing the jingle from the Nationwide commercials — thanks, Peyton.

His ticket to the Hall of Fame is all but punched. And it would be good for his health.

This is the same quarterback who we all thought was done when he suffered a neck injury, but he came back and battled his way to a Super Bowl victory — his second.

Manning is that player you wanted to hate because he was so talented, but you just can’t. While New England fans hate to admit it, they will miss Manning when he finally calls it quits. As the sun sets on a storied career in Indianapolis and Denver, “The Sheriff” as he is affectionately known by his peers, rides off atop the Bronco mascot, Thunder, or that of the Colts, Blue, into the sunset with the Vince Lombardi trophy in tow.

Ride on, Sheriff, ride on.

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