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Chris Harris Jr. says Broncos dared Cam Newton, Panthers to throw against them

Denver Broncos’ Chris Harris Jr. (25) reacts after the Broncos recovered a fumble by the Carolina Panthers during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) AP

The Denver Broncos didn’t respect Cam Newton and the Panthers passing attack.

Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said after Denver’s 24-10 victory over Carolina that their game plan was to make Newton beat them. They didn’t believe he was capable of accomplishing the task.

“We dared him to throw,” Harris said. “The game plan was can you throw on us? Me, (Aqib) Talib and (Bradley) Roby. We knew he couldn’t throw on us.”

Newton completed just 18-of-41 passes for 265 yards with an interception and was sacked six times by the ferocious Denver defense.

“We were too aggressive, man. He was tired of getting hit,” Harris said. “I watched the film all week, man. They did not play nobody on defense that plays like us. They had an easy schedule. We went through the gauntlet. We went (Tom) Brady twice. Big Ben (Roethlisberger) twice. Cam Newton… We knew if we got the lead it’s over. Our defense it too good.”

Panthers receivers Ted Ginn Jr., Devin Funchess and Corey Brown had difficulty getting open against the Broncos secondary, and even dropped several passes when they were open.

“After the first quarter, we got the sack/fumble for the score. He was nervous after that,” Harris said. “(How could you tell that?) His body language. Did y’all see him dance today? He didn’t dance.”

The Broncos heard all the people picking the Panthers to win this game. Instead, it just strengthened Denver’s resolve.

“You could feel it all week at practice that we were going to do something special. We knew it,” Harris said. “When 96 percent of the world said we were going to lose, we knew it was over. We knew we were going to win.”

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62 Responses to “Chris Harris Jr. says Broncos dared Cam Newton, Panthers to throw against them”
  1. mogogo1 says: Feb 8, 2016 12:37 AM

    That team pic while the Cardinals game was still good my on was the jump the shark moment for the Panthers. Cam had a great year but he gave Denver enough bulletin board material for 5 Super Bowls.

  2. kingpel says: Feb 8, 2016 12:42 AM

    Chris Harris is just having fun. He’s a free spirit and his teammates love him. If he offends you, that’s your problem. Not his.

  3. jimsnchz says: Feb 8, 2016 12:46 AM

    Cam “Bitch Mode” Newton needs to show some leadership.

  4. partmachine says: Feb 8, 2016 12:47 AM

    I hate Peyton but Cam out-Cammed himself tonight and am really glad the right guy (team) won.

  5. oscarxray says: Feb 8, 2016 12:47 AM

    Amazing performance especially with all the dumb selfish Talib plays. He’s almost as bad as Burfict or Pacman.

  6. babygaga19 says: Feb 8, 2016 12:51 AM

    Still laughing at the gutless lack of effort by Camera to recover his fumble. Really, that play tells you all you need to know about him.

  7. vancouversportsbro says: Feb 8, 2016 12:52 AM

    Newton sulked like a child in his post game interview. He’s sure the man when he’s winning though.

  8. thetooloftools says: Feb 8, 2016 12:53 AM

    This was a shining moment for Wade Phillips. He may not be a great HC, but as a DC he’s awesome.
    Rob Ryan dreams of being him for one day.

  9. codysmart says: Feb 8, 2016 12:55 AM

    What is Denver going to look like next season? Please keep that D line intact. Just a slightly better offense is all we need if our defense stays mostly the same.

  10. tjg342011 says: Feb 8, 2016 12:59 AM

    Rob Ryan I’d say Rex Ryan as well especially after watching Broncos do the same thing to Tom Brady two weeks ago lol

  11. tjg342011 says: Feb 8, 2016 1:00 AM

    I like what to leave said the Easter Bunny’s not real Santa Claus isn’t real and neither is Superman lol. For an adult hard-hitting contact sport you wouldnt think somebody would pretend to be a made-up fictional superhero

  12. tjg342011 says: Feb 8, 2016 1:01 AM

    Talib said

  13. orange and blue owns the NFL says: Feb 8, 2016 1:08 AM

    It’s awfully hard to throw the football when you’re getting beat like a racquetball. Look what they did to Brady and that Star Wars offense.

    It’s all about the pass rush.

  14. playsanity says: Feb 8, 2016 1:13 AM

    If the refs called the penalties the dbs pulled multiple times we wouldn’t be listening to them talk about how amazing they were. Carolina’s defense played better, and the deciding factor was 3 dropped passes, and four uncalled penalties by the refs that swung the entire game each time. Ten point difference alone from two of them.

  15. timegambit says: Feb 8, 2016 1:20 AM

    Cam should’ve picked Truth when they Dared him.

    But, then again, the truth came out, anyhow.

  16. youdrivemenutseagles says: Feb 8, 2016 1:28 AM

    He’s spot on about the sched the Panthers had, but after the way the Panthers played ARZ & SEA, I thought their offense might be for real.
    I kinda feel bad for the Panther D, I think they did their job.

  17. sbchampsagain says: Feb 8, 2016 1:41 AM

    Panthers wars sucked.
    Shoulda kept Steve Smith Sr.

  18. hwy380 says: Feb 8, 2016 1:43 AM

    We are the champions my friends……

  19. patsfanshaveonlybeenfanssincebrady says: Feb 8, 2016 2:02 AM

    Clady & Sambraillo will be back so the O line will be upgraded. (I hope they cut Schofield!! He alone gave Khalil Mack his dual All-Pro status).

    Let Hillman go… Wasn’t worth much this year….if ever.. We HAVE to re-sign Brock and DT needs to have a better year because let’s be honest, he wasn’t worth his contract.

    With Peyton’s $15m+ gone, Clady taking a pay cut and the cap going up another $10M…. Pretty good chance we resign our Defensive UFA’s. (Wait for all the non informed haters to comment on cheating the salary cap..)… However with Von probably getting a Watt/Suh like contract, we may end up losing a few valuable pieces.

  20. varangia says: Feb 8, 2016 2:27 AM

    Cam Newton got exposed. He reminds me of Kapernick in his big breakthrough year, going to the SB and coming up short. Cam isn’t that accurate a passer, and of course, had one of the worst SB’s of all time.

  21. ohand16 says: Feb 8, 2016 6:34 AM

    Cam is no Tyrod Taylor that’s for sure

  22. ohand16 says: Feb 8, 2016 6:37 AM

    Panthers would have won if they had a better QB. They need to look into drafting one this year.

  23. blu4l1fe says: Feb 8, 2016 6:47 AM

    Newton is an amazing athlete, player and teamate….. As long as his team is winning. When things go south, his attitude, drive, and character goes down with it.

    The Broncos D did the necessary research and planning to prep for his play, and as his immaturity showed, he had no clue how to adjust. His O line was the best all season long when they were trashing everyone in their path. But all of a sudden they face a D they can’t handle and Cam and his TD dances are nowhere to be found.

    The better team and the better QB won. If, for some reason Newton does come back to the SB and win and does his usual gloating, his performance, attitude and lack of humility in this loss will only prove his immaturity and bad character.

  24. mutantman87 says: Feb 8, 2016 6:57 AM

    Actually, they did throw when they had time. They managed a few big passing plays, when the ball wasn’t being dropped or fumbled. I bet Chris Harris sure likes having future Hall of Fame pass rushers. That makes it just a bit easier to cover.

  25. jr4real says: Feb 8, 2016 7:43 AM

    Denver’s front seven won this game. Not 2-1/2 DBs with Talib being such a jack $&$&

  26. robertgriffintheturd says: Feb 8, 2016 7:44 AM

    broncos did what most teams have in newton’s first 4 years: force him to play nfl qb and watch him fail.

  27. tonebones says: Feb 8, 2016 7:52 AM

    John Elway knows how to build a super bowl winning team because he’s played on both winners and losers. He knows what the difference is. You don’t just need two good corners, you need three. Everything else is important too, but all too often these big games come down to your corners needing to make a play. I look for Elway to take another corner in this draft to replace Talib. He tried to give the game away. Bradley Roby had a few game saving plays. He should have been a top five pick, and Elway stole him at the end of the first round.

  28. wkheathjr says: Feb 8, 2016 7:53 AM

    Cam Newton threw 265 yards on Denver defense, didn’t he? So hell yeah, he did pretty good last night.. Can you say that for Peyton with his 141 yards against Carolina defense?

  29. sidepull says: Feb 8, 2016 8:03 AM

    Hearing Newton talk all week, nobody seeing anything like him, everybody is scared of him, golden MVP shoes, well I think he just gave the Denver D more than enough ammunition. The Denver D kept pounding. Congrtas Denver.

  30. dedicatedhawkfan says: Feb 8, 2016 8:07 AM

    So happy to see Cam the exposed. We’ve had to listen all season long about how much he has matured and that his over the top celebrations were not childish. His immature, selfish, narcissistic “all-about-me” brat act last night sure proved he hasn’t matured at all. The media drank the kool aid and bought into the absurd notion that he’d matured. The reality is that all his dabbing and shoving his teammates aside so he could celebrate first downs for the cameras is just as childish and immature as the pouting and sulking. Grow up and be a team player Cam because it was your offensive line and good defense that helped create the MVP ( most vilified player it turns out)..

  31. laserw says: Feb 8, 2016 8:29 AM

    The Broncos saw what New Orleans saw against Cam Cheating – he is just a running back who thinks he can throw – and when he is not challenged, he can throw. But when he gets ANY pressure, he melts and suddenly becomes the mediocre lunk head that he has always been.

    I really feel sorry for this clown – since he cheated so many times in college, he didn’t learn anything and hasn’t much to fall back on.

    In five years, he’ll be three hundred pounds or more in weight and unemployed.

  32. atthemurph says: Feb 8, 2016 8:31 AM

    If Carolina’s receivers would have caught 50% of the balls they dropped the game might have been different. What a pitiful display.

  33. raidernation210 says: Feb 8, 2016 8:41 AM

    codysmart says:
    Feb 8, 2016 12:55 AM

    What is Denver going to look like next season? Please keep that D line intact. Just a slightly better offense is all we need if our defense stays mostly the same
    __________________________________
    Well they can’t cheat the cap anymore and get away with it, that’s for sure

  34. donatocha33 says: Feb 8, 2016 9:05 AM

    Well said.

  35. edelmanfanclub says: Feb 8, 2016 9:07 AM

    The Super Bowl was last week in Denver. This was just a formality game, Newton got steamrolled. And everyone said the AFC was the weaker conference, Pitt and NE made it a game vs Denver in Denver. Carolinas offense sputtered, sad bc their defense was fantastic.

  36. TheDPR says: Feb 8, 2016 9:10 AM

    Harris is right. Cam progressed as a passer this season from horrid to mediocre and people were talking as if he’s suddenly a great quarterback. Denver stopped the run and said, “go ahead and make the throws if you can,” and he couldn’t. He had zero touch from the get-go and never settled down. He may have gotten worse as the game went on.

    “Defense wins championships” isn’t just some dumb cliche’. It’s truth.

  37. dcbronco says: Feb 8, 2016 9:12 AM

    A lot of people are being hard on Talib but if you look throughout Superbowl history the refs give defenses a little more leeway to be rough and he was Denver’s guy to intimidate. Roughing up the opponent’s receivers is something you will see from every Superbowl winning defense. And once again it worked. Carolina’s receivers dropped passes and faded away. That and harassing the quarterback are how you win championships.

  38. steelcurtainn says: Feb 8, 2016 9:23 AM

    Cam has no receivers and Denver does a good job at shutting down the run. The Broncos are really lucky they escaped Pittsburgh with no Antonio Brown. There won’t be any repeat next season for Denver. Enjoy!

  39. rgorr44 says: Feb 8, 2016 9:26 AM

    Can’t Harris just enjoy the win? Why take all that time to sit there and dump on Newton? Have some class Harris, there are plenty of other critics out there talking about Newton’ s performance

  40. tindeaux says: Feb 8, 2016 9:28 AM

    enough of the trash talking bs. if it wasn’t for the pass rush up-front, when does this guy get to talk tall like this???
    i rooted for peyton to win, but some monkey (like chris) needs to grow up, keep his mouth shut, and enjoy the victory.

  41. putthatkoolaiddown says: Feb 8, 2016 9:49 AM

    Well, I guess the answer to all the people crying about Cam’ celebrations is now clear: If you don’t like it, make it so uncomfortable that he can’t find a reason to do it.

  42. theandy59 says: Feb 8, 2016 10:41 AM

    Brady did a lot more damage to that defense in Denver, not in a neutral field, and was a missed PAT from being in OT. Newton has a very long way to go to become that kind of passer.

  43. MVPanthersFan11 says: Feb 8, 2016 10:57 AM

    lol we went through Russell twice, Rodgers, Brees, Ryan, Luck, Palmer, Romo, Eli. So don’t even go there with that easy schedule BS. Now please excuse me while I go watch wrestling!

  44. charliecharger says: Feb 8, 2016 11:37 AM

    Cam Newton laid an egg on the biggest stage. His mental blunders cost his team. The best QBs are usually strong between the ears, but that’s Newton’s weakness. The best defenses can always keep up with a running QB, so you have to be able to think on your feet, not just run on them. I was wondering why Kubiak was playing so conservatively, but he must have known what Cliff Harris knew. That Newton would play worse as the pressure mounted. And he did. I think the word choke gets over-used in sports, but Newton pulled off one of the biggest choke jobs in NFL history. He was choking so badly he couldn’t even talk after the game.

  45. kitmandew says: Feb 8, 2016 11:43 AM

    Big mouth disrespectful little punk. What did your offense do, check the stats?

  46. jimmc1009 says: Feb 8, 2016 11:49 AM

    they missed benjamin. If they complete more of those passes instead of dropping them, they may have not been able to put so much pressure on Cam. If they cant complete passes, might as well stack the box.

  47. mototax says: Feb 8, 2016 12:04 PM

    MVPanthersFan11 says:
    Feb 8, 2016 10:57 AM
    lol we went through Russell twice, Rodgers, Brees, Ryan, Luck, Palmer, Romo, Eli. So don’t even go there with that easy schedule BS. Now please excuse me while I go watch wrestling!
    =======
    True! But the only strong defense the Panthers played was Houston with Mallet at QB. Panthers eked out a 7 point win.

  48. shlort says: Feb 8, 2016 12:06 PM

    Newton didn’t look like the NFL MVP last night. Not during the game and especially at the post game presser where he acted like a 12 year old kid who didn’t get the right smart phone for Christmas. And to think, I was just starting to think Newton had turned the corner in his career and was becoming a leader.

  49. Youknowimright says: Feb 8, 2016 12:32 PM

    lol we went through Russell twice, Rodgers, Brees, Ryan, Luck, Palmer, Romo, Eli. So don’t even go there with that easy schedule BS. Now please excuse me while I go watch wrestling!

    ——————————
    Cam doesn’t play the opposing qb’s he plays their defenses. And most of those defenses suck.

  50. daramsman says: Feb 8, 2016 12:38 PM

    I am not a fan of either team but this game looked and smelled fishy to me…Vegas made out like pirates and Payton got his 2nd championship and it looked like the NFL was hell bent on that happening…

  51. willowy2k says: Feb 8, 2016 12:47 PM

    Wade Phillips MVP. His defense beat rothlesberger, Brady, and cam

  52. jmuller516 says: Feb 8, 2016 1:13 PM

    wkheathjr says:
    Feb 8, 2016 7:53 AM
    Cam Newton threw 265 yards on Denver defense, didn’t he? So hell yeah, he did pretty good last night.. Can you say that for Peyton with his 141 yards against Carolina defense?
    ______________________________________

    You’re clueless.. Peyton had the lead the entire game, and played the game to limit turnovers and kill clock.. They ran, ran, and threw 5-7 yard outs..

    Cam threw 41 times for 265 yards . Most of it in garbage time… When he had people open , he missed high on 5 throws.. He was horrendous

  53. xballhawkx says: Feb 8, 2016 1:15 PM

    Cam is Clark Kent pretending to be Superman and Von Miller is Superman pretending to be Clark Kent. One is all wind and noise, the other all heart and class.

  54. djscottyb says: Feb 8, 2016 1:18 PM

    lol we went through Russell twice, Rodgers, Brees, Ryan, Luck, Palmer, Romo, Eli. So don’t even go there with that easy schedule BS. Now please excuse me while I go watch wrestling!

    ——————————
    I give the Panthers credit when they beat the 6-1 Packers, and also during their playoff run. But otherwise when CAR played them:
    Brees: Saints = 0-2 & 4-7
    Ryan: Falcons = 6-6 & 7-7
    Luck: Colts = 3-4
    Romo: Cowboys = 3-7
    Eli: Giants = 6-7

    Those QBs have stronger reps than their current teams or personal performances

  55. metrymudbug says: Feb 8, 2016 1:47 PM

    MVPanthersFan11 says:
    Feb 8, 2016 10:57 AM
    lol we went through Russell twice, Rodgers, Brees, Ryan, Luck, Palmer, Romo, Eli. So don’t even go there with that easy schedule BS. Now please excuse me while I go watch wrestling!
    =======
    mototax says:
    Feb 8, 2016 12:04 PM
    True! But the only strong defense the Panthers played was Houston with Mallet at QB. Panthers eked out a 7 point win.
    =======
    PanthersFan11: I wouldn’t use going against New Orleans, with it’s historically bad defense, as a leg as your argument. In the first game, at Carolina, Brees didn’t even play and and the Panthers won by just 5 points. Later, at New Orleans, the Panthers won by only 3 points.
    I’m surprised they managed to score at all against Denver.

  56. immafubared says: Feb 8, 2016 1:53 PM

    Ya they talk about Von Miller, who won the game basically, but the other big part missing in the discussion is Cam when he looked down field all game had no one wide open like the previous 16 games. He held onto the ball aka Aaron Rogers, because his guys were covered like blankets pretty much all day long.

    You have to blame Shula for not doing a lot of screens and short over the middle looks, more cam runs. Shula invited the rush and fed the flames. Denver did the unthinkable by rushing violently and covering the receivers. Not an easy thing to do.

  57. immafubared says: Feb 8, 2016 1:55 PM

    wkheathjr says:
    Feb 8, 2016 7:53 AM
    Cam Newton threw 265 yards on Denver defense, didn’t he? So hell yeah, he did pretty good last night.. Can you say that for Peyton with his 141 yards against Carolina defense?
    ______________________________________

    Too bad you don’t understand football. Peyton and Denver knew it would be the D that won the game. Peyton did not have to throw the ball all over the place since Cam was doing nothing to make him change his game plan.

  58. immafubared says: Feb 8, 2016 1:59 PM

    PS. This ones for you GOODALL. I do not want to ever hear or read about how you are so dam concerned about player safety. Never.

    Yesterday a player deliberately grabbed someones facemask and could have broken his neck, paralysed the guy for life to save 6 points, and he gets a one yard penalty.

    How about some balls Goodall. Deliberately grabbing a face mask to save a TD, big run, sure TD, is automatic ejection. Otherwise your just some dam blowhard no one wants to hear from.

  59. isphet71 says: Feb 8, 2016 2:52 PM

    Newton seems to be a front runner and also needs to develop a poker face. He obviously loves it when he’s ahead and winning but doesn’t seem to have the maturity yet to handle being behind and losing.

    To be worth of the good moments you have GOT to be able to handle the bad ones well. He’s got some work to do.

  60. ilovefoolsball says: Feb 8, 2016 2:55 PM

    Hey if Cam don’t wanna hear Harris talk like that, then stop him from winning.

    Von Miller was the Sheriff who shut down Cam Newton’s dance party.

  61. csb28 says: Feb 8, 2016 5:03 PM

    blu4l1fe says:
    Feb 8, 2016 6:47 AM
    Newton is an amazing athlete, player and teamate….. As long as his team is winning. When things go south, his attitude, drive, and character goes down with it.

    The Broncos D did the necessary research and planning to prep for his play, and as his immaturity showed, he had no clue how to adjust. His O line was the best all season long when they were trashing everyone in their path. But all of a sudden they face a D they can’t handle and Cam and his TD dances are nowhere to be found.

    The better team and the better QB won. If, for some reason Newton does come back to the SB and win and does his usual gloating, his performance, attitude and lack of humility in this loss will only prove his immaturity and bad character.

    I agree with most of what you said but as far as the better quarterback, I can’t agree on that. Not this years Peyton anyway. The old Peyton yes, yes, yes. But Manning would have gone into the pile after that fumble. Peyton and most quarterbacks are more substance and less flash than Cam. I’ll take that anytime.

  62. satchseven says: Feb 9, 2016 2:30 AM

    when Denver shut down tom brady like that, I knew cam would have trouble because he had the less talented wr corps compared to tom brady

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