The Denver Broncos won the Super Bowl against the Carolina Panthers by a score of 24-10.
The standout player from that game, who ended up winning the MVP award was Broncos linebacker Von Miller, who recorded 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles on the night.
However, during the final four minutes of the game, Miller appeared to have illegally batted the ball towards the Panthers goal line after Panthers quarterback Cam Newton fumbled the ball.
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The ball was eventually recovered by Broncos safety T.J. Ward, which stopped a Carolina comeback and practically ended the game.
When asked about it originally by Peter King of TheMMQB.com, the linebacker said he was just “trying to, I don’t know, get it to one of our guys,” but he revised that comment on ESPN, according to Pro Football Talk, saying he was trying to pick it up and score.
He said: "I don’t know what the Peter King article came out as, but honestly, I was trying to scoop it up and go score. If you watch the film again, I am trying to scoop it and score. If I batted it, it’s totally different. I was trying to scoop and score."
The officials would have flagged the play if they thought Miller was intentionally hitting the ball towards the Panthers goal line to gain an advantage, but they didn't, and the linebacker said he wasn't doing that either.
The game could have been a lot different if the replay had shown Miller batting the ball. The Panthers would have kept the ball and still retained a chance to score and win the game as, at the time, the score was still only 16-10 to Denver, meaning they only had to score a touchdown to tie the game.