Confusion by the Panthers special teams allowed for the longest punt return in Super Bowl history. This bizarre play was the product of a failure by the coverage team -- every single member of it. Instead of tackling Jordan Norwood, everyone stood around thinking he'd waved for a fair catch when in reality he hadn't. The return went for 61 yards, ending at the 14-yard line.
This was a hugely damaging lapse of judgement. Momentum had started to swing the Panthers' way and the defense was getting pressure on Peyton Manning. That vanished in the blink of an eye. Luckily for Carolina, the Broncos walked away with just a field goal.