Von Miller exited the humid visitor's locker room into the tunnel to the team bus, took off his thick-rimmed glasses and wiped sweat from his brow.
It could have been the first time the Denver Broncos linebacker broke a sweat Sunday.
Miller led the Broncos with one sack and four tackles for loss, some of them coming through the line virtually untouched, as Denver's front seven torched the Carolina Panthers offensive line in a 36-14 Broncos victory.
Quarterback Cam Newton was sacked seven times and hit seven more, rendering the Carolina passing game ineffective.
"Without watching the tape, everyone took their turn looking pretty bad," offensive tackle Jordan Gross said. "We wanted to run the ball against them and we didn't run against them for very many yards. We got behind, so we had to throw the ball, and they have a good pass rush as everyone knows, and it showed today."
The most sacks Carolina had allowed in a game all season? Four against Seattle. Denver had five in the second half.
The onslaught started early. On the game's fifth play, Miller sacked Newton for a loss of 6 yards on third down, then struck Newton's Superman pose, as he had promised earlier in the week.
"I had it planned. I talked about it all week," Miller said. "I never talk about (that) because if you don't do it it's that much worse. But it's good to talk about something and get it done so quick in the game.
"That gave our defense a momentum boost. It was entertaining football today."
Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said his staff tried to change protections, but Denver stayed one step ahead.
They got to Newton repeatedly even without top defensive lineman Elvis Dumervil, who left with a shoulder injury.
"We've got to do a better job," tight end Greg Olsen said. "That's everybody. That's receivers, tight ends, the backs chipping, protection. It's very easy to say it's the five O-line but it's not. It's a lot of guys that go into sacks, and we've got to get that corrected."
Denver held Carolina to 52 yards rushing, the team's second-worst rushing performance of the season. The Broncos also sacked Newton for a safety and almost got to running back DeAngelo Williams in time for another one.
On several occasions Sunday, Carolina receivers would run their routes, look for the ball and find their quarterback on the ground with a Denver defender dancing nearby.
"All week on film we looked at this team as a team we can beat when they go to 1-on-1 coverage," receiver Brandon LaFell said. "For the most part we were getting open. But at the end of the day a good route is nothing without the ball."