Roob's 10 mind-boggling stats from Super Bowl LII

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Roob's 10 mind-boggling stats from Super Bowl LII

There's never been a football game played in the 98-year history of the NFL better suited for Roob's 10 Mind-Boggling Stats.
This one had everything.
So here are 10 Mind-Boggling Stats from Super Bowl LII ... plus maybe a bonus stat! 
1. The Eagles last Sunday became the first team in NFL history — regular season or postseason — to win a game despite allowing 600 yards. Teams allowing 600 yards are now 1-41 in NFL history. The most yards a team had previously allowed in a win is 598 by the Bills in 1992 in a 34-31 win over the 49ers at Candlestick Park (and, yes, both teams have Frank Reich in common). The most yards a team had previously allowed in a playoff win is 545, which the Steelers gained in a 45-42 loss to the Jaguars last month at Heinz Field.
2. Tom Brady's 505 passing yards were the most ever in a playoff game, breaking the record of 489 set by Bernie Kosar of the Browns in a 1986 wild card win over the Jets in Cleveland. The most previous yards against the Eagles in any game was 446 (Jon Kitna of the Lions in a 56-21 loss in 2007) and the most in a playoff game was 316 by Daunte Culpepper of the Vikings in 2004.
3. The Patriots' 613 yards are the most the Eagles have allowed in 51 years, since they gave up 652 to the Cowboys in a 56-7 loss at the Cotton Bowl in 1966.
4. Before Sunday, six receivers had gained 116 or more yards against the Eagles in 42 playoff games in franchise history. On Sunday, three did it. Danny Amendola (152 yards), Chris Hogan (128 yards) and Rob Gronkowski (116 yards) became the first trio ever with 116 or more yards against the Eagles in the same game or in a Super Bowl.
5. The Eagles totaled 538 yards of offense Sunday, 10th-most in franchise history, 11th-most in NFL postseason history and fourth-most in Super Bowl history — but still got outgained by 75 yards.
6. The Eagles and Patriots combined for 1,151 yards, the most in NFL history in any game — regular season or postseason. The previous high was 1,133 in a Yanks-Rams game at Yankee Stadium in 1950 (the Yanks were owned by Ted Collins, who was Kate Smith's manager). The two teams also combined for 874 passing yards (ninth-most in NFL history).
7. The Eagles converted 10 of 16 third downs, or 63 percent. The NFL does not list an official Super Bowl record for third-down conversions, but that is the highest conversion percentage since at least 1980, which is as far back as the NFL has official Super Bowl gamebooks available on its website.
8. A couple crazy Corey Clement stats. Clement's 100 receiving yards are fourth-most in Super Bowl history by a rookie and most ever by a rookie running back, breaking the record of 66 set in 2006 by Joseph Addai of the Colts. The previous high for most receiving yards in a Super Bowl by an undrafted rookie running back was set by C.J. Anderson, who had one catch for 14 yards in the final seconds of the Broncos' 43-8 loss to the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII after the 2013 season. The only other Eagles rookie back with 100 receiving yards in any game was Herman Hunter, who had a 120-yard game against the Cards in 1985. The only other Eagles rookies with 100-yard playoff games were Keith Jackson in 1988 (142 in the Fog Bowl vs the Bears) and Jeremy Maclin (146 vs. the Cowboys in 2009). The previous high for receiving yards by an Eagles rookie running back in a playoff game was … 31 by Clement against the Falcons. Before that it was Ted Dean's 22 yards in the 1960 NFL Championship Game against the Packers at Franklin Field, including the game-winning touchdown.
9. The Patriots became only the eighth team in NFL history with 500 passing yards and 100 rushing yards in a game. They are the first to do it in a playoff game and the first to do it and lose.
10. Trey Burton became the first tight end to throw a touchdown pass in any game in 15 years, since Bubba Franks of the 2002 Packers threw a 31-yarder to Donald Driver against the Panthers. Backup quarterback on that team? Doug Pederson. Burton also became only the third undrafted player ever to throw a touchdown pass in a Super Bowl. The others are Kurt Warner and Jake Delhomme.
11. OK, one more … With LeGarrette Blount (14-for-90) and Jay Ajayi (9-for-57), the Eagles became the first team in history with two running backs averaging 6.0 yards per carry (minimum eight carries) in the same Super Bowl. Only 11 others have ever done it in all 51 previous Super Bowls combined.

Michael Bennett knows why Eagles can repeat as Super Bowl champions

Michael Bennett knows why Eagles can repeat as Super Bowl champions

Michael Bennett was with the Seahawks when they won the Super Bowl in 2013, and he was with the Seahawks the next three years when they were supposed to but never did again.

He knows how hard it is to win it twice. If the Seahawks, with Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Marshawn Lynch and company, couldn’t do it, who can?

Bennett thinks his new team is on the right track.

“They’re not complacent,” he said. “You look at most organizations. They win, they think that’s it, that year. But this team is pushing and moving pieces and finding our weaknesses and making them better, and I think that’s how you prepare to win [again]. 

“I think they’ve done a great job of it and me being an addition is something that I think is a great move.”

The Eagles, who won Super Bowl LII six weeks ago, acquired the 32-year-old Bennett, a Pro Bowl defensive end in each of the last three years, and a seventh-round pick from the Seahawks last week in exchange for receiver Marcus Johnson and a fifth-round pick.

Bennett was there in 2014, when the Seahawks went 12-4 and earned the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoff bracket before losing, 28-24, to the Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Arizona.

The Seahawks were one yard from winning. But that final sequence shows just how hard it is to repeat. The last NFL team to win back-to-back Super Bowls was the Patriots in 2003 and 2004. The last NFC team was the Cowboys in 1992 and 1993.

“When you come to the NFL, you want to hold that Lombardi,” Bennett said. “A lot of people can get Pro Bowls, a lot of people can get a lot of different things in the NFL when it comes to contracts, but not a lot of people can hold that Lombardi, and when you hold it, it’s something that’s very dear. 

“It’s like you’re holding your child and being able to caress it and hold it and it’s yours and it’s something that you really value, and I think for me, that’s what it’s really about. 

“To come into an organization and you look around and everybody wants that. First thing I talked to Howie (Roseman) about was, the first thing he said is, 'I want to go back,' and when you hear somebody say something like that, you feel it, and I felt it through the phone and I felt the vibe, so for me, that’s what it’s really about.”

Bennett was asked what he learned from Seattle’s failure to repeat its 2013 success and how that might help the Eagles find their way to a second consecutive championship.

“I kind of go with the Nelson Mandela approach: ‘You never really lose, you either win or you grow from situations,’" Bennett said.

“And I think we were just growing as a team. We were a young team, we were having so much success, I was on a team full of superstars every single day. There were never enough cameras, every commercial was somebody on my team. So it was just us growing and I think we all just wanted to continue to grow. 

“As you know, in this league, it’s hard to get back to those moments and be able to win those games. Things happen, people get traded, new players come in, things change. I don’t think it took a toll on us, we just move on season to season and try to be the best players we could possibly be.”

Michael Bennett thinks Eagles' DL can be among 'greatest' ever

Michael Bennett thinks Eagles' DL can be among 'greatest' ever

As Michael Bennett watched the Eagles face the Patriots in Super Bowl LII, he couldn’t help but think about how he would fit with the Birds’ defensive line.

And how he could make an already impressive unit even better.

“Then a month later, it happens,” Bennett said at his introductory press conference in Philly on Monday afternoon. “Things always happen for a reason. This is just another great opportunity.”

Bennett is 32 now, but is coming off his third consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl. He clearly thinks he has plenty left in the tank and the Eagles obviously agree. They traded with the Seahawks to get him and then released a more expensive Vinny Curry.

The Birds then brought in Haloti Ngata and let Beau Allen walk in free agency. So the Eagles’ defensive line now includes Bennett, Ngata, Fletcher Cox, Tim Jernigan, Brandon Graham, Chris Long and Derek Barnett. The group includes five former first-round picks and has a combined 11 Pro Bowls between them.

On Monday afternoon, Bennett put the quarterbacks of the NFC East on notice (see story) and then didn’t mince words about how great this defensive line can be in 2018.

“I think it can be one of the greatest,” he said. “I think we can have one of the greatest defensive lines to ever play the game if we approach the game every single way. Just go out there and just keep doing what they’re doing and just finding a way to add and just keep showing how many great players.

“I think a great defensive line is about the rotation. It’s kind of like Golden State. You want to be able to have those guys who can come in and shoot and shoot and score every time.”

This isn’t the first time an Eagles defensive lineman has compared the unit to the Golden State Warriors. In fact, it was Curry who said it last October after the Eagles tortured San Francisco's C.J. Beathard for an afternoon at the Linc (see story). Curry’s out and Bennett is in, but the rotation is still going strong.

Bennett played 934 defensive snaps for the Seahawks in 2017. That was the third most of any defensive lineman in the NFL. For comparison’s sake, Graham led the Eagles’ defensive linemen in snaps with 666 in the regular season; that ranked 43rd in the NFL among defensive linemen.

So maybe that means that the disruptive numbers Bennett put up in Seattle were because he played so much. Or, on the flip side, staying fresh might actually help increase his productivity and lead to more longevity. The Eagles are hoping for the latter.

“I’m comfortable with taking less plays, man,” Bennett said. “But, like I said, I came here to be an All-Star, just like I’ve been, to continuously play at a Pro Bowl level and I don’t think that’s no different. Just taking snaps off, being able to have a [longer] career, it’s something that every player wishes and dreams about. And this organization, when you think about play snaps and counts and keeping guys fresh for the moments that count.

“Because at the end of the day, it’s not about September or October or November; it’s about January and February. To be able to keep guys fresh and to have those opportunities where you have guys to be able to keep rushing the quarterback as savage as we can. You gotta go out there and play savage every single play and I think less snaps can give me the opportunity to do that.”