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Lamar Jackson's rare success against Patriots, as told by five crazy stats

Lamar Jackson's rare success against Patriots, as told by five crazy stats

A young quarterback does not simply walk into a game against the New England Patriots and *win.*

Lamar Jackson apparently didn't get that memo, though.

The Ravens quarterback helped Baltimore upset the undefeated Patriots 37-20 by racking up 224 total yards and three touchdowns (one passing, two rushing).

Jackson's numbers -- 17-for-23 with 163 passing yards and a touchdown; 16 rushes for 61 yards and two TDs -- aren't mind-blowing. What is mind-blowing, however, is his success against a Patriots defense that's eaten young QBs alive this season.

Here are five eye-opening stats to help you put Jackson's effort into perspective:

Stat 1:

Entering Sunday's game, the last quarterback 24 years old or younger to beat the Patriots was Carolina Panthers QB (and future NFL MVP) Cam Newton in 2013.

Since then, New England has humbled young hotshot QBs like Deshaun Watson, Jared Goff and Patrick Mahomes. But head coach Bill Belichick didn't have an answer for Jackson, who made NFL history Sunday night, as well.

Stat 2:

That Jackson, who turned 22 in January, ended this streak against a team that historically thrives against "inexperienced" QBs is all that more impressive.

So, how did he take down the mighty Patriots? For starters, he didn't make mistakes.

Stat 3: 

New England entered Sunday night with a whopping 19 interceptions in eight games, but Jackson didn't see any ghosts out there, completing 74 percent of his passes while taking just one sack.

Jackson also beat the Patriots with his feet, a feat rarely accomplished against Belichick defenses. Consider this ironic stat:

Stat 4:

Yes, that's the same Tim Tebow who came to New England two years later in 2013. Tebow rushed for 93 yards and two scores in that 2011 contest, but his Denver Broncos still lost 41-23 to the Patriots.

Before that game, the last opponent to beat the Patriots through the ground and air was ... a running back?

Stat 5:

Miami Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown torched New England as a "Wildcat" QB during a 2008 game that Patriots fans would like to forget.

That was 11 long years ago, though, and the Patriots mostly have bottled up dual-threat playmakers since then ... until Jackson impressively broke the mold Sunday night.

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Watch Rob Gronkowski's wild intro as WrestleMania 36 host

Watch Rob Gronkowski's wild intro as WrestleMania 36 host

Rob Gronkowski may be done with football, but he continues to find ways to entertain us on our television screens.

The former New England Patriots tight end is hosting WrestleMania 36 this weekend alongside WWE star Mojo Rawley. And as one would expect, Gronk brought the energy to start off the two-night event.

“[WWE] picked the right guy [to host WrestleMania], because I know how to start a party on a Saturday night and end it 30 hours later," Gronk quipped in his introduction.

Watch below:

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Between the WWE and his various other ventures, Gronkowski seemingly has been everywhere these last few weeks. He appeared on SmackDown, was revealed as White Tiger in "The Masked Singer," and participated in a virtual beer pong tournament for coronavirus relief.

In other words, retirement seems to be treating the future Pro Football Hall of Famer well.

Stephon Gilmore seems to think covering new Bills WR Stefon Diggs will be 'light work'

Stephon Gilmore seems to think covering new Bills WR Stefon Diggs will be 'light work'

Does New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore think covering new Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs will be "light work?" 

It certainly seems that way. Gilmore defended Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper after former Bills and New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan called Cooper a "turd" on ESPN's "Get Up."

The 29-year-old called Cooper one of the "toughest receivers in the league to cover," but when a fan responded saying Diggs will be tougher, another fan said he'd be "light work" and Gilmore liked that tweet. 

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Will Diggs really be that difficult for the Defensive Player of the Year to handle? It's tough to say, but Diggs put up some impressive numbers with the Minnesota Vikings before being traded to the Bills.

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In five seasons with the Vikings, Diggs has 4,623 yards and 30 touchdowns -- he's had 1,000-plus yards receiving in back-to-back years and has never played a full 16-game season. On the other hand, Gilmore had six interceptions last season with two touchdowns, 44 solo tackles and a fumble recovery. 

With the Patriots and Bills set to meet at least twice next season, it'll be interesting to see how things shake out.