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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.

Eagles are raffling off a real deal Super Bowl ring for charity

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Eagles are raffling off a real deal Super Bowl ring for charity

Jeff Lurie has turned into Willy Wonka for a good cause. 

The Eagles on Wednesday announced that they’re going to raffle off a Super Bowl ring and all the proceeds will go to the Eagles Autism Challenge, Inc. 

This is pretty cool. 

Click here to donate and enter.  

The coolest part is that the ring the Eagles will give away on Dec. 3 before Monday Night Football against Washington at the Linc, is the real deal ring. The one the players got, with all 219 diamonds and 17 green sapphires. And it'll be personalized. 

The contest is underway and runs through Sept. 30 at 11:59 p.m. Fans can enter the contest by making a donation to the Eagles Autism Challenge, starting at $10 for 100 entries. The fan who wins will also get 50-yard line seats to that Dec. 3 game. 

There are also other incentives for fans who submit 2,500 entries or more. 

The Eagles have already done incredible work through their autism challenge, raising over $2.5 million at the inaugural event in May. This is a pretty cool way to raise even more money for a good cause.

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On his 35th birthday, a look at possible Darren Sproles milestones

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On his 35th birthday, a look at possible Darren Sproles milestones

Generally speaking, running backs either begin to decline or hit a wall around the time they turn 30. 

That hasn’t happened to Darren Sproles. 

In fact, today is Sproles’ birthday. He turns 35 and after rehabbing his way back from a torn ACL and a broken forearm, he still hasn’t shown signs of slowing down. That, in itself, is pretty incredible. 

Since it’s Sproles’ birthday, it seems like a good time to look into the elite company he can join this year as a productive 35-plus-year-old in the NFL. 

Sproles will enter the 2018 season with 19,155 all-purpose yards. He’s already eighth in NFL history and has a chance to surpass quite a few names on this list with a productive season. There are just seven players in front of him and five of them are already Hall of Famers: 

Jerry Rice: 23,546
Brian Mitchell: 23,330
Walter Payton: 21,803
Emmit Smith: 21,564
Tim Brown: 19,682
Marshall Faulk: 19,190
Steve Smith Jr.: 19,180

It’s impossible to know just how productive Sproles will be in 2018, especially as he’s coming off a significant knee injury. Last year, he had only two healthy games and he had just 88 all-purpose yards in them, putting him on pace for 704. That would have been significantly lower than his three previous seasons with the Eagles. 

In those three previous seasons, we saw a very slight decline from 1,237 in 2014 to 1,171 in 2015 to 1,108 in 2016. 

But if Sproles can return to form and is able to eclipse 1,000 all-purpose yards in 2018, he’d become just the eighth running back in NFL history to do it at age 35 or older. A search of Pro Football Reference shows the top mark ever for a running back over 35 (must be 35 or older on Dec. 31 of that year) was Herschel Walker’s season in 1997 (1,336). 

If Sproles eclipses that 1,000-yard mark, he’d also become just the second Eagles player (any position) to do it at 35 or older. The only other Eagle to do it was Irving Fryar, who had 1,316 back in 1997 too. 

He’d also move past Smith, Faulk and Brown into fifth all-time in all-purpose yards, becoming just the fifth player in NFL history to surpass the 20,000-yard mark. 

Even in 2016, when he had a down year as a punt returner, Sproles still had 224 punt return yards. If he surpasses the 200-yard mark this season, he’d be just the third player in NFL history to do it at 35 or older. The other three are Michael Lewis (336 in 2007), Leo Lewis (225 in 1991) and Mel Gray (205 in 1996). 

And this year, with the new kickoff rules, there’s a chance the Eagles might use him as a kick returner too. More chances to pile up yards. 

The man himself doesn’t care too much about individual achievements; he’d rather win another Super Bowl. But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy tracking his progress. 

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