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Super Bowl 54: Andy Reid's Super Bowl win By the Numbers!

Super Bowl 54: Andy Reid's Super Bowl win By the Numbers!

The best thing about Andy Reid winning a Super Bowl is that it opened up a whole new world of stats.

OK, maybe not the best thing. But it's fun to take a numerical look at what Reid and the Chiefs just accomplished.

So let's take a look at Andy Reid's Super Bowl Championship By the Numbers!

MATCHING LARRY BROWN: By winning the Super Bowl in his 21st year as a head coach, Reid tied the record for any major sport for longest coaching tenure before his first championship. Larry Brown, whose tenure with the 76ers overlapped with Reid’s tenure with the Eagles, won his first NBA title with the Pistons in 2004, his 21st year as an NBA head coach and ironically the same year Reid lost his first Super Bowl.

PILING UP THE WINS: Reid moved 6th place in NFL history with his 15th postseason win. Big Red trails only Bill Belichick (31), Tom Landry (20), Don Shula (19), Joe Gibbs (17) and Chuck Knox (16).

SUPER BOWL RECORD: The Chiefs’ 21 points tied the Super Bowl record for most points in a fourth quarter, a mark set by the Cowboys in their 52-17 win over the Bills in 1992. It matched the second-most points in any Super Bowl quarter behind only the Redskins’ 35 second-quarter points with Doug Williams in their 42-10 win over the Broncos in 1987.

DOUG AND ANDY: The only teams in Super Bowl history to convert two 4th downs on their way to a championship are the 2017 Eagles and 2019 Chiefs, teams coached by Doug Pederson and Reid, who gave Pederson his first coaching job. The only other team to convert two 4th downs in a Super Bowl was the 1993 Bills, who lost 30-13 to the Cowboys. The 54 Super Bowl champions have combined to convert just 8 total fourth downs, and Reid and Pederson are responsible for half of them.

SPAGS GETTING IT DONE: The Chiefs allowed 8.5 fourth-quarter points in their first 10 games, 5th-worst in the NFL. Including the postseason, they only allowed 2.9 fourth-quarter points in their last 9 games, the best in the NFL. They only gave up three 4Q TDs in those last nine games and one came against the Raiders up 35 points with less than a minute left.

ANDY AND KOTITE: The Chiefs on Sunday became the first team since the Rich Kotite-coached 1992 Eagles to go into the fourth quarter of a playoff game trailing and then outscore their opponent by at least 21 points in the fourth quarter. The Chiefs trailed 20-10 before outscoring the 49ers 21-0 in the fourth quarter. In 1992, the Eagles trailed the Saints by the same 20-10 score at the Superdome before outscoring them 26-0 in the fourth quarter and winning 36-20. The only other team to do that in the postseason was the 1948 Bills, who trailed the Colts 17-7 after three quarters at Memorial Stadium before a 21-0 fourth quarter gave them a 28-17 win.

A HALFTIME ODDITY: Only three of the last 31 Super Bowls have been tied at halftime. Reid was involved with two of those three. In 2004, the Eagles and Patriots were tied 7-7 at halftime before the Patriots won 24-21. 

BUCKING THE TREND: Before Sunday, Reid was 1-12 in the postseason when his teams did not lead at halftime. The only previous win was the 4th-and-26 game against the Packers at the Linc in 2003. The Eagles trailed 14-7 at halftime and won 20-17 in overtime. 

DRAMATIC TURNAROUND: With 8:53 left in the game Sunday, the 49ers had outgained the Chiefs 314-237. Over the final 8:53, the Chiefs outgained the 49ers 160-37. 

A RECORD HE'S HAPPY TO GIVE UP: Congratulations to Marty Schottenheimer, who reclaims his title as the winningest coach in NFL history to never win a Super Bowl. Reid won 207 games before his Super Bowl. Schottenheimer retired with 200 wins and no championships. Next on that list of most wins by a coach without a title: Dan Reeves (190), Chuck Knox (186), Jeff Fisher (173), Bud Grant (158) and Marv Levy (143).

ENDING THE DROUGHT: Reid won more playoff games in the 22-day span from Jan. 12 to Feb. 2 (three) as he did in the previous 10 years (two). After winning 10 playoff games with the Eagles from 2000 through 2008, Reid went six years without a playoff win -- his final four years with the Eagles and first two years with the Chiefs -- before winning single postseason games in K.C. in 2015 and 2018 with the Chiefs before this Super Bowl run.

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Redskins sign Eagles Super Bowl starter Ronald Darby

Redskins sign Eagles Super Bowl starter Ronald Darby

The Eagles will now see Ronald Darby twice a year. Which is about how often they’ve seen him the last few years.

OK, that’s a slight exaggeration, but Darby, who missed 22 games in his three years with the Eagles, agreed to terms of a one-year, $4 million deal with the Redskins Sunday, according to ESPN.

The Eagles acquired Darby from the Bills just before the 2017 season for Jordan Matthews and a third-round pick in 2018. Darby missed nine games with an ankle injury before returning to the starting lineup and playing at a high level down the stretch as the Eagles went on their Super Bowl run.

He suffered a torn ACL that cost him the last seven regular-season games and the postseason in 2018 and missed five games last year with hamstring and hip injuries.

Darby, who won a bronze medal in the 200-meter dash at the 2011 IAAF World Championships, had six interceptions as an Eagle, the most by any Eagles cornerback during the Doug Pederson Era.

At his best, he was a speedy, aggressive playmaking corner, but the Eagles just did not see that player very often, especially the last two years.

The Eagles went into the offseason committed to revamping the secondary, and they never had any intention of re-signing Darby, who made $5.625 million last year.

In Washington, Darby will be playing for new head coach Ron Rivera. The Redskins signed Kendall Fuller as a free agent but traded Quinton Dunbar, who started 11 games at corner for the Skins last year, to the Seahawks last week.

Darby is the seventh Eagles’ unrestricted free agent to sign elsewhere, following Halapoulivaati Vaitai [Lions], Jordan Howard [Dolphins], Kamu Grugier-Hill [Dolphins], Malcolm Jenkins [Saints], Nelson Agholor [Raiders] and Richard Rodgers [Redskins]. All but Howard were members of the 2017 Super Bowl team.

The Eagles made no effort to re-sign any of them.

Of the Eagles’ 15 free agents, only Jason Peters, Nigel Bradham, Vinny Curry and Josh McCown remain unsigned. The Eagles brought back Jalen Mills, Rodney McLeod, Nate Sudfeld and Hassan Ridgeway.

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Ever wonder how many Philly natives played for the Eagles?

Ever wonder how many Philly natives played for the Eagles?

When the Eagles signed Will Parks, who grew up at 2nd and Allegheny and attended since-shuttered Germantown High School, it got me wondering how many Philadelphia natives have played for the Eagles.

The answer is not many. Especially recently.

Going back to 1940, we found 14 Philly natives who played in at least one regular-season game for the Eagles.

We’re not including players from the suburbs [Vince Papale, Josh Adams, Matt Bahr] or Philly natives the Eagles drafted who never got into a game [Raheem Brock, Steve Ebbeke].

Anybody missing?

SHAREEF MILLER [2019]: You don’t have to go very far back to find the last Philly native to play for the Eagles. Miller, their 4th-round pick last year, graduated from George Washington High up in Somerton, and he did play for the Eagles last year – two special teams snaps against the Bills.

BRUCE PERRY [2005-06]: Perry, also a George Washington graduate, was the Eagles’ 7th-round pick in 2004. He played five games with the Eagles and had 16 career carries. On the last day of the 2005 season, he ran 15 times for 70 yards against the Redskins, a 4.7 average. He never had another NFL carry.

UHURU HAMITER [2001-02]: Hamiter was a defensive end who played at Mastbaum High in Kensington, leading the Panthers to the 1996 Public League championship. After playing at Delaware State, he went undrafted in 1998, but he signed with the London Monarchs of the World League and had seven sacks. The Eagles brought him into training camp that summer, and although he didn’t make the roster, he did resurface in 1999 with the Saints and played five games. He returned to Philly and played in eight games.

CHUCK WEBER [1959-61]: Weber went to Abington High, but he grew up in Philly, so we’ll keep him in the Philly section. Weber was actually the Eagles’ middle linebacker in 1960, when Chuck Bednarik played outside. Weber had six INTs in 1960, most by an Eagles linebacker until William Thomas had seven in 1995. In a 1960 game against the Cowboys at the Cotton Bowl he became the first linebacker in NFL history with three INTs in a game. He remains one of only six Eagles with three interceptions in a game and the only linebacker. Kurt Coleman is the last to do it.

EDDIE BELL [1955-58]: Bell went to West Philadelphia High and played at Penn. The Eagles drafted him in the 5th-round in 1953, and Bell, one of the first African-Americans to play in the NFL, had nine INTs in four seasons with the Eagles before spending time in the CFL and then the AFL with the New York Titans, who eventually became the Jets.

JOHN MICHELS [1953]: Not to be confused with the John Michels who was once traded for Jon Harris, this John Michels was a guard who went to West Catholic and then played at Tennessee. He was a 25th-round draft pick in 1953 and played 11 games for the Eagles.

JESS RICHARDSON [1953-61]: Richardson was from East Falls and went to Roxborough High. He was the Eagles’ 8th-round pick in 1953 as a defensive tackle out of Alabama. Ray Didinger tells me Richardson grew up blocks away from the Kelly family and was friends with Grace Kelly, who became Princess of Monaco. He played nine of his 12 NFL seasons with the Eagles, made a Pro Bowl in 1959 and started on the 1960 NFL Championship team.

WALT STICKEL [1950-51]: Stickel went to Northeast High and played at both Tulsa and Penn before the Bears drafted him in the 21st round in 1945. He finished his career with the Eagles, playing in 11 games.

MIKE JARMOLUK [1949-55]: Jarmoluk, an interior lineman, attended Frankford High and Temple and was drafted by the Lions in 1945 before finishing his 10-year NFL career with the Eagles.

BILL MACKRIDES [1947-51]: Mackrides played at West Philly and Nevada and was the Eagles’ 3rd-round pick as a QB in 1947. He spent all but three games of his six-year career with the Eagles and was a backup on two NFL Championship teams. He threw 15 touchdown passes.

BERT KUCZYNSKI [1946]: Kuczynski went to Northeast High and Penn and played in one game for the Eagles.

MIKE MANDARINO [1944-45]: A West Catholic and La Salle grad, Mandarino played in 13 games for the Eagles in the 1940s.

BUCKO KILROY [1943-55]: Kilroy grew up in Port Richmond and attended Northeast Catholic and played college ball at both Notre Dame and Temple and also served in the Merchant Marines before spending his entire 13-year NFL career as an interior lineman with the Eagles, often playing both ways. He started 103 games for the Eagles, playing on both the 1948 and 1949 NFL Championship teams and was named to the NFL’s Team of the Decade for the 1940s. After his playing career, Kilroy spent nearly 50 years as an NFL executive, including 37 years with the Patriots.

JACK FERRANTE [1941, 1944-50]: Great story. Ferrante grew up in South Philly and then West Philly and briefly attended high school somewhere in the city, although nobody seems to remember exactly where. He left school to work during his sophomore year and was only 18 when he starting playing semi-pro football. After earning a local reputation, he got a tryout with the Eagles in 1941. He played three games and caught two passes, then got another tryout in 1944, and this time he stuck. Ferrante wound up spending the next seven years with the Eagles, catching 169 passes for 2,884 yards, 31 TDs (tied with Brent Celek for 12th-most in Eagles history) and a 17.71 average (7th-best in Eagles history) while starting for the 1948 and 1949 NFL Championship teams.

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