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Patriots are first team in NFL history to gain 600-plus yards and lose

So much about Super Bowl LII will be forever etched in our memories. The underdog Philadelphia Eagles, led by backup quarterback Nick Foles, took it to the New England Patriots, most successful team in recent memory, winning 41-33.

Along the way, the New England Patriots and Eagles combined to gain more yards in a single game than any other in league history. Tom Brady also broke his own Super Bowl record, passing for 505 yards while throwing three touchdowns and no interceptions. He also cracked 10,000 career postseason yards in the game, which is just astonishing.

Now here’s something that really highlights what a remarkable feat it was for the Eagles to beat the Patriots on Super Bowl Sunday. New England became the first team in NFL history to gain at least 600 yards and still lose.

Von Miller said it perfectly before Super Bowl LII: The only way to beat the Patriots is to play the perfect game.

The Eagles struggled defensively, but the offense was darn-near perfect. Doug Pederson’s gutsy playcalling and Nick Foles’ continued, historical postseason excellence vaulted Philly to its first Super Bowl in franchise history.