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The Philadelphia Eagles are Super Bowl champions at last

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OF ALL the platitudes so often heard about American football, arguably the most prevalent is that “defence wins championships”. Never has that cliché proved less apt than it did on February 4th, when the Philadelphia Eagles won the first Super Bowl title in their history with a 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots. Although the two teams allowed the fourth- and fifth-fewest points among the National Football League’s (NFL) 32 teams in the regular season, neither club’s defence bothered to show up to the marquee event on America’s sporting calendar.

The game produced so many eye-popping statistics that no single one could do it justice. Combined, the two teams’ offences gained 1,151 yards—the most ever in an NFL game, including both regular-season and playoff contests. Tom Brady, the PatriotsContinue reading

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