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Rolling 900 To The Super Bowl?

Eagles are 36th team in histgory to have 900 total yards through two games.

Rolling 900 To The Super Bowl?

(Sharon Gekoski-Kimmel/Staff Photographer)
(Sharon Gekoski-Kimmel/Staff Photographer)

For just the second time in their history, the Eagles' offense has broken the 900-yard barrier in their first two games. The only other Birds club to do so was in 1980, which resulted in the franchise's first Super Bowl appearance.

All told, there have been 36 teams in AFL/NFL history that had a 900 number after a pair of contests. That includes the 1950 and 1951 NFL Champions, four other clubs that eventually lost in the Super Bowl, and the 2009 New Orleans Saints, who won the Super Bowl.

We mention the Saints because they are already on our radar as the most recent team to win the title one year after finishing 8-8.

Below we look at the game-by-game yardage put up by the 1980 Eagles and 2009 Saints:

  1980 EAGLES 2009 SAINTS
 Gm.   Opponent  Dec.   Yds.   Total  Opponent  Dec.   Yds.   Total 
   1  Broncos  W  421    421    Lions  W  515    515
   2  at Vikings  W  529    950  at Eagles  W  421    936
   3  Giants  W  382  1332  at Bills  W  378  1314
   4  at Cardinals  L  319  1651  Jets  W  343  1657
   5  Redskins  W  312  1963  Giants  W  493  2150
   6  at Giants  W  329  2292  at Dolphins  W  414  2564
   7  Cowboys  W  248  2540  Falcons  W  437  3001
   8  Bears  W  305  2845  Panthers  W  414  3415
   9  at Seahawks   W  363  3208  at Rams  W  420  3835
 10  at Saints  W  454  3662  at Bucs  W  370  4205
 11  at Redskins  W  296  3958  Patriots  W  480  4685
 12  Raiders  W  271  4229  at Redskins   W  463  5148
 13  at Chargers  L  263  4492  at Falcons  W  391  5539
 14  Falcons  L  276  4768  Cowboys  L  336  5875
 15  Cardinals  W  344  5112  Bucs  L  373  6248
 16  at Cowboys  L  407  5519  at Panthers  L  213  6461
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