Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Try To Top This Quarter

The Broncos unfurled one of the great third quarters in NFL statistical history against the Eagles Sunday.

Try To Top This Quarter

You may not remember this — we certainly forgot — but the Eagles were within one score of the Broncos when they headed to the locker room trailing by 21-13 at halftime Sunday. What happened next was one of the finest examples of offensive football strewn over 15 minutes that you may ever see.

Want proof? How's this ... 18 first downs ... in one quarter ... on 25 plays ... 

For perspective — 18 first downs in one quarter is more first downs that the Jacksonville Jaguars have gained in ANY game this season ... It is more than five NFL teams are averaging in 2013 ... In 63 games so far, 40 times a team hasn't gained that many first downs over a full 60 minutes ... The average NFL team last season averaged 19.8 first downs a game ...

Below are some of the basic statistics from Sunday's third quarter. Click HERE to see the official scoresheet and detailed play-by-play.


   Broncos    Eagles  
 Points  21  0
 First Downs  18  1
   Run/Pass/Pen.    4/12/2  1/0/0
   Third Downs  0-0  0-2
 Yards  214  20
    Plays   25  9
 Rushing Yds.  56  27
    Rushes  9  4
 Passing Yds.  158  0
    Cmp.-Att.  15-16  0-3
 Time of Poss.  11:53  3:07
About this blog

Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

His favorite books growing up were the NBA Guide and the Baseball Encyclopedia, which was, for all intents and purposes, the Internet before there was an Internet.

He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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