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LII third quarter analysis: Defense optional as Patriots, Eagles set yardage record

With a full quarter to go, the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles already broke the record for most yardage gained in a Super Bowl, combining for 962 total yards (495 Patriots, 467 Eagles). The previous record was 929, set by Washington and Denver in 1988.

Despite the Eagles' never trailing in the contest, their lead was hardly comfortable. Tom Brady threw for two touchdowns in the third quarter, cutting the deficit to 29-26, a difference of only their missed field goal.

Momentum began swinging the Patriots' way in the third quarter, thanks to the ease with which their offense moved the ball. After receiving the second-half kickoff, the Pats marched 75 yards in eight plays, with Brady completing passing of 25, 24 and 14 yards to tight end Rob Gronkowski before finding the Western New York product for a 5-yard score. Gronk only had one catch in the first half.

The Eagles responded with a touchdown drive of their own, but the Patriots went right back to work, going 75 yards in seven plays on the next scoring drive, with gains of 16, 18 and 26 yards.

Close call: Nick Foles hit Corey Clement in the back of the end zone for a 22-yard touchdown, but the ball appeared to shift in Clement's hands as he went to the ground. After a review, the league chose not to overturn the call, giving the Eagles a 29-19 lead.

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