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Former Penn State RB Miles Sanders, Eagles Fall to Chiefs 38-35 in Super Bowl

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SANTA CLARA, CA - OCTOBER 04: Philadelphia Eagles Running Back Miles Sanders (26) runs downfield during the NFL football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the San Francisco 49ers on October 4, 2020 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. (Photo by Bob Kupbens/Icon Sportswire)

In what might have been Miles Sanders’s last game as a Philadelphia Eagle, the Eagles fell to the Kansas City Chiefs 38-35 in Super Bowl LVII

Although it was a great Super Bowl overall, a lot of people will be talking about a controversial call.

With the game tied at 35 and less than two minutes left, the Chiefs faced a third and eight from Philly’s 15. Patrick Mahomes’s pass, intended for JuJu Smith-Schuster, fell incomplete. But Philly’s James Bradberry was ruled to have held Schuster, giving the Chiefs a first down. From there, KC forced Philly to burn its last timeout. KC burned the clock, and Harrison Butker nailed a 27-yard field goal with eight seconds left to virtually seal the game.

Although Sanders didn’t do too much statistically in the Super Bowl, with seven carries, 16 yards, he played a big part in getting Philly there.

Sanders ended the regular season fifth in the NFL in rushing with 1,269 yards, averaging almost five yards per carry and rushing for a career-high 11 touchdowns. In the playoffs, Sanders rushed for 90 yards on 17 carries in Philly’s divisional playoff win over the New York Giants.

In Philly’s NFC championship win over the San Francisco 49ers, Sanders rushed for two touchdowns.

Now that the season is over, Sanders is set to hit free agency. If he’s indeed leaving Philly, he’ll be leaving his home state— unless he signs with his hometown Pittsburgh Steelers, which is unlikely due to the presence of Najee Harris, a former first-round pick who just wrapped up his second season.

Sanders played high school football in the Pittsburgh area at Woodland Hills. A five-star recruit out of high school, Sanders moved on to Penn State, where he played from 2016.

He ended the 2018 season with 1,274 yards, nine touchdowns and a 5.8 yards per carry average.

From there, Sanders went to the Eagles in the second round of the 2019 draft.

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