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Diving into Joe Burrow’s record-breaking stats bonanza in Bengals’ blowout of Ravens – The Athletic

On a day when seemingly everything Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow did was right, he was wrong at least once.

Sitting in his postgame news conference wearing a Santa hat, a Krusty Krab sweatshirt and an air of confidence ranging at times from shrug to smug after throwing for 525 yards in a 41-21 lashing of the Ravens, Burrow pondered the question briefly before deciding that yeah, he likely threw for that many yards in a high school game.

Because it would be too ridiculous to think that the most yards he ever threw for came in an NFL game and not somewhere in the hills of Southeastern Ohio on a Friday night. Or even on the bayou against some overmatched FCS cupcake — or Vanderbilt — during his time at LSU.

“Maybe, I’m not sure,” Burrow said. “Probably. I threw for a ton of yards in high school. Who knows? I probably did.”

Actually, he didn’t.

Burrow’s career high at Athens High School was 501 yards with six touchdowns in a 74-55 playoff win against Logan Elm during his junior season.

He nearly matched that number during his Heisman- and national championship-winning senior season at LSU in another postseason game, when torched Oklahoma for 493 yards and seven touchdowns in a College Football Playoff semifinal.

And as incredible as those numbers sound, the idea of topping them both in the 25th game of his NFL career, even if it was against a Baltimore team missing its entire starting secondary and several backups, is just bonkers.

Unless you’re Burrow.

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