Super Bowl Records

The Super Bowl has grown into one of the biggest sporting events in the world. As the game as gone on, there have been many memorable moments and performances.

Super Bowl XXIX set the record for most combined points in one game with 75 as the San Francisco 49ers defeated the San Diego Chargers 49-26. Steve Young set a Super Bowl record with six touchdown passes, breaking the previous record of five held by Joe Montana, the quarterback he played back-up to.

Jerry Rice running with a football, chased by the Chargers defense.
Jerry Rice set a Super Bowl record for receiving touchdowns.

Ricky Watters tied a Super Bowl record with 3 total touchdowns (2 receiving, 1 rushing) against the Chargers. His performance tied that of his teammate Jerry Rice who set the record for most receiving TDS in a game with 3 twice, in back to back games, Super Bowl XXIII and XXIV, with Super Bowl XXIV setting record for most points scored by one team (55) and the largest margin of victory in a Super Bowl (45).

HC George Seifert is doused with Gatorade after winning Super Bowl XXIX (AP Photo - Lynne Sladky)

The record for touchdowns in a game was first set by Roger Craig (incidentally, Jerry Rice's former teammate) who scored 2 receiving and 1 rushing TD in Super Bowl IXX in a 38-16 49ers victory. It has since been tied by2 more players including Terrell Davis, who set the Super Bowl record for Rushing TDs in Super Bowl XXXII with 3 in his MVP performance in helping the Broncos win their first Super Bowl.

The other was James White in Super Bowl LI with 1 receiving and 2 rushing TDs. Both rushing TDs were to tie the game with 57 seconds left in the game, after the Patriots were down 28-3 in the 3rd quarter. New England would go on to win the game in overtime to complete the largest comeback in super bowl history: 25 points, blowing away the previous record of 10 points.

A few fun-to-know records:

  • Most Passing yards in a game: Tom Brady, 505 yards in Super Bowl LII

  • Most Rushing yards in a game: Timmy Smith (R), 204 yards in Super Bowl XXII (set at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego)

  • Most Receiving yards in a game: Jerry Rice, 215 yards in Super Bowl XXIII

  • Longest Touchdowns

  • Passing: Jake Delhomme to Muhsin Muhammad, 85 yards in Super Bowl XXXVIII

  • Rushing: Willie Parker, 75 yards in Super Bowl XL.

  • Defense: James Harrison, 100 yards INT Super Bowl XLIII

  • Overall: Jacoby Jones, 108-yard Kickoff return in Super Bowl XLVII

  • Most INTs by one player in a game: Rod Martin in Super Bowl XV

A football player running with a football.
Rookie RB Timmy Smith sets Rushing yards record in Super Bowl XXII (Peter Read Miller - SI)

There has only been one Opening kickoff returned for a TD, and that was Devin Hester in Super Bowl XLI, but it would be Peyton manning leading the Colts to victory in the game.

Devin Hester runs past a sliding PK
Devin Hester returns the opening kickoff of Super Bowl XLI (Getty Images)

The Super Bowl record for field goals in a game is 4, which was achieved by Don Chandler in Super Bowl II and Ray Wersching in Super Bowl XVI.

A fun note for this year's Super Bowl: Bengals kicker Evan McPherson has kicked 4 field goals in all 3 playoffs games this post season. Will McPherson tie the record and be the only kicker in NFL history to make 4 field goals in four straight playoff games?

Bengals PK Evan McPherson kicking a field goal.
Evan McPherson kicks record-setting FG in a 2021 regular season game (AP Photo - David Zalubowski)