As an “unofficial” National Holiday in North America, and many places all over the planet, another Super Bowl Sunday is rapidly approaching.
This annual NFC vs. AFC clash, that decides the NFL Champion, is steeped in tradition and has provided us with a ton of spectacular scoring plays over the years. Whether the fantastic plays helped bettors cash a big winning ticket or not, they will always be a part of the rich NFL history. Speaking of cashing winning wagers, knowing where to bet on the super bowl is just as important as deciding which prices you are going to back on the big day. Always wager with recognized and reputable online sportsbooks! While the next fantastic Super Bowl play has yet to be created, here are some fascinating facts to help ramp up your Super Bowl stats trivia knowledge.
Historical Super Bowl Scoring Stats That May Surprise You
Dating back to Super Bowl I, played on January 15, 1967, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, there have 386 scoring plays (not including converts) during the 47 NFL Championship battles. The scoring play breakdown is 256 touchdowns, 122 field goals and eight safeties. Of the majors on offence, 138 were via the pass and 88 were scored on running plays. Defensive units have registered 18 majors, and 12 were punched in during exciting Special Teams play. A touchdown has been the Super Bowl game winning score 34 times with 18 coming via the pass and 16 on the ground. When it comes to field goals – just 13 of the 122 successful kicks have made the stat line as a Super Bowl Championship clinching score.
Select group can lay claim to Super Bowl winning scores
Over almost five decades of thrilling Super Bowl play, only 40 players can proudly claim they registered a game winning touchdown or field goal. On offense, WR Lynn Swann (Steelers), RB Jim Kiick (Dolphins) WR Gary Clark (Redskins) and RB Emmitt Smith (Cowboys) each posted two game winning majors while another 26 players posted one score each. Ten place kickers have hit game winners and, somewhat amazingly, Adam Vinatieri is the only one with multiple title clinching field goals. Vinatieri, who has nailed three game winning kicks with New England and one with Indianapolis, also owns the championship clinching record long field goal (48 yards) as a member of the Patriots vs. the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI. Though they always help a winning effort, by breaking the opponents back, a defensive or special teams touchdown has never been the deciding points scored on Super Bowl Sunday.
Other Key Scoring Statistics in NFL Championship History
Longest Game Winning TD Pass: Super Bowl XV
Raiders WR Kenny King 80-yard pass from QB Jim Plunkett vs. Eagles
Longest Game Winning TD Run: Super Bowl XL
Steelers RB Willie Parker 75-yards vs. Seahawks
Quarterback Game Winning Rushing Touchdowns:
49ers Joe Montana 6-yards SB XIX – Packers Brett Favre 2-yards SB XXXI
Record Two Interception TD Returns: Super Bowl XXXVII
Buccaneers Safety Dwight Smith 44 and 50 yard scores vs. Raiders
Longest Defensive Scoring Play: Super Bowl XLIII
Steelers James Harrison 100-yard interception TD return vs. Cardinals
Longest Special Teams Scoring Play: Super Bowl XLVII
Ravens WR Jacob Jones 108-yard kickoff TD return vs. 49ers
All Touchdowns (256) Scored By Quarter:
1st = 45 / 2nd = 67 / 3rd = 61 / 4th = 83
Most TD Scores Super Bowl Career:
49ers QB Joe Montana 13 (11 Passing – 2 Rushing) SB XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV
Most TD Scores Super Bowl Career (Non QB):
WR Jerry Rice (8 REC) 49ers SB XXIII, XXIV, XXIX – Raiders SB XXXVII
Although we have Super Bowl Sunday stats and facts that could fill several thick books, unfortunately, we have run out of space in this article. While we wait for the next thrilling Super Bowl score, you can learn more about online sports wagering from the fine folks over at Online Sports Betting – Cheers!