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This is a list of Super Bowl records, which includes performances of the highest and lowest caliber throughout the history of the Super Bowl. The list of records is separated by individual players and teams. Players and teams, along with their records, are noted with the Super Bowl game played.

Individual player records

  • Most points scored, single game - 18 (four players)
  • Most touchdowns, single game, 3
  • Same above as Most points scored
  • Most points scored, career, 48
  • Most games played, 6
  • Most consecutive appearances, 5
  • Longest play, 100 yard interception return
  • Most fumbles, career, 5
  • Most fumbles, game, 3
  • Most fumbles recovered, game, 2


  • Most passing yards, single game, 414
  • Least passing yards by a Super Bowl MVP, 119
  • Most passing yards, career, 1,277
  • Most TD passes, single game, 6
  • Most TD passes, career, 11
  • Most completions to start a game, 9
  • Most completions, single game, 32
  • Most completions, game, both quarterbacks, 63
  • Most completions, career, 127
  • Most attempts, game, 58
  • Most attempts, career, 197
  • Most consecutive completions, single game, 16
  • Fewest attempts by winning QB, game, 7
  • Fewest completions by winning QB, game, 6
  • Highest completion percentage, single game, minimum 20 attempts, 88%
  • Highest completion percentage, career minimum 40 attempts, 70%
  • Highest completion percentage, both teams, single game, 75%
  • Highest passer rating, game, 150.92
  • Highest passer rating, minimum 2 games, career, 127.83
  • Longest pass, 85 yards (TD)
  • Lowest Percentage, Passes Had Intercepted, Career (40 attempts), 0.00%
  • Most Attempts, Without Interception, Game, 48
  • Most interceptions thrown, single game, 5
  • Most interceptions thrown, career, 8


  • Longest rushing carry, 75 yards (TD)
  • Most rushing yards, single game, 204
  • Most rushing yards, career, 354
  • Most rushing touchdowns, single game, 3
  • Most rushing touchdowns, career, 5
  • Most Attempts, Game, 38
  • Most Attempts, Career, 101


  • Most receiving yards, single game, 215
  • Most receiving yards, career, 589
  • Most receptions, single game, 11
  • Most receptions, career, 33
  • Most receiving TDs, single game, 3
  • Most touchdowns, career, 8
  • Longest reception, 85 yards (TD)

Combined Rushing, Passing, Return

  • Most combined yardage, game, 244
  • Most combined yardage, career, 604
  • Most Attempts, game, 39
  • Most Attempts, career, 108


  • Most interceptions, single game, 3
  • Most interceptions, career, 3
  • Longest interception return, 100 yards, TD
  • Most interceptions returned for a touchdown, single game, 2
  • Most sacks, single game, 3 (sacks compiled since XVII)
  • Most sacks, career, 4.5
  • Longest fumble return, 64 yards
  • Most interception yards gained, single game, 108
  • Most interception yards gained, career, 108

Special teams

  • Most field goals, game, 4
  • Most field goals, career, 7
  • Most 40-plus yard field goals, game, 3
  • Longest field goal, 54 yards
  • Shortest field goal, 9 yards

Note: The goal posts were moved to the back of the end zone in 1974. As such, this record cannot be broken without another change to the layout of the field. Standard field goal protocol does not currently allow a kick 17 yards or shorter.[1]

  • Longest kickoff return, 99 yards, TD
  • Most kickoff returns, career, 10
  • Most kickoff returns, game, 8
  • Most kickoff return yards, career, 283
  • Most kickoff return yards, game, 244
  • Most kickoff returns for touchdowns, game, 1
  • Most punt returns for touchdowns, game, 0
  • none
  • Longest punt, 63 yards
  • Most punts inside 10 yard line, game, 3
  • Most punts, game, 11
  • Most punts, career, 17
  • Longest punt return, 45 yards
  • Most punt returns, career, 8
  • Most punt returns, game, 6
  • Most fair catches, game, 4
  • Most punt return yards gained, career, 94
  • Most punt return yards gained, game, 90
  • Most (one point) extra points, game, 7
  • Most (one point) extra points, career, 13
  • Most 2 point conversions, game, 1

Team records

Games, victories, defeats

  • Most Super Bowl victories, 6
  • Most consecutive Super Bowl victories, 2 (tied)
  • Most Super Bowl losses, 4
  • Most consecutive Super Bowl losses, 4
  • Most Super Bowl appearances without losing, 5
  • Most Super Bowl appearances without winning, 4
  • Most Super Bowl appearances, 8
  • Most consecutive Super Bowl appearances, 4
  • Most numerous matchup, 3


Single team

  • Most points scored by a winning team, game - 55
  • Most touchdowns scored, game - 8
  • Most points scored by a losing team, game - 31
  • Longest touchdown scoring drive - 96 yards
  • Most points scored in any quarter of play - 35
  • Most points scored in a half of play - 35
  • Most points, first quarter - 14 (by 7 teams)
  • Most points, second quarter - 35
  • Most points, first half - 35
  • Most points, third quarter - 21
  • Most points, fourth quarter - 21
  • Most points, second half - 30
  • Largest margin of victory - 45 points
  • Smallest margin of victory - 1 point
  • Largest halftime margin - 25 points
  • Largest comeback - 10 points
  • Fewest points, winning team, game - 14
  • Fewest touchdowns, winning team, game - 1
  • Fewest points, first half - 0 (11 times)
  • Fewest points, second half - 0 (by 8 times)
  • Fewest points, game - 3
  • Most touchdowns, 26
  • Most touchdowns, game - 8
  • Most touchdowns, losing team, game - 4
  • Fewest touchdowns, game - 0
Most 2 point conversions, game, 2
  • Most safeties, game - 1
  • Most safeties, team - 2

Both teams

  • Most points, game - 75
  • Most touchdowns scored, game - 10
  • Most points, first quarter - 24
  • Most points, second quarter - 35
  • Most points, first half - 45
  • Most points, third quarter - 24
  • Most points, fourth quarter - 37
  • Most points, second half - 46
  • Fewest points, first half - 2
  • Fewest points, second half - 7 (twice)
  • Fewest points, game - 21
  • Fewest touchdowns, game - 2


Single team

  • Most net yards, rushing and passing, game, 602
  • Most yards rushing, game, 280
  • Most yards passing, game, 407
  • Most passing attempts, game, 59
  • Most passes completed, game, 32
  • Fewest net yards, rushing and passing, game, 119
  • Fewest yards rushing, game, 7
  • Fewest yards passing, game, 35
  • Fewest passing attempts, game, 7
  • Fewest passes completed, game, 4
  • Most field goals attempted, game, 5
  • Most field goals, game, 4

Both Teams

  • Most touchdowns, game, 10
  • Most net yards, rushing and passing, game, 929
  • Most yards rushing, game, 377
  • Most rushing attempts, game, 81
  • Most yards passing, game, 649
  • Most first downs passing, game, 33
  • Most passes attempted, game, 93
  • Most passes completed, game, 63
  • Fewest touchdowns, game, 2
  • Fewest total yards from scrimmage, game, 396
  • Fewest yards rushing, game, 91
  • Fewest rushing attempts, game, 36
  • Fewest yards passing, game, 156
  • Fewest passes attempted, game, 35
  • Fewest passes completed, game, 19
  • Most field goals attempted, game, 7
  • Most field goals, game, 5
  • Fewest field goals attempted, game, 1
  • Fewest field goals, game, 0
  • Most one point PATs, game, 9
  • Most two point PATs, game, 2


Single team

  • Most Interceptions by, game, 5
  • Most yards gained, game, 172
  • Most touchdowns scored, game, 3
  • Most sacks of other team, game, 7

Both Teams

  • Most Interceptions by, game. 6
  • Fewest Interceptions by, game, 0
  • Most yards gained by, game, 184
  • Most sacks by, game, 10


Single team

  • Most fumbles, game, 8
  • Most fumbles lost, game, 5
  • Most fumbles recovered, game, 8

Both teams

  • Most fumbles, both teams, game, 12
  • Fewest fumbles, both teams, game, 0
  • Most fumbles lost, both teams, game, 7


Single team

  • Most punts, game, 11
  • Fewest punts, game, 1

Both teams

  • Most punts, game, 21
  • Fewest punts, game, 2


  • Fastest score from start of game, 14 seconds
  • Longest time before first score, team, (57 minutes 53 seconds)
  • Longest time before either team scores, (26 minutes 55 seconds)
  • Time of Possession, (40 minutes 33 seconds)
  • Longest drive, (9 minutes 59 seconds)


  • Most games as head coach, 6
  • Most Super Bowl wins, 4
  • Most Super Bowl losses, 4
  • Youngest to win, 36 yrs, 341 days
  • Oldest to win, 65 yrs, 158 days
  • Most seasons between appearances, 19
  • Most Super Bowl wins with a different starting quarterback, 3
  • Teams winning with 3 different head coaches


  • Most Penalty Yardage, One Team in a Single Game, 133 yards
  • Most Penalties, One Team in a Single Game, 12
  • Most Yards Penalized Both Teams Single Game, 164 yards

Largest Comebacks

As of Super Bowl XLVI, only five teams have won after trailing by more than 7 points


  • Most Watched Broadcast, 111.3 million viewers
  • XLVI Highest rated broadcast of all time
  • Largest stadium audience attendance, 103,985


In the history of the Super Bowl, the following firsts have yet to occur:

  • Snow - Super Bowl IX had drizzle; Super Bowl XLI had rain. An ice storm hit the Dallas area prior to Super Bowl XLV, but the game was played with the roof closed. Super Bowl XLVIII will be the first northern Super Bowl played outdoors, but there is no guarantee that there will be snow.
  • An all-wild card matchup (teams who failed to win their divisions) - Nine wild card teams (since the 1970 merger) have won conference titles, but never two in the same season.
  • A shutout - Every Super Bowl participant to date has scored. In five cases, the offenses have failed to score a touchdown. In four of those cases, the special teams scored the only touchdown:
Super Bowl VI: The Miami Dolphins finished with 3 points, the fewest in a Super Bowl to date (and the only team to date to fail to score a touchdown).
Super Bowl VII: The Washington Redskins returned a fumble for a touchdown after blocking a field goal attempt and converted the extra point with 2:07 remaining in the game.
Super Bowl IX: The Minnesota Vikings recovered a blocked punt in the end zone but did not convert the extra point with 10:33 left in the game.
Super Bowl XXIII: The Cincinnati Bengals scored on a 93 yard kickoff return with extra point in the third quarter and kicked 3 Field goals throughout the game.
Super Bowl XXXV: The New York Giants scored on a 97-yard kickoff return and converted the extra point in the third quarter.
  • A punt return for a touchdown. There have been 3 blocked punts returned for touchdowns however.
  • A second half kickoff for a touchdown. Super Bowl XLI was the first time a game's opening kickoff had been returned for a touchdown, and is still the only time a kickoff touchdown did not follow a score by the opposing team.
  • A 90-or-more-yard play from scrimmage. Seven kickoffs and one interception have been returned 90 or more yards, but 90 yards has never been gained on one offensive play.
  • Home field advantage (playing in one's own home stadium) - The closest instances to this in terms of distance have been Super Bowl XIV at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena 30 miles from the Los Angeles Rams' home stadium, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Super Bowl XIX played at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto which is about 25 miles south of the San Francisco 49ers' home stadium, Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Were a team to earn a berth in a Super Bowl being played in its home-stadium in a year when that team's conference is scheduled as the "road" team, the team would remain so designated for the purposes of uniform selection and the coin-toss.
The closest to this in terms of the number of additional playoff wins needed to qualify for a Super Bowl in one's home stadium was accomplished by the Miami Dolphins in 1970, 1994, and 1998. All three teams came within two wins of playing in a Super Bowl hosted in Miami, but were eliminated in the Divisional Round. The only other teams to qualify for the playoffs during a season in which their home stadium hosted the Super Bowl were the 1978 Miami Dolphins and the 2000 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, both of whom lost in the Wild Card Round. No team outside of the state of Florida has ever made the playoffs during a season in which their home stadium has hosted the Super Bowl.
  • Two teams from the same metropolitan area: one city currently has two franchises: New York City has the Giants and the Jets. (In the past Los Angeles was home to the Raiders and the Rams, but both teams left town in 1995.) Also two pairs of teams share a common metropolitan area, although they are based in different cities: the Baltimore Ravens and the Washington Redskins; as well as the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders. Every team mentioned above has won a Super Bowl, but never against its neighbor.
Super Bowl XLI between the Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears represents the geographically closest teams, separated by only 164 miles.
One game involved teams from the same state: Super Bowl XXIX involved the San Francisco 49ers and the San Diego Chargers. Super Bowl XXV involved the Buffalo Bills of New York and the New York Giants of New Jersey.
  • Overtime - The narrowest margin of victory in a Super Bowl is one point, in Super Bowl XXV (1991). The closest instances to overtime, in which the result of the last play of the game could have realistically led to a tie and thus an overtime, have been:
Super Bowl V: Baltimore's Jim O'Brien kicked a game-winning field goal with :05 left.
Super Bowl XXXIV: Tennessee's Kevin Dyson was stopped one yard short of a touchdown that would have allowed them to try an extra point for the tie.
Super Bowl XXXVI: New England's Adam Vinatieri kicked a game-winning field goal as time expired.
Super Bowl XXXVIII: New England's Adam Vinatieri kicked a game-winning field goal with :04 left.
There have also been three instances in which the trailing team scored a late, go-ahead touchdown when a field goal could have tied the score: SB XXIII, the San Francisco 49ers scored with 34 seconds left to beat the Cincinnati Bengals 20-16 when a field goal would have tied it at 16; and SB XLII, the New England Patriots scored a late touchdown to take a 14-10 lead when a field goal would have tied the game at 10, even though the Giants would later retake the lead on a touchdown of their own. Similarly, in SB XLIII, the Pittsburgh Steelers, trailing the Arizona Cardinals 23-20 in the final minute of play, conducted a drive capped by a touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes to make the score 27-23 Pittsburgh with 0:35 left; the Steelers were in field goal range at the time.
  • An appearance by every team - Four teams have yet to reach their first Super Bowl: the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans. The Browns and Lions both won NFL championships in the pre-Super Bowl era. The latter two are expansion teams that were formed less than two decades ago.
  • Every team winning - 14 teams have yet to win their first Super Bowl: Cincinnati Bengals, San Diego Chargers, Atlanta Falcons, Tennessee Titans, Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, and the Buffalo Bills along with those four that have not appeared in Super Bowl. The Chargers, the Titans (known as Houston Oilers in the 1960's), and the Bills all won AFL championships in the pre-Super Bowl era. The Eagles, and the Cardinals both won NFL championships in the pre-Super Bowl era. The Vikings won an NFL championship, but lost Super Bowl IV to the AFL champs, the Chiefs. Thus the Jaguars, Texans, Bengals, Falcons, Panthers, Seahawks, have yet to win their first NFL Championship pre- or post-Super Bowl era.
  • A team winning without a touchdown - Every Super Bowl champion to date has scored at least one touchdown in their efforts. The New York Jets scored only one touchdown in their Super Bowl III triumph.
  • No touchdowns scored - In every Super Bowl to date, there have been at least two touchdowns scored (Fewest combined - 2, in Super Bowl III).
  • A three-peat. Two teams (New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys) won three Super Bowl titles in four years and the Pittsburgh Steelers won 4 Super Bowl titles in 6 years, which included back to back championships twice. The Miami Dolphins appeared in three consecutive Super Bowls from 1971-1973, winning the final two, making them the team having come closest to a three-peat. The Buffalo Bills appeared in four consecutive Super Bowls, but lost all four of them.
  • Fair catch kick - A fair catch kick has never been attempted in the Super Bowl.
  • Interception return for touchdown by a losing team - by 2011 the teams are 11-0 when returning a picked pass for touchdown.


  1. Theoretically, a field goal as short as approximately 11 yards is possible if attempted from a snap from infinitesimally behind the goal line and a placement immediately behind the line of scrimmage; this is not practical (as it would most likely be impeded by either the offensive line or opposing defenders), nor has it ever been attempted. In any sense, this would still be two yards longer than the record.

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