The 15 Longest Plays in Super Bowl History (Pass or Run)

Muhsin Muhammad Catching The Longest Pass In Super Bowl History

Muhsin Muhammad Catching The Longest Pass In Super Bowl History

This post started out looking at the 10 longest plays in Super Bowl history, but it turns out there have been exactly 15 plays of 40 yards or more…so here they are.

Jake Delhomme‘s 85-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad in Super Bowl XXXVIII is the longest passing or running play in Super Bowl history. Their Carolina Panthers wound up losing to the New England Patriots, though.

The second longest play was on the ground – and in a winning effort. Willie Parker‘s 75-yard touchdown run in Super Bowl XL wound up being the winning points for the Pittsburgh Steelers as they took down the Seattle Seahawks.

Only two of the 15 longest plays were runs.

More than half of the longest plays – eight – were for TDs.

As you may have delved from reading Sports List of the Day, I’m a fan of Kurt Warner‘s induction into the Hall of Fame. A recent post here exposed Warner as the most accurate quarterback in postseason history. Add that to three Super Bowl appearances (with two different teams) and one ring.

Here’s some more fodder. Warner owns four of the longest plays below. The only other QB to appear more than once? Peyton Manning. He’s got two.

Thanks to pro-football-reference.com‘s Super Bowl Play Finder, where I found this, every play of nine yards or more.

YARDS PLAY* QUARTERBACK / RUNNING BACK RECEIVER TEAM** SUPER BOWL (SEASON) OPP.**
1. 85 PASS* Jake Delhomme Muhsin Muhammad Carolina Panthers XXXVIII (2003) N.E. Patriots**
2. 75 RUSH* Willie Parker NA Pittsburgh Steelers** XL (2005) Seattle Seahawks
3. 73 PASS* Kurt Warner Isaac Bruce St. Louis Rams** XXXIV (1999) Tennessee Titans
4. 64 PASS* Kurt Warner Larry Fitzgerald Arizona Cardinals XLIII (2008) Pittsburgh Steelers**
5. 56 PASS* Joe Flacco Jacoby Jones Baltimore Ravens** XLVII (2012) San Francisco 49ers
6. 53 PASS* Peyton Manning Reggie Wayne Indianapolis Colts** XLI (2006) Chicago Bears
7. 52 PASS Tom Brady Deion Branch New England Patriots** XXXVIII (2003) Carolina Panthers
7. 52 RUSH Thomas Jones NA Chicago Bears XLI (2006) Ind. Colts**
7. 52 PASS Kurt Warner Marshall Faulk^ St. Louis Rams** XXXIV (1999) Tennessee Titans
10. 48 PASS* Rich Gannon Jerry Rice Oakland Raiders XXXVII (2002) Tampa Bay Bucs**
11. 45 PASS Eli Manning Kevin Boss^ New York Giants** XLII (2007) N.E.    Patriots
11. 45 PASS Kurt Warner Anquan Boldin Arizona Cardinals XLIII (2008) Pittsburgh Steelers**
13. 44 PASS Trent Dilfer Qadry Ismail Baltimore Ravens** XXXV (2000) New York Giants
14. 43 PASS* Antwaan Randle El^ Hines Ward Pittsburgh Steelers** XL (2005) Seattle Seahawks
15. 40 PASS Donovan McNabb Todd Pinkston Philadelphia Eagles XXXIX (2004) N.E. Patriots**
15. 40 PASS Ben Roethlisberger Santonio Holmes Pittsburgh Steelers** XLIII (2008) Arizona Cardinals
15. 40 PASS Peyton Manning Austin Collie Indianapolis Colts XLIV (2009) N.O.  Saints**

* = Touchdown

** = Super Bowl Winner

^ = Antwaan Randle El (Wide Receiver)

^ = Marshall Faulk (Running Back)

^ = Kevin Boss (Tight End)

Photo: evonsports.wordpress.com

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