Does a stat get more important than this? Maybe, but this has got to be up there – and so is Jerry Rice.
These are the top 10 NFLers with the most all-purpose touchdowns in Super Bowl history. That would be total rushing and receiving TDs (and any other kind, but no other returner or interceptor has as many total touchdowns as these guys in the big game).
Passing TDs are a bit of a different story. You can see the top 10 quarterbacks with the most passing touchdowns here. Then again, there is one QB who makes today’s list. John Elway has four rushing TDs – more than his three passing touchdowns. Now how about that.
As for these all-purpose TD leaders, it’s THE Jerry Rice with eight fat Super Bowl touchdowns at the top – and for two different teams at that. He’s got three more TDs – what many of the below have in total – than second-place Emmitt Smith.Follow @VinGetz
|PLAYER||TOTAL TOUCHDOWNS||RECEIVING||RUSHING||FOR (IN SUPER BOWL(S)…)|
|1.||Jerry Rice||8||8||0||San Francisco 49ers (XXIII, XXIV, XXIX); Oakland Raiders (XXXVII)|
|2.||Emmitt Smith||5||0||5||Dallas Cowboys (XXVII, XXVIII, XXX)|
|3.||Roger Craig||4||2||2||San Francisco 49ers (XIX, XXIV)|
|3.||John Elway||4||0||4||Denver Broncos (XXI, XXIV, XXXII, XXXIII)|
|3.||Franco Harris||4||0||4||Pittsburgh Steelers (IX, XIII, XIV)|
|3.||Thurman Thomas||4||0||4||Buffalo Bills (XXV, XXVI, XXVII, XXVIII)|
|7.||Cliff Branch||3||3||0||Oakland Raiders (XV); Los Angeles Raiders (XVIII)|
|7.||Terrell Davis||3||0||3||Denver Broncos (XXXII)|
|7.||Antonio Freeman||3||3||0||Green Bay Packers (XXXI, XXXII)|
|7.||John Stallworth||3||3||0||Pittsburgh Steelers (XIII, XIV)|
|7.||Lynn Swann||3||3||0||Pittsburgh Steelers (X, XIII, XIV)|
|7.||Ricky Watters||3||2||1||San Francisco 49ers (XXIX)|
Wow. The New England Patriots have advanced to the 2013 AFC Championship, defeating the Indianapolis Colts on the legs of LeGarrette Blount, who ran for 166 yards and four touchdowns. That’s the second most number of rushing TDs in an NFL playoff game.
The top honor belongs to Ricky Watters, who in January of 1994, punched it into the end zone five times for the San Francisco 49ers (and helped punch the New York Giants in the mouth, 44-3). The Niners, though, would lose to the eventual Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Championship.
So, Watters has five, and Blount has four…and 18 other running backs have scored three times on the ground in a single postseason game. Here they are, with the round, score and box score (click on the score).
Many thanks to my source, pro-football-reference.com.Follow @VinGetz
|RUNNING BACK||TD||FOR||AGAINST||ROUND (SEASON)||SCORE|
|1.||Ricky Watters||5||San Francisco 49ers||New York Giants||DIVISION (1993)||W 44-3|
|2.||LeGarrette Blount||4||New England Patriots||Indianapolis Colts||DIVISION (2013)||W 43-22|
|3.||Ryan Grant||3||Green Bay Packers||Seattle Seahawks||DIVISION (2007)||W 42-20|
|3.||Shaun Alexander||3||Seattle Seahawks||Green Bay Packers||WILD CARD (2003)||L 33-27|
|3.||Mario Bates||3||Arizona Cardinals||Minnesota Vikings||DIVISION (1998)||L 41-21|
|3.||Napoleon McCallum||3||Los Angeles Raiders||Denver Broncos||WILD CARD (1993)||W 42-24|
|3.||Tom Matte||3||Baltimore Colts||Cleveland Browns||NFL CHAMPIONSHIP (1968)||W 34-0|
|3.||Terrell Davis||3||Denver Broncos||Green Bay Packers||SUPER BOWL XXXII (1997)||W 31-24|
|3.||Otto Graham||3||Cleveland Browns||Detroit Lions||NFL CHAMPIONSHIP (1954)||W 56-10|
|3.||Thurman Thomas||3||Buffalo Bills||Kansas City Chiefs||AFC CHAMPIONSHIP (1993)||W 30-13|
|3.||John Riggins||3||Washington Redskins||Los Angeles Rams||DIVISION (1983)||W 51-7|
|3.||Kenneth Davis||3||Buffalo Bills||Los Angeles Raiders||AFC CHAMPIONSHIP (1990)||W 51-3|
|3.||Adrian Peterson||3||Minnesota Vikings||New Orleans Saints||NFC CHAMPIONSHIP (2009)||L 31-28|
|3.||Franco Harris||3||Pittsburgh Steelers||Buffalo Bills||DIVISION (1974)||W 32-14|
|3.||Andy Farkas||3||Washington Redskins||New York Giants||DIVISION (1943)||W 28-0|
|3.||Emmitt Smith||3||Dallas Cowboys||Green Bay Packers||NFC CHAMPIONSHIP (1995)||W 38-27|
|3.||Curtis Martin||3||New England Patriots||Pittsburgh Steelers||DIVISION (1996)||W 28-3|
|3.||Larry Csonka||3||Miami Dolphins||Oakland Raiders||AFC CHAMPIONSHIP (1973)||W 27-10|
|3.||Larry Schreiber||3||San Francisco 49ers||Dallas Cowboys||DIVISION (1972)||L 30-28|
|3.||William Floyd||3||San Francisco 49ers||Chicago Bears||DIVISION (1994)||W 44-15|
Photo: AP via csnbayarea.com
Take a wild guess. Who has the most receiving touchdowns in NFL playoff history?
Of course it’s Jerry Rice, who caught almost double a somewhat surprising (surely for a few) second-place John Stallworth. Stallworth was a member of the four-time Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers teams of the mid- to late-1970s.
Rice had 22 postseason TDs to Stallworth’s 12.
In fact, most of the top 20 below are modern players – all caught at least one postseason touchdown post-1980, 18 post-1990 and 13 post-2000.
Now about Rice’s record. Can it be broken?
I would not put it in the unbreakable category. Take a look at Larry Fitzgerald. In just six playoff games, he’s already got nine TDs. At this rate, and if the frequently-bad Arizona Cardinals could just make the playoffs once or twice in the next few years, Fitzgerald is a shoo-in for second all time.
Catch Rice, though? I don’t think so.
Fitzgerald makes it seem reachable, however. If only he played for a better team. Someone else with an equivalent skillset is bound to one day.
Want more postseason knowledge? How about the most passing touchdowns in playoff history? Tom Brady is set to break Joe Montana‘s record – maybe even this year. And how about the most rushing touchdowns in playoff history? Emmitt Smith is going to be at the top for a while, at least.Follow @VinGetz