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Top 10 Players with the Most Touchdowns in Super Bowl History

Jerry Rice About To Score The First Of His Three Touchdowns Against The Denver Broncos In Super Bowl XXIV

Jerry Rice About To Score The First Of His Three Touchdowns Against The Denver Broncos In Super Bowl XXIV

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.

Did you want to check out every player with at least two all-purpose Super Bowl touchdowns? Then check out the query I ran at my source, pro-football-reference.com.

  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)

Photo: Bill Haber / AP via beaumontenterprise.com

LeGarrette Blount, Ricky Watters and the Most Rushing Touchdowns in an NFL Playoff Game

Ricky Watters' 5th Touchdown In A 1993 Divisional Playoff Game Against the New York Giants

Ricky Watters Had Five Rushing Touchdowns In A 1993 Divisional Playoff Game Against the New York Giants. That’s The Postseason Record.

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).

The most rushing touchdowns in a Super Bowl game? That would be three by Terrell Davis for the Denver Broncos and the 1997 title.

Many thanks to my source, pro-football-reference.com.

  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

NFL: Most Receiving Touchdowns in Playoff History

Jerry Rice Had Six Receiving Touchdowns In The 1988 Postseason, Including This One In The Super Bowl

Jerry Rice Had Six Receiving Touchdowns In The 1988 Postseason, Including This One In The Super Bowl

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.

After that, it’s the more recently recognizable Steeler in Hines Ward, Green Bay Packer great Antonio Freeman and the multi-teamed Randy Moss with 10.

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.

  PLAYER TOUCHDOWNS GAMES
1. Jerry Rice 22 29
2. John Stallworth 12 17
3. Antonio Freeman  10 14
3. Randy Moss  10 15
3. Hines Ward  10 18
6. Larry Fitzgerald  9 6
6. Andre Reed  9 21
6. Lynn Swann 9 16
6. Reggie Wayne  9 18
10. Cris Carter 8 14
10. Ernest Givins  8 10
10. Michael Irvin 8 16
10. James Lofton 8 13
10 Drew Pearson  8 22
15. Anquan Boldin  7 11
15. Dave Casper 7 9
15. David Givens  7 8
15. Art Monk 7 15
15. Jimmy Smith  7 9
15. Steve Smith  7 8
15. Brandon Stokley  7 14
15. Amani Toomer  7 11

Photo: US Presswire (USA Today Sports Images) via espn.com

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