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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.

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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