Here’s Every Major Super Bowl Record in NFL History

Big-time players make big-time plays in their team’s biggest games. That said, some of the best individual performances in Super Bowl history have come from seemingly unknown players. In honor of Super Bowl 51, we compiled a list including nearly every major individual record in Super Bowl history.

Passing records  single game

Tom Brady addresses his fans.
Tom Brady has had several legendary Super Bowl performances | Rob Carr/Getty Images

Pass attempts:

  • 58 – Jim Kelly, Buffalo Bills, Super Bowl XXVI

Pass completions (tie):

  • 37 – Tom Brady, New England Patriots, Super Bowl XLIX

Consecutive completions:

  • 16 – Tom Brady, New England Patriots, Super Bowl XLVI

Completion percentage:

  • 88% – Phil Simms, New York Giants, Super Bowl XXI

Passer rating:

  • 150.9 – Phil Simms, New York Giants, Super Bowl XXI

Passing yards:

  • 414 – Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams, Super Bowl XXXIV

Longest pass completion:

  • 85 – Jake Delhomme, Carolina Panthers, Super Bowl XXXVIII

Touchdown passes:

  • 6 – Steve Young, San Francisco 49ers, Super Bowl XXIX


  • 5 – Rich Gannon, Oakland Raiders, Super Bowl XXXVII

Passing records  career

Tom Brady speaks to the media after winning the Super Bowl | Tom Pennington/Getty Images
There will never be another Tom Brady | Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Passer rating:

  • 127.8 – Joe Montana, San Francisco 49ers

Pass attempts

  • 247 – Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Pass completions:

  • 164 – Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Completion percentage:

  • 70% – Troy Aikman, Dallas Cowboys

Passing yards:

  • 1,605 – Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Touchdown passes:

  • 13 – Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Rushing records  single game

Terrell Davis runs the ball.
Terrell Davis is still the Super Bowl touchdown king | Jamie Squire/Getty Images


  • 38 – John Riggins, Washington Redskins, Super Bowl XVII


  • 204 – Timmy Smith, Washington Redskins, Super Bowl XXII

Longest run:

  • 75 yards – Willie Parker, Pittsburgh Steelers, in Super Bowl XL

Yards per carry (minimum 10 attempts):

  • 10.5 – Tom Matte, Baltimore Colts, Super Bowl III

Touchdowns (tie):

  • 3 – Terrell Davis, Denver Broncos, in Super Bowl XXXII

Rushing records  career

Franco Harris smiles as he's recognized by Steelers fans.
Franco Harris was a star for the Steelers | Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images

Rushing attempts:

  • 101 – Franco Harris, Pittsburgh Steelers

Rushing yards:

  • 354 – Franco Harris, Pittsburgh Steelers

Yards per carry average (minimum 20 attempts):

  • 9.6 – Marcus Allen, L.A. Raiders

Rushing touchdowns:

  • 5 – Emmitt Smith, Dallas Cowboys

Receiving records  single game

Jerry Rice looks out at the crowd.
Jerry Rice was outstanding on Super Bowl Sunday | Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

Receptions (tie):

  • 13 – Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos, Super Bowl XLVIII


  • 215 – Jerry Rice, San Francisco 49ers, Super Bowl XXIII

Longest reception:

  • 85 yards – Muhsin Muhammed, Carolina Panthers, Super Bowl XXXVIII


  • 3 – Jerry Rice, San Francisco 49ers, Super Bowl XXIV and XXIX

Receiving records  career

Jerry Rice dodges the defenders.
Jerry Rice holds most Super Bowl receiving records | John G. Mabanglo/Getty Images


  • 33 – Jerry Rice, San Francisco 49ers

Receiving yards:

  • 589 – Jerry Rice, San Francisco 49ers

Yards per reception average (minimum 8 receptions):

  • 24.4 – John Stallworth, Pittsburgh Steelers

Touchdown receptions:

  • 8 – Jerry Rice, San Francisco 49ers

Defensive records  single game

James Harrison runs into the stadium to start a game.
James Harrison’s 100-yard interception return was one of the greatest plays in Super Bowl history | Gregory Shamus/Getty Images


  • 3 – Rod Martin, Oakland Raiders, Super Bowl XV

Interceptions returned for touchdowns:

  • 2 – Dwight Smith, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Super Bowl XXXVII

Longest interception return:

  • 100 yards – James Harrison, Pittsburgh Steelers, Super Bowl XLIII

Sacks (tie):

  • 3 – Reggie White, Green Bay Packers, Super Bowl XXXI
  • 3 – Darnell Dockett, Arizona Cardinals, Super Bowl XLIII
  • 3 – Kony Ealy, Carolina Panthers, Super Bowl 50

Defensive records  career


  • 3 – Chuck Howley, Dallas Cowboys
  • 3 – Rod Martin, Oakland/L.A. Raiders
  • 3 – Larry Brown, Dallas Cowboys


  • 4.5 – Charles Haley, Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers

Special teams records  single game

Steve Christie follows the line of a ball.
Steve Christie kicked the longest field goal in Super Bowl history | Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Field goal attempts (tie):

  • 5 – Jim Turner, New York Jets, Super Bowl III
  • 5 – Efren Herrera, Dallas Cowboys, Super Bowl XII

Field goals made (tie):

  • 4 – Don Chandler, Green Bay Packers, Super Bowl II
  • 4 – Ray Wersching, San Francisco 49ers, Super Bowl XVI

Longest field goal:

  • 54 yards – Steve Christie, Buffalo Bills, Super Bowl XXVIII

Most PAT’s made (tie):

  • 7 – Mike Cofer, San Francisco 49ers, Super Bowl XXIV
  • 7 – Lin Elliott, Dallas Cowboys, Super Bowl XXVII
  • 7 – Doug Brien, San Francisco 49ers, Super Bowl XXIX

Punt attempts:

  • 11 – Brad Maynard, New York Giants, Super Bowl XXXV

Longest punt:

  • 63 yards – Lee Johnson, Cincinnati Bengals, Super Bowl XXIII

Punting average (minimum 4 attempts):

  • 50.2 yards per punt – Tom Rouen, Seattle Seahawks, Super Bowl XL

Longest kickoff return:

  • 108 yards – Jacoby Jones, Baltimore Ravens, Super Bowl XLVII

Yards per kickoff return (minimum 3 attempts):

  • 47.5 – Fulton Walker, Miami Dolphins, Super Bowl XVII

Longest punt return:

  • 61 yards – Jordan Norwood, Denver Broncos, Super Bowl 50

Yards per punt return (minimum 3 attempts):

  • 18.7 – John Taylor, San Francisco 49ers, Super Bowl XXIII

Special teams records  career

Adam Vinatieri preps for a field goal.
Adam Vinatieri became a legend on Super Bowl Sunday | Al Bello/Getty Images

Field goal attempts:

  • 10 – Adam Vinatieri, New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts

Field goals made:

  • 7 – Adam Vinatieri, New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts

Most punts:

  • 17 – Mike Horan, Denver Broncos and St. Louis Rams
  • 17 – Mike Eischeid, Oakland Raiders and Minnesota Vikings

Punting average (minimum 10 punts):

  • 46.5 – Jerrel Wilson, Kansas City Chiefs

Most kickoff returns:

  • 10 – Ken Bell, Denver Broncos

Most kickoff return yards:

  • 283 – Fulton Walker, Miami Dolphins

Average yards per kickoff return (minimum four returns):

  • 42 – Tim Dwight, Atlanta Falcons

Most punt returns:

  • 8 – Troy Brown, New England Patriots

Most career punt return yards:

  • 94 – John Taylor, San Francisco 49ers

Highest career punt return average (minimum four returns):

  • 15.7 – John Taylor, San Francisco 49ers

Miscellaneous records

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick discuss the game on the sidelines.
Tom Brady and Bill Belichick will play in their seventh Super Bowl | Jim Rogash/Getty Images

Most games (player):

  • 6 – Mike Lodish, Buffalo Bills and Denver Broncos
  • 6 – Tom Brady, New England Patriots **

Most games (head coach):

  • 6 – Bill Belichick, New England Patriots **
  • 6 – Don Shula, Baltimore Colts and Miami Dolphins

Most wins (player):

  • 5 – Charles Haley, San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys

Most wins (coach):

  • 4 – Bill Belichick, New England Patriots
  • 4 – Chuck Noll, Pittsburgh Steelers

Most total yards (single game):

  • 290 – Jacoby Jones, Baltimore Ravens, Super Bowl XLVII

Most total yards (career):

  • 604 – Jerry Rice, San Francisco 49ers

*Tom Brady and Bill Belichick will set new records for most games by a player and head coach, respectively, in Super Bowl 51.

Statistics courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference and