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Thursday, February 03, 2011

Super Bowl Facts: Receiving

  • In the past 10 Super Bowls, seven different players have gained over 100 yards receiving, led by Deion Branch's 143 in Super Bowl XXXVIII.  The others include: Mushin Muhammed (140, also in XXXVIII); Branch again (133, XXXIX); Terrell Owens (122, also in XXXIX); Hines Ward (123, XL); Wes Welker (103, XLII); Larry Fitzgerald (127, XLIII); and Santonio Holmes (131, also in XLIII).
  • Of those seven players, three were named Super Bowl MVP (Holmes, Ward, and Branch in XXXIX).  
  • Three different players have caught at least 10 passes, led by Branch (XXXIX, although he also caught 10 in XXXVIII) and Welker's 11.  The other player is actually running back Joseph Addai, who caught 10 balls in XLI.
  • Fitzgerald and Keenan McCardell (XXXVII) are the only two players to catch 2 touchdown passes in a single Super Bowl.  They share the lead for total touchdowns in the decade with Muhsin Muhammed (XLI & XXXVIII); Mike Vrabel (XXXVIII & XXXIX); Ricky Proehl (XXXVI & XXXVIII); and David Givens (XXXVIII & XXXIX).  Vrabel, of course, is the only defensive player to score an offensive touchdown.
  • The lowest yardage total to lead a team is Ike Hilliard's 30 yards for the Giants in Super Bowl XXXV.  The lowest reception total to lead a team is Ben Coates and Brandon Stokely's 3 for the Ravens in that same Super Bowl.
  • The best performance by a tight end is probably Dallas Clark's 7 catches for 87 yards in last year's Super Bowl.  Other than that, there haven't really been any tight end performances of note in the past 10 years.
  • The longest pass reception is Muhammed's 85-yard touchdown in XXXVIII, the longest play from scrimmage in Super Bowl history.  The next longest is Fitzgerald's 64-yard TD catch in XLIII.
  • Kevin Faulk is the only player to finish in the red in receiving yards, tallying 1 catch for -1 yards in Super Bowl XXXVI.
  • Priest Holmes had one catch for 4 yards for Baltimore in Super Bowl XXXV.  I forgot that he had played for them.
  • Muhammed (Carolina and Chicago), Proehl (Carolina and St. Louis), Jermaine Wiggins (Carolina and New England), and Joe Jurevicius (Tampa Bay and Seattle) are the only players to catch a pass for two different teams.  Muhammed and Proehl both caught TD passes for each of their respective teams, as well.
  • Antwaan Randall-El is the only non-QB to throw a touchdown (to Hines Ward in Super Bowl XL).

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