Five Super Bowl Records That Will Never Be Broken

Five Super Bowl Records That Will Never Be Broken
Sat 12th February 2022

Super Bowl history has brought many fantastic performances and the history book gets a new chapter every year. Many significant records are surpassed each year but some of them may never be broken. 

As we are heading to the Super Bowl LVI, let’s take a look at five unreal records that will probably stay untouched for a long time, some of them maybe even forever.

5. Rod Martin’s three interceptions 

There have been many upsets in Super Bowl history and if you are wondering how an underdog defeated the favorite, you should always check the interception stats. These individual plays can turn the game upside down and be the key reason for unexpected outcomes.

Rod Martin was the key player for the Oakland Raiders in the 27-10 win over the Philadelphia Eagles at the Super Bowl XV. Martin had three interceptions on Eagles quarterback Ron Jarowski passes, which is a record that hasn’t been matched ever since.

Despite his historic performance, Martin was not named the MVP, instead, that award went in the hands of quarterback Jim Plunkett.

4. John Riggins’ 38 carries

Running back John Riggins was the key player in Washington’s 27-17 win over the Miami Dolphins at the Super Bowl XVII in 1983 which earned him the MVP award.

Riggins set a couple of records during his historic performance but one of those still stays untouched until today. Riggins’ 38 carries is something that no other player has even come close to in the past 39 years.

Riggins also had the key play of the night. With Washington being 4 points down late in the second half, facing a fourth-and-1 on Miami’s 42-yard-line, Riggins broke Miami cornerback Don McNeal’s tackle and raced down the far sideline for the game-winning score.

He finished the game with 166 yards and one touchdown.

3. Tom Brady’s 21 touchdown passes

Recently Tom Brady announced his retirement at the age of 44 and he is leaving the game as the greatest player ever. Anytime anybody will talk about NFL records, they will have to mention Brady’s name for a long, long time.

One of those records that will probably never be broken is his 21 touchdown passes in his nine Super Bowl appearances. The next on the list is Joe Montana with 12 touchdown passes and no active player has more than four.

Brady won seven of those nine Super Bowls, six with the New England Patriots and the last one with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was named Super Bowl MVP five times.

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2. Washington’s 35-point quarter

The Super Bowl XXII back in 1988 didn’t start well for Washington who found themselves down by 10 points in the opening quarter. What was about to follow was far above what anyone could even imagine.

After Doug Williams was taken out to receive a medical examination on potential injury, the quarterback returned to the field to lead Washington to a 35-point quarter.

Williams went on to throw five touchdown passes in the period and Washington racked up 356 yards on offense. Washington took a 35-10 lead at halftime and won by 42-10 in the end.

1. San Francisco’s longest Super Bowl winning streak

During the 1980s and 1990s, the San Francisco 49ers went to five Super Bowls and won every single one of them. The Niners didn’t lose any championship game they participated in until Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014 when they lost to the Baltimore Ravens.

It is quite unimaginable today for a team to make it to five Super Bowls in just over a decade and even more, to win them all. The competition nowadays is much bigger and upsets are more likely to happen, so we’ll wait a long time for some team to break the Niners’ record…if it ever happens.

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Marko is a former athlete who meanwhile got his law degree. He has followed basketball since the ‘90s and is very familiar with all levels of the game, from the NBA, and the NCAA, all down to European leagues and international competitions. He is also very fond of tennis, soccer, NHL and MLB and can provide reliable previews and analysis that will lead you to placing a winning bet.