Long runs absent, but TD-catching linebackers aren't
Posted: Wednesday February 9, 2005 4:52PM; Updated: Wednesday February 9, 2005 4:52PM
LONG AND SHORT OF IT
Longest Super Bowl runs since 1990
B. Westbrook 22
C. Dillon 25
S. Davis 21
K. Faulk 23
M. Pittman 24
M. Faulk 15
D. Patten 22
T. Barber 27
J. Lewis 19
J. Anderson 15
T. Davis 15
D. Levens 16
T. Davis 27
C. Martin 18
E. Smith 23
B. Morris 15
S. Young 21
N. Means 11
E. Smith 15
K. Davis 11
E. Smith 38
K. Davis 14
R. Ervins 21
K. Davis 13
O. Anderson 24
T. Thomas 31
B. Humphrey 34
R. Craig 13
J. Brooks 11
If you're a fan of long runs from scrimmage, don't bother watching another Super Bowl.
You'll never see one.
Sunday's Eagles-Patriots game continued a baffling trend in which long runs have been virtually extinct in the Super Bowl.
It's been more than a decade since there has been a run of longer than 27 yards, more than 15 years since an NFC back has had one longer than 38 yards, and more than 20 since an AFC player has had one longer than 34 yards.
To find the last time anybody has gained more than 27 yards you have to go back to Super Bowl XXVII, when Emmitt Smith scored on a 31-yard touchdown run eight seconds into the fourth quarter.
To find the last time an NFC back has gone 40 yards on a run you have to go all the way back to Super Bowl XXII in San Diego after the 1987 season, when Washington's Timmy Smith ran 58 yards for a TD during the 35-point second quarter.
And to find the last run by an AFC back longer than 34 yards you have to go way back to Super Bowl XVIII, when Marcus Allen had a 71-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
More obscure, bizarre and ridiculous from Super Bowl week
Catching TDs in back-to-back Super Bowls
Patriots LB Mike Vrabel entered some elite company Sunday -- not as a linebacker but as a receiver.
Vrabel's 2-yard touchdown catch from Tom Brady paired with his 1-yard TD catch from Brady last year made him only the ninth player in history -- and the first linebacker -- with a touchdown reception in consecutive Super Bowls (list, right).
The Super Bowl was the 405th playoff game in NFL history but only the third that was tied at the end of the first, second and third quarters. The others were the 1948 NFL title game between the Eagles and Chicago Cardinals and a 1978 wild-card game between the Oilers and Dolphins.
Brady is 71-for-108 (66 percent) for 735 yards with six touchdowns and one interception in his three Super Bowl appearances, a 99.9 passer rating. In Super Bowl history, he ranks third in career completion percentage behind Troy Aikman (70 percent) and Joe Montana (68 percent), third in interception ratio (neither Montana or Jim Plunkett threw one) and and third in TD passes (Montana has 11, Terry Bradshaw nine).
Brady and Plunkett are a combined 36-for-54 for 497 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions in two Super Bowls against the Eagles, a 133.0 passer rating.