What is your preference of how National Football League title match touchdowns are scored? Short and bone crushing or long yet lightning fast? With many major scores already in the history books, there have been plenty of both types during the first 51 NFL Championships. New England and Philadelphia will look to add to the numbers when they hook up at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018, at 6:30 PM.
Shortest Super Bowl Touchdown
Electrifying a global audience, consisting of casual sports fans and hardcore handicappers alike, the first 280 Super Bowl touchdowns have ranged from 0 to 108 yards and have covered 17,595 feet. Our table lists the shortest major scores during each of the first 51 NFL Championship contests.
Super Bowl LII Betting Legend: Prediction ORANGE Loss RED Win GREEN
Shaded Green: Shortest touchdown was the game winning score.
Shaded Blue: New England and Philadelphia shortest Super Bowl touchdowns.
*** Time of score is the amount left on the game clock when the TD play began.
|SB#||PLAY||POS||YDS||TEAM||Shortest Super Bowl Touchdown||Q#||SP#|
|51||RUN||RB||1||NEP||White 1 YD Run (2 PT Brady to Amendola) 0:57||4||9|
|50||FUM||DT||0||DEN||Jackson 0 YD Fumble Recovery (McManus Kick) 6:34||1||2|
|49||RUN||RB||3||SEA||Lynch 3 YD Run ( Hauschka Kick) 2:22||2||2|
|49||PASS||WR||3||SEA||Doug Baldwin 3 YD Pass - Wilson (Hauschka Kick) 5:00||3||6|
|49||PASS||WR||3||NEP||Edelman 3 YD Pass - Brady (Gostkowski Kick) 8:00||4||8|
|48||RUN||RB||1||SEA||Lynch 1 YD Run (Hauschka Kick) 12:08||2||4|
|47||PASS||TE||1||BAL||Pitta 1 YD Pass - Flacco (Tucker Kick) 7:15||2||3|
|46||PASS||WR||2||NYG||Cruz 2 YD Pass - E. Manning (Tynes Kick) 3:29||1||2|
Super Bowl Shortest Touchdowns - A Colourful History
Whether rumbled in, from 1-yard out by a 325-pound defensive tackle, or raced 108-yards right down the middle of the field, by a special team player during a kick return, touchdowns send a charge into the crowd on Super Bowl Sunday. You may be surprised to see there has never been a punt return TD in Super Bowl history, but scores have varied. Six point major methods include Pass (153) Run (94) Interception (14) Kickoff Return (10) Fumble (6) and Blocked Punt Return (3).
Blocked punt TD's, by Terry Brown (SB 9) and Derrick Jensen (SB 18) plus Malik Jackson's end zone TD fumble recovery during Super Bowl 50, are the three shortest scores during a NFL Championship at zero-yards. By a wide margin, 1-yard touchdowns are the most common score at 44 with a 38-6 edge going to runs over passes. Punching the ball in from 2-yards out is the next at 24 scores with a 17-6-1 run, pass, fumble return mix. That is 71 six-point plays that covered just 92 total yards.
Major Penalty Influence: Pass interference in the end zone places the ball at the 1-yard line.Shortest TD OV 1.5 (-105) UN 1.5 (-125) Yards UNDER (-125)
Shortest SB LII TD Result: Under 1 YD TD Nick Foles Pass From TE Trey Burton (0:34 2nd)
Statistician Note: Yes, Super Bowl 52 MVP Nick Foles caught the shortest TD during SB 52.
Shortest Touchdowns Are Often Game Changing Scores
Although there isn't much to the shortest touchdowns, from a total yards aspect, some of them are the most important moments in Super Bowl lore. Game changing, 12 of the shortest touchdowns have turned out to be the deciding score. That is particularly true recently as the shortest TD was the game winner in four of the past twelve title fights. NEP RB James White produced the most impactful short score as his fourth quarter 1-yard TD (SB 51) set up the first ever SB extra period.
Three of those four recent short scores (SB 49, 45, 44) still paid OVER bettors as the O/U is always 1.5 yards. White's Super Bowl 51 shorty created heartbreak and happiness for bettors. In that contest, the first six scores were all OVER so those ticket felt golden - with less than 60 seconds on the clock. Then White raced up the middle for his 1 YD TD with 0:57 left. OVER bettors took a gut shot while UNDER backers celebrated with winning tickets. Betting is not for the faint of heart.
Tight Ends Make An Impact: Tights ends have scored five of the 51 shortest SB touchdowns.
Length Of First Super Bowl 52 Touchdown Call: Either side 1 to 7 Yards (+160) @ Bodog
First SB 59 Length of First TD Result: Alshon Jeffery Pass Nick Foles 34 YDS (2:34 1st)
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Unsung heroes have often perform admirably on football biggest stage. While not career defining, scoring one of the shortest Super Bowl touchdowns sure looks good on a resume. Heading in the 2018 NFL season; the Tennessee Titans are being led by new Head Coach Mike Vrabel. Formerly a standout Patriots linebacker, Vrabel caught a pair of Captain America TD passes in back-to-back Championships. His 1-yard catch in SB 38, and 2-yard reception in SB 39, are both on our list.
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Shorty Specialist: Rex Burkhead's five 2017 TD runs measured 2, 1, 14, 3 and 1 yards long.
First Patriots Six Point Play Pick: Rex Burkhead bashes in the first NEP Major (+600) @ Bodog
New Englands First Touchdown Result: James White 26 YD Run (2:04 1st)
Shortest Score Bottom Line: This prop wager, and many others, will cash or crash once the first TD is scored. Normally not in the habit of chasing same day losers, Super Bowl is an exception as we always keep some dough for LIVE wagering during the duel. Not so much to make up for possible early game prop losses as winning LIVE always helps. A vast and fruitful landscape of prop options await at top online sportsbooks. Canucks can get into all of the action in under two minutes.
|SB#||PLAY||POS||YDS||TEAM||Shortest Super Bowl Touchdown||Q#||SP#|
|45||PASS||WR||8||PIT||Ward 8 YD Pass - Roethlisberger (S.Suisham Kick) 0:47||2||5|
|45||RUN||RB||8||PIT||Mendenhall 8 YD Run (Suisham Kick) 10:25||3||6|
|45||PASS||WR||8||GB||Jennings 8 YD Pass - Rodgers (Crosby Kick) 12:03||4||7|
|44||PASS||TE||2||NO||Shockey 2 YD Pass - Brees (2 PT Brees to Moore) 5:46||4||8|
|43||RUN||RB||1||PIT||Russell 1 YD Run (Reed Kick) 14:09||2||2|
|43||RUN||RB||1||ARZ||Patrick 1 YD Pass - Warner (Rackers Kick) 8:43||2||3|
|43||PASS||WR||1||ARZ||Fitzgerald 1 YD Pass - Warner (Rackers Kick) 7:41||4||6|
|42||RUN||RB||1||NEP||Maroney 1 YD Run (Gostkowski Kick) 14:57||2||2|
|41||RUN||RB||1||IND||Rhodes 1 Yd Run (Vinatieri Kick) 6:15||2||5|
|40||RUN||QB||1||PIT||Roethlisberger 1 YD Run (Reed Kick) 2:00||2||2|
|39||PASS||LB||2||NEP||Vrabel 2 YD Pass - Brady (Vinatieri Kick) 11:09||3||3|
|39||RUN||RB||2||NEP||Dillon 2 YD Run (Vinatieri Kick) 13:49||4||5|
|38||PASS||LB||1||NEP||Vrabel 1 YD Pass - Brady (2 PT Faulk Run) 2:55||4||8|
|37||RUN||RB||2||TB||Alstott 2 YD Run (Gramatica Kick) 6:28||2||4|
|36||RUN||QB||2||STL||Warner 2 YD Run (Wilkins Kick) 9:33||4||5|
|35||RUN||RB||3||BAL||Ja. Lewis 3 YD Run (Stover Kick) 8:51||4||6|
|34||RUN||RB||1||TEN||George 1 YD Run (Pass Failed) 0:17||3||5|
|33||RUN||RB||1||DEN||Griffith 1 YD Run (Elam Kick) 3:55||1||2|
|33||RUN||RB||1||DEN||Griffith 1 YD Run (Elam Kick) 14:54||4||6|
|32||RUN||RB||1||DEN||Davis 1 YD Run (Elam Kick) 6:12||1||2|
|32||RUN||QB||1||DEN||Elway 1 YD Run (Elam Kick) 15:00||2||3|
|32||RUN||RB||1||DEN||Davis 1 YD Run (Elam Kick) 1:10||3||7|
|32||RUN||RB||1||DEN||Davis 1 YD Run (Elam Kick) 1:47||4||9|
|31||PASS||RB||1||NEP||Byars 1 YD Pass - Bledsoe (Vinatieri Kick) 6:27||1||3|
|30||RUN||RB||1||DAL||E. Smith 1 YD Run (Boniol Kick) 7:00||3||5|
|30||RUN||RB||1||PIT||Morris 1 YD Run (N. Johnson Kick) 8:24||4||7|
|29||RUN||RB||1||SD||Means 1 YD Run (Carney Kick) 7:08||1||3|
|28||RUN||RB||1||DAL||E. Smith 1 YD Run (Murray Kick) 10:23||4||8|
|27||FUM||DT||2||DAL||Jones 2 YD DEF Fumble Recovery (Elliott Kick) 1:22||1||3|
|27||RUN||RB||2||BUF||Thomas 2 YD Run (Christie Kick) 10:20||1||1|
|26||RUN||RB||1||WAS||Riggs 1 YD Run (Lohmiller Kick) 7:40||2||3|
|26||RUN||RB||1||BUF||Thomas 1 YD Run (Norwood Kick) 9:02||3||6|
|25||RUN||RB||1||BUF||D. Smith 1 YD Run (Norwood Kick) 6:23||2||3|
|25||RUN||RB||1||NYG||Anderson 1 YD Run (Bahr Kick) 6:12||3||6|
|24||RUN||FB||1||SF||Rathman 1 YD Run (Cofer Kick) 7:52||2||4|
|24||RUN||RB||1||SF||Craig 1 YD Run (Cofer Kick) 13:51||4||10|
|23||PASS||WR||10||SF||Taylor 10 YD Pass - Montana (Cofer Kick) 0:34||4||8|
|22||RUN||RB||4||WAS||Smith 4 YD Run (Haji Sheikh Kick) 13:46||4||8|
|21||RUN||RB||1||NYG||Morris 1 YD Run (Allegre Kick) 0:54||3||7|
|20||RUN||QB||1||CHI||McMahon 1 YD Run (Butler Kick) 8:03||3||7|
|20||RUN||DT||1||CHI||Perry 1 YD Run (Butler Kick) 3:48||3||9|
|19||PASS||TE||2||MIA||Johnson 2 YD Pass - Marino (Von Schamann Kick) 1:06||1||3|
|19||RUN||RB||2||SF||Craig 2 YD Run (Wersching Kick) 11:56||2||6|
|18||BPR||RB||0||LAR||Jensen 0 YD Blocked Punt Return (Bahr Kick) 10:08||1||1|
|17||PASS||WR||4||WAS||Garrett 4 YD Pass - Theismann (Moseley Kick) 1:55||2||4|
|16||RUN||QB||1||SF||Montana 1 YD Run (Wersching Kick) 6:30||1||1|
|15||PASS||WR||2||OAK||Branch 2 YD Pass - Plunkett (Bahr Kick) 9:28||1||1|
|14||RUN||RB||1||RAMS||Bryant 1 YD Run (Corral Kick) 3:20||1||2|
|14||RUN||RB||1||PIT||Harris 1 YD Run (Bahr Kick) 13:42||2||3|
|14||RUN||RB||1||PIT||Harris 1 YD Run (Bahr Kick) 1:52||4||9|
|13||PASS||WR||4||DAL||Johnson 4 YD Pass - Staubach (Septien Kick) 0:26||4||10|
|12||RUN||RB||1||DEN||Lytle 1 YD Run (Turner Kick) 5:52||3||6|
|11||PASS||TE||1||OAK||Casper 1 YD Pass - Stabler (Mann Kick) 8:00||2||2|
|11||PASS||TE||1||OAK||Banaszak 1 YD Run - (Mann Kick) 4:01||2||2|
|10||PASS||TE||7||PIT||Grossman 7 YD Pass - Bradshaw (Gerela Kick) 6:29||1||2|
|9||BPR||DB||0||MIN||Brown 0 YD Blocked Punt Return (Kick Failed) 11:02||4||3|
|8||RUN||RB||1||MIA||Kiick 1 YD Run (Yepremian Kick) 2:05||1||2|
|7||RUN||RB||1||MIA||Kiick 1 YD Run (Yepremian Kick) 0:21||2||2|
|6||RUN||RB||3||DAL||Thomas 3 YD Run (Clark Kick) 10:20||3||4|
|5||RUN||FB||2||BAL||Nowatzke 2 YD Run (O'Brien Kick) 7:53||4||5|
|4||RUN||RB||4||MIN||Osborn 4 YD Run (Cox Kick) 5:03||3||5|
|3||RUN||RB||1||BAL||Hill 1 YD Run (Michaels Kick) 11:41||4||5|
|2||RUN||RB||2||GB||Anderson 2 YD Run (Chandler Kick) 3:32||3||6|
|1||RUN||HB||1||GB||Pitts 1 YD Run (Chandler Kick) 7:11||4||7|