List of All Defensive Touchdowns in Super Bowl History
There is almost no room for error in a matchup as tightly contested as a Super Bowl. One turnover can make or break a team's chances of lifting the Lombardi Trophy. But even more crucially, converting one of those turnovers into a touchdown can be the momentum swing that puts a team over the top and truly lives up to the old "defense wins championships" adage.
Whether it's a pick-six interception return touchdown or a fumble recovery for a touchdown, here's a look at every defensive touchdown that has ever been scored in the Super Bowl, starting with the most recent.
Defensive Touchdowns in the Super Bowl
1. Nick Bolton, Kansas City Chiefs — Super Bowl LVII (Fumble Return TD)
2. Robert Alford, Atlanta Falcons — Super Bowl LI (Interception TD)
3. Malik Jackson, Denver Broncos — Super Bowl 50 (Fumble Return TD)
4. Malcolm Smith, Seattle Seahawks — Super Bowl XLVIII (Interception TD)
5. Nick Collins, Green Bay Packers — Super Bowl XLV (Interception TD)
6. Tracy Porter, New Orleans Saints — Super Bowl XLIV (Interception TD)
7. James Harrison, Pittsburgh Steelers — Super Bowl XLIII (Interception TD)
8. Kelvin Hayden, Indianapolis Colts — Super Bowl XLI (Interception TD)
9. Derrick Brooks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Super Bowl XXXVII (Interception TD)
10. Dwight Smith, Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Super Bowl XXXVII (Interception TD)
11. Dwight Smith, Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Super Bowl XXXVII (Interception TD)
Smith set a record with two defensive touchdowns in this game, while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers also set a team record with three.
12. Ty Law, New England Patriots — Super Bowl XXXVI (Interception TD)
13. Duane Starks, Baltimore Ravens — Super Bowl XXXV (Interception TD)
14. James Washington, Dallas Cowboys — Super Bowl XXVIII (Fumble Return TD)
15. Jimmie Jones, Dallas Cowboys — Super Bowl XXVII (Fumble Return TD)
16. Ken Norton, Dallas Cowboys — Super Bowl XXVII (Fumble Return TD)
With Jones and Norton both returning fumbles for touchdowns, the Dallas Cowboys became the first team to ever record two defensive touchdowns in a single Super Bowl.
17. Reggie Phillips, Chicago Bears — Super Bowl XX (Interception TD)
18. Jack Squirek, Los Angeles Raiders — Super Bowl XVIII (Interception TD)
19. Mike Hegman, Dallas Cowboys — Super Bowl XIII (Fumble Return TD)
20. Willie Brown, Oakland Raiders — Super Bowl XI (Interception TD)
21. Mike Bass, Washington — Super Bowl VII (Fumble Return TD)
22. Herb Adderly, Green Bay Packers — Super Bowl II (Interception TD)
Touchdowns by Defensive Players in Super Bowl History
Now with that list of 21 touchdowns in mind, those aren't actually the only TDs scored by defensive players in the Super Bowl. We've also seen defenders line up on the offensive side of the ball near the goal line and find a path to the end zone that way. While not technically defensive touchdowns, here's a list of those as well:
- Mike Vrabel, New England Patriots — Super Bowl XXXIX (Receiving TD)
- Mike Vrabel, New England Patriots — Super Bowl XXXVIII (Receiving TD)
- William Perry, Chicago Bears — Super Bowl XX (Rushing TD)
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