Super Bowl Field Goal History (Longest, Most Made and Game-Winners)
Kickers often go under the radar, especially in the Super Bowl when there's likely a pair of star-studded offenses facing off. However, this slept-on position has had its fair share of heroic moments in SB history.
With that in mind, here's everything you need to know about two important Super Bowl records: longest, and most made field goals, in a single game.
Longest Field Goal in Super Bowl History
Plenty of big-legged kickers have played in the NFL's championship game. However, one still stands supreme to this day.
Steve Christie recorded the longest field goal in Super Bowl history against the Dallas Cowboys in SB XXVII. The then-Buffalo Bills kicker connected on a 54-yarder in the first quarter of that contest to tie the game at 3-3. He also made an extra point and another 28-yarder versus Dallas, but Buffalo ultimately fell 30-13 to the Cowboys.
Christie recently had his record challenged in 2019. Then-Los Angeles Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein knocked through a 53-yard field goal against the New England Patriots during Super Bowl LIII, making it the second-longest make in SB history.
Most Field Goals Made in a Super Bowl Game
Some kickers have been busier than others during previous Super Bowls. The record for most field goal makes in a single SB game is co-owned by two players: Don Chandler and Ray Wersching. Chandler and Wersching both made four field goals in a single Super Bowl, though they achieved this at different times.
Chandler entered the record books all the way back in Super Bowl II. Kicking for the Green Bay Packers, the University of Florida product connected on tries from 43, 39, 31 and 20 yards against the then-Oakland Raiders. Chandler's efforts helped Green Bay capture a 33-14 victory over Oakland.
Wersching then joined Chandler after his performance in Super Bowl XVI. The then-San Francisco 49ers kicker registered four makes of his own, hitting from 40, 26, 23 and 22 yards out. His contributions proved pivotal in a tight 26-21 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Game-Winning Field Goals in Super Bowl History
There have been three game-winning field goals kicked in Super Bowl history.
- Jim O'Brien, Baltimore Colts (Super Bowl V): O'Brien kicked a 32-yard field goal with 5 seconds left in a tied game (set up by an interception from Mike Curtis and a pair of rushes by Norm Bulaich), giving the Colts their first eve Super Bowl win.
- Adam Vinatieri, New England Patriots (Super Bowl XXXVI): Adam Vinatieri did some seriously heavy lifting to help kick-start Tom Brady's legacy, and that began with the Patriots entering as massive underdogs against the "Greatest Show on Turf" St. Louis Rams. Tied at 17 with 90 seconds remaining, Brady led the Pats on a 53-yard drive in 9 plays to set up Vinatieri for a 48-yarder that went through the uprights as time expired.
- Adam Vinatieri, New England Patriots (Super Bowl XXXVIII): No longer the plucky underdogs, the 14-2 heavily-favored Patriots needed more magic from Vinatieri a couple years later. Once again it was a tied game, and once again the Patriots got the ball with under two minutes left. Brady didn't have to drive the Pats quite as far (37 yards on 6 plays), and he set Vinatieri up for an easier 41-yard field goal which he nailed with 4 seconds left on the clock to solidify the Patriots as an early-2000s dynasty.
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