Super Bowl 2013: Records in Danger of Being Broken in This Year's Game

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIFebruary 3, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 12:  Quarterback Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers runs the ball for a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers in the third quarter during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Candlestick Park on January 12, 2013 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Sports records are made to be broken—generally speaking—but some performances are so outstanding, it takes years before we ever see anyone even come close to the esteemed accomplishment.

With the Super Bowl being only an annual event, standout performers can see their records stand for decades.

The game changes so often; style and structure differences can drastically impact the way games are played, thus making it almost impossible to see some performances repeated or surpassed.

One example of that is the record for shortest field goal. The official mark is nine yards.

It has been done twice in Super Bowl history; the first time was in Super Bowl III by Jim Turner of the Baltimore Colts, and the second time was in Super Bowl VI by Mike Clark of the Dallas Cowboys.

This record will never be broken unless the NFL chooses to place the uprights back at the front of the end zone. When the uprights were moved to the back of the end zone in 1974, it increased the minimum distance of a field goal to 17 yards.

Now that I've filled your mind with a Jeopardy-like football factoid concerning records that won't be broken, here is a short list of records that could be broken in Super Bowl XLVII.

Super Bowl Records Sources—, Guinness World Records


Most Rushing Yards By a Quarterback: 64 Yards by Steve McNair in Super Bowl XXXIV

McNair was one of the greatest scrambling quarterbacks in history, and a pretty great overall player. He ran for 64 yards against the St. Louis Rams in the Tennessee Titans close 23-17 loss.

His record is in serious jeopardy this year, and I'm obviously not talking about the fast feet of Joe Flacco.

Colin Kaepernick and the read-option makes the record very attainable. Kaep has run for more than 64 yards three times this season, and that includes a 181-yard explosion against the Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Playoff round.

Depending on who the Ravens commit to in the read-option, Kaepernick could be off to the races.


Longest Pass, 85 yards (TD): Jake Delhomme to Muhshin Muhammad, Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII

Delhomme's name isn't exactly one of the most popular names in Super Bowl QB lore, but he did toss the longest touchdown pass in Super Bowl history. 

With Flacco's penchant for tossing the deep ball and Torrey Smith's blazing speed, the record could easily fall.

Kaepernick has a huge arm as well, but he also has the fastest tight end on the planet in Vernon Davis. A Kaepernick to Davis connection could go a long way.

With both teams having solid punters (Andy Lee of the Niners and Sam Koch of the Ravens), they could easily pin their opponents deep enough to facilitate a long connection.


Fastest Score, 14 seconds: Devin Hester, Chicago Bears, Opening Kickoff return TD Super Bowl XLI

Devin Hester is the greatest kick returner in history, and he nearly kick-started the Chicago Bears to a Super Bowl victory.

Both the Niners and Ravens have dynamic return men. Whomever receives the opening kickoff could put Hester's record in jeopardy. The Ravens' Jacoby Jones has been great as a returner this season.

He's taken three to the house this season.

The Niners' Ted Ginn hasn't returned a kick for a score this season, but he does have six kick return touchdowns in his career.

Obviously, we'll know the answer to this one quickly. There is even a chance we could see a touchback on the opening kickoff, and then a huge pass play on the first play from scrimmage.

This could be an exciting Super Bowl. If records are broken, it'll make the game even more memorable.


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