The Top 10 Super Bowl Catches of All-Time
To win the Super Bowl , teams need their biggest players to make the biggest plays on the biggest stage. These wide receivers did that. Some resulted in points, some did not. Some won the game, some did not. But the 10 best receptions in Super Bowl history all had significant impacts on the game. Which grab was the best?
No. 10 Muhsin Muhammad Super Bowl XXXVIII
Muhsin Muhammad's 85-yard catch and run remains the longest offensive play from scrimmage in Super Bowl history. The bomb gave Carolina a 22-21 lead with 6:53 remaining in Super Bowl XXXVIII.
No. 9 Larry Fitzgerald Super Bowl XLIII
Fitzgerald ran the slant pattern to perfection on his 64-yard catch and run that gave the Cardinals a 23-20 lead late in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLIII. Unfortunately, too much time was left on the clock and Fitzgerald's catch was outdone by another, even more memorable grab.
No. 8 John Mackey Super Bowl V
Colts tight end John Mackey made the biggest play in an otherwise sloppy game in Super Bowl V. Mackey was in the right position to catch Johnny Unitas' pass which had been tipped by a teammate and a Dallas defensive back. Mackey grabbed the deflection and rumbled 75 yards for the touchdown.
No. 7 Butch Johnson Super Bowl XII
Johnson's fingertip grab on a 45-yard touchdown pass blew open Super Bowl XII as the Cowboys rolled over the Broncos, 27-10.
No. 6 John Stallworth Super Bowl XVI
Stallworth's over the shoulder grab gave the Steelers a 24-19 fourth quarter lead, en route to a 31-19 final and the franchise's fourth ring.
No. 5 Isaac Bruce Super Bowl XXXIV
Bruce caught a bomb from Kurt Warner between two defenders and juked his way to a 73-yard touchdown to give the Rams a 23-16 lead with two minutes remaining in Super Bowl XXXIV.
No. 4 Mark Ingram Super Bowl XXV
The Giants' Mark Ingram quite possibly made the most underrated catch, or play, in Super Bowl history. The Giants led 17-12 and were in the midst of a time-consuming, back-breaking drive when quarterback Jeff Hostetler hit Ingram on the middle on 3rd-and-13.
Ingram was surrounded by four Bills defenders, but broke tackles, hopped on one foot, and passed the first down marker while dragging Buffalo defenders. The play kept the drive alive and gave the Giants a pivotal third quarter lead.
No. 3 Santonio Holmes Super Bowl XLIII
The Cardinals had the lead after Fitzgerald raced down the middle of the field only two minutes earlier, but that didn't matter to Steelers' wide receiver Santonio Holmes.
Holmes mastered the sideline for a sparkling touchdown pass with 35 seconds remaining in Super Bowl XLIII.
No. 2 Lynn Swann Super Bowl X
Lynn Swann's acrobatic catch stood as the example for highlight catches for nearly three decades. Swann's leaping, tumbling, jugging catch was good for 53 yards.
No. 1 David Tyree Super Bowl XLII
Yes, it's No. 1. Tyree's miraculous grab allowed the Giants to take the lead late in the fourth quarter. One of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history was capped by THE biggest play in Super Bowl history.