49ers' Deebo Samuel Sets Super Bowl Record for Most Rushing Yards by WR

Blake SchusterContributor IIIFebruary 3, 2020

San Francisco 49ers' Deebo Samuel (19) runs in front of Kansas City Chiefs' Tyrann Mathieu (32) during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
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San Francisco wideout Deebo Samuel is headed for the Super Bowl record books.

The speedy rookie out of South Carolina set a Super Bowl record for rushing yards by a receiver by finishing with 53 in Super Bowl LIV on Sunday.

NFL Research @NFLResearch

Deebo Samuel has set the record for the most rush yards by a wide receiver in a #SuperBowl. He broke Percy Harvin's previous record of 45 rush yards in Super Bowl XLVIII. #SBLIV | #GoNiners

Nick Wagoner @nwagoner

The only WR in the Super Bowl Era (since 1966) to rush for more yards in any playoff game than Deebo Samuel is Hall of Famer James Lofton. Lofton had 71 Rush yds for the Packers in the 1982 Divisional Round against the Cowboys, per @ESPNStatsInfo

Percy Harvin previously held the high mark with 45 yards in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Samuel finished second on the team in rushing yards despite having just three carries in the Niners' 31-20 loss. Only Raheem Mostert (58 yards on 12 carries) had more rushing yards than Samuel in the game for San Francisco.