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Top Ten Fewest Passes Thrown In NFL Super Bowls

Which NFL Quarterbacks Have Had the Fewest Super Bowl Passing Attempts?

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Yesterday, we learned that throwing a bunch of passes in the Super Bowl doesn’t really air out. Out of all the quarterbacks on Wednesday’s top ten, only one was able to take home the Lombardi Trophy. Today, logically, we’re going to break down the top ten fewest passes thrown in Super Bowl history. The results are literally flip-flopped. Word to the wise, Tom Brady and Russell Wilson. 


Top Ten Fewest Passes Thrown In NFL Super Bowls


1. The Miami Dolphins’ QB Bob Griese threw just 7 passes in Super Bowl VIII against the Minnesota Vikings. Griese and Co. won the ball game 24-7. 


2. One year earlier, Bob Griese had only 11 passes in Super Bowl VII against the Washington Redskins. The ‘Phins won that one too, 14-7. 


3. Terry Bradshaw threw 14 passes when his Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IX. The final score was 16-6. 


(3*) 4. Miami Dolphins QB David Woodley took a page from his predecessor’s book and threw just 14 passes in Super Bowl XVII. History repeated itself and the ‘Phins beat the Washington Redskins, 27-17.  


5. Len Dawson, QB for the Kansas City Chiefs, had 17 pass attempts in Super Bowl IV. The Chiefs pummeled the Minnesota Vikings (a common theme today) 23-7. 


6. Pittsburgh Steelers great Terry Bradshaw makes the list against, with 19 passes thrown in Super Bowl X. The Steelers bested the Dallas Cowboys 21-17 in that match-up. 


(6*) 7. Ken Stabler, QB for the Oakland Raiders, threw 19 passes when his team beat the Minnesota Vikings 32-14 in Super Bowl XI. 


(6*) 8. Dallas Cowboys QB Roger Staubach had 19 pass attempts in Super Bowl VI. The ‘Boys beat the Miami Dolphins by a painful 24-3 in that game. 


9. While at the helm of the Chicago Bears, QB Jim McMahon threw 20 passes in Super Bowl XX, leading the club to their only Super Bowl victory. Da Bears beat the New England Patriots 46-10. 


10. Terry Bradshaw (clearly not a fan of passing in the big one) had 21 pass attempts when the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Los Angeles Rams 31-19 in Super Bowl XIV.


(10*) 11. The Oakland Raiders’ Jim Plunkett threw 21 passes in Super Bowl XV. The Raiders bested the Philadelphia Eagles by a score of 27-10 in that contest. 


(10*) 12. In the most recent history on today’s list, Big Ben Roethlisberger threw 21 passes in Super Bowl XL. His Steelers beat the Seattle Seahawks 21-10, much to Mike Holmgren’s chagrin.

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