As part of the Rams’ “Greatest Show on Turf” Super Bowl teams, Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce combined with Kurt Warner and Marshall Faulk on one of the most electric offensive teams of all time. In their two Super Bowl appearances, Bruce and Holt combined for 376 yards and two touchdowns. Unfortunately for the Rams, most of that production and both of the touchdowns came in the same game — Super Bowl XXXIV.
Randy Moss and Wes Welker weren’t exactly shut down by the Giants’ defense in Super Bowl XLII, combining for 165 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots’ 14-17 loss. But their numbers paled in comparison to the record-shattering regular season in which they caught 210 passes for 2,668 yards and 31 touchdowns, as New England went a perfect 16-0.
Jerry Rice and John Taylor led the 49ers to three Super Bowl titles (XXIII, XXIV, XXIX), and compiled some of the biggest numbers in championship game history. In those three games, they combined for 614 yards and nine touchdowns on 36 receptions. Of course, Rice was on the receiving end of most of those Montana and Young passes, never totaling fewer than seven catches or 148 yards in the three games.
With Peyton Manning under center, his two primary targets posted nearly identical numbers in 2006. Reggie Wayne caught 86 passes for 1,310 yards and nine touchdowns, while Marvin Harrison reeled in 95 passes for 1,366 and 12 scores. In Super Bowl XLI against a stingy Chicago defense, they combined for another 120 yards and a touchdown in the Colts’ win.
With Dan Marino throwing to them, Mark Duper and Mark Clayton put up prolific receiving numbers for the Miami Dolphins during their 10 seasons together. The duo accumulated more than 17,000 receiving yards during those years, but only reached one Super Bowl — a 38-16 rout at the hands of the 49ers in which they caught just 7 passes for 114 yards and no touchdowns.
In their five seasons together in the desert, Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin have become one of the league’s most dynamic receiving duos. This year they combined for 2,469 yards and 23 touchdowns, even with Boldin missing four games.
Two seasons after finishing 1-15, the Panthers rode Jake Delhomme and the speedy wide receiver duo of Steve Smith and Muhsin Muhammad to an 11-5 record and an appearance in Super Bowl XXXVIII. After combining for 1,947 yards and 10 scores during the regular season, Muhammad and Smith combined for 220 yards and two touchdowns. Their effort wasn’t enough to overcome New England’s 18 fourth-quarter points as the Patriots won 32-29.
In eight years together in Washington, Art Monk and Gary Clark helped lead the Redskins to two Super Bowl victories — a blowout win in Super Bowl XXII and a 37-24 victory over the Bills four years later. In those two games, Monk and Clark combined for 322 yards and two touchdowns, both of which were hauled in by Clark.
Against the backdrop of the Steel Curtain defense, Terry Bradshaw led the Steelers to four Super Bowls in part because of Lynn Swann and John Stallworth. In helping Pittsburgh to victories in Super Bowls IX, X, XIII, and XIV, the two Hall of Fame wide receivers combined for 632 yards and six touchdowns.
After playing in the playoffs just once in his first 11 NFL seasons, James Lofton joined Andre Reed in Buffalo for three Super Bowl appearances, giving Jim Kelly one of football’s best wide receiver tandems. Unfortunately for Buffalo, although Reed and Lofton accounted for 401 receiving yards, neither made it into the end zone in the big game.