Five years ago, Doug wrote an interesting post about game-winning touchdowns. Let’s be clear: tracking things like game-winning touchdowns is only interesting in a trivial sort way, but hey, it’s April.
Football doesn’t have a statistic like “game-winning RBIs” the way baseball does, although my friend Scott Kacsmar has been doing a great job tracking 4th quarter comebacks and game-winning drives for quarterbacks. I was wondering which players have scored the most game-winning touchdowns in the 4th quarter or overtime, and fortunately I have the data to answer that pretty easily. I looked at all games, regular and postseason, in all leagues, from 1940 to 2012, and counted all touchdowns scored that put the player’s team ahead for good (with one exception: I did not count touchdowns scored when down by 7 and the team successfully went for two afterwards).
The table below lists all players with at least five such touchdowns and the teams for which they scored those touchdowns.
11/28/1996: kan 28, det 24
09/22/1996: kan 17, den 14
10/17/1993: kan 17, sdg 14
12/10/1989: rai 16, crd 14
11/20/1986: rai 37, sdg 31
11/17/1985: rai 13, cin 6
09/24/1984: rai 33, sdg 30
10/07/1984: rai 28, sea 14
10/09/1983: rai 21, kan 20
12/18/1982: rai 37, ram 31
Finally, here is a list of all players with at least three 4th quarter, game-winning rushing touchdowns:
And all players with at least three 4th quarter, game-winning receiving touchdowns: