Boxscore trifecta not enough to give 49ers a Super Bowl victory

Sports Stats ‘on Tapp’ is a sports statistics blog published with a focus on stats that go beyond the numbers.

The San Francisco 49ers fell three points short in Super Bowl XLVII, but a look at the boxscore reveals that the team did achieve a rare feat in their 34-31 defeat at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens.

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick passed for 302 yards; running back Frank Gore had 110 yards rushing; and, receivers Michael Crabtree (109 yards) and Vernon Davis (104) each passed the 100-yard mark in receiving yards. This was the first time in Super Bowl history that a team that had a running back with 100-plus yards, a receiver with 100-plus yards, and a QB with 300-plus yards lost in the Super Bowl.

This 100-100-300 trifecta had happened only twice before in the 47-year history of the Super Bowl: The Washington Redskins did it in 1988 with running back Timmy Smith, receiver Ricky Sanders and QB Doug Williams. The Denver Broncos did it in 1999 with running back Terrell Davis, receiver Rod Smith and QB John Elway.

You will also noticed that this was the second time in Super Bowl history that the team that lost had teammates both gain 100 or more yards receiving. The Cincinnati Bengals duo of Cris Collingsworth and Dan Ross did it their 1982 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

Here’s a look at the runners with 100-plus yards, receivers with 100-plus yards, and QBs with 300-plus yards in a Super Bowl loss.

Runners with 100-plus yards in a Super Bowl loss
Thurman Thomas, Buffalo, 1991, 135 yards
Tom Matte, Baltimore, 1969, 116 yards
Thomas Jones, Chicago, 2007, 112 yards
Frank Gore, San Francisco, 2013, 110 yards

Receivers with 100-plus yards in a Super Bowl loss
Andre Reed, Buffalo, 1993, 152 yards
Muhsin Muhammad, Carolina, 2004, 140 yards
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona, 2009, 127 yards
Antonio Freeman, Green Bay, 1998, 126 yards
Terrell Owens, Philadelphia, 2005, 122 yards
Vance Johnson, Denver, 1987, 121 yards
John Henderson, Minnesota, 1970, 111 yards
Michael Crabtree, San Francisco, 2013, 109 yards
Cris Collingsworth, Cincinnati, 1982, 107 yards
Dan Ross, Cincinnati, 1982, 104 yards
Vernon Davis, San Francisco, 2013, 104 yards
Wes Welker, New England, 2008, 103 yards

Quarterbacks with 300-plus yards passing in Super Bowl loss
Kurt Warner, Arizona, 2009, 377 yards
Kurt Warner, St. Louis, 2002, 365 yards
Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia, 2005, 357 yards
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis, 2010, 333 yards
Jake Delhomme, Carolina, 2004, 323 yards
Dan Marino, Miami, 1985, 318 yards
John Elway, Denver, 1987, 304 yards
Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco, 2013, 302 yards
Ken Anderson, Cincinnati, 1982, 300 yards

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