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Alabama's Super Bowl Scoring Woes Continue: Another Year, No Touchdowns

Alabama’s football triumphs haven’t mirrored success in the Super Bowl, with no Crimson Tide player ever scoring a point. This year, the streak persists as no Alabama players feature on the Kansas City Chiefs or San Francisco 49ers’ rosters. Interestingly, Alabama isn’t among the 143 colleges producing Super Bowl scorers, with Miami leading with 84 players.

Former Washington kicker Curt Knight added the Coast Guard to that list with his extra point in Super Bowl VII.

The Game Overview

The Crimson Tide nearly sealed the deal last year when DeVonta Smith accomplished a 45-yard reception for the Eagles, though they ultimately fell short and were prevented from entering the end zone at the one-yard line. Originally hailing from Alabama for his college football experience, Jalen Hurts eventually moved on to Oklahoma for his entry into the NFL and subsequently threw a pass.

The Crimson Tide boasts three Super Bowl MVPs among its alums and quarterbacks.

Bart Starr, Green Bay’s legendary signal-caller, contributed two touchdown passes in their victory over Kansas City in Super Bowl 1. Joe Namath took home the MVP award for the New York Jets following their win against Indianapolis in Super Bowl 3 without scoring or throwing a touchdown.

The San Francisco 49ers, who made it to this year’s Super Bowl with a thrilling comeback in the NFC Championship game, had no former Crimson Tide players on their roster. Defying all odds, the Niners overturned a 17-point deficit against Detroit at halftime, ultimately triumphing 34-31 and securing their spot in the Super Bowl for the eighth time.

Their impressive comeback tied the second-biggest in NFL championship history, matching a previous comeback against Atlanta in the 2012 NFC Championship game. Super Bowl 51 saw the New England Patriots mount an impressive comeback from a 28-point hole, which was unprecedented.

During playoff games, teams that lead by at least 17 points at halftime have secured a victory in 94.6% of cases (winning 107 times out of 113 total opportunities). The San Francisco Niners overturned a seven-point disadvantage in the final quarter and won against Green Bay in their last matchup.

The eighth team overcame adversity by winning despite being behind in the second half of not one but two crucial games. On the other hand, Kansas City became an unstoppable force on its road to a fourth Super Bowl appearance in five seasons despite playing all postseason games away from home.

Securing a victory against the 49ers in the Super Bowl would grant the San Francisco team the distinction of being the pioneering squad to best eight teams who qualified for the postseason during the same year.

Bottom Line

The rosters for the upcoming Super Bowl do not include any Alabama players from the Kansas City Chiefs or San Francisco 49ers. However, nearly 60 former Alabama players started the 2023 season on active rosters.

In January 1977, Ken Stabler, the former Raiders quarterback, became the third Alabama quarterback to guide his team to a Super Bowl victory. Although he threw a touchdown pass, the scoring drought persisted as he didn’t run for one.

Although the streak continues this year, there’s a strong possibility that Alabama will witness one of its players scoring the school’s first Super Bowl point shortly. With nearly 60 former Alabama players starting the 2023 season on active rosters, this number is expected to rise for the 2024 season.

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