How Many Safeties Have Occurred in Super Bowl History?

How Many Safeties Have Occurred in Super Bowl History?

As of 2015, nine safeties have occurred in the 48 NFL Super Bowl games. Referees award two points to a team that achieves a safety. This is the only non-touchdown scoring opportunity awarded to a defense.

A defense creates a safety by blocking a punted ball that exits the kicking team's end zone or by bringing down an offensive player in his own end zone. An offense surrenders a safety by committing a penalty in its own end zone, allowing a defensive player to recover a failed punt in the offense's end zone, or forcing a failed punt out of its own end zone. The team that suffers a safety must also punt the ball to the opposing offense. This typically results in a desirable field position for the team receiving the punt.