Through Super Bowl 44 in 2010, teams have only gone for it on fourth down five times. The Washington Redskins, New England Patriots, and Buffalo Bills have all done it once; and the Dallas Cowboys have done it twice.
All five times it was done, the end result for each team was a touchdown.
The Dallas Cowboys were the first team to ever go for it on fourth down in the Super Bowl. In the first quarter, with the score tied at zero, the Cowboys went for it on fourth and one on the Denver Broncos three yard line. The result was a three yard touchdown run for Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett.
The next team to go for it on fourth down in the Super Bowl was the Washington Redskins in 1982. The Redskins were down 17-13 to the Miami Dolphins in the fourth quarter when on fourth and one on the Miami 43 yard line, Washington running back John Riggins galloped off on his famous 43 yard touchdown run.
The third team to go for it on fourth down in the Super Bowl was the New England Patriots in 1985. The Patriots were down 44-3 to the Chicago Bears at the time when they found themselves facing a fourth and eight situation on the Bears 8 yard line in the fourth quarter. The resulting play was an eight yard touchdown pass from Steve Grogan to Irving Fryar.
The Buffalo Bills were the fourth team to go for it on fourth down in the Super Bowl. They were facing a fourth and four on the Washington Redskins four yard line in the fourth quarter. Jim Kelly completed the four yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Don Beebe that brought the score to Washington 37 and Buffalo 24.
The final team to go for it on fourth down in the Super Bowl was the Dallas Cowboys again, this time in 1993. It was the fourth quarter, Dallas was up 20-13 over Buffalo and facing a fourth and one on the Buffalo one yard line. Emmitt Smith punched it in from one yard out to put the game out of reach.
It takes guts going for it on fourth down, but going for it on fourth down in the Super Bowl brings it to a whole new level.