Cordarrelle Patterson scored his 9th career kickoff returned for a touchdown and now holds the NFL record for fielding kickoffs from the end zone. Before the game, Patterson was tied for the record with two other players, Josh Cribbs and Leon Washington, who both ended their careers with eight kickoff-return touchdowns. The six-time All-Pro is now alone at the top.
A Record-Breaking TD at a Crucial Time
Patterson, known as the Kick Return King, scored his record-breaking touchdown in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears. The 31-year-old embarked on a mazy 103-yard run and evaded one Bears tackler after another. Moreover, he did that at a crucial junction of the game.
Before Patterson scored his amazing kickoff-return touchdown, the Bears were 10 points in front and were picking up momentum. However, after the touchdown, the deficit was reduced to 17-14, and the Atlanta Falcons received a much-needed confidence boost.
The Falcons won the game 27-24, and you can argue that if Patterson hadn’t scored his touchdown so soon after the Bears went 10 points clear, the final result would have been very different.
And the record-breaking touchdown couldn’t have come at a better time for Patterson. Before making his glorious run, the playmaker made a mistake deep in Bears territory, from which Justin Fields instantly scored a touchdown from a 28-yard drive.
Fortunately, Patterson quickly recovered from making the error with a run that turned out to be the difference between the teams in the end.