Falcons’ Cordarrelle Patterson breaks NFL record with 103-yard kickoff return for a touchdown
Atlanta Falcons Running back Cordarrelle Patterson broke the NFL record for most career kickoff return touchdowns Sunday with a 103-yard return against the Chicago Bears.
The 10-year veteran accomplished the historic feat in the second quarter to set a new NFL record of nine career kickoff returns for a touchdown, passing Josh Cribbs and Leon Washington. previous record of eight.
Patterson grabbed the ball in the end zone and took it 103 yards to get within reach of bears, who led 17-7 with just over four minutes left in the half.
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He immediately followed up on his expensive fumble that set up a Chicago touchdown.
Patterson’s touchdown also marked an important turning point in the game.
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The Falcons scored 17 unanswered points before the Bears’ David Montgomery scored a 2-yard touchdown midway through the third quarter to tie the game 24-24.
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Falcons kicker Younghoe Koo threw a 53-yard field goal with less than two minutes left in the game to defeat the Bears, 27-24.