Cordarrelle Patterson entered Sunday in a three-way tie for the most kickoff-return touchdowns in NFL history. Now the record is all his own.
During the second quarter against the Chicago Bears, Patterson fielded a kickoff from the end zone. He knifed through a group of would-be Bears tacklers near the 30-yard line then broke free near midfield. Nobody was catching him from there.
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Patterson returned the kickoff 103 yards for a touchdown to cut Atlanta's deficit to 17-14 in a 27-24 Falcons win. The touchdown was the ninth of his career on a kickoff return, the most in NFL history. The score broke a tie with Leon Washington and Josh Cribbs, who both retired with eight.
The score was a nice bit of makeup work for Patterson, who fumbled on the first play of the previous Falcons possession. The turnover deep in Chicago territory set the Bears up for a 28-yard touchdown drive capped by a Justin Fields touchdown run. His score on the kickoff kept the Falcons within a possession of the Bears.
Patterson, 31, hasn't had much chance to shine this season on a Falcons offense that ranks 27th in the NFL. But he remains a dangerous weapon, having entered Sunday with 402 rushing yards on 5.3 yards per carry and a team-best five touchdowns on the ground.
A six-time All-Pro, he remains a threat to break free any time he touches the ball. His score on Sunday proved to be the difference in the game.