Posted January 12, 2013

Trindon Holliday enters record books vs. Ravens

Denver Broncos, NFL Playoffs
Trindon Holliday scored the Broncos' first points in each half against the Ravens. (Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Trindon Holliday scored the Broncos’ first points in each half against the Ravens. (Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

On Oct. 10, 2012, Trindon Holliday was cut by the Houston Texans. Saturday, he wrote his name into the NFL record book — numerous times.

Holliday handed his new team, the Denver Broncos, a 7-0 lead early in their divisional round game against Baltimore with the longest punt return touchdown in playoff history, [si_launchNFLPopup video='7886801d4871464d8c96a8ee2bc01eca']a 90-yarder[/si_launchNFLPopup].

The diminutive speedster then [si_launchNFLPopup video='2976b6866c5e4743a1b6766814077976']opened the second half with a 104-yard TD[/si_launchNFLPopup], the longest postseason kickoff return ever. And with that, he also became the first player in NFL history to account for a pair of return touchdowns in the same playoff game.

Not bad for a guy who lost his roster spot with Houston just three months ago.

The Broncos claimed Holliday off waivers and immediately made him their punt returner for Week 6. He took over kickoff return duties as of Week 9, as well, and he has delivered several big plays for the Broncos since.

Holliday took a kickoff back to the house in Denver’s 31-23 Week 9 win at Cincinnati — he sprinted 105 yards on that one, topping his playoff masterpiece by a yard. The next week, in a 36-14 victory over Carolina, Holliday staked the Broncos to a 14-7 lead courtesy of a 76-yard punt return TD.

In his eight regular season games as Denver’s kick returner, Holliday averaged a whopping 32.5 yards on kick returns, plus another 10.8 yards on punt returns.

All of that success built up to Sunday’s breakthrough, when Holliday turned in a special teams performance for the ages.


Pity Peyton Manning wasn't as clutch as Holliday else Broncos would be playing AFC Championship game next week.