Posted October 27, 2013

Cordarrelle Patterson ties NFL record with 109-yard kickoff return

Minnesota Vikings, NFC North
Cordarrelle Patterson was the 29th overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft.

Cordarrelle Patterson was the 29th overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Twelve seconds. That’s how long Cordarrelle Patterson needed to take Sunday night’s opening kickoff back 109 yards for a touchdown, tying the NFL’s unbreakable longest-play record — a mark set at the very same venue six years earlier.

The Chargers’ Antonio Cromartie previously sat alone with a 109-yard play. During a November 2007 game at Minnesota, Cromartie caught a missed field goal inches from the end line and raced back the distance. Amazingly, the Vikings’ Marcus Sherels had a 109-yard return of his own this preseason, against the Titans.

Though the rookie Patterson has found it tough to crack the Vikings’ depth chart on offense, he’s been invaluable as a return man. His kick-return TD Sunday was his second of the year, and he entered the Week 8 showdown with the Packers leading the league in yards-per-return at 36.5.

The Packers actually appeared to have Patterson hemmed in at about the Vikings’ 15, but he managed to slip between a wave of defenders before outracing everyone up the sideline. (GIF via BuzzFeedSports.)

Patterson’s previous return score came in Week 2 at Chicago, as he and Devin Hester engaged in a special-teams duel. That home run also came on the opening kickoff, though it went for only 105 yards.

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