Vikings Rookie Cordarrelle Patterson Returned a Kickoff 109 Yards for a Touchdown. That’s a Record! (GIFs)
If you’re a Minnesota Vikings fan, you probably didn’t enjoy Sunday Night Football this week. Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers paid a visit to Mall of America Field (which is actually what they call the Metrodome now) and, like almost everyone else this season, had their way with the men in purple and gold.
Final score: Green Bay 44, Minnesota 31.
However, the night didn’t start off so bad for the Vikings. In fact, it actually started pretty great. Like, pretty historically great. On the opening kickoff, rookie Cordarrelle Patterson returned the ball 109 yards for a touchdown. It was the longest kickoff return for a touchdown in the history of the NFL, and it tied Antonio Cromartie for the longest scoring play in the history of the NFL.
Interestingly, Cromartie’s score also happened at the Metrod—er, Mall of America Field. He returned a missed field goal 109 yards for a touchdown in 2007 while playing for the Chargers.
In any case, you’d probably like to see Patterson’s record-setting kickoff return. So, here you go:
Congratulations, Cordarrelle. Your record can never be broken…unless the NFL goes all CFL on us and expands the field, of course.