During the second quarter of Sunday’s game, the Bears converted a fumble by Falcons running back Cordarrelle Patterson into a touchdown, but Patterson was able to recover and assist his side in winning.
Following the kickoff, Patterson returned it 103 yards for a touchdown to trim Chicago’s advantage to three points and become the NFL’s all-time leader in kickoff return touchdowns. After the 27-24 victory, Patterson told reporters that he has now completed nine full games in his career and that he hopes to increase that number before hanging up his cleats and helmet for good.
According to Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Patterson stated, “I’m not through yet.” I still have a ton of football left. I’m just attempting to completely abuse that record.
Throughout Patterson’s career, the kickoff has undergone changes that have decreased the number of long returns and increased the rarity of touchdowns across the league. Whether he adds to his total or not, Patterson should hold the record for a very long time, but the league’s excitement level would undoubtedly benefit from a few more big plays from the Falcons veteran.