Cordarrelle Patterson breaks NFL record with 9th career kickoff returned for touchdown

Atlanta Falcons running back Cordarrelle Patterson (84) runs the ball back on a kickoff against the Chicago Bears during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, in Atlanta. Patterson scored a touchdown on the play. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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 near midfield. Nobody was catching him from there.

Patterson returned the kickoff 103 yards for a touchdown to cut Atlanta’s deficit to 17-14. 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.