Atlanta Falcons running back Cordarrelle Patterson broke the NFL record for most kickoff-return touchdowns in a career on Sunday with a 103-yard return against the Chicago Bears.
The 10-year veteran accomplished the historic feat during the second quarter to set a new NFL record of nine career kickoff returns for a touchdown, topping Josh Cribbs and Leon Washington’s previous record of eight.
Patterson caught the ball in the end zone and took it 103-yards to get within reach of the Bears, who were leading 17-7 with a little over four minutes left in the half.
It immediately followed his costly fumble that set up a Chicago touchdown.
Patterson’s touchdown also marked a significant turn in the game.
The Falcons scored 17 unanswered points before Bears’ David Montgomery scored a 2-yard rushing touchdown halfway through the third quarter to tie the game 24-24.
Falcons kicker Younghoe Koo would kick a 53-yard field goal with less than two minutes left in the game to defeat the Bears, 27-24.