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Devin Hester ties NFL record for return touchdowns

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The Redskins have been wary of Devin Hester hurting them in the return game.

Well, he did it anyways.

Hester’s 81-yard punt return score tied Sunday’s Chicago-Washington at 17 in the second quarter. The return touchdown was the 19th of Hester’s NFL career, which equals Deion Sanders’ league-record mark.

On the play, Hester caught the ball on the far sideline, then worked his way to the other side of the field, where he had a convoy of blockers. Hester got a couple more blocks — with Khaseem Greene’s knockdown of Logan Paulsen a highlight — and the legendary special-teamer was gone, en route to his 13th career punt return score.

Hester’s big play was another tough moment for Washington’s embattled special teams, which had all sorts of problems with the Cowboys’ Dwayne Harris in last week’s loss at Dallas.

Washington has stayed away from Hester on kickoffs, employing pooch kicks. Moreover, Sav Rocca’s punt on Hester’s touchdown wasn’t a bad effort, as it pinned the Bears’ returner near the sideline. But when Washington couldn’t stop Hester from reversing field, there was trouble ahead.

Hester’s touchdown was a highlight in a roller-coaster half for the Bears, who lost quarterback Jay Cutler to an injury in the second quarter.

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4 Responses to “Devin Hester ties NFL record for return touchdowns”
  1. logicalvoicesays says: Oct 20, 2013 2:42 PM

    I’m the LEAST Surprised person on earth at the Redskins DOMINANCE of the Bears so far. The only thing holding us back are Roger Goodell and Keith Burns, the WORST special teams coach I have ever seen. #HTTR

  2. dodohead418 says: Oct 20, 2013 2:48 PM

    Congrats to him! He deserves it!!!

  3. f1restarter says: Oct 20, 2013 2:56 PM

    Once again, free points from the Bears’ opponent. Can’t the Bears just earn a victory for once?

  4. seahawkgoat says: Oct 20, 2013 3:17 PM

    logicalvoicesays…..”I’m lonely”?

    Am I right? Did I win a prize?

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