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What is the longest non-scoring kickoff return in the NFL?

Question #148621. Asked by serpa.
Last updated Aug 21 2021.
Originally posted Aug 21 2021 10:45 AM.

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On November 27, 2011, the Minnesota Vikings were the visitors against the Atlanta Falcons. At 6:44 in the fourth quarter, the Falcons gained a ten-point lead after QB Matt Ryan threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to TE Michael Palmer, with Matt Bryant kicking the extra point. From the ensuing kickoff, Vikings WR Percy Harvin collected the ball seven yards into his own end zone. He proceeded to carry the ball a total of 104 yards, ending up at the Falcons' 3-yard line before being tackled by CB Chris Owens, making it the longest non-scoring play in the history of the NFL. However, despite their advantageous position, the Vikings failed to score over their four downs and were forced to turn the ball over, leading to the Falcons winning the game 24-14.


Four years later, on November 15, 2015, the Detroit Lions took on their traditional rivals, the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. When the Packers kicked off at the start of the second half, rookie Lions RB Ameer Abdullah received the ball five yards inside his team's end zone. He ran the length of the field before being brought down at the Packers' 1-yard line, having gone 104 yards, and tying Percy Harvin's record. The play set up QB Matt Stafford to throw a 2-yard touchdown pass to TE Brandon Pettigrew, giving the Lions a six-point lead. The Lions eventually won the game 18-16, the first time they had beaten the Packers in Green Bay since 1991.


Aug 21 2021, 1:20 PM
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Here's a video of Harvin's return:


Aug 21 2021, 3:16 PM
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