Hester tied Hall of Famer Deion Sanders' all-time NFL mark of 19 return touchdowns, which includes returns of punts, kickoffs, missed field goals, fumbles and interceptions.
|Devin Hester tied Deion Sanders with the 19th return TD of his career in Sunday's loss to the Redskins. Click to view photos from the game. |
With his 81-yard return in the second quarter Sunday, Hester added to two league records he already held for punt return touchdowns (now 13) and combined kick return TDs (18).
Hester caught Sav Rocca's 53-yard punt at his own 19-yard line just inside the left sideline. He then sprinted all the way across the field and picked up a convoy of blockers down the right sideline.
"It was designed to go right," Hester said. "We practiced on it every day. We knew their kicker kind of tends to punt it to our left. We just wanted to make sure when we got that opportunity that we sealed the gunner backside and form that wall, and that's what they did. The guys up front did a great job of setting up that wall and letting me around the corner."
The Redskins tried to keep the ball out of Hester's hands most of the day, hitting short kickoffs that were returned by Eric Weems,
"We knew that this was going to be a team that was going to keep it away from me just because of the previous weeks that they had," Hester said. "They had been struggling on special teams and we assumed that they were going to shy away from our return game. We knew we had to take advantage of the opportunity I got because we knew we weren't going to get that many."
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Forte's TDs came on runs of 2, 50 and 6 yards. He now has rushed for six touchdowns this season, one more than his total from all of last year and two shy of his career high set as a rookie in 2008.
Roster notes: With Tillman and defensive tackle