10 Vikings plays that shaped season: No. 5

January, 10, 2014
Jan 10
Welcome back to our chronological look at the 10 plays that most shaped the Vikings' 2013 season. Today: Play No. 5.

WHEN: Oct. 27, 2013

WHERE: A 44-31 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

THE PLAY: Cordarrelle Patterson's 109-yard kickoff return touchdown on the game's first play.

WHAT THEY SAID: Patterson: "No matter where the ball is kicked, I feel like I'm going to return it regardless. I have a coach who believes in me. Wherever the ball is, I'm going to bring it out."

IMPACT OF THE PLAY: It was the longest kickoff return in NFL history, the second 109-yard play in the Metrodome's history and the return that probably cemented Patterson's place on the All-Pro team. His first return touchdown of the year -- a team-record 105-yarder against Chicago -- looked easy compared to this one, when Patterson squeezed through a small hole set by Robert Blanton and Larry Dean, followed Toby Gerhart upfield, bounced off a tackle from Green Bay's Chris Banjo and raced down the left sideline for a touchdown. Patterson would end the night with 228 return yards. After that, he became the return man that teams were afraid to kick to; the Washington Redskins let Patterson touch the ball just twice on kickoffs, and the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles kept it away from him the entire game.

Ben Goessling

ESPN Minnesota Vikings reporter



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