If you watched MNF last night, then of course you saw the Chicago Bears’ Devin Hester punt return (video below) touchdown in the 4th quarter against the Green Bay Packers that changed the momentum of the game. Check out some photos of the return plus said video here!
Did you know that the last time we saw a Devin Hester punt return for a touchdown was back on December 30, 2007 against the New Orleans Saints? Almost three years ago!
As a Bears fan, I was thrilled to see Hester finally return a punt for a touchdown. And against rival Green Bay Packers made it even better. In the 4th quarter, we saw the Bears trailing the Packers 10-7. With Hester’s touchdown punt return, it put them ahead 14-10. Before you knew it, the Packers were up again 17-14, but thanks to a couple field goals from Robbie Gould gave Chicago the win, with the final score 20-17. 3-0 baby!
It’s been a long wait for Hester…he had an incredible rookie season in 2006 on special teams, and who can forget his opening kick touchdown return in the Super Bowl? It was the first ever in the history of the Super Bowl. I remember it like it was yesterday.
During the 2007 season, two kickoff returns resulted in touchdowns and four punt returns yielded the same result, and like I said earlier, December 30th, 2007 would be his last return kick for a touchdown until last night. Can you imagine the pressure of each subsequent season without a TD return? Needless to say, Dave Toub, special teams coordinator, was thrilled with Hester’s performance. He said earlier today:
“I was very happy for him. I know it’s a big burden off his shoulders. It’s not like he doesn’t want to. He’s been wanting to do this for a long time. It’s good for him. It’s good for the whole team. It picks us up. It’s a big spark. It just seems right when Devin’s scoring touchdowns. It seems like we’re in the right mode.”
Hester *almost* had a touchdown return earlier in the game, but Green Bay punter Tom Masthay wasn’t having any of that, cutting him short of a TD.
Okay, ya wanna see a replay of the Devin Hester punt return? Video and even some great pictures are below.