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Vikings' Patterson named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Cordarrelle Patterson – who returned Green Bay’s opening kickoff 109 yards for a touchdown on Sunday night – was named today as the NFC Special Teams Player-of-the-Week. 


Patterson, a rookie for the Minnesota Vikings, racked up a total of 228 return yards – one of the few bright spots for the Vikes in a 44-31 Packer victory at the Metrodome.   Patterson’s run tied the NFL record for the longest kick return.  It was also the first time Green Bay got burned for a kickoff touchdown since Jerry Azumah of Chicago returned an 88-yarder in late 2003. 

Patterson has a league-high 703 kick return yards this season.  He’s the only player with two kickoff returns for touchdowns.