The Jacksonville Jaguars may have lost on Sunday but fans had at least one reason to celebrate when they tied an NFL record with an insane runback.
It was the final play of the first half in a game between the Jaguars and the Arizona Cardinals. The Cards sent out their kicker, Matt Prater, to attempt a 68-yard-field goal. Now, everyone knows that Prater has a big leg but 68 yards on a field goal is quite the stretch. That would have been an NFL record if he knocked it through.
But knock it through he did not — instead, his kick fell just short of the uprights and into the arms of Jacksonville wideout Jamal Agnew. Standing nine yards deep in the back of the end zone, Agnew caught the missed kick and was off to the races. He took it 109 yards to the opposite end zone, tying the record for the NFL’s longest return.
According to Next Gen Stats, Agnew traveled 121.4 yards on the missed field goal return. That is the most yards ever traveled on a missed field goal return in the Next Gen Stats era (since 2016). Oh, and to make things even better, it was Fox Sports announcer Gus Johnson who called the return. Watch the clip for yourself down below:
“109 YARD MISSED FIELD GOAL RETURN. INSANE,” Complex Sports captioned the tweet.
NFL Fans Sound Off After 109-Yard Missed Field Goal Return
NFL fans around the world were going crazy after watching the Jacksonville Jaguars return a missed field goal 109 yards for a touchdown. After all, it’s not too often you see a 109-yard touchdown. Before Sunday, it had only happened two other times — Antonio Cromartie returned an interception 109 yards and Cordarrelle Patterson returned a kickoff 109 yards. Jamal Agnew now is the third person ever to go 109 yards for a score and is the first to do so by way of a missed field goal return.
Fans were quick to comment on the wild return after seeing it for themselves on social media. As a matter of fact, the play had people hyped that weren’t even Jacksonville fans. And in some cases, the exciting return caught the eye of people who don’t normally watch the sport.
“That had me jumping around like a child and I’m not even a Jags fan,” one person replied.
“I don’t watch football at all but this was worth seeing,” another fan commented.
And finally, other users on social media were criticizing the Cardinals special teams unit for giving up the big return. One person suggested the team will be running some laps during the next practice because of it.
“That whole defense is running laps until they cough up blood.”