Lost in the exciting and wild finish of the Baltimore Ravens 31-29 victory over the Dallas Cowboys was the setting, or more correctly, the tying of an all-time NFL record. Ravens wide receiver and kickoff returner Jacoby Jones returned a Dan Bailey kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown, extending the Baltimore Ravens lead from 17-13 to 24-13 early in the third quarter.
As the ball landed in Jones' arms, I yelled from my seats "return it!" as he obviously listened and took off. As Jones broke into the clear and left the Cowboys Special Teams in his wake, I turned to the guy next to me and said, "That's got to be an NFL record!" From my vantage point on the side of the end zone in the Club Level, my statement was based on the observation that Jacoby was pretty much up against the end line and the longest official kickoff return could ever possibly be was 109 yards and this looked to be every bit of that.
Unfortunately, the decision-makers in the NFL record book offices took umbrage with my assessment and only gave Jones credit for a 108 return, tying his with the New England Patriots Ellis Hobbs (2007) and Green Bay Packers Randall Cobb (2011).
Either way, congratulations Jacoby and welcome to the NFL record books!