This 35-yard touchdown reception set a new NFL record for the longest touchdown reception by an offensive lineman, coming nearly 20 yards after the grab. Ty Sambrailo, a 315-pound Falcons lineman, grabbed a 35-yard touchdown pass. That is the NFL's longest touchdown reception by an offensive lineman!
The previous record was held by Michael Jordan with 26 yards. He did this in 1998 season during game between the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions. The record was later broken by Doug Free of the Dallas Cowboys at 48 yards in 2014. Free also has the record for most 50-plus yard receptions in a single season with five.
Longest non-scoring touchbacks: 10 yards (2010) - Chris Johnson of the Titans had a career day with nine touchdowns (all receiving) in one game against his former team, the Cardinals. He finished with 102 yards on 25 carries and 89 yards on four catches. Brandon Marshall of the Bears had another great game with eight catches for 91 yards and a touchdown.
11 yards (2009) - Priest Holmes of the Chiefs had two touchdowns of 70 or more yards in one game against the Raiders. He finished with 106 yards on 21 carries and 101 yards on four catches.
10 yards (2008) - James White of the Patriots had seven receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown in New England's win over Atlanta. He also had a 51-yard gain in the third quarter.
The Longest Passing Touchdown (99 Yards) In NFL history, there have been 13 99-yard throwing touchdowns, the most recent being Eli Manning to Victor Cruz and Tom Brady to Wes Welker during the 2011 season. The previous record was 98 yards, which was set by Doug Flutie in 1999 when he ran and threw for two touchdowns against the San Diego Chargers.
These are the only three players to score multiple 99-yard rushing touchdowns: Ron Dayne, Clinton Portis, and Michael Vick. There have been 33 100-yard games with no more than 10 passing attempts, so it is very unlikely that another 99-yard game will happen.
The longest non-scoring play in NFL history was also played between the New York Giants and Washington Redskins on December 17, 1960. With time running out and his team down by four points, quarterback Frank Gifford took the snap from center and raced 99 yards for a touchdown with the wind at his back! This gave Gifford top honors as the greatest football player of all time. The feat has been immortalized through film footage that can be viewed here.
After Gifford's touchdown, the Giants went on to win the game 23-17. This was the first of three meetings between these two teams that year, with both ending in close victories for New York.
The receiver's touchdown catch in Super Bowl XXXVIII is the longest throw play in game history. The pass was thrown 73 yards by Brett Favre of the Green Bay Packers to David Tyree of the New York Giants.
The previous long score was set just three years earlier in Super Bowl XLVII between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers. A 47-yard field goal by Justin Tucker of the Ravens gave them a 3-0 lead over the 49ers. That kick was called back due to a false start, then replayed after a replay challenge from the 49ers, but it would still stand as the longest score in Super Bowl history until Favre and Tyree broke that mark with their long reception.
There have been other long passes in NFL history, but none that have reached the end zone. The longest non-scoring play in NFL history is also by Brett Favre. He threw 70 yards to Donald Driver in a playoff game against the Green Bay Packers in 2009. That play took place during the fourth quarter of regulation time and resulted in a loss for the Vikings - they were defeated 17-14 by the Packers.
Terrelle Pryor's 93-yard touchdown run against the Pittsburgh Steelers was the longest touchdown run by a quarterback in NFL history. It also tied an all-time record set by Doug Flutie in 1999.
Pryor's score came in his first game as a Redskin, in relief of an injured Robert Griffin III. The then-fourth-year player out of Ohio State had been traded to Washington from Cleveland in March 2013. He had started three games for Cleveland before being replaced by Griffin (who returned from a knee injury) at halftime of their season opener.
Pryor's scoring dash began with him taking the ball upfield and running right until he was stopped by Ryan Mundy at the Pittsburgh 10-yard line. On the next play, Griffin found Pryor for another big gain downfield. That drive ended with another Ryan Mundy stop this time at the 4-yard line. With 3:43 remaining in the first quarter, Griffin found Pryor again for a 9-yard pass that put Washington ahead 7-0. The last time he touched the ball was when he took it himself on a read option for 6 more yards to the Pittsburgh 1-yard line. There were still 2 minutes left in the first quarter.
Kansas City's longest touchdown play in two playoff games has been a 20-yard toss from Patrick Mahomes to Travis Kelce in the divisional round against Cleveland. Hill has yet to score.
In Super Bowl 51, the Falcons' Robert Alford returned a Brady interception 82 yards for a touchdown and a 21-0 second-quarter lead against New England. Of course, the Falcons would squander that opportunity (still the only Super Bowl OT).
The longest touchdown play in five of the previous six Super Bowls was less than 44.5 yards; it was a 38-yard run by Damien Williams last year to make the final score Kansas City 31, San Francisco 20.
It was a career-long for Breida and the 49ers' longest running touchdown since Colin Kaepernick's 90-yard run against the Chargers in December 2014. Breida had 11 carries for 114 yards and one touchdown, as well as three catches for 15 yards and one score.
As the 2012 season approaches, there are a few important records that might be broken in the first month of the season alone. Drew Brees has now thrown a touchdown pass in 43 straight games (regular season). Johnny Unitas still holds the record, having done so in 47 straight games for the Baltimore Colts from 1956 to 1960.
The Vikings receiver's running score set a team record for the longest rushing touchdown by a Vikings receiver. Patterson has 45 receptions, 469 yards, and five touchdowns in his debut season. Patterson was named to the Pro Bowl on January 2, 2014, to replace Antonio Brown. He became the first rookie from any team to be selected as a replacement player.
Patterson's longest reception came against the Green Bay Packers on November 11, 2013. He took the ball 80 yards for a touchdown during a 30-27 victory over the Packers. It was also the second longest play from scrimmage this season and the longest by a Viking receiver this year.
Cordarrelle Patterson finished with 1,047 all-purpose yards and seven touchdowns last season for Minnesota. He played only eight games because of injury but still managed to catch 91 passes for 1,146 yards and six scores. Patterson is expected to have a big role in Minnesota's offense this year as Christian Ponder recovers from knee surgery. The fifth-year pro out of Tennessee will have a new quarterback under center this season as Matt Cassel replaces Ponder.
Patterson entered the NFL as a highly touted wide receiver out of Kentucky. He ended up winning the Heisman Trophy at Kentucky before being chosen third overall by the Vikings. Patterson has already matched his career high with five touchdowns this season. He has also caught at least one pass in every game this year.