Holliday Returns Punt, Kickoff For TDs Vs. Ravens
DENVER (AP) – Trindon Holliday returned the second-half kickoff 104 yards to become the first player in NFL playoff history to score on a kick and punt return in the same game.
Combined with his 90-yard punt return in the first quarter against Baltimore on Saturday, the Denver Broncos’ return specialist now has the longest punt and kickoff returns in the postseason.
Holliday took the kick up the field, before cutting left. He slipped out of Chykie Brown‘s tackle and was on his way. On the sideline, Peyton Manning hopped up and down with every step Holliday took toward the end zone.
The previous record for a kickoff return was 102 yards by Atlanta’s Eric Weems in 2010.
As soon as Holliday crossed the goal line, he spiked the football with authority and then posed for the cameras.
On his punt return, Holliday was barely touched as he sprinted down the field to the end zone, where a host of Broncos ran to greet him. Former Ravens returner Jermaine Lewis held the playoff punt return record of 88 yards against Pittsburgh on Jan. 20, 2002.
With 248 return yards midway through the third quarter, Holliday already has the most in a postseason game, according to STATS. The previous mark was shared by Andre Coleman of San Diego on Jan. 29, 1995, in the Super Bowl and Desmond Howard of Green Bay on Jan. 26, 1997, also in the Super Bowl. Each had 244 total return yards.
Holliday was assigned to the Broncos through waivers when he was let go by Houston in October.
A former track star at LSU, Holliday returned a kickoff 105 yards for a score at Cincinnati. The next week he scored on a punt return at Carolina.
Holliday sat out the final game of the regular season with an ankle injury. The time off did wonders and he returned to practice this week.