Devin Hester no longer boasts Super Bowl's quickest score

Devin Hester no longer boasts Super Bowl's quickest score
February 3, 2014, 8:45 am
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Devin Hester took back the opening kick of Super Bowl XLI 92 yards for a touchdown. An impressive play, but no longer a Super Bowl record.

In Sunday night's Super Bowl, the Broncos botched the opening play from scrimmage, and it led to the quickest score in Super Bowl history.

After the opening kickoff return by the Broncos went nowhere, Peyton Manning and Co. lined up for the game's first play, except things went haywire for Denver when center Manny Ramirez snapped the ball over Manning's shoulder and into the end zone. Knowshon Moreno fell on the ball to prevent a touchdown, but it was still a safety, with two points going to the Seahawks after just 12 seconds had gone off the clock.

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Hester's 92-yard return of Adam Vinatieri's kick lasted all of 14 seconds.

So the Bears' return specialist — and what was, for Bears fans, the most exciting play of Super Bowl XLI — no longer holds that Super Bowl record.

Hester also welcomed another member into the return-TD-in-the-Super-Bowl club, when Seattle's Percy Harvin took back the opening kickoff of the second half for a score. Hester's 2006 return was the eighth return touchdown in Super Bowl history, and there's been one in each of the last two seasons, with Jacoby Jones returning one for the Ravens last year and Harvin's on Sunday.