Irvin (207 yards) sets punt return record

Updated: October 17, 2005, 4:30 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to

Oct. 11, 1981

No punt returner has ever had a more productive afternoon than the one LeRoy Irvin of the Los Angeles Rams has in Atlanta. In the first quarter he returns a punt 75 yards for a touchdown, and in the fourth quarter he takes one back 84 yards for another score in the Rams' 37-35 victory.

While the two touchdowns tie an NFL record, Irvin gets a line for himself in the record book with his total of 207 yards, on six returns. This breaks the mark of 205 set by Oakland's George Atkinson 13 years before. Irvin's performance enables the Rams and Falcons to set an NFL record for most combined yards on punt returns with 282 (219 for the Rams and 63 for Atlanta).