Vasher returns missed FG record 108 yards

Updated: November 13, 2005, 3:42 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Chicago Bears defensive back Nathan Vasher returned a missed field goal an NFL-record 108 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the first half Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.

NFL's Longest Returns for TDs
2005 Nathan Vasher, Chicago Missed FG 108
2002 Chris McAlister, Baltimore Missed FG 107
2004 Ed Green, Baltimore INT 106
1979 Roy Green, St. Louis Kickoff 106
1967 Noland Smith, Kansas City Kickoff 106
1956 Al Carmichael, Green Bay Kickoff 106
-- David Rose, ESPN Research

When Joe Nedney's 52-yard attempt went wide right in a strong wind, Vasher caught the ball over his shoulder, hesitated momentarily whether to come out of the end zone, sprinted to the 15 and then reversed his field with a spin, picking up a convoy of blockers.

Getting blocks down the sideline from Lance Briggs and Chris Harris, Vasher weaved his way past the 49ers for a stunning touchdown that gave the Bears a 7-3 halftime lead.

The previous longest return of a missed field goal was 107 yards by Baltimore's Chris McAlister against Denver on Sept. 30, 2002.


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