Bengals block Browns punt, return for touchdown (GIF)

Oct 20, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; A detailed view of Cincinnati Bengals helmet before the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals had not blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown since 2007. That changed today after the Bengals busted through the Cleveland Browns special team line and got their mitts on a punt, creating quite the highlight.

On fourth down, trailing by one, the Browns elected to punt the ball away with just under five minutes left in the second quarter. All looked good – even the camera man was duped by the supposed punt, but things quickly turned chaotic once the punt was blocked.

With the ball rumbling around, players leaped into a pile hoping to take possession of the ball but the only problem? The ball wasn’t there as it quietly squeaked out to a mass of Bengals special team players standing right next to the massing pile.

That allowed the Bengals to quickly scoop up the rock and run it into the end zone, though, the play was reviewed as it was questioned if the recovering player was down via contact. Replay confirmed he was not and the touchdown stood, making it the first non-offensive touchdown the Cleveland Browns had given up all season.

H/T GIFDSports


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