Longing For A Punt Return

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Not only was Damaris Johnson’s 98-yard punt return against the Cowboys the longest in Eagles history, it is tied for the NFL’s third longest. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)

Not only was Damaris Johnson’s 98-yard punt return against the Cowboys the longest in Eagles history, it is tied for the NFL’s third longest behind Robert Bailey (103, 1994) and Patrick Peterson (99, 2011).

(It also helped the Eagles cover the 10-point spread, just their second spread victory of the season. Not that we're paying attention ... )

Here are the Birds’ longest punt returns (all for TDs; *with lateral; **postseason game):

 

 Player  Date  Opponent  Result  Yds. 
 Damaris Johnson
 Dec. 2, 2012
 at Cowboys 
 L  33-38
 98
 Vai Sikahema
 Nov. 22, 1992
 at Giants
 W 47-34
 87
 DeSean Jackson
 Sept. 13, 2009
 at Panthers
 W 38-10
 85
 Brian Westbrook
 Oct. 19, 2003
 at Giants
 W 14-10
 84
 Brian Westbrook
 Dec. 21, 2003
 49ers
 L  28-31 (ot) 
 81
 Tommy McDonald 
 Oct. 4, 1959
 Giants
 W 49-21
 81
 Ernie Steele
 Oct. 25, 1942
 at Bears
 L  14-45
 80*
 Bosh Pritchard  Dec. 21, 1947** 
 at Steelers  W 21-  0
 79
 Brian Mitchell
 Nov. 25, 2002
 at 49ers
 W 38-17
 76
 Gregg Garrity
 Nov. 30, 1986
 at Raiders
 W 33-27 (ot)
 76
 DeSean Jackson
 Dec. 13, 2009
 at Giants
 W 45-38
 72
 Brian Mitchell
 Sept. 24, 2000
 at Saints
 W 21-  7
 72
 Clyde Scott
 Oct. 30, 1949
 at Steelers
 W 38-  7
 70

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