NFL Single Game Punt Return Yards Leaders

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Leaders Table
Rank Player Yds Tm Boxscore
1LeRoy Irvin207RAMLos Angeles Rams vs. Atlanta Falcons, October 11, 1981
2George Atkinson205OAKOakland Raiders vs. Buffalo Bills, September 15, 1968
3Eddie Drummond199DETDetroit Lions vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, November 14, 2004
4Jermaine Lewis184BALBaltimore Ravens vs. Seattle Seahawks, December 7, 1997
Tom Watkins184DETDetroit Lions vs. San Francisco 49ers, October 6, 1963
6Travis Benjamin179CLECleveland Browns vs. Buffalo Bills, October 3, 2013
7Dexter McCluster177KANKansas City Chiefs vs. Washington Redskins, December 8, 2013
8Reggie Bush176NORNew Orleans Saints vs. Minnesota Vikings, October 6, 2008
9Jermaine Lewis173BALBaltimore Ravens vs. New York Jets, December 24, 2000
10Darrien Gordon168DENDenver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers, November 9, 1997
Eric Metcalf168SDGSan Diego Chargers vs. Cincinnati Bengals, November 2, 1997
12Desmond Howard167GNBGreen Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions, December 15, 1996
Rick Upchurch167DENDenver Broncos vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, November 6, 1977
14Eric Metcalf166CLECleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, October 24, 1993
15Pete Athas161NORNew Orleans Saints vs. Houston Oilers, October 3, 1976
16Darius Reynaud160TENTennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, December 30, 2012
17Mike Haynes+156NWENew England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills, November 7, 1976
De'Anthony Thomas156KANKansas City Chiefs vs. Oakland Raiders, December 14, 2014
19Travis Benjamin154CLECleveland Browns vs. Tennessee Titans, September 20, 2015
20Steve Smith153CARCarolina Panthers vs. Cincinnati Bengals, December 8, 2002
21Cleo Montgomery152RAILos Angeles Raiders vs. Detroit Lions, December 10, 1984
Devin Hester152CHIChicago Bears vs. Arizona Cardinals, October 16, 2006
Allen Rossum152ATLAtlanta Falcons vs. St. Louis Rams, January 15, 2005
24Az-Zahir Hakim147STLSt. Louis Rams vs. Cincinnati Bengals, October 3, 1999
25Rickie Harris146WASWashington Redskins vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, November 21, 1965
26Tavon Austin145STLSt. Louis Rams vs. Indianapolis Colts, November 10, 2013
Vai Sikahema145STLSt. Louis Cardinals vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, December 21, 1986
28Kevin Clark144DENDenver Broncos vs. San Diego Chargers, December 27, 1987
29Anthony Carter143MINMinnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints, January 3, 1988
Chuck Latourette143STLSt. Louis Cardinals vs. New Orleans Saints, September 29, 1968
Leon Bright143NYGNew York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles, December 11, 1982
Devin Hester143CHIChicago Bears vs. Kansas City Chiefs, September 16, 2007
Rodger Bird143OAKOakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos, September 10, 1967
Tavon Austin143STLSt. Louis Rams vs. Washington Redskins, December 7, 2014
35Johnny Roland142STLSt. Louis Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Eagles, October 2, 1966
Ted Wilson142WASWashington Redskins vs. New York Giants, October 11, 1987
37Tony Leonard141SFOSan Francisco 49ers vs. New Orleans Saints, October 17, 1976
Ray Buchanan141INDIndianapolis Colts vs. San Diego Chargers, November 3, 1996
Bob Hayes+141DALDallas Cowboys vs. Cleveland Browns, December 24, 1967
J.T. Smith141KANKansas City Chiefs vs. Oakland Raiders, September 23, 1979
41Alvin Haymond140PHIPhiladelphia Eagles vs. Washington Redskins, October 6, 1968
Robbie Martin140DETDetroit Lions vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, November 24, 1983
43Tyler Lockett139SEASeattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals, January 3, 2016
Darrien Gordon139ATLAtlanta Falcons vs. Dallas Cowboys, November 11, 2001
Michael Lewis139NORNew Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers, December 29, 2002
Tamarick Vanover139KANKansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos, December 5, 1999
47Dick Christy137NYTNew York Titans vs. Denver Broncos, September 24, 1961
48Mike Fuller136SDGSan Diego Chargers vs. Buffalo Bills, November 21, 1976
49Josh Cribbs135CLECleveland Browns vs. San Francisco 49ers, December 30, 2007
Leodis McKelvin135BUFBuffalo Bills vs. Denver Broncos, December 24, 2011
51Gale Sayers+134CHIChicago Bears vs. San Francisco 49ers, December 12, 1965
Rodger Bird134OAKOakland Raiders vs. San Diego Chargers, October 29, 1967
Dennis McKinnon134CHIChicago Bears vs. New York Giants, September 14, 1987
Reggie Barlow134JAXJacksonville Jaguars vs. Kansas City Chiefs, September 13, 1998
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