NFL Punt Return Yards Single Game 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
4Tom Watkins184DETDetroit Lions vs. San Francisco 49ers, October 6, 1963
Jermaine Lewis184BALBaltimore Ravens vs. Seattle Seahawks, December 7, 1997
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
10Eric Metcalf168SDGSan Diego Chargers vs. Cincinnati Bengals, November 2, 1997
Darrien Gordon168DENDenver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers, November 9, 1997
12Rick Upchurch167DENDenver Broncos vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, November 6, 1977
Desmond Howard167GNBGreen Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions, December 15, 1996
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
17De'Anthony Thomas156KANKansas City Chiefs vs. Oakland Raiders, December 14, 2014
Mike Haynes+156NWENew England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills, November 7, 1976
19Travis Benjamin154CLECleveland Browns vs. Tennessee Titans, September 20, 2015
20Steve Smith153CARCarolina Panthers vs. Cincinnati Bengals, December 8, 2002
21Devin Hester152CHIChicago Bears vs. Arizona Cardinals, October 16, 2006
Cleo Montgomery152RAILos Angeles Raiders vs. Detroit Lions, December 10, 1984
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
29Rodger Bird143OAKOakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos, September 10, 1967
Devin Hester143CHIChicago Bears vs. Kansas City Chiefs, September 16, 2007
Tavon Austin143STLSt. Louis Rams vs. Washington Redskins, December 7, 2014
Chuck Latourette143STLSt. Louis Cardinals vs. New Orleans Saints, September 29, 1968
Leon Bright143NYGNew York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles, December 11, 1982
Anthony Carter143MINMinnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints, January 3, 1988
35Ted Wilson142WASWashington Redskins vs. New York Giants, October 11, 1987
Johnny Roland142STLSt. Louis Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Eagles, October 2, 1966
37J.T. Smith141KANKansas City Chiefs vs. Oakland Raiders, September 23, 1979
Tony 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
41Robbie Martin140DETDetroit Lions vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, November 24, 1983
Alvin Haymond140PHIPhiladelphia Eagles vs. Washington Redskins, October 6, 1968
43Tamarick Vanover139KANKansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos, December 5, 1999
Tyler 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
47Dick Christy137NYTNew York Titans vs. Denver Broncos, September 24, 1961
48Josh Cribbs135CLECleveland Browns vs. San Francisco 49ers, December 30, 2007
Leodis McKelvin135BUFBuffalo Bills vs. Denver Broncos, December 24, 2011
50Rodger Bird134OAKOakland Raiders vs. San Diego Chargers, October 29, 1967
Gale Sayers+134CHIChicago Bears vs. San Francisco 49ers, December 12, 1965
Dennis McKinnon134CHIChicago Bears vs. New York Giants, September 14, 1987
Reggie Barlow134JAXJacksonville Jaguars vs. Kansas City Chiefs, September 13, 1998
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