10/27/2013 10:31 pm ET Updated Oct 28, 2013

Cordarrelle Patterson's 109-Yard Kickoff Return Took 12 Seconds And Set An NFL Record (VIDEO/GIF)

The length of an NFL field is 120 yards, including both end zones. The field of play is 100 yards with each end zone extending a further 10 yards at either end. These numbers are relevant while marveling at Cordarrelle Patterson's 109-yard kickoff return touchdown. After catching the opening kickoff near the back of his own end zone, Patterson needed 12 seconds to evade 11 would-be tacklers and reach the far end of the field.

The fleet-footed rookie wide receiver staked the Minnesota Vikings to an instant 7-0 lead over the Green Bay Packers on "Sunday Night Football" with this mazy, blink-and-you-missed it return. Patterson set a new record for the longest kickoff return in NFL history and tied the record for the longest play ever set by Antonio Cromartie in 2007 when he returned a missed field goal 109 yards for a touchdown.

GIF: Cordarrelle Patterson ties the record for the longest pl... on Twitpic(GIF via @BuzzFeedSports)

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