JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jaguars kick returner Jamal Agnew now has one of the longest possible plays in NFL history. Agnew returned Matt Prater's missed 68-yard field goal attempt for a 109-yard touchdown to give the Jaguars a 13-7 lead over the Arizona Cardinals as the first half ended at TIAA Bank Field.
Prater held the NFL record with a 64-yard field goal set in 2013 when he was with the Denver Broncos before the Baltimore Ravens' Justin Tucker set a new record with his 66-yard field goal on Sunday. Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury decided to have Prater try a 68-yarder rather than have quarterback Kyler Murray throw a Hail Mary with two seconds remaining in the first half.
The kick was short, and Agnew caught it with his feet just in front of the end line. He headed up the left sideline and broke tackles by Max Garcia and Demetrius Harris between his own 20- and 40-yard lines, picked up key blocks by Malcom Brown and Josh Allen, and Allen, Lerentee McCray and Shaquill Griffin escorted him the final 30 yards for the score.
The Jaguars lost Sunday's game 31-19, however.
"I couldn't believe they were going to kick it," Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer said after the game. "[Special teams coordinator] Nick Sorensen said he can hit it. He saw [Prater] in pregame hitting them at 63 without really swinging hard. I've never seen that in my life. So we had it set up. We practiced that. We worked it and that kid's a dynamic guy with the ball in his hand. Glad we got him."
Agnew's return is the third 109-yard touchdown in NFL history. Cordarrelle Patterson returned a kickoff in 2013, and Antonio Cromartie returned a missed field goal attempt in 2007. Cromartie also had the NFL's last kick-six.
Agnew also had a 102-yard kickoff return in Week 2 and now is the ninth player in NFL history with multiple 100-yard returns in the same season. Patterson was the last to do it (2013).
"It's all offensive linemen and probably a couple tight ends and then the kicker," said Agnew, who is the first player in NFL history with 100-yard touchdowns in consecutive games or weeks, per the Elias Sports Bureau.
"My thinking was obviously I know Prater from playing in Detroit [and] I know he's capable of that. But he was going into the wind, it was a 68-yarder and I was like, 'If he doesn't get this, I'm probably going to score.' They made the wall for me on the left side of the field.
"It's all big dudes out there. I just can't get tackled by the kicker. That's my thought process."