Devin Hester in front of Soldier Field Garth Milan/Red Bull Photofiles

Entering the second half of Sunday’s game against the New York Jets the Chicago Bears found themselves down 24-17.

Devin Hester fresh off his NFL record-breaking week against the Minnesota Vikings was ready to go. In a pivotal third quarter, Hester racked up two huge returns, one of them a 38-yard punt return despite the Jets attempts to avoid kicking to Hester.

Jets punter Steve Weatherford did a good job of avoiding Hester most of the game, but regrets giving Hester a chance at brilliance. “He had a (38-yard) return on me, so no, I’m not satisfied,” Weatherford said after the Jets’ 38-34 loss. “That’s the mystique of playing up here. It’s a tough place to kick, and he’s the best returner in the game.”

The 38-yard punt return put the Bears in to Jets territory, and Hester would go on to catch a 25-yard touchdown just moments later on offense. The touchdown would give the Bears a 31-24 lead.

The Jets would however rally to tie the game at 31 a piece, but the tie wouldn’t last long as Hester returned a kick-off 40 yards to midfield. Moments later Johnny Knox caught a 26-yard touchdown pass from Jay Cutler sealing the victory as the stingy Bears defense allowed only a field goal during the fourth quarter and would hold on for a 38-34 victory.

For the Bears they move to 11-4 on the season and wrap up the regular season next Sunday at Lambeau Field in Green Bay with a chance to finish the regular season with three consecutive victories.

As Hester continues his brilliance in every aspect of the game, his touchdown reception was his fourth of the season. A career best.

Hester’s Week 16 Stats

  • 3 receptions
  • 48 yards receiving
  • 1 touchdown reception
  • 1 40-yard kick return
  • 1 38-yard punt return


Here is a little vintage Hester back at the University of Miami:

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