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Back-To-Back Returns in NFL Game

October 15, 2000

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Talk about starting the game off with a bang.

The Atlanta Falcons’ Darrick Vaughn returned the opening kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. On the next play, the Rams’ Tony Horne returned the kickoff 103 yards to tie the game 7-7 with only 36 seconds elapsed.

Vaughn took Jeff Wilkins’ kick at the 4 yard line and went straight up the middle. He was untouched until Wilkins got a hand on him, barely, around the 40, then ran easily to the end zone.

On the ensuing kick, Horne took the ball three yards deep in the end zone, and also ran up the middle. He made a move around Atlanta’s Gerald McBurrows near the 25, stumbled and nearly fell, then ran untouched down the left side.

It was Horne’s fourth career touchdown on a kickoff return and his first this year. Three of those TDs have come against the Falcons.

The Rams didn’t risk another long return on the next kick, with Wilkins kicking short, away from Vaughn.

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