Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Travis Benjamin gifted the New England Patriots two points Sunday afternoon on what might be the worst punt return of all time.
Benjamin initially muffed the punt, then picked up the football and inexplicably ran backwards 8 yards into his own end zone, where he was met by Patriots special-teams aces Brandon King and Jonathan Jones for the safety.
The safety put the Patriots ahead 9-7 and gave them the ball back at their own 43-yard line after a 16-yard return by Danny Amendola on the free kick. New Engalnd eventually kicked a field goal on the drive, completing a five-point swing off Benjamin’s gaffe.
It might not be a fun week for Benjamin in the Chargers’ special teams meetings unless he somehow makes up for it later in the game.
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