Watch Dont’a Hightower’s Punt Block Lead To Patriots Touchdown Vs. Bears

by NESN Staff

October 21, 2018

New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower has made plenty of big plays in his career — remember Super Bowl XLIX and LI? — and he made another one in the second half of Sunday’s Week 7 game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.

Hightower rushed through the Bears’ punt protection unit to block Pat O’Donnell’s third-quarter punt. Kyle Van Noy eventually scooped up the ball and ran it to the end zone for a Patriots touchdown, which gave the Pats a 31-24 lead.

Check out the play below:

The last New England player to return a blocked punt for a touchdown was Tedy Bruschi on Oct. 6, 1996, in a 46-38 win over the Baltimore Ravens.

Van Noy’s touchdown was the second score on special teams for the Patriots. Cordarrelle Patterson scored a TD on a kickoff return during the second quarter.

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