When New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara fielded the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' first kickoff Sunday, it looked like the play was going to stop in the Saints' end zone. Somehow, 13 seconds later, the play instead concluded in the Buccaneers' end zone. Despite hesitating and considering kneeling down for a touchback, Kamara returned the kickoff for a 106-yard touchdown, marking the longest kickoff return and scoring play in Saints history. New Orleans lost to the Buccaneers, 31-24, on Sunday, but early in the game, Kamara's return was paramount as it tied the score at 7-7 in the first quarter after Tampa Bay scored a touchdown on the opening drive. "It was pretty impressive," coach Sean Payton said. To hear Saints right guard Larry Warford describe it, the exciting football play sounded more like a basketball player taking an ill-advised 3-pointer that ended up going in. "It was actually pretty funny because we were standing on the sideline, and I'm just watching it," Warford said. "He hesitates a little bit, and it's a deep kick and so you think he's going to stop and just take a knee. Then, he hesitated and then ran it out. "And all you hear on the sideline is, 'Oh my god,' right when he does it. It's just like, 'No!' Then, you see what (Kamara) saw, and it's like, 'Oh my god!' This kid is unreal, man. It was pretty funny and got us going a little bit."
Alvin Kamara on 106-yard kickoff return: 'My job is easy ... I just run'
New Orleans Times-Picayune | Jan 1