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A Record That Has Stood the Test of Time

A Record That Has Stood the Test of Time

12/12/2016
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For all of the records that has survived throughout the rich history of the National Football League, Pro Football Hall of Fame fullback Ernie Nevers scored every one of the team’s points (six touchdowns and four extra point conversions) in a blowout 40-6 victory over the Chicago Bears.
 
However, 40 years ago to the date, Gold Jacket Gale Sayers tied Nevers’ single game touchdown record.
 
The rookie running back Sayers scored six touchdowns against the San Francisco 49ers at Chicago’s Wrigley Field. His historic six scores, four rushing, one receiving and one special teams return tied an NFL record held by Nevers in 1929 and Dub Jones of the Cleveland Browns in 1951.
 
Drafted in 1965 by the Chicago Bears, Sayers finished his rookie season with 2,272 combined rushing, receiving and kick-return yards and 22 touchdowns, a record for a rookie earning him the NFL Rookie of the Year for 1965. 

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