Sunday’s game at US Bank Stadium was agitated for Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who returned to Minnesota as a quarterback franchise, but linebacker / defender rookie Jeremy Chin briefly stole the show with two touchdowns in 10 seconds.
Carolina’s second-round pick from Southern Illinois lifted a sack of defensive play by Zack Kerr and ran 17 yards for her first touchdown in the NFL in the third game of the second half. In Minnesota’s next game, Chin helped take the ball away from Dalwin Cook’s return run in the middle and went 28 yards for a score of 21-10.
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But the Panthers’ defense couldn’t hold out in the fourth quarter. A 10-yard pass from Kirk Cousins to wide receiver Chad Beebe with the remaining 46 seconds gave the Vikings a 28-27 lead and then victory after the Panthers kick Joey Slye missed a 54-yard potential winner in the game.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Chinn is the third player in NFL history with multiple touchdowns to return to play. Al Nesser had three for Akron Pros in 1920, and Fred Evans had two for Chicago Bears in 1948.
Chin is also the first player to score two defensive touchdowns in the same game from Samson Ekuban for the Los Angeles Rams against the Kansas City Chiefs in 2018. He is the first player in Panthers history to score two defensive touchdowns in one. game.
This happened to Bridgewater, whose career began in Minnesota as a first-round pick in 2014 and almost ended due to a horrific right knee injury sustained during training camp in 2016, looking from the side.
For Chin, who participated in the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year interview, the two touchdowns may have made him lead.