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What is the fastest touchdown in the history of the NFL?

The Philadelphia Eagles found themselves in a position no other team had ever seen, being down by a TD against the Dallas Cowboys 3 seconds into the game.

Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys
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Football enthusiasts worldwide always eagerly anticipate the moment when a goal is scored just seconds after the game begins, and it is considered a feat worthy of admiration. Similarly, in American football, scoring a touchdown immediately after the match commences is an uncommon and exhilarating occurrence. The anticipation and excitement that come with such a rare achievement make it a moment worth remembering for fans and players alike.

The fastest touchdown in NFL history

During Week 6 in 2003, a crucial game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles took place. The then-Eagles’ Head Coach, Andy Reid, devised a bold plan to catch the Cowboys off guard by calling an onside kick on the opening kickoff in Dallas. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned for the Eagles.

David Akers, the kicker for the Eagles, executed the onside kick. However, the Cowboys’ receiver, Randal Williams, caught the ball in mid-air and ran it back for a touchdown. This play, which took only three seconds off the game clock, is still the fastest touchdown in NFL history.

It is worth noting that this was not the first time Reid had called such a play against the Cowboys. In the 2000 season opener, the Eagles executed an onside kick, which resulted in a 41-14 victory over the Cowboys.

Despite the failed attempt, Reid’s gutsy play-calling made him the offensive genius he is today. Moreover, the Eagles won the division that year and avenged Dallas, winning 36-10 in Week 14. However, the Cowboys’ victory in this game was crucial to their season.

It is fascinating to look back at this game and see how one successful play could significantly impact the rest of the game and even the entire season. The Cowboys’ victory in this game may have been due to the successful execution of the onside kick, but it is also a testament to their overall performance throughout the game.