The New NFL Kickoff Rule Actually Produced Some Awesome Highlights Yesterday

After the NFL moved kickoffs up five yards this offseason, most people thought kick-return touchdowns would be a thing of the past.

Instead, we got three kickoff touchdowns this weekend — tied for the most ever in week one.

Overall, 49% of kickoffs were downed for boring-old touchbacks, up from 18% last year. But for whatever reason (probably an anomoly), we got three electrying highlights on kickoffs this week.

Vikings receiver Percy Harvin returned the opening kickoff for a TD against the Chargers:

49ers receiver Ted Ginn Jr. turned on the afterburners against the Seahawks:

And last Thursday night, Packers rookie Randall Cobb took one to the house:

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