Devin Hester was in no mood to celebrate his NFL-record tying 13 return for a touchdown after a disappointing 23-20 loss to the Seahawks on Sunday.
"It hasn't hit me yet," a dejected Hester said. "I can't get excited about it right now coming off a loss. I just want to make sure that when we get in these types of games we win."
Hester fielded a punt late in the fourth quarter, picked up some key blocks and headed up the left sideline. Once he turned the corner, there was no catching him. The 89-yard return pulled the Bears to within three with 1:54 left.
Because the Bears had used all their timeouts, after a failed onside kick, the Seahawks were able to run out the clock.
"If we can get him to the sideline, with his speed, nobody is going to catch him," Corey Graham said.
Hester tied the record set by Brian Mitchell despite 808 fewer returns. He second punt return for a touchdown this season was the ninth of his career, tying him with Mitchell for second-all-time, one behind Eric Metcalf. The 89-yard return equaled the longest punt return of his career.
"That was big for Devin," Bears coach Lovie Smith said. "We rely on our special teams quite a bit, but it was a little too late."