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A.J. Green's 41-Yard Game-Winning Touchdown Broke An 87-Year Old Record

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Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green was largely ineffective during Cincinnati's regular season opener against the Cleveland Browns. Then late in the fourth quarter, the Bengals quickly snapped the football (legally, mind you), leaving an unprepared defense to defend Green, wide open down the right sidelines. It's was the easiest pass and catch that either Green or quarterback Bruce Gradkowski were apart of.

"It was like one of the slowest balls I have ever seen to come down," said Green. "I was come on and get down to my hands! This was one of the toughest ones because I really had to think about it and it seemed like it was taking forever to get down to my hands."

The catch, according to the NFL, was the longest fourth-quarter game-winning touchdown reception in NFL history by a rookie during his team's first game. The 87-year old record was finally broken, originally set by Cobb Rooney, who caught a 22-yarder against the Duluth Kelleys in 1924.

Also according to the league, four quarterbacks set a record for more 400-yard passing games in a single week (Tom Brady, Cam Newton, Drew Brees, Chad Henne). Notice that only one quarterback played for the winning team? In fact only five of the 14 quarterbacks that threw for over 300 yards were winners during the regular season opener.