ST. LOUIS (AP) — Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals has tied the NFL record by returning his fourth punt for a touchdown in Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams.

The rookie returned a punt 80 yards in the third quarter to put the Cardinals ahead 20-10. He was untouched as he raced up the middle of the field in becoming the fourth player with four punt returns in a season.

The others are Devin Hester (2007), Rick Upchurch (1978) and Jack Christiansen (1951). Christiansen was a rookie when he first set the record.

Earlier this month, Peterson beat the Rams with a 99-yard return in overtime.

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