U.S. Bank Stadium’s Sunday game was danced by Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater as a franchise quarterback returning to Minnesota, but rookie linebacker / security Jeremy Chinn stole the show in a matter of two seconds and 10 seconds.
In the second round of Carolina, Zach Kerr of South Illinois picked up a ribbon bag from his defensive gear and ran 17 yards for his first NFL touch in the third game of the second half. In the next Minnesota game, Chinn ran in the middle to help take the ball off Dalvin Cook’s rebound and scored 28 yards to 21-10.
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But the Panthers ’defense couldn’t hold the fourth quarter. Kirk Cousins ’10-yard touchdown gave Chad Beebe a 28-27 lead with 46 seconds left in Chad Beebe’s winger and then won after Panthers kicker Joey Slye missed a potential 54-yard winner.
According to information from the Elias Sports Bureau, Chinn is the third player in NFL history with multiple setbacks in a game. Al Nesser had three in the Akron Pro in 1920 and Fred Evan had two in the 1948 Chicago Bears.
Chinn is also the first player to score two defensive touchdowns in the same game since he played against the Kansas City Chiefs at the Los Angeles Rams in 2018 at Samson Eku. He is the first player in the history of the Panthers to score two defensive touchdowns in a match.
That’s what happened to Bridgewater, whose career in Minnesota began in 2014 as a first-round election, almost ending due to a horrible right knee injury suffered during a 2016 training camp, watching the sideline.
For Chinn, who took part in the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year conversation, the two touches probably put him on the edge.