Another kick-return touchdown means another weekly honor for Chiefs rookie Tyreek Hill.
For the second time this season, Hill won an NFL weekly award, this time AFC special teams player of the week, which was announced Wednesday.
In Thursday’s 21-13 victory over the Raiders, Hill returned a punt 78 yards for a touchdown in addition to having a 36-yard touchdown reception from Alex Smith.
The punt-return touchdown was the first for the Chiefs since De’Anthony Thomas returned one against the Raiders in 2014, and it occurred moments after the Raiders were forced to re-kick after committing a penalty.
This time, before Raiders’ punter Marquette King kicked, fans at Arrowhead Stadium started chanting, “Tyreek, Tyreek.”
Quarterback Alex Smith said after the game that was the first time he’d ever heard a name chanted and the player responded with such a moment.
“I definitely heard that,” Hill said. “It was crazy. It was probably one of the wildest moments I’ve had in football.
“I was scared. I don’t want to drop another punt with them chanting my name.”
On his first return of the game, Hill muffed a punt that the Raiders turned into a field goal.
No such error this time.
“I just appreciate the fans for showing me love, showing my teammates love,” Hill said. “That really hyped us up.”
Two weeks earlier, Hill was named AFC offensive player of the week for his three-touchdown game against the Broncos. He scored rushing and receiving touchdowns as well as a kick-return score.
With his punt return last week, Hill became the first player in Chiefs history to score on a rush, reception, punt and kickoff return.
Also, Hill’s six receiving touchdowns match Fred Arbanas (1962) and Stephone Paige (1983) for the most by a rookie in club history. Hill has three regular-season games remaining, starting with Sunday’s home game against the Titans.