One of the more underutilized positions in football, the fullback is often burdened with run blocking but occasionally blessed with scoring opportunities.
Darrel Young knows that all too well, and Saturday he was ready to take advantage of the latter, scoring touchdowns easily on two consecutive drives that reached the one yard line and needed the extra push.
Young’s two-touchdown effort was his first multi-touchdown game of the season and the second of his career. It was enough to make NFL.com’s Top 5 X-Factors for Week 16.
“There were a lot of questions surrounding this team about character,” he told the media after the game. “But it’s the sense that we beat a good football team that was playing for a lot. I think before the game, [DeSean Jackson] gave us a speech that they’re kind of laughing. They knew they won the game before.”
Young also became only the third NFL player since the 1970 merger to finish a game with two touchdowns on two carries with only two rushing yards, joining Cleveland’s Brian Sipe (Nov. 3, 1974) and Philadelphia’s Norm Snead (Nov. 23, 1970).
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