Brandon Zylstra makes 28-yard reception on fake punt with Carolina Panthers

Photo courtesy: Brandon Todd/Carolina Panthers

A former CFL receiver made one of the biggest plays of the NFL’s 1 p.m. ET games on Sunday.

Brandon Zylstra caught a 28-yard pass from punter Josh Charlton early in the second quarter of Carolina’s match up with the Kansas City Chiefs. It lead to a touchdown for the Panthers who entered the game as 10.5-point underdogs, but lead the reigning Super Bowl champions by a score of 17-13 at halftime.

Photo courtesy: Brandon Todd/Carolina Panthers

Carolina came to play and took the contest down to the wire. Joey Slye missed a 67-yard field goal, which would have been an NFL record, at the buzzer and the Chiefs squeaked out a 33-31 victory to improve to 8-1. Zylstra and the Panthers fell to 3-6 through nine games.

The former Edmonton receiver entered Sunday’s game with one reception for four yards on the season. He’s played in 32 games with Minnesota (2018) and Carolina (2019-present) since leaving the CFL, making ten catches for 133 yards.

Zylstra became a star in his second season with Edmonton, recording 100 receptions for 1,687 yards and five touchdowns. He led the league in receiving yardage and was named a CFL all-star.