PITTSBURGH—-- The latest star turn in Ravens return specialist Jacoby Jones' stellar season unfolded Sunday night as he bolted into the end zone on a punt return for a touchdown.
Jones' 63-yard first-quarter score during a pivotal 13-10 AFC North victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field marks his third return for a score this season, and his second in the past two games.
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Jones celebrated in trademark fashion with an elaborate, exuberant dance in the end zone.
"We've been emphasizing punt returns because we already got two kickoff returns," Jones said. "As soon as Josh Bynes pushed his guy out and I got up in the seams, daylight opened up. We've been working on it real hard and it hit like it did in practice. The boys did a good job of blocking, and I did what I do best and that's run as fast as possible.
"As soon as I called it, I paused so they could get down and get on their blocks. I started one way and Josh did a great job of pushing his guy off when I got inside. They were trying to get outside the wall, but I saw nothing but open field to the right, so I thought: 'Why not go this way?'"
This touchdown follows Jones returning a kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown a week ago during a 55-20 rout of the Oakland Raiders, and being named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for the second time this season.
Jones said there was little chance Steelers rookie punter Drew Butler would catch up with him in pursuit, saying: "People in hell have snow cones," when asked if the punter had a chance to chase him down.
Signed to a two-year, $7 million contract during the spring, the former Houston Texans starter tied an NFL record for longest kickoff return with a 108-yard score against the Dallas Cowboys.
"Go out there and vote for Jacoby for the Pro Bowl," said Anthony Allen, Jones' primary blocking back. "He's a returner, he's one of the best in the game. He can kick return or punt returner with the best of them."
Jones has never been named to the Pro Bowl before, but indicated heading into this game that he plans to bring a large entourage to Hawaii with him if he's named to the AFC squad.
That includes Jones' mother, Allen and special-teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg.
"If it happens, I'm taking everybody," Jones said Sunday. "Lets all go to Hawaii, but I've got my eyes on the Super Bowl."
Jones said his latest dance is called the "Choppa City Juke," mixed with a dance borrowed by Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown.
"Jacoby should be on Dancing With The Stars," Allen said. "He comes up with something different every week."
Jones averaged 33 yards per punt return against the Steelers, including the touchdown while executing four fair catches.
He returned two kickofs for 58 yards.
"Jacoby Jones came up big again," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "He's been huge. He's the best dancer on the team, too. I'm proud of Jacoby, I'm proud of the special teams. Those are the hidden points that mkae differences in games."
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