Dustin Hopkins ends Chargers’ wild debut with winning kick originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Three weeks after Washington cut kicker Dustin Hopkins and he’s the hero of the Los Angeles Chargers.
Hopkins put the exclamation mark on his eventful debut for the Chargers on Sunday with the winning 29-yard kick to help LA to a 27-24 win with two seconds left in Philadelphia.
After seven years of scoring goals for the Burgundy and Gold against the Eagles, Hopkins had a lot of experience with the Lincoln Financial Field loyalists. In new colors this time, Hopkins delivered the fatal blow after a rocky start.
Hopkins and the Special Teams Unit were booed during the half-time show for not having waited for the end of the military show. He then put that practice to good use with his 30-yard field goal in the third quarter before falling victim to a trend that has become far too common in his past year and a half in Washington: one extra point missed.
Hopkins’ point-for-point blunder wasn’t too costly, however, as Justin Herbert punched Jared Cook for a two-point conversion after rushing himself into the last frame to keep the lead. A score from DeVonta Smith leveled things six minutes from time before Herbert charged into the field to prepare for Hopkins’ chip shot.
Although it was signed on October 26, Hopkins told the media he still presented himself to a few teammates before the match. There was no need for introductions afterwards, with the Chargers awarding Hopkins the game ball for his heroic act.
Hopkins scored four game-winning goals in seven years in Washington, including Washington’s Week 2 victory over the Giants in September.