ATLANTA — Signed by General Manager Scot McCloughan expressly for his strong leg, Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins made the 52-yard field goal as time expired that forced overtime against Atlanta.
With the Redskins leading 7-3, Hopkins sent the 53-yard kick wide right, with 6 minutes 41 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Atlanta took over on downs and replied with an 11-play drive that Falcons kicker Matt Bryant capped with a 28-yard field goal that cut the Redskins’ lead to 7-6.
“It’s a shame I didn’t make the first one because the game would have been entirely different,” said Hopkins, who out-performed his Falcons counterpart, making two of this three attempts (from 28 and 52).
Bryant hit from 42 and 28, but missed from 38 and 48.
“It’s good to get a pressure kick under my belt,” said Hopkins, 25. “But at the same time, I need to make everything.”
Of the two long kicks, Hopkins said he actually hit the 53-yard miss “more solid” than the 52-yard make that forced overtime.
“I just wish I could have made the first one,” Hopkins said. “That being said, I’m glad that I could recoup from the miss and just focus on the next kick.”
The Redskins signed Hopkins, a sixth-round pick from the 2013 NFL draft, to replace Kai Forbath the day after the season-opening loss to Miami, primarily seeking a stronger performance on kickoffs.