Washington Redskins place kicker Dustin Hopkins trotted out on the field once, but he made what would eventually turn into the game-winning field goal in the fourth quarter of the 24-21 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
Hopkins drilled a 47-yard field goal 51 seconds into the fourth in what would be the only points scored during the final quarter. The kick was made with rainy conditions that had some impact on the game at Soldier Field.
“I don’t feel like I won the game, but I was part of the win,” Hopkins said. “I was glad to be a part of a defense that bent but didn’t break and an offense that got it done today.”
Hopkins has been very reliable for the Redskins this season, hitting 22 of his 25 field goal attempts. Hopkins bounced back after missing a 43-yard field goal in the fourth quarter of Monday’s 19-16 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
“I treat every kick like a must have, especially with four weeks left in December, every game is probably going to be close,” Hopkins said. “Every point matters, so I know that in the back of my head, but I’m not thinking about that as I approach the ball. I’m thankful to the Lord that the ball went through.”
He also recorded an impressive tackle in the game on a kickoff return during the second quarter. Hopkins was receiving high-fives from his teammates after bringing down wide receiver Deonte Thompson, but he was upset the kick landed only two yards deep in the end zone.
“If I’m doing my job right, I won’t be making tackles on kickoff,” Hopkins said. “Yeah, it’s good to get contact, bringing it back to [my] high school days, but I need to kick that ball out the back of the end zone.”
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