A 55-yard field goal is no easy task, not even for the NFL’s best kickers.
But Dustin Hopkins wasn’t happy with his miss from 55 in the Saints’ 26-24 loss to the New England Patriots on Saturday night.
“Obviously, I’d like to have the 55 back,” Hopkins said. “I want to hit that. We needed it this game, we’ve got to do better. I’ve got to do better.”
Hopkins, in the thick of a two-man battle for the kicking role with Zach Hocker, knew he’d get the bulk of the work on Saturday.
By chance, Hocker took all three field goals against Baltimore, and New Orleans wanted Hopkins to get his fair share of chances.
Hopkins drilled field goals from 27 and 21, but he’s also boomed every one of his kickoffs for a touchback.
But he’d have loved to hit the 55-yard attempt, no matter how long it seemed.
“I have to,” Hopkins said. “I expected to (hit it), and I was disappointed when I didn’t.”