The only thing that feels better than defeating a divisional rival is defeating a divisional rival in primetime. The LA Chargers did just that in front of a national audience on Monday Night Football, escaping with a 19-16 overtime win against the Denver Broncos.
A week after the Bolts were gifted a win by a missed Cade York field goal, it was the Chargers' kicker who stepped up and was the hero of the game. Dustin Hopkins, who was dealing with a hamstring injury and would fall to the ground on every kick, nailed four field goals in the game, including a game-winning 39-yard attempt in overtime.
This was an ugly football game that saw the Chargers' offense struggle to find much success against Denver's stout defense. Denver got pressure on Justin Herbert the entire night and kept the star quarterback from having his signature big game.
That is what made Hopkins' gutsy performance to make all four field goal attempts on a bum kicking leg even more impressive.
Dustin Hopkins' heroics for the Chargers naturally created some hilarious reactions on Twitter.
It isn't every day that you see a kicker drill four field goals, including the game-winning kick, in one night on a bum leg. With this being such a unique moment, Twitter did what it does best and gave us some truly hilarious tweets.
Someone having "the dog in them" has become the latest internet trend and as played out and silly as it is, the uniqueness of adding the dog to Hopkins' hamstring is worth a laugh.
There is an infamous old Madden clip of Greg Jennings scoring a long touchdown despite breaking his leg mid-play that is now one of the most notorious NFL memes on Twitter. Hopkins probably did the best real-life impression of this video, although he did not take a touchdown pass to the house.
I would argue that drilling a football over 100 feet with a bad leg is a bit more impressive, but that is just me.
And of course, there is always a 'Simpsons' clip that can match up with what just actually happened in real life. Hopkins' leg may not have literally flown off and kicked the ball twice, but that is how it felt watching this game unfold and seeing him in more and more pain.
The Chargers are a franchise that has been dealt some truly awful hands with kickers in the past and there have been far more losses contributed to kickers than wins. To get back-to-back wins because of kickers is truly a special thing, and is unheralded for this franchise.
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All the stars were aligning for Hopkins' injury to derail this team and ultimately be the reason why the Chargers lost to the Broncos. Instead, he ended up being the hero that won them the game.