Nothing seemed right about this game for a couple of weeks. But in the end everything turned out right for the Miami Dolphins as kicker Cody Parkey hit a 54-yard game-winning field goal with 1:05 remaining to give Miami a 19-17 season-opening victory over the Los Angeles Chargers.
But the Dolphins had to sweat it out. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers drove his team down the field before rookie kicker Younghoe Koo missed a 44-yard field goal attempt with five seconds left.
On the game-winning drive, the Dolphins took over at their own 49-yard line with 3:02 remaining, trailing, 17-16. They ended up going 15 yards to the Chargers’ 36-yard line, where Parkey drilled the 54-yarder.
“It felt pretty good,” Parkey said of the kick. “I looked up. I needed to physically see it go through before I started celebrating. But I had some guys tackle me as I was trying to look.”
Parkey, who also hit field goals from 30, 28 and 35 yards, is now a 6 for 6 on field goals of 50 or more yards in his career.