Jonathan Allen was among the members of the Washington Football Team who were “nervous” on the sideline before the team’s game-winning field goal attempt Sunday. He had good reason to be.
Washington was breaking in a new kicker, Brian Johnson. He was the team’s fourth kicker of the year and Allen knew almost nothing about him.
“I’d never seen him kick before,” Allen told reporters. “I didn’t even know his name.”
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But the team captain knows it now, as Johnson’s 48-yard field goal with 37 seconds remaining gave Washington a 17-15 win over the Raiders in Week 13.
Just how would Johnson describe his game-winner in Vegas?
“It was insane,” he said.
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It also represented a full-circle moment for Johnson. He grew up in Bethesda, Md., and went to high school in Washington. He was a Ravens fan growing up.
He also has experience replacing Washington’s incumbent kicker, Joey Slye, who is out with an injury. Johnson was the successor to Slye at Virginia Tech after Slye went to the NFL in 2018.
Johnson is now 9 for 9 on field goal attempts this year with the Saints and Washington. He will continue to kick for Washington for at least two more weeks as Slye is on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.