Ron Rivera preaches 'second chances' as he hands out game balls


Washington head coach Ron Rivera had two game balls to deliver after his team's hard-fought victory over the division rival Giants Thursday night.

The theme of Rivera's delivery was 'second chances,' and he fittingly gave the first ball to kicker Dustin Hopkins who, after shanking his first attempt at the game-winning kick from 48 yards as time expired, was given a second chance after a Giants defender jumped offsides.

Hopkins made his second field goal attempt from 43 yards to win the game for Washington, 30-29.

"It doesn't matter how you win. It really doesn't. It doesn't matter, okay? It doesn't matter," Rivera said. "The thing is you win. But sometimes, you get a second chance, sometimes you get a chance to correct yourself. Sometimes you get a chance to make it happen."

Rivera then tossed the first game ball to Hopkins, drawing cheers from the entire locker room.

"And again, I said second chances. Alright? Guys get second chances," Rivera said, tossing the second game ball to quarterback Taylor Heinicke, who nearly threw the game away with a back-breaking interception late in the fourth quarter, only to be given a second chance when he orchestrated the game-winning drive, with two minutes remaining, to set up the game-winning kick for Hopkins.