Chargers rookie kicker Younghoe Koo already had won over fans before he took the field.
They loved he was one of just a handful of Korean-born players to make it in pro football. They loved his name. They loved his backflip trick kick. They loved his story.
And, Monday night in Denver, it was about to get a perfect ending.
With five seconds left, Koo walked on the field and drilled a 44-yard field goal — a huge kick in a huge moment that ultimately didn’t count. Right before the ball was snapped, Denver coach Vance Joseph had called timeout, meaning the kick would need to be redone.
Koo didn’t make the second kick. He didn’t really miss it, either.