The Cincinnati Bengals got a big win on Monday night, defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars in overtime 34-31. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the team, and kept playoff hopes alive for the Bengals. The 6-6 Bengals must essentially win out to get a playoff spot and they need to get some help from some other AFC teams. Despite that, there's certainly still a chance for the team to get there. A loss to the Jaguars would have essentially tanked the season for Cincinnati, so it's easy to see why the win was so critical. But how did they do it? There are several reasons why the team got the win over Jacksonville, and it's easy to see at least three players who were heroes for the team.



Holy smokes. Bengals quarterback Jake Browning had one heck of a game for the Bengals. Browning was someone hardly any NFL fan knew about before this season, despite the fact that he's been in the league for years. Browning went undrafted in 2019, played for the Vikings briefly and was a practice squad member of the Bengals. But after Joe Burrow went down to injury earlier this year, Browning is stepping up and making his mark in the Bengals offense. He finished the game against the Jaguars with a stat line of 32-of-37 passing with 354 yards. He also got two touchdowns, one on the ground and one through the air, in his second career start. The two TDs were both critical in the game, and came at times when the Bengals were either trailing or the game was tied. That note also leads us to our next hero of the game.


Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase.

Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase had a critical touchdown catch in the third quarter. Chase caught a 76-yard touchdown pass from Browning, when the score was tied at 14. The big play energized the Bengals and swung momentum to Cincinnati. Chase finished the game with an impressive performance, catching 11 passes after being targeted 12 times. It's clear that Chase has the trust of Cincinnati's backup quarterback. That comes when you see Chase finished with 149 yards receiving and that one long touchdown in the game. Chase now has more than 1,000 receiving yards for the third straight year.


evan mcpherson, bengals

Is there any other position in football more under appreciated than the kicker? Maybe, maybe not. Either way, Bengals kicker Evan McPherson got to play the role of the ultimate hero on Monday night. The Bengals' kicker booted through a 48-yard field goal to get the walk-off win for the Bengals in overtime. McPherson didn't have a perfect performance, as he finished 2-3 on field goal kicks on the night. He also had, however, a very important 54 yarder in the third quarter of the game that also made a huge difference. He finished a perfect 4-4 on extra points. McPherson is perfect on field goal kicks this year from 50 yards or less, with his only misses being 5o yards plus. Without McPherson's leg, the Bengals wouldn't have beaten the Jaguars and kept their playoff hopes alive.

These three players were all major contributors to a win that was the first road win for the Bengals franchise on Monday Night Football since 1990, when Boomer Esiason was leading the team, per ESPN. The Bengals next play the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday at 1:00 Eastern.