Evan McPherson sent the Cincinnati Bengals to the AFC Championship Game with a game-winning, 52-yard field goal against the top-seeded Tennesee Titans. But the rookie kicker’s incredible feat is even more legendary than what appears on the surface.
After the win, Joe Burrow said that McPherson called his game-winner beforehand. The unbelievable display of confidence from the rookie out of Florida made the Bengals’ first conference championship-game appearance since 1988 even sweeter. In an appearance on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown, McPherson confirmed that he called his shot.
Bengals kicker Evan McPherson really called his shot before sending the team to the AFC Championship 😳
He's got all the confidence in the world 💯 pic.twitter.com/8oO0yAXdwU
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) January 23, 2022
McPherson did more for Cincinnati than just kick the game-winner. He had an overall great performance, making all four of his field-goal attempts and his lone extra-point attempt. In a game that came down to the very end, his perfect day was extra important in the victory.
Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase, the Bengals’ biggest reasons for success this season, played their part in the win over the Titans. Burrow recorded 348 passing yards while Chase hauled in five passes for 109 yards. Although neither young stud got the ball to the endzone, they got the job done.
Although this win was exhilarating, Cincinnati needs to step up in order to win again. They surrendered nine sacks and it is very rare for teams to win when they allow their quarterback to be under so much pressure.
Cincinnati’s incredible season will continue against either the Kansas City Chiefs or Buffalo Bills. The Bengals will have to be on the road again but they have just shown that they are ready for the big moment, from their quarterback to their kicker.