Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon still couldn’t believe that they are heading to the NFL Conference Championship after taking down the Tennessee Titans on Saturday.
Mixon was brilliant for the Bengals all game long, and he actually scored the team’s lone touchdown that allowed them to get a 10-point lead early in the third quarter. Sure enough after the contest, the 25-year-old RB was full of emotions as he admitted that it feels like he is dreaming.
“I’m still dreaming right now. I’m on an all-time high right now, can’t even explain it,” Mixon said in his postgame presser, per Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic.
It’s impossible not to feel Joe Mixon and the Bengals’ delight. After all, they were underdogs heading to the game, facing a Titans team that had the best record in the AFC.
But as everyone knows by now, the NFL playoffs is a different beast and gives a fresh start to all teams–Wild Card squads or not. And as the Bengals proved, even the best can fall with a slight mistake.
When the game looked like it was heading to a draw, Cincinnati pulled off a crucial interception with 20 seconds left to set up their game-winning field goal.
After the victory, Joe Burrow admitted that their lack of playoff experience might have worked in their favor since they were able to focus on the task at hand and not think about the pressure of the game.
“We don’t know what we don’t know. We’re out there playing football with our friends. That’s what it’s like,” Burrow said of the win.
It’s definitely a well-deserved victory for Cincinnati, and they have every right to enjoy the moment.