The Bengals hit a game-winning field goal to go to the AFC Championship.
Afterward, the Bengals boasted about drafting Evan McPherson, the only kicker taken in the 2021 draft.
McPherson scored 13 of the Bengals 19 points.
The Cincinnati Bengals showed the value of a good kicker on Saturday.
The Bengals beat the Tennessee Titans, 19-16, to advance to the AFC Championship on the back of kicker Evan McPherson.
McPherson hit the game-winning, 52-yard field goal as time expired, nailing the kick after the Bengals came up with an interception with 20 seconds to play.
An angle from the stands showed just how impressive a 52-yard field goal is:
McPherson scored 13 of the Bengals’ 19 points, going a perfect 4-of-4 on field goals and hitting an extra point after a touchdown from Joe Mixon in the third quarter.
According to ESPN’s Ben Baby, McPherson felt good as he prepared for the last kick.
After the game, the Bengals took to Twitter to boast about McPherson, who was drafted in the fifth round and was the only kicker taken in the 2021 draft.
It was also a call-back to Week 1 when McPherson kicked a game-winning overtime field goal.
The Bengals weren’t mocked by most experts for taking McPherson, though it also wasn’t the sexiest pick — neither ESPN nor The Athletic’s draft experts had McPherson in their top 300 prospects.
The pick paid off for the Bengals anyway.
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