Evan McPherson will remember his game-winning kick to win AFC North for the rest of his life
This is Cincinnati Bengals kicker Evan McPherson’s first year in the NFL, but he’s already had a few special Kodak moments burned into his memory forever.
In Week 17 against the Kansas City Chiefs, McPherson completed a 20-yard field goal with no time left on the clock to win the game and the AFC North for the Bengals.
Haters will say he — and the rest of the Bengals — got lucky. Prior to the field goal attempt on a 4th-and-goal, Kansas City got called for a defensive penalty, giving Cincy a fresh set of downs.
The Bengals then knelt for two downs to take time off the clock before sending in their kicker to finish the job.
20 yards. One game-winning, division-clinching kick. And McPherson nailed it.
Cincinnati Bengals kicker Evan McPherson has a field goal to remember in 2021
Along with that triumphant field goal, McPherson scored all four of his extra points attempts and completed a 46-yard field goal just before the half.
Looking back on Week 17’s win, people will probably remember more highlight-reel-worthy moments as the Bengals snuck one past the Chiefs.
Say Ja’Marr Chase’s dizzying 72-yard touchdown run, or Tyler Boyd’s fourth-quarter clutch score, or even Joe Burrow’s name tag getting ripped off his jersey mid-game. (It was to make room for his real last name, which is Franchise.)
But McPherson will remember that final field goal as the perfect cherry on top of a respectable rookie season.
In 2021, McPherson has completed 84.8 percent of his field-goal attempts and 95.8 percent of his extra-point attempts. While his long-range accuracy could be improved, he was Zac Taylor’s ultra-reliable option when the Bengals needed points on the scoreboard.
Chances are, McPherson will stay with the team next season and continue making picture-perfect memories as a Bengal. Here’s looking at you, kid.