No one will ever doubt a team drafting a kicker in the fifth round ever again. The Cincinnati Bengals proved that was a smart move with their selection of Evan McPherson, who nailed the game-winning 52-yard field goal to send his squad to their first AFC Championship Game since 1988.
McPherson was the recipient of the game ball for his performance in the game (he made five total kicks in the 19-16 victory) and quarterback Joe Burrow recounted a hilarious story about his kicker after the game was in the books.
Burrow said that McPherson had done some warm-up kicks before he took the field for the moment of truth. He then told backup quarterback Brandon Allen, “Well, looks like we’re going to the AFC Championship Game.”
Evan McPherson knew that he was kicking the game-winner.
It’s stories like these that make it impossible not to root for McPherson. The rookie kicker has been in several big moments this season and never backed up. Aside from the rough game against the Packers in which Mason Crosby also struggled, McPherson was been as clutch as they come.
Dan Hoard provided the big moments McPherson has been faced with in the tweet above. Just look at all of those game-winning kicks the rookie was responsible for. He’s been an incredible addition to this team and is responsible for the final points in four games.
McPherson has the confidence and swagger that we’ve seen Burrow display throughout the season and that’s why this team is so much fun to watch.
Hopefully, McPherson continues to shine and make Cincinnati proud.