3 winners, 3 losers from Bengals’ thrilling win vs. Titans in Divisional Round

Leigh Oleszczak
Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /
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Evan McPherson, Cincinnati Bengals
Evan McPherson, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

Bengals Winners vs. Titans

It was much more difficult narrowing down the winner list to just three players. Pretty much everyone outside of the three losers listed on the previous segment could be considered winners in this game but I did my best to pick the three that had the biggest hand in the team winning.

Evan McPherson

How could Money Mac not be included on the list? Not only did the rookie kicker connect on all five kicks asked of him, but he had arguably the biggest kick in Bengals history when he knocked through the game-winner from 52 yards out.

McPherson has been the kicker this team needed and he’s continued to rise to the occasion whenever his number is called. Ice in his veins, indeed.

Joe Burrow

Despite being sacked nine times and getting hit 13 times total, Burrow came through in the clutch. He finished the game going 28-of-37 for 348 yards and his first interception since early December.

No, Burrow didn’t have any touchdowns but he continued to make big throws despite not having good protection. That throw he had to Ja’Marr Chase to set up the game-winning field goal was one that few quarterbacks could make.

Logan Wilson

The second-year linebacker had the clutch interception off of Ryan Tannehill to set up the game-winning score. Had this pick not happened, the Titans looked like they were on their way to attempting a game-winning kick of their own.

Wilson finished the game with eight tackles, one QB hit, one defended pass, and the interception heard around the world. He continues to be everything this team dreamed he could be when they made him a third-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

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It was extremely difficult narrowing this section down to three but these three were the ones I went with. Guys like Chase, Tee Higgins, C.J. Uzomah, Joe Mixon, Jessie Bates, Mike Hilton, and D.J. Reader were also names I considered. Reader was actually one of the best players in the game so excluding him was tough.

The Bengals won because of all of these guys and now they’ll get a shot to make the Super Bowl. Let’s continue this wild ride!