Evan McPherson, the Bengals’ rookie kicker many refer to as “Money Mac,” kicked three first-half field goals against the Titans to give Cincinnati a 9-6 lead at the half in Nashville.
His fourth field goal of the game – from 52 yards away as time expired – sent the Bengals to the AFC championship game for the first time since the 1988 season with a 19-16 win.
Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow said that McPherson called his shot before making the game-winning kick.
“He was talking to Brandon (Allen) as he was going out to kick, gave a little warm-up swing and said, ‘Looks like we’re going to the AFC championship game,’ ” Burrow said.
“Ice in his veins. Rookie kicker. Unbelievable. He came in and we knew exactly what we had in camp. You can tell how a kicker is when he walks in the building and how he walks, how he talks to people. That guy’s unbelievable.”
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Cincinnati Bengals kicker Evan McPherson (2) celebrates after kicking the game-winning 52-yard field goal to defeat the Tennessee Titans 19-16 during the AFC Divisional playoff football game at Nissan Stadium.
Said McPherson of his winning kick: “That’s a kicker’s dream, to have the game on your shoulders.”
McPherson kicked first-quarter field goals of 38 and 45 yards to give Cincinnati a 6-0 lead. After the Titans tied the game but failed to convert a 2-point conversion thanks to Clay Johnston’s stop of Derrick Henry, McPherson kicked his third field goal – from 54 yards – to put the Bengals ahead 9-6.
“He’s got ice in his veins,” Cincinnati coach Zac Taylor said of McPherson. “There’s not much more to be said. He’s just as cool as it gets.”
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