The Bengals' rookie kicker called his shot before nailing a 52-yard field goal and a trip to the AFC Championship
- Bengals kicker Evan McPherson hit a 52-yard field goal to send Cincinnati to the AFC Championship.
- The rookie called his shot before nailing the game-winner, Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow said.
Evan McPherson is clutch.
And, boy, does he know it.
The Cincinnati Bengals' rookie kicker came up big in Tennessee on Saturday, nailing a 52-yard field goal as time expired to down the Titans and send his side to its first AFC Championship game more than 30 years.
—Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) January 23, 2022
But moments before the career-defining boot, McPherson showed no sign of nerves. As he took some practice swings ahead of the kick, the 22-year-old turned to Cincinnati's back-up quarterback and coolly called his shot.
"Well, looks like we're going to the AFC Championship Game," McPherson said, according to Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow.
—Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) January 23, 2022
The Alabama native was the only kicker picked in the entire 2021 NFL Draft, and the unexpected selection paid off majorly for Cincinnati. Less than a year removed from a stellar college career with the Florida Gators, McPherson drilled four game-winners in his debut NFL season.
And on Saturday, he scored 13 of the Bengals' 19 points. He went a perfect 4-of-4 on field goals and nailed an extra point after a third-quarter touchdown.
If McPherson wasn't already considered one of the best kickers in the league, he sure is now.
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