Bengals Seal OT Win: McPherson’s Kick Ends MNF Drought

Bengals Seal OT Win: McPherson's Kick Ends MNF Drought

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In a thrilling Monday Night Football showdown, the Cincinnati Bengals secured a 34-31 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in overtime, thanks to Evan McPherson’s clutch 48-yard field goal. This marked the Bengals’ first Monday Night Football road win since 1990, adding an extra layer of significance to their triumph.

Quarterback Jake Browning played a pivotal role, completing 32 of 37 passes for an impressive 354 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase showcased his skills with 11 receptions for 149 yards, including a spectacular 76-yard touchdown catch. 

Meanwhile, Joe Mixon contributed significantly with 19 rushes for 68 yards and two touchdowns, complemented by Chase Brown’s nine carries for 61 yards.

The Jaguars faced a setback as star quarterback Trevor Lawrence exited the game early due to an ankle injury. Lawrence’s departure opened the door for C.J. Beathard to take over as the Jaguars’ quarterback.

The game saw a dramatic fourth quarter, with Jacksonville tying the score at 31-31 with a 40-yard field goal just 30 seconds before the end. However, the Bengals responded with a 54-yard field goal from McPherson, setting the stage for the thrilling overtime victory.

Notably, Browning’s remarkable 21-yard run secured a first down, leading to McPherson’s pivotal field goal in overtime. The Jaguars, despite winning the coin toss and opting to receive, couldn’t capitalize on their drive, allowing the Bengals to seize the moment and secure the win.

The Bengals showcased resilience, particularly after Lawrence’s exit and a tied score, ultimately prevailing in a game that will be remembered for its intensity and late-game heroics. The absence of standout cornerback Cam Taylor-Britt, who is on injured reserve with an ankle injury, didn’t deter the Bengals from delivering a memorable performance on the road.