The Cincinnati Bengals Are Going to the Super Bowl, Baby!

Evan McPherson can do no wrong.

click to enlarge The Cincinnati Bengals are the AFC champs and are Super Bowl-bound. - photo:
The Cincinnati Bengals are the AFC champs and are Super Bowl-bound.


We have a feeling Bengals punter Kevin Huber's hopeful and emotional letter to Cincinnati worked some magic this week.

In a tense AFC Championship game on Sunday, the Bengals knocked off the Kansas City Chiefs 27-24 in overtime after overcoming an 18-point deficit. And now that the Bengals are AFC champs, Cincinnati is going to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1989!

The Bengals — 10-7 on the regular season — toppled the much-favored, two-time AFC champion Chiefs — who went 12-5 — in yet another nail-biter and last-minute win. Cincinnati trailed 21-10 at the half but later rallied to tie it up and then take the lead. The Chiefs tied things up again at the end of the fourth quarter, sending the game into overtime.

And then came Evan McPherson. Yes, again.

The rookie gave Cincinnati yet another game-winning field goal — a 31-yard beauty that glided right through the posts and made the entire Queen City erupt with glee.
He didn't do it alone, of course. Quarterback Joe Burrow threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns while managing to avoid all the sacks he had during the previous week.
To get to this point, the Bengals beat the Tennessee Titans 19-16 in the AFC Divisional round on Jan. 22 with a magical walk-off field goal from Evan McPherson that further enhanced this squad's legendary status. Before that, the team had a can-you-believe-it victory over the Las Vegas Raiders in the Wild Card round on Jan. 15.

Cincinnati now will prepare to play either the San Francisco 49ers or the Los Angeles Rams during the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 13.

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