Evan McPherson 35-yard field goal gives Bengals 24-21 victory over Jaguars

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C.J. Uzomah caught five passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns, along with with a critical 25-yard reception on the Bengals final drive of the game, to set up a 35-yard game-winning field goal from Evan McPherson as Cincinnati grabbed a 24-21 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night.

With the game tied 21-21 in the closing minutes, a third down sack of Joe Burrow by Damien Wilson seemingly brought a half to the Bengals’ final drive. However, the sack was negated due to defensive holding on Tre Herndon as Cincinnati continued to march down the field.

Even with an offensive holding backing the Bengals up, Burrow hit Uzomah on a tight end screen that broke free for 25 yards to move the team to the Jaguars’ 21-yard line with 21 seconds left to play. After a 4-yard gain from Samaje Perine drained the remaining clock, McPherson’s 35-yard kick gave the Bengals the victory.

Burrow completed 25 of 32 passes for 348 yards and two touchdowns on the night for Cincinnati. Tyler Boyd caught nine passes for 118 yards. Joe Mixon added 67 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

The Jaguars had held a 14-0 lead behind touchdown runs from James Robinson and Trevor Lawrence. After a missed 43-yard field from McPherson, Robinson capped a 67-yard drive with a 6-yard touchdown run to give the Jaguars a 7-0 lead. Lawrence scored on a 7-yard in the second quarter as Jacksonville took a 14-0 lead into halftime.

The Bengals would respond with their first two drives of the second half. Uzomah caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Burrow to get Cincinnati on the board. Mixon would follow with a 1-yard touchdown run to even the game at 14-14.

Robinson’s 4-yard touchdown put Jacksonville back on top early in the fourth quarter before Uzomah’s second score, a 31-yard strike from Burrow, again leveled the score with nine minutes left to play.

Lawrence completed 17 of 24 passes for 204 yards for Jacksonville. Laviska Shenault caught six passes for 99 yards. Robinson finished the night with 78 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

27 responses to “Evan McPherson 35-yard field goal gives Bengals 24-21 victory over Jaguars

  1. Worldwide soccer has less interference by officials than NFL. Burrow took a sack towards end of game and flag is thrown for mild contact.
    NfL is both beautiful and frustrating as a fan.

  2. Burrow looked good & so did Lawrence (his best game so far, IMO). The AFC is stacked with young QB talent. Hopefully the team ownership is patient with them & give them stable, quality coaching staffs so they can reach their potential.
    For recent examples: Darnold and Mayfield’s Freddy Kitchens year are perfect examples of how to stunt a good QB’s growth.

  3. Joe Burrow is real. The Bengals hit the QB lotto. It’s early for Lawrence but he looked the part this week. We might have watched the future tonight, the first installment of the next great Brady vs. Manning style NFL showdown.

  4. Meyer is a car with an empty radiator you can watch him heading towards the red, literally. He is not going to last as a pro coach he’s unable to deal with losing or making a team with serious flaws better. Perhaps he will prove me wrong. But he already looks a lot like the guy who left Florida just with a little grey in the hair. And that guy looked like he was being tortured every game. No joy, just anguish. Can’t coach a team like Jacksonville like that. Hard times to come and he’s not built for it. IMO

  5. This Bengals team is finally finding ways to win. The Jags are playing with pride under a new regime, playing on a short week is never easy. We will know how good Cincy is when it faces the Packers, Browns & Ravens. The AFC West & AFC North have a lot of competition,those games vs Cleveland or Baltimore could determine who holds the tiebreaker. Meyer got greedy on the 4th down call; take the points and trust your defense to not choke a 3-possession lead. Too many games in the NFL are decided by a possession.

  6. Burrow has a ton of weapons at his disposal too. Lawrence doesn’t have a lot of help around him. Those wins are gonna stack up sooner rather than later though!

  7. This was a winnable game for the Jags. They’ll get there. Won’t be picking first overall next year. Easy cover of the spread.

  8. lol at Bengals fans celebrating a last second home victory against the Jags. They lost their best receiver at the beginning of the game, the Bengals should’ve roasted Jacksonville.

  9. Bengals used high draft picks for years to straighten themselves out. Even Jax looked better. That’’s how it’s supposed to work, Jets and Giants.

  10. Not a fan of either team, but I’m glad the Bengals and Jags made dupes out of all the haters yesterday who lamented how this was going to be a boring game. Just “love” those haters in the world.

  11. All of the recent Thursday night games have been really good games, regardless of the quality of the teams playing. Seemed like they tried to bury games with bad teams on Thursday again but ended up getting it right.

  12. I am no fan of either team. I just wanted to see a good game. I was not disappointed. Truth be told, I was a naysayer, thinking this game would stink. I was wrong.

  13. Billion dollar industry with Wal-Mart officials. The NFL seriously needs to upgrade the officiating even if it’s at their cost.
    Just my opinion though.🤷🏼‍♂️

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