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Game-winning field goal lands Evan McPherson AFC special teams player of the week

After Joe Burrow and rookie Ja'Marr Chase helped rally the Bengals to a wild overtime win over the Vikings, Zac Taylor commended his team on their ability to grind out a win despite an up-and-down performance.

The Bengals put rookie kicker Evan McPherson into position to be a hero in his NFL debut and he came through for them.

McPherson made a 33-yard field goal in overtime to lift the Bengals to a 27-24 win over the Vikings. The win was the Bengals’ first in a season opener under third-year head coach Zac Taylor.

It’s the second time in league history that a rookie kicker has hit a field goal as time expired in overtime.

The kick capped a successful first outing for the fifth-round pick. He made his only other field goal attempt, a 53-yarder in the fourth quarter, and all three extra points he tried over the course of the game.