On the edge of our seats, we sat willing the ball being kicked from Mike Nugent's foot to sail between the goal posts, not just once, but twice on Sunday afternoon.
Of the final two kicks he made, it's arguable the first (at the end of regulation) was the biggest. With time running out against a ticking game clock, Nugent's perfect kick caused a tie score as regulation ended. Nugent showed ice in his veins as he split the uprights and gave the collective Bengals fandom a sigh of relief. Minutes later, he would do it again.
For his game-winning kicks, Nugent has been awarded the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. This is the second time Nugent has won this award and we can all agree it was well deserved. On top of this honor, Nugent has been nominated for the Clutch Performer of the Week, for which you can vote for him to win.
Nugent's second kick, which gave the Bengals the win was so big, famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson sent out a Tweet about how the rotation of the earth helped the kick find the inside of the post.
Today's @Bengals winning OT field goal was likely enabled by a 1/3-in deflection to the right, caused by Earth’s Rotation.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) October 11, 2015
Congrats to Mike Nugent on this recognition!