The Bengals almost made one of their more memorable comebacks as a franchise, but fell just short against the 49ers. Sometimes a team just has your number, right?
Regardless, there were many great performances by Cincinnati in this one. Cast your vote and sound off on your winners!
Most Valuable Player
Despite the slow start, this very well could have been the finest NFL start of Burrow’s young career. He shouldered the furious comeback effort, finishing 25-of-34 (71% completion rate) for 348 yards and zero turnovers. He was Pro Football Focus’ Week 14 quarterback of the week.
The rookie receiver had a couple of critical drops, but his “wow plays” continue to make us forgive and forget any errors. He was the recipient of both of Burrow’s touchdown passes, with the first showcasing ballet-like footwork.
Chase got the scores, but some may not remember that Higgins was the team’s actual leading receiver on the evening. He notched his third-straight 100-yard receiving game, with five catches (tied for team lead with Chase) for 114 yards.
The veteran free agent addition has been huge on defense and had a couple of his trademark “boom” plays. He finished with four total tackles (two for loss) and a sack on the evening.
Who gets your vote for the Bengals’ Week 14 MVP versus the 49ers?
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Unsung Hero of the Week
Part of the criteria for this award resides in players going beyond the norm to aid the team. Aside from Boyd chipping in as a runner (one carry for eight yards) and a receiver (four catches for 55 yards), he also stepped in as a punt returner in the wake of struggles from Darius Phillips. Even though his contributions there were statistically pedestrian, it provided stability to a chaotic facet of the team.
Effort, effort, effort. The veteran tight end had a few big catches, with three of his four grabs going for first downs. Uzomah had four catches for 56 yards.
Yes, the rookie missed a kick in which the points were the difference in the overall contest, but he also contributed 11 total points. His long field goal of the day was from 41 yards—in overtime.
Both Hill and Ogunjobi have been incredible pickups by the Bengals. Hill had almost an identical stat line to Ogunjobi, just with one fewer tackle-for-loss.
Not to be outdone, the team’s big 2020 free agency acquisition has quietly been a force in the teeth of the Bengals’ defense. Reader had three tackles and a sack on the day.
Who gets your vote for the Bengals’ Week 14 Unsung Hero of the Week award?
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Play of the Game
Evan McPherson’s 28-yard field goal in the second quarter:
Cincinnati needed points and Chase’s would-have-been touchdown grab was overturned by the officials. Grabbing three points wasn’t ideal, but an absolute necessity before halftime.
Ja’Marr Chase’s 17-yard touchdown catch on fourth down:
This one was a little bit on a wing and a prayer, but we’ll take it. On fourth down, Burrow danced around the pocket and floated one to Chase. The rookie receiver used outstanding footwork to haul it in and kickstart the comeback.
Ja’Marr Chase’s 32-yard touchdown catch late in the fourth quarter:
Not to be outdone, the Burrow-to-Chase connection happened again to tie up the game. In vintage LSU fashion, Chase ran a “sluggo” route and gained separation. Burrow hit him in the front corner of the end zone for the score.
Evan McPherson’s 41-yard field goal in overtime:
Though he missed a kick earlier, McPherson atoned with his longest attempt coming at the most crucial time. Making this a more difficult attempt was Burrow being sacked a play earlier.
What gets your vote for the Bengals Week 14 Play of the Game?
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Evan McPherson’s 28-yard field goal
Ja’Marr Chase’s 17-yard touchdown catch
Ja’Marr Chase’s 32-yard touchdown catch
Evan McPherson’s 41-yard overtime field goal