The Cincinnati Bengals kicker thought he hit a game-winning field goal in overtime against the Green Bay Packers. He jumped around and gave hugs to his teammates. Then a few seconds later, he realized that it actually missed wide left.
Evan McPherson thought he made this kick and won the game, so he started celebrating. He did not make this kick to win the game. pic.twitter.com/59dIhDlcPp
— Tyler Greever (@Tyler_Greever) October 10, 2021
— Tony Clements (@TonyCMKE) October 10, 2021
McPherson, who missed a long field-goal attempt at the end of regulation as well, told media afterward he was surprised the kick sailed wide at the last moment. It was very close to being good.
Bengals K Evan McPherson: "I struck it really well and I saw it going right down the middle."
"I couldn't really tell you. Maybe it hit a big gust of wind at the last second."
— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) October 10, 2021
Kicker Evan McPherson: “I thought the refs were playing a game with us when I saw (the refs) were doing a no-good motion.”
He thought his kick over the flags was good.
— Charlie Goldsmith (@CharlieG__) October 10, 2021
McPherson will feel worst about missing two kicks that could have won his team the game. The embarrassment over celebrating a missed kick in overtime won't help though.