Joe Burrow engineered the drive that set up Evan McPherson to kick the game-winning field goal for the Cincinnati Bengals to defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars, 24-21, on Thursday night.
Burrow needed nine plays to get the Bengals in position. Burrow had a 12-yard pass to Tyler Boyd to start the drive and later a 25-yard pass to tight end C.J. Uzomah got Cincinnati close and McPherson would kick the 35-yard field goal for his second game-winning boot of the season.
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The second-year quarterback helped the Bengals put 24 points in the second half after being shut out in the first. He was 25-for-32 with 348 passing yards and two touchdown passes. Boyd led the Bengals with nine catches for 118 yards. Uzomah had five catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns. Rookie wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase had six catches for 77 yards.
Cincinnati Bengals’ C.J. Uzomah (87) goes in for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Joe Mixon led the Bengals on the ground with 67 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown. However, he was injured toward the end of the game and didn’t play on the final drive.
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Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
The Jaguars get handed their fourth consecutive loss of the season. The team has 19 consecutive losses dating back to last season. The team has won a game since Sept. 13, 2020, against the Indianapolis Colts.
It’s not for the lack of trying.
Trevor Lawrence was 17-for-24 with 204 passing yards and a rushing touchdown. James Robinson led the team on the ground with 78 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns.
Laviska Shenault Jr. had six catches for 99 yards. He was targeted seven times.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) looks to throw during the first half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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The Bengals move to 3-1 on the season. It’s the first time the team is 3-1 through four games since the 2018 season. It’s the best start the team has had in the Zac Taylor era.