The Cincinnati Bengals earned the franchise’s first playoff victory since Jan. 6, 1991 by outlasting the tough Las Vegas Raiders on Saturday night. Ja’Marr Chase was out of control, Joe Burrow was everything you’d want a first-time playoff starter to be, and placekicker Evan McPherson was a perfect 4-for-4 on field goals. After acknowledging the players on the field responsible for the decisive win, Bengals coach Zac Taylor shared the fruits of success with the people.
The balls were delivered to three different sports bars, where they were warmly welcomed. Because what better than to see your team dominate a meaningful game of football for the first time in 31 years and then have the line captain thank you, the people? Taylor is like a benevolent Bane.
Here he is passing through one of the establishments.
“We want to start new traditions with playoff wins where we give the game balls to the city and let the fans enjoy it by taking selfies with it. Either way, we’ll figure out how we’re going to do it, disperse these I think the city can finally breathe and appreciate this team for what it is,” Taylor said.
Tight end CJ Uzomah had the honors of delivering another of the trinkets.
Great new tradition. And with Burrow continuing to improve, a sure sign that local bars will have more conversation starters in the lobby.