The NFL rolled out a tripleheader for folks on Saturday in Week 15 and it didn’t lack drama. Out of the gate, the Bengals and Vikings needed overtime to determine a winner in the first game. Cincinnati was able to rally with a 21-point fourth quarter to force OT and eventually gave way to Evan McPherson for the game-winner to keep their playoff hopes alive. Meanwhile, there’s still Steelers-Colts, along with Broncos-Lions left on the Saturday slate.
So, who shined the brightest in this three-game winder? And who may want to forget this game ever happened? Here are the winners and losers from Saturday’s collection of games.
Bengals 27-24 over Vikings (OT)
Winner: Tee Higgins
You have to go all the way back to Week 2 to find the last time that Tee Higgins found the end zone before Saturday. Oddly enough, he scored twice in that game against Baltimore and again made two trips to paydirt in this come-from-behind win against Minnesota. With Ja’Marr Chase injured with a shoulder injury, Jake Browning leaned on Higgins during a two-minute drill to try and force overtime, and the wideout delivered one of the more electrifying touchdowns of the season. With 39 seconds to play in regulation, Browning heaved a ball toward the end zone, Higgins was able to get under it, secure the catch just outside the goal line, and then extend his arm to knot the game at 24.
Higgins finished with four catches for 64 yards and two touchdowns.
Loser: D.J. Reader
Cincinnati looks like they may have lost their star defensive tackle for the foreseeable future. On just the second defensive play for the Bengals on the afternoon, D.J. Reader went down with what the team called a knee injury. He was carted off the field and quickly ruled out. NFL Media later reported that Reader has a potentially significant quad injury that will require an MRI to determine the severity. After the game, head coach Zac Taylor told reporters…