It's a good time to be an NFL kicker.
The AFC and NFC divisional games gave football fans everywhere a reason to root for their team's kicker.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, there have only been 10 games in NFL postseason history which have ended with game-winning field goals as time expired in regulation. Three of them came this weekend -- the first time there has been three in a single postseason.
In his post-win news conference, quarterback Joe Burrow shared that McPherson was ready to call game before he even took the field.
Bengals K Evan McPherson, doing warm-up swings before his game-winner, looked at back-up QB Brandon Allen and said, "Well, looks like we're going to the AFC Championship Game," Joe Burrow said.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) January 23, 2022
In addition to the walk-off field goal, McPherson made all the three other field goals he attempted in the game. He's now eight-of-eight in the playoffs.
Just a few hours later, the San Francisco 49ers also had their fate secured by a kicker as the game wound down.
Niners kicker Robbie Gould has made all 20 of his field goal attempts in the playoffs during his storied career. Saturday night was a sweet one with his 45-yard kick as time expired, sending the home team Green Bay Packers packing.
For the win!!! On to the next! pic.twitter.com/rd2oJ24fpi— Robbie Gould (@RobbieGould09) January 23, 2022
"You're a f---ing legend man. F--- the Packers," 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo said to Gould after the game.
On Sunday, more kickers had a say in their team's result.
MATT GAY FOR THE WIN! pic.twitter.com/AQBU54oVhD— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) January 23, 2022
Per ESPN Stats and Information, with the Bengals, 49ers and Rams all winning on the road, this is the third time where three road teams won in the divisional round since its inception in 1970.
And even though Harrison Butker had a shaky start to Sunday night's game -- including a missed field goal and extra point -- the Kansas City Chiefs kicker nailed a game-tying 49-yard field goal at the end of regulation to force overtime against the Buffalo Bills.
BUTKER. CLUTCH. pic.twitter.com/cW0hiBoJS9— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) January 24, 2022
The win by Kansas City, the No. 2 seed, was the only win by the home team all weekend.