Wide receiver Tyler Boyd had an incredible career at Pitt, as he set records for receptions and receiving yards during his time as a Panther that may stand for some time. However, he hasn’t quite looked like himself since joining the Cincinnati Bengals in 2016.
That all changed Sunday, as he played the best game of his young career in the Bengals’ stunning 31-27 win over the division rival Baltimore Ravens. In fact, he reeled in a 49-yard pass from quarterback Andy Dalton on 4th-and-12 with less than a minute left in the fourth quarter to win the game and spoil the Ravens’ playoff hopes.
Boyd finished the day with five catches for 91 yards and the aforementioned touchdown. However, his solid game didn’t just boil down to the game-winning catch. Before the clutch play, the former Pitt receiver had already snagged four catches for 42 yards for an average of 10.5 yards per reception, and each one of those catches secured a first down for the Bengals.
Looking at the bigger picture, there wasn’t much Boyd and the Bengals could do to help themselves Sunday, as they had already been eliminated from playoff contention. However, in knocking off the Ravens, they benefited another Pitt great, as LeSean McCoy and his Buffalo Bills made the playoffs for the first time in 17 years as a result of Boyd’s last-minute heroics.