If you had former (now current) Dallas Cowboys kicker Brett Maher saving the day in Week 2 against the Cincinnati Bengals with Cooper Rush as the starting quarterback on your 2022 NFL season Bingo card, you are absolutely lying.
After a disappointing, frustrating, and deflating Week 1 loss, the Cowboys pulled off a miracle and beat the Cincinnati Bengals in down-to-the-wire fashion.
Dallas headed to the locker room at halftime with a score of 17-3 and somehow expected that the Bengals wouldn’t change their game plan. That certainly wasn’t the case. With just under four minutes to go in the game, Cincy had tied it 17-17.
After both Dallas and Cincinnati were unable to score again, Rush was given a chance to save the day with just under a minute on the clock. Passes to CeeDee Lamb and Noah Brown got the Cowboys within field goal range. With three seconds to go, all eyes were on Maher — a man who wasn’t even part of this roster six weeks ago, and a man who was not well-liked by this franchise back in 2019.
The kicker had already made an impressive attempt from 54 yards earlier in the game. With a chance for redemption and just three seconds left, “Money Maher” nailed it.
Brett Maher redeems himself with a game-winning 50-yard field goal kick for the Cowboys
For a moment, it was looking like the Cowboys were going to let Cincinnati come back and win this game after an incredibly strong first half. But, Maher was there and solid as a rock. He was the only person to score for the Cowboys in Week 1 and was the reason they came out victorious in Week 2.
This comes just weeks after fans were up in arms about the decision to bring him back to the team. After UDFA hopeful Jonathan Garibay and veteran Lirim Hajrullahu couldn’t get the job done in preseason, America’s Team shockingly brought in a player who was less accurate than Greg Zuerlein in 2021 when he was with the ‘Boys in 2019.
Maher missed at least one kick in 16 of his 29 games with Dallas and had an overall percentage of 66.7% for 2019. What he did do in his previous stint was exactly what he did today. He set a Cowboys franchise record with a 62-yard field goal to win a game back in 2018.
When it came down to the wire, two players who Cowboys fans never expected to be starters for this team (Rush and Maher) ended up leading Dallas to their first victory of the year in a game that nobody thought they had a chance to win. A truly miraculous performance.