Four years after the "Philly Special," the Bengals pulled off their own trick play that resulted in their first touchdown of Super Bowl LVI. The score came on a touchdown pass from running back Joe Mixon to receiver Tee Higgins. It was the first-ever touchdown pass for Mixon, who was selected to his first Pro Bowl this season.
Mixon becomes the third running back to throw a Super Bowl touchdown. The first was Cowboys running back Robert Newhouse on a 29-yard touchdown pass to Golden Richards in Super Bowl XIII. The pass helped Dallas defeat the Broncos, 27-10. Two years later, Rams running back Lawrence McCutchen threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Ron Smith to give the Rams a 19-17 lead over the Steelers. Pittsburgh rallied with two fourth quarter touchdowns to win their fourth Super Bowl in a six-year span.
Mixon's touchdown pass to Higgins was the Bengals' first Super Bowl touchdown since Ken Anderson hit Dan Ross for a 3-yard score during the final moments of Super Bowl XVI. The Bengals were on the short end of a 26-21 score in their first of three Super Bowls.