Bengals Win Because Of Science, Says Neil deGrasse Tyson

The Cincinnati Bengals are now 5-0, thanks to placekicker Mike Nugent’s overtime field goal that banked off the goal post’s left upright, giving the team an improbable win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

But luck had nothing to do with it, America’s favorite astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, said on Twitter. It was science — the Coriolis effect caused by the rotation of the Earth.

Because the playing field at Paul Brown Stadium, home to the Bengals, is more-or-less oriented north and south, the earth’s rotational effect deflected the the ball to the right, according to Tyson. Obviously.

Here’s Tyson explaining:

Today’s @Bengals winning OT field goal was likely enabled by a 1/3-in deflection to the right, caused by Earth’s Rotation.

— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) October 11, 2015

In the N. Hemisphere, Earth’s Coriolis force deflects airborne north-south projectiles to the right. About 1/2-in per 50 yds.

— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) October 11, 2015

The @Bengals stadium isn’t oriented exactly North-South. And the field goal was 42-yds. Yielding a 1/3-in deflection, not 1/2

— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) October 11, 2015

Mind. Blown.

This is what 5-0 looks like.

Mike Nugent. Overtime. FTW! #SEAvsCIN

— NFL (@NFL) October 11, 2015

That’s also what physics looks like. Thanks science!

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