AJ McCarron was delighted after recording a win on his first career start as the Cincinnati Bengals beat a poor San Francisco 49ers outfit 24-14 on Sunday.
Quarterback McCarron completed 15 of 21 passes for 192 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions for a passer rating of 115.6.
"I felt good. I felt, especially in the first half, we did a really good job of up-tempo and we were really pushing the ball up the field," McCarron said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer.
"We just have to come out with the same energy in the second half. We slacked off in the second half as an offense. Positive thing is we took care of the football for the most part. They had turnovers and quite a few and we didn't. That's the key to the game a lot of times. I felt good about it, though."
McCarron, who is starting in place of the injured Andy Dalton, became the first Alabama QB to win on an NFL start since Jeff Rutledge in 1987 and coach Marvin Lewis was impressed.
"Well, I thought he played the game," Lewis added. "He handled the football, managed the game, managed the ball, and that's the key element. He did some good things, and made some good throws and he protected the football. Those are the key things going into the game he had to go in and do."
The 11-3 Bengals clinched a fifth successive post-season berth after a victory against a San Francisco team that have won only four games all season long.