Final/OT

Bengals 17

(6-4, 2-4 away)

Ravens 20

(4-5, 3-1 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, November 10, 2013

M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD 

1 2 3 4 OT T
CIN 0 0 3 14 017
BAL 10 7 0 0 320

Top Performers

Passing: A. Dalton (CIN) - 274 YDS, 2 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: G. Bernard (CIN) - 14 CAR, 58 YDS

Receiving: A. Green (CIN) - 8 REC, 151 YDS, 1 TD

Ravens overcome wild end to regulation, beat rival Bengals in OT

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BALTIMORE -- Their season hanging in the balance after having victory snatched away on a final desperate play of regulation, the Baltimore Ravens responded like champions.

Victimized by a desperation 51-yard touchdown pass to force overtime, the defending Super Bowl winners edged Cincinnati 20-17 on Justin Tucker's 46-yard field goal with 5:27 left in OT Sunday.

"It's disappointment," coach John Harbaugh said of A.J. Green's catch as the clocked ran out in the fourth quarter. "But you don't get disheartened. You still have a chance to win the game, still."

And so they did, after blowing a 17-0 halftime lead.

Bidding to end a three-game skid and remain relevant in the playoff hunt, the Ravens committed three turnovers and managed only 189 yards of offense.

"We're not playing great right now," Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco conceded, "but we're doing the best we can to win."

The tense win thrust the Ravens (4-5) into a second-place tie in the AFC North, just one game behind Cincinnati (6-4) in the loss column. It was Baltimore's first victory since Oct. 6.

Four of the Ravens' five losses have come by a combined 14 points. It seemed like this one was headed in that direction after Andy Dalton forced overtime with that heave to Green to end the fourth quarter.

"I looked back and saw Green with the ball in his hands and I couldn't believe it," Ravens cornerback Corey Graham said.

But Baltimore persevered.

"The thing is I'm most proud of is the heart of our guys," Harbaugh said. "They showed the heart of champions. Where this will lead us, we'll find out."

Who knows if the Ravens can rebound from their poor start to make the postseason for a sixth straight year? This much is certain: It would have been much tougher if they were 3-6 and tied for last place with Pittsburgh.

"Thank you, Lord!" shouted James Ihedigbo shouted as he left the field.

Flacco threw two interceptions and lost a fumble, and Ray Rice gained a mere 30 yards on 18 carries. And still, the Ravens prevailed.

"Sometimes you have to win by any means necessary," Rice said. "Winning heals a lot. Now we've got to get on a roll to get back where we want to be."

Despite their comeback, the Bengals lost their second straight overtime game. Dalton went 24 for 51 for 274 yards and three interceptions and was sacked five times as the Bengals lost to Baltimore for the fifth time in six games.

And now it's their turn to lament a run of narrow defeats.

"We've got to do whatever we can to make one more play, put ourselves in a better position where we can score and have a chance to not let the other team have it," Dalton said. "Again, it didn't happen today."

Almost, but not quite. On the last-second throw in regulation, Green positioned himself behind the pack and caught the deflection after it flicked off the hand of Ihedigbo, who earlier had the first two interceptions of his career.

"I was just looking for someone to tap the ball so I could catch it," Green said.

The Bengals won the toss before overtime and moved to the Baltimore 33 before Giovani Bernard caught a short pass, reversed field and was tackled for an 11-yard loss on fourth down.

Baltimore then got a pair of first downs before Tucker kicked the winner.

With 151 yards receiving, Green set a franchise record with his fifth straight 100-yard game. And, making his second start of the season, Cincinnati linebacker Vincent Rey had 13 tackles, three sacks and his first career interception.

But it all went for naught.

A gusty afternoon proved troublesome for the Bengals. Mike Nugent missed a 42-yard field goal into the wind and Dalton repeatedly overthrew his receivers. In the second quarter, Ihedigbo picked off a high pass and returned it 37 yards to set up a touchdown for a 17-0 lead.

Baltimore mustered only 94 yards in offense before halftime, but took advantage of Bengals miscues to put together scoring drives of 53, 58 and 11 yards.

Cincinnati had more penalty yards than total offense (114-102) in the first half, and Dalton was 8 for 21 for 47 yards and an interception.

The Bengals' opening possession ended with a failed fourth-and-1 gamble at the Baltimore 47. Flacco immediately went long. Although he underthrew Jacoby Jones, a pass interference call against Reggie Nelson covered 48 yards. On third down, Dallas Clark caught a 1-yard pass in the end zone -- the Ravens' only first-quarter touchdown since the season opener.

Baltimore quickly got the ball back, and a facemask penalty against Cincinnati's Chris Crocker contributed to a 58-yard drive that ended with a field goal to make it 10-0.

Things didn't get better for the Bengals. Nugent shanked a field-goal try to the left, and Ihedigbo's first interception set up a 7-yard touchdown pass to Torrey Smith.

Game notes


Not only did Ihedigbo get two INTs, but he tied with Daryl Smith for the team lead with nine tackles. ... Dalton's run of four straight 300-yard games ended. ... Baltimore is 9-1 in November home games, beginning in 2008.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CIN
BAL
1st Downs2118
Passing 1st downs
1311
Rushing 1st downs
71
1st downs from Penalties
16
3rd down efficiency
5-193-16
4th down efficiency
3-50-0
Total Plays8771
Total Yards364189
Yards per play4.22.7
Total Drives1615
Passing244104
Comp - Att
24-5120-36
Yards per pass
4.82.9
Interceptions thrown
32
Sacks - Yards Lost
5-305-36
Rushing12085
Rushing Attempts
3130
Yards per rush
3.92.8
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-22-3
Penalties9-1348-65
Turnovers33
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
32
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession37:5831:35

Passing Leaders

CINC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Dalton24/512745.4235-30
BALC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Flacco20/361403.9225-36

Rushing Leaders

CINCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bernard14584.1018
Green-E...9364.007
BALCARYDSAVGTDLG
Pierce8313.909
Rice18301.705

Receiving Leaders

CINRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Green815118.915115
Eifert35518.30409
BALRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Smith5469.211814
Dickson3289.30144

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCINBAL
balTD09:42Dallas Clark 1 Yd Pass From Joe Flacco (Justin Tucker Kick) 07
balFG04:39Justin Tucker 36 Yd 010
SECOND QUARTERCINBAL
balTD06:30Torrey Smith 7 Yd Pass From Joe Flacco (Justin Tucker Kick) 017
THIRD QUARTERCINBAL
cinFG10:37Mike Nugent 32 Yd 317
FOURTH QUARTERCINBAL
cinTD08:22Giovani Bernard 18 Yd Pass From Andy Dalton (Mike Nugent Kick) 1017
cinTD00:00A.J. Green 51 Yd Pass From Andy Dalton (Mike Nugent Kick) 1717
OVERTIMECINBAL
balFG05:27Justin Tucker 46 Yd 1720

Research Notes

Joe Flacco was 0-for-7 with an interception on throws at least 15 yards downfield, the most deep attempts without a completion Flacco has had in his career. Flacco had his worst downfield game of what has been a down season for the deep ball- his 32.1 completion percentage on throws at least 15 yards downfield ranks 30th among qualified quarterbacks.
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Andy Dalton's 47 first-half passing yards today are a career low.
Joe Flacco has yet to record a touchdown pass on a throw 20-plus yards downfield (40 attempts). Flacco had four such touchdowns in the 2012 postseason (29 attempts).
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