Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) – Andy Dalton’s second touchdown run of the
game, a 1-yard sneak on 4th-and-goal with 57 seconds remaining, lifted the
Cincinnati Bengals to a thrilling 27-24 victory over the Baltimore Ravens in
an important AFC North clash from Paul Brown Stadium.
Dalton redeemed himself after committing a pair of fourth-quarter turnovers
that led to 10 straight Baltimore points and gave the Ravens a 24-20 lead with
under four minutes left. The Bengals (4-2-1) then survived a near comeback
from their division rivals in the final minute to halt a three-game winless
streak and move percentage points ahead of Baltimore for first place in the
The Ravens appeared to have scored a go-ahead 80-yard touchdown pass from Joe
Flacco to Steve Smith with 32 seconds to go, but Smith was flagged for
offensive pass interference and Baltimore (5-3) was ultimately stopped on
Dalton lost a fumble and threw a late interception to help trigger the Ravens’
comeback from a 17-6 third-quarter deficit, but finished a sharp 21-of-28 for
266 yards. Mohamed Sanu contributed a career-high 125 yards on five catches in
the pivotal win, which gave Cincinnati a tiebreaker edge on Baltimore in the
division race by virtue of a season series sweep.
Flacco tossed a pair of third-quarter interceptions that were converted into
10 Cincinnati points, but Lorenzo Taliaferro ran for two touchdowns during a
17-3 swing that sent the Ravens ahead before the deciding drive.
Flacco completed just 17-of-34 attempts for 195 yards.