NFL playoff recap: Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens 24:17 – Bengals prevent last-second sensation

The Cincinnati Bengals beat division rivals the Baltimore Ravens 24-17 in the wildcard round thanks to their defense and now face the Buffalo Bills. The visitors fought to the end despite losing quarterback Lamar Jackson.

Bengals vs. Ravens: At a Glance

  • A defensive touchdown settled the game between two AFC North rivals who were even without one of each team’s star quarterbacks.

  • The Ravens’ defense made life difficult for the Bengals and Joe Burrow, preventing the big plays that are usually a major factor for Cincy. Ja’Marr Chase was checked on the bottom line.

  • Despite the loss, the Ravens put in their best offensive performance since Lamar Jackson’s absence six weeks earlier.

Bengals vs. Ravens: The Analysis

The Bengals got off to a better start, leading 9-0 after two practices – Evan McPherson had a 39-yard field goal and missed an extra point after a touchdown from Ja’Marr Chase, which dominated the second practice. Earlier, Akeem Davis caught an interception on Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley.

But as seen in other games over the weekend, that early lead did not lead to a one-sided game. Instead, the Ravens then caught up and put on a ten-minute, 17-play drive and cut it short with a 2-yard touchdown from JK Dobbins.

Rookie safety Tyler Hamilton then searched Hayden Hurst with a tackle and took the ball himself. The visitors even turned it around before the break with a 22-yard field goal from Justin Tucker. Score at halftime: 10-9 Baltimore.

After the break, Joe Burrow also showed his extra class and orchestrated a seven-minute twelve-move workout. Burrow himself finished with a stealth jab and eventually found Tee Higgins for the two-point conversion in the end zone. 5:10 p.m. Cincy midway through the third quarter.

The Ravens responded less than three minutes later: Huntley threw his deepest pass of the night to Demarcus Robinson, who left cornerback Eli Apple in the dust on a sluggo route for a 41-yard touchdown to equalize .

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