The Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals have played 35 times since 1996. The Ravens lead the series, 20-15. Baltimore has also won five of the last six matchups between the two, the only loss coming in Week 17 of last season (Ravens rested their starters for most of the game.)
Let's take a look at the last time they played, earlier this season:
November 10th, 2013 -- Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens
Score: Ravens win, 20-17 in overtime
ESPN: Ravens overcome wild end to regulation, beat rival Bengals in OT.
Ravens' Notable Performances:
- Joe Flacco: 20/26 for140 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions.
- Bernard Pierce: Eight carries for 31 yards.
- Torrey Smith: Five receptions for 46 yards and a touchdown.
- Dallas Clark: One reception for one yard and a touchdown.
- James Ihedigbo: Two interceptions, nine combined tackles, one tackle-for-loss, and three passes defensed.
- Daryl Smith: Nine combined tackles, one tackle-for-loss, and one pass defensed.
- Lardarius Webb: Five combined tackles, one interception, and six passes defensed.
- Arthur Jones: Four combined tackles and a sack.
- Elvis Dumervil: Three combined tackles and three sacks.
- DeAngelo Tyson: Two combined tackles and a sack.
The Baltimore Ravens needed to get this win to stay closer in the division race with the Bengals, while Cincinnati wanted to try and run away with the AFC North early in the season.
The first quarter was all Baltimore, as the Ravens would score on a one-yard Dallas Clark touchdown, and a 38-yard Justin Tucker field goal.
In the second quarter, the trend would continue. Andy Dalton would throw a pass that was easily picked off by James Ihedigbo, and he would return it all the way inside the Bengals' 25-yard line. A few plays later, Joe Flacco would throw a touchdown pass to Torrey Smith, and the Ravens went up 17-0. The score was the same at halftime.
The third quarter consisted only of a Mike Nugent field goal, who finally put the Bengals on the board. Of course, they still trailed the Ravens, 17-3, at the beginning of the fourth.
The start of the fourth quarter, just like the end of it, wouldn't be fun for Baltimore fans. Joe Flacco would be picked off by Terence Newman early, which would lead to a Giovani Bernard touchdown. The score would be 17-10.
Baltimore attempts to drive down the field, but Flacco fumbles, and James Harrison recovers around mid-field.
Just as it looked like the Bengals could score again to tie the game, James Ihedigbo comes up with a big interception, his second of the day.
The Ravens would be forced to punt the ball, and Cincinnati would have it on the Ravens' 44-yard line with about 25 seconds to play. On second-and-eight, Andy Dalton is sacked by Elvis Dumervil, and Dalton would spike the ball with two seconds remaining, giving the Bengals one last play.
The play would be a Hail Mary, one that doesn't work often. Dalton throws it high into the end zone.. the ball is tipped a bit.. and IT FALLS INTO THE HANDS OF A.J. GREEN. The ballgame would be tied, and it would be headed to overtime in Baltimore.
In overtime, the Bengals would go for it on fourth-and-two in Ravens' territory. They would hand the ball off to Bernard, and he would be tackled by Ihedigbo and a bunch of other guys in purple jerseys for an 11-yard loss.
Baltimore took over, and that ultimately led to an uncommon thing: a game-winning Justin Tucker field goal. The Ravens would beat their division rivals, 20-17 in overtime after a costly mistake by James Ihedigbo in the end of regulation.
- Watch highlights of this game, here.