Same game, same result.
Much like the first matchup in Week 1, the Bengals were able to control Sunday's game against the Ravens through three quarters before surrendering the lead. But the Ravens were unable to hold on, giving up a big play late in the game.
And when it came down to the offense putting together a game-winning drive, the Ravens could not get the job done. And thus, the Bengals completed the season-sweep over the Ravens with a 27-24 win.
The win puts Cincinnati (4-2-1) back in first place in the AFC North and knocks the Ravens (5-3) down a spot.
Two huge defensive plays helped put the Ravens in front in the fourth quarter. With the Bengals driving and leading 20-14, Haloti Ngata sacked Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and forced a fumble. Linebacker Daryl Smith picked it up and ran the ball inside the Bengals 10. Lorenzo Taliaferro was able to score on the ensuing play.
On Cincinnati's next possession, safety Matt Elam stripped the ball from receiver Mohamed Sanu, with linebacker C.J. Mosley coming up with what was ruled an interception. The Ravens were able to get a 53-yard Justin Tucker field goal off of the turnover to go up 24-20.
But, just like in Week 1 when the Bengals hit A.J. Green deep in the fourth quarter, Dalton was able to complete a 53-yard pass to Sanu to set the Bengals up in Baltimore territory. Cincinnati capped that drive with a Dalton quarterback sneak for a touchdown, giving the Ravens only 57 seconds to work with.
For a moment it looked like the Ravens were going to come back in win, with Flacco bombing a pass to Steve Smith for what looked to be an 80-yard touchdown. But the play was called for offensive pass interference and the Ravens were unable to move the ball in two plays after that.
With Green unable to play this game with a toe injury, Sanu hauled in five catches for 125 yards.
The Ravens have another tough AFC North test on the road against Pittsburgh next week.
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