Second-year kicker Justin Tucker nailed a 46-yard game-winning field goal as the Baltimore Ravens held off the Cincinnati Bengals in overtime, 20-17 on Nov. 10 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md.

The win snapped a three-game losing slump of the Ravens, who are now tied for second place in the hunt for the AFC North division title.

Baltimore led, 17-10 with only seconds left in regulation when Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton lobbed a Hail Mary bomb up that was tipped right into the hands of Bengals receiver A.J. Green for the touchdown, tying the score at 17 at the end of regulation.

The Bengals won the coin toss to receive the ball to start overtime. But Baltimore’s defense came up big in extended play, stopping Cincinnati on 4th down to give the ball back to the Ravens. Quarterback Joe Flacco then led the Ravens’ offense down field to set up Tucker’s game-winning field goal.

Baltimore led the game 17-0 at halftime after Flacco tossed two touchdowns passes in the first half. Flacco’s first touchdown pass was caught by veteran tight end Dallas Clark. The second touchdown pass was pulled-in by receiver Torrey Smith. Flacco completed 20-of-36 passes for a modest 140 yards and two touchdowns.

Ravens’ running back Ray Rice continued his struggles this season running the ball. He ran for only 30 yards on 18 carries for a dismal average of 1.6 yards per carry.

Baltimore’s defense, however, played well despite the Hail Mary touchdown allowed.

Dalton struggled against Baltimore’s defense, completing just 24 of 51 passes for 274 yards and two touchdowns but three interceptions. Dalton was sacked five times, 2.5 times by Ravens linebacker Elvis Dumervil.

Ravens safety James Ihedigbo led the team with nine tackles, along with two interceptions recorded against Dalton.

Baltimore now has a 4-5 overall record, 2-2 against the AFC North division. The Ravens will next face the Chicago Bears on Nov. 17 in Chicago, Ill.


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor