A trio of rushing TDs from QB Andy Dalton and RB Giovanni Bernard propelled the Bengals to a key division matchup over the rival Ravens.
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The Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Baltimore Ravens 27-24 on Sunday thanks to a late rushing TD from QB Andy Dalton in the final minute.
The Bengals had control of the scoreboard early in the game after taking a 7-point lead on an Andy Dalton rushing TD in the first quarter and enver surrendering the lead until midway through the 4th quarter. The Ravens refused to let themselves fall too far behind and were never down by more than 11 points at any point in the game.
The Ravens took a 4-point lead with 3:59 left in the fourth quarter when Dalton led the Bengals on a long drive culminating in his 2nd rushing TD of the day with only 0:57 remaining. The Ravens tried to drive down the field but a penalty trapped them at the 10-yard line and a 13-yard pass on a 4th-and-20 play ended the Ravens hopes for a comeback.
The Bengals and Ravens were evenly matched in the rushing game with the longest rush of the game being a 26-yard scamper by WR Mohammed Sanu. Both teams committed two turnovers, but ultimately the edge went to Andy Dalton who put up fairly better passing numbers than Ravens QB Joe Flacco for the day. Flacco threw two INTs and had only a 50% completion rate while Dalton, who also had two turnovers, completed 75% of his passes for 266 yards.
With the win the Bengals move to 4-2-1 and have sole control of the AFC North, and a 2-0 record in the division.
The Ravens dropped out of first place in the division and are tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for 2nd place with Cleveland only 1 game behind.