Bengals open season with 23-16 win at Baltimore
09/07/2014 05:04 PM
The Bengals finally got their first win in Baltimore since 2009 with a 23-16 victory over the Ravens.
Cincinnati dominated the first half of a game that could have potentially been a blowout, but they were unable to find the endzone. Five Mike Nugent field goals put them up 15-0 at halftime.
The Bengals lost both Tyler Eifert and Vontaze Burfict in the first half. Eifert went out with an elbow injury after a catch. Burfict was ruled out with a concussion after a hard hit on Joe Flacco.
The Ravens made a second half comeback to make it 15-10 with about 10 minutes remaining. Five minutes later, dropped coverage and a missed tackle by Adam Jones led to a Steve Smith touchdown to put the Ravens up 16-15 after a failed two-point conversion.
Andy Dalton and A.J. Green answered quickly. Dalton threw a beautiful 77 yard pass to Green who made SportsCenter Top 10-worthy play to make the catch and get into the end zone. Dalton finished the game 25-of-38 for 301 yards and TD. Green had 6 catches, 131 yards and TD.
Back-to-back sacks by Wallace Gilberry (Reggie Nelson with half of the second sack) finished the game. For the first time in four seasons, Cincinnati leaves Baltimore with a W. And the Bengals start the 2014 season 1-0.
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