Bengals win thriller in Baltimore, 28-24
09/27/2015 04:43 PM
It was a bizarre day in Baltimore. The game was a tale of two halves, and a game filled with numerous flags.
The Bengals came out firing and dominated on both sides of the ball in the first half. The offense drove down the field with ease, resulting in Andy Dalton running in for the first touchdown of the game. The second score came on a bullet pass from Dalton to Marvin Jones.
Just before halftime, Marvin Lewis decided to go for it on 4th-and-1, a broken play led to improv from Dalton who found Tyler Eifert for a touchdown… but not for long. The play was reviewed and the refs determined Eifert did not complete the catch. Halftime score, 14-0.
The second half was a different story for Cincinnati. In the redzone with an opportunity to make the score 21-0, Dalton threw his first interception of the season on an under-thrown pass to A.J. Green. And the Ravens took full advantage. Baltimore went for it on 4th and 5. Flacco hit Steve Smith Sr. who turned the play into a touchdown. Bengals up 14-7.
Later in the third quarter, the Ravens drove down the field but weren’t able to find the end zone. The Bengals defense stepped up in the red zone and forced Baltimore to settle for a field goal to make the game 14-10.
The fourth quarter was a back-and-forth affair. The Bengals defense forced a key three and out with 9 minutes to play in the game. When the offense took over, it seemed like disaster. Dalton fumbled and the Ravens returned it for a touchdown to take the lead, 17-14. That lead didn’t last long.
Cincinnati trailed for the first time all season, but it lasted only 8 seconds. A long beautiful ball by Dalton found the hands of A.J. Green who broke multiple tackles to run into the end zone and take back the lead on an 80-yard touchdown. 21-17 Bengals.
The Ravens then marched down the field and scored with a touchdown pass to Steve Smith. Baltimore took back the lead 24-21 but left four minutes on the clock for Cincinnati to answer. And that’s exactly what they did.
Dalton calmly led the offense on a touchdown drive to go up 28-24. He found A.J. Green in the end zone for the wideout’s second touchdown of the day and also a new career-highs for both of them. Green set a new career-high with 227 yards receiving. Dalton set a new career-high with 383 yards passing. And that was the ball game.
Dalton went 20-32 for 383 yards and three touchdowns. Green finished with 10 receptions for 227 yards and two touchdowns. With the win, the Bengals move to 3-0 and force the Ravens to an 0-3 start for the first time in franchise history.