The Baltimore Ravens have made a habit of starting strong on offense and then struggle for the majority of the rest of the game. After scoring a touchdown on their first drive of the game, Baltimore failed to get in to the end zone again. But it was enough to put them up early over division rival Cincinnati Bengals for a 19-14 win at M&T Bank Stadium in Week 12.
The Ravens as they have done many times this season scored on their first series of the game when Joe Flacco connected with Breshad Perriman in the corner of the end zone for a 14-yard touchdown. The Ravens went up 10-0 when Justin Tucker nailed a 52-yard field goal on their next possession.
Cincinnati would answer with a field goal of their own to make it a 10-3 game, but Tucker added a pair of kicks from 57 and 53 yards out to put the Ravens up 16-3 at halftime.
In the third quarter, the Bengals got some momentum going on offense despite playing without stars WR A.J. Green and RB Giovani Bernard. QB Andy Dalton (26/48, 283 yards, 1 TD) connected with TE Tyler Eifert in the back of the end zone on a third-and-goal scramble. However, Bengals kicker Mike Nugent missed the extra point attempt.
In the fourth quarter, a game that the Ravens seemingly had control of became a close game. Tucker made his fourth field goal of the day to put Baltimore ahead 19-9 and the Bengals responded with a field goal of their own. Late in the game, Cincinnati drove deep into Ravens territory with less than 2 minutes remaining, but Ravens LB Elvis Dumervil was able to knock the ball out of Dalton's hands and the Ravens recovered. Ravens punter Sam Koch took the snap on fourth down and held onto it while the clock ran down and gave himself up for a safety but ultimately ended the game.
The 6-5 Ravens are once again atop the AFC North Division. They host the Miami Dolphins in Week 13 at 1:00PM EST.
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