Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens

CIN
23
BAL
16
FINAL
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CIN 690823
BAL 007916

A.J. Green caught a 77-yard touchdown pass from Andy Dalton late as the Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Baltimore Ravens.

0:27 | September 7, 2014 | Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Football, NFL

Game Information
Location: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland
Attendance: 70,925

BALTIMORE (AP) The Cincinnati Bengals had given away a 15-point lead, were still in search of their first touchdown and seemed poised to absorb another devastating defeat in their personal House of Pain.

That's when receiver A.J. Green got into the huddle and told his teammates, "We got one play. Let's make this play."'

Green did more than just talk. He caught a 77-yard touchdown pass from Andy Dalton with 4:58 left to provide Cincinnati with a feel-good 23-16 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

Green got behind cornerback Chykie Brown, who was pressed into a starting role for the injured Lardarius Webb.

Brown got a hand on the ball, which popped from Green's grasp before he gathered it in. After putting a fake on safety Darian Stewart, Green trotted into the end zone.

The subsequent 2-point conversion made it 23-16, and the Bengals held on.

"It's big for the team, man," Green said. "Just taking that next step to being a great team. I think these games right here prepare us for going into the postseason. When we're not scoring every play, when it comes down to making that play, I think that game will help us."

Dalton went 25 for 38 for 301 yards to help the Bengals end a four-game losing streak in Baltimore.

"We did exactly what we set out to do there today," Dalton said. "There are a lot of tough places to play in this league and this is certainly one of the toughest. It was the only place I had not won since joining the Bengals."

The go-ahead score came just 48 seconds after Baltimore newcomer Steve Smith caught an 80-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco, who overcame a slow start to finish 35 for 62 for 345 yards and an interception.

It was the longest touchdown throw of Flacco's career, but the offense as a whole sputtered in its first outing under coordinator Gary Kubiak.

"We played just about as bad as you can in terms of just simple fundamental things," Flacco said.

Following Green's score, Flacco took the Ravens to the Cincinnati 16 before he was sacked on third and fourth down, the last with 55 seconds left.

"I knew I had to make a play to make the first down, and I just couldn't do it," Flacco said.

Mike Nugent kicked five field goals to give the Bengals a 15-0 halftime lead.

Baltimore cut it to 15-10 before Smith broke his pattern to go deep as Flacco scrambled out of the pocket. Smith hauled in a pass along the left sideline and shook off Adam "Pacman" Jones with his right arm before stepping into the end zone.

"We had a little scramble drill. Joe told me to go so I went," Smith said. "He threw a great ball."

Smith, who played 13 seasons with Carolina before signing as a free agent, finished with seven catches for 118 yards in his Ravens debut.

Playing without starting running back Ray Rice, who began a two-game suspension for domestic violence, the Ravens mustered only 91 yards rushing.

Starter Bernard Pierce, who gained 14 yards on six carries and lost a fumble, was overshadowed by Justin Forsett, who ran for 70 yards and a touchdown.

Both teams were affected by injuries. Baltimore placed Webb on the inactive list with a back injury, and Dalton repeatedly picked on Brown.

The Bengals lost Pro Bowl linebacker Vontaze Burfict to a concussion late in the second quarter, and tight end Tyler Eifert left in the first half with a right elbow injury.

Flacco was booed by many in the sellout crowd after throwing an interception to end a promising third-quarter possession. On Baltimore's next series, however, Flacco finally put together his first scoring drive of the season.

Completing six of seven passes for 63 yards, he moved the Ravens 82 yards for a touchdown - a 13-yard run by Forsett.

Baltimore's defense then produced its first three-and-out, and Flacco followed with a 14-play drive that produced a 38-yard field goal to make it 15-10 with 10:28 remaining.

Nugent connected on field goals of 49, 22, 28, 46 and 38 yards before halftime, and Baltimore's lone sustained drive ended horribly on the final play of the half.

Down 15-0, the Ravens moved to the Cincinnati 15 with 8 seconds left. Flacco bounced around in the pocket, cut right as time expired and was sacked, ending Baltimore's chance to at least get a field goal.

NOTES: Jeromy Miles got Baltimore's first blocked field goal since Kelly Gregg against Cincinnati on October 11, 2009. ... Dalton is 31-18 as a starter, the best in Bengals history for a QB with 10 or more starts. ... The loss stops Baltimore's eight-game home opener winning streak, dating back to 2006.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Bengals Ravens
10:25 Mike Nugent 49 yd FG 3 0
01:25 Mike Nugent 22 yd FG 6 0

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Bengals Ravens
10:13 Mike Nugent 28 yd FG 9 0
04:36 Mike Nugent 46 yd FG 12 0
02:07 Mike Nugent 38 yd FG 15 0

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Bengals Ravens
02:20 Justin Forsett 13 yd run (Justin Tucker kick) 15 7

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Bengals Ravens
10:28 Justin Tucker 38 yd FG 15 10
05:46 Steve Smith Sr. 80 yd pass from Joe Flacco (failed 2pt Rush) 15 16
04:58 A.J. Green 77 yd pass from Andy Dalton (Mohamed Sanu 2pt Pass from Andy Dalton) 23 16

Team Stats
  Cincinnati Baltimore
1st Downs 16 26
Total Yards 380 423
Passing 301 329
Passing Completions/Attempts 25-38 35-62
Yards/Pass 7.9 5.1
Rushing 79 94
Rushing Attempts 26 20
Yards/Rush 3.0 4.7
Turnovers 0 2
Fumbles Lost 0 1
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Possession 30:30 29:30

Cincinnati Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Andy Dalton 25 38 301 7.9 1 0

Baltimore Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Joe Flacco 35 62 345 5.6 1 1

Cincinnati Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Giovani Bernard 14 48 3.4 0 16
Jeremy Hill 4 19 4.8 0 8
A.J. Green 1 5 5.0 0 5
Mohamed Sanu 1 4 4.0 0 4
Andy Dalton 6 3 0.5 0 3

Baltimore Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Justin Forsett 11 70 6.4 1 13
Bernard Pierce 6 17 2.8 0 6
Joe Flacco 3 7 2.3 0 3

Cincinnati Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
A.J. Green 6 131 21.8 1 77
Giovani Bernard 6 62 10.3 0 32
Tyler Eifert 3 37 12.3 0 20
Mohamed Sanu 4 36 9.0 0 13
Brandon Tate 4 19 4.8 0 7
Jermaine Gresham 2 16 8.0 0 12

Baltimore Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Steve Smith Sr. 7 118 16.9 1 80
Dennis Pitta 10 83 8.3 0 23
Torrey Smith 3 50 16.7 0 25
Owen Daniels 4 34 8.5 0 12
Kamar Aiken 4 30 7.5 0 8
Jacoby Jones 2 16 8.0 0 11
Justin Forsett 5 14 2.8 0 6
Kyle Juszczyk 0 0 0.0 0
Marlon Brown 0 0 0.0 0
Lorenzo Taliaferro 0 0 0.0 0

Cincinnati Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Reggie Nelson 6 3 0.5 3
Emmanuel Lamur 5 5 0 0
Terence Newman 5 2 0 0
Vontaze Burfict 4 0 0 0
George Iloka 4 0 0 0
Adam Jones 4 1 0 0
Wallace Gilberry 3 1 1.5 8
Leon Hall 3 0 0 0
Brandon Thompson 3 1 0 0
Carlos Dunlap 2 1 1 4
Dre Kirkpatrick 2 0 0 0
Vincent Rey 2 2 0 0
Geno Atkins 1 0 0 0
Robert Geathers 1 0 0 0
Rey Maualuga 1 2 0 0
Margus Hunt 0 0 0 0
Taylor Mays 0 0 0 0
Mike Nugent 0 0 0 0
Cedric Peerman 0 0 0 0
Domata Peko 0 2 0 0

Baltimore Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Asa Jackson 5 0 0 0
Chykie Brown 4 1 0 0
C.J. Mosley 4 2 0 0
Daryl Smith 4 5 0 0
Darian Stewart 4 5 0 0
Chris Canty 2 2 0 0
Jimmy Smith 2 3 0 0
Terrell Suggs 2 3 0 0
Courtney Upshaw 2 1 0 0
Matt Elam 1 2 0 0
DeAngelo Tyson 1 2 0 0
Brandon Williams 1 1 0 0
Owen Daniels 0 0 0 0
Elvis Dumervil 0 1 0 0
Timmy Jernigan 0 2 0 0
Pernell McPhee 0 0 0 0
Haloti Ngata 0 2 0 0
Bernard Pierce 0 0 0 0

Cincinnati Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Emmanuel Lamur 1 1 0

Baltimore Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

Cincinnati Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
No kick return stats.

Baltimore Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Jacoby Jones 4 109 27.2 0 47

Cincinnati Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Adam Jones 1 45 45.0 0 45

Baltimore Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Jacoby Jones 2 2 1.0 0 2

Cincinnati Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Mike Nugent 5 6 83.0 49

Baltimore Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Justin Tucker 1 2 50.0 38

Cincinnati Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Kevin Huber 4 151 50

Baltimore Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Sam Koch 4 169 52