Week 10: Baltimore Ravens 20, Cincinnati Bengals 17 (OT)- Post Game Thoughts

Okay, can somebody explain to me how this game ended the way it did?  After the Bengals forced overtime with a miraculous 51 yard Hail Mary that the man himself came up with (that being A.J. Green) you would have thought that Cincy had all of the momentum on their side, which is quite a big deal in an NFL game.  After all, they did score 17 unanswered points in the second half of this game and held the Ravens to just 189 total yards of offense, so you would think that there was no way that the Bengals could drop their second straight overtime game, right?  Things don’t always go according to plan though.  The Baltimore defense did a nice job stopping Giovanni Bernard on a fourth down situation in overtime and their offense was able to do just enough to get into field goal range where Justin Tucker hit the game-winner.  My hat goes off to both defenses in this game as each unit did a nice job holding the opponent back.  The Baltimore “D” did a good job rebounding after allowing the Bengals to tie the game up in remarkable fashion.  In short, the Ravens won this game in the way they have come used to: good defense.  They were still unable to get a rushing game going.  They ran the ball 30 times for just 85 yards and Joe Flacco didn’t play very well.  Three interceptions of Andy Dalton really helped the team’s cause in the end though as it proved to be the difference in an otherwise very tight game.  So, the Ravens keep their season alive with this big home win and are now going into a colossal match-up with the Chicago Bears, another game in which victory is paramount.  The Bengals take on the Browns at home next week as the team looks to snap their two game losing streak.

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