Bengals win heavyweight fight in wild card round with 24-17 victory over Ravens

CINCINNATI, Ohio — The fans at Paycor Stadium was silent. The Ravens had all the momentum in the world and had a chance to take a shocking lead over the Bengals, and all they

needed to gain was three feet. They lost so much more. The ball was punched out of Tyler Huntley’s arms by linebacker Logan Wilson, and defensive end Sam Hubbard

made the play of the year by running the ball back 98 yards for a go-ahead touchdown. The Bengals were about to fall behind by a touchdown, but instead, went ahead 24-17.

That turned out to be the difference, as the Bengals held on by a whisker, aided by a red zone stand in the dying seconds, to earn a win over the Ravens in the wild card round on

Sunday. Here are a few takeaways: Sam Hubbard makes the play of the year Hubbard’s 98-yard touchdown saved what was turning into a night of horrors into a

play that will be remembered for years as part of Bengals history. The play flipped a game that had gone wrong for the Bengals for the two quarters prior. The Ravens

controlled the pace of the second and third quarters, and the Bengals seemed to be losing their sense of their explosive offense. Then the defense made a play, as it has

all season long. Second quarter disaster The Bengals were on the verge of putting the Ravens down, maybe for good, when the Ravens got the ball down 9-0 to start the

second quarter. Then they embarked on a 17-play drive that took just over 10 minutes off the clock and cut the lead to 9-7. Then Hayden Hurst fumbled on a 3rd and long,

which allowed the Ravens to take over in Cincinnati territory. They cashed in with a field goal to take a one-point lead headed into the half.