Bengals maintain on to beat Ravens behind historic fumble return

Simply when it seemed like backup quarterback Tyler Huntley would give the Ravens an unlikely lead over the Bengals within the fourth quarter, issues went starkly in the other way.

Huntley reached up with the ball towards the objective line on third-and-goal from the 1-yard line, however Bengals linebacker Logan Wilson popped the ball unfastened, and defensive finish Sam Hubbard grabbed the fumble in mid-air. Hubbard then went 98 yards for a landing, the pivotal play within the Bengals’ 24-17 win to remove the Ravens on Sunday evening.

The defending AFC champion Bengals now journey to face the Payments subsequent weekend, in a rematch of the Week 17 recreation that was suspended within the first quarter after Buffalo security Damar Hamlin collapsed on the sphere. Hamlin required CPR on the sphere after going into cardiac arrest however has since recovered and has been launched from the hospital.

Till that fumble, Baltimore seemed prefer it may pull off the upset regardless of the absence of quarterback Lamar Jackson, who missed a sixth straight recreation with a knee harm. Huntley had thrown for 2 touchdowns — matching his season whole in 4 begins — and was in place to take the lead with 12 minutes left within the recreation.

Cincinnati, the third seed within the AFC, overcame persevering with issues on the offensive line, dropping a 3rd starter to harm when left deal with Jonah Williams left with a knee harm. The Bengals have been already with out proper guard Alex Cappa and proper deal with La’el Collins, making it more durable to guard Burrow and provides him time to seek out receivers downfield.

Baltimore’s protection had made one other cease within the fourth quarter to pressure a Bengals punt with seven minutes left, and Huntley threw a 29-yard cross to tight finish Mark Andrews, however the drive acquired no farther than midfield. 

Given yet one more shot with 3:14 to play, the Ravens acquired into Cincinnati territory, with Huntley changing a fourth-and-1 to the Bengals’ 33 contained in the two-minute warning.

The Ravens acquired to the Cincinnati 17 as they sought a game-tying landing, however a holding penalty backed them up with 22 seconds left. A ultimate cross on fourth-and-20 from the 27 went incomplete ultimately zone to clinch the win for the Bengals.

The 2 groups had traded touchdowns within the third quarter, with Burrow scoring on a 1-yard keeper and hitting on a two-point conversion to receiver Tee Higgins for a 17-10 lead. Baltimore responded with a Huntley 41-yard landing cross to receiver Demarcus Robinson to tie the sport at 17-17.

The Ravens had led 10-9 on the half, their protection holding Cincinnati’s offense to only 127 yards to maintain the sport shut. The Bengals had jumped out to a 9-0 lead, changing a Huntley interception right into a Burrow landing to Ja’Marr Chase on the opening play of the second quarter.

From there, Baltimore took cost, with Huntley main the Ravens on a 17-play, 75-yard drive, capped by a third-and-goal landing the place Huntley threw to operating again J.Okay. Dobbins, who stretched out and prolonged the ball throughout the objective line for the rating.

Ravens rookie security Kyle Hamilton pressured a fumble from Bengals tight finish Hayden Hurst on the following drive, and Baltimore had a first-and-goal on the 3-yard line, however could not convert the chance. Justin Tucker’s 22-yard subject objective gave the Ravens a 10-9 lead on the half.

Baltimore performed a sixth straight recreation with out Jackson, who has been sidelined by a knee harm. The Ravens had gone 2-3 with out their beginning QB to complete the season, and Jackson reportedly did not journey with the staff for Sunday’s recreation, elevating questions as to the place issues stand on a possible contract extension.

Jackson, a former NFL MVP, performed this previous season on a fifth-year choice, making $23 million, and the Ravens are unlikely to easily enable him to develop into a free agent in March. The staff may use the franchise tag on him to pay him $32 million in 2023, understanding a long-term extension would wish to exceed $40 million a 12 months, with Jackson insisting on a lot — if not all — of the deal to be assured.

Greg Auman is FOX Sports activities’ NFC South reporter, protecting the Buccaneers, Falcons, Panthers and Saints. He’s in his tenth season protecting the Bucs and the NFL full-time, having frolicked on the Tampa Bay Occasions and The Athletic. You may comply with him on Twitter at @gregauman.

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