Inquirer Daily News

Bengals send Ravens home early

Cincinnati, OH ( - A new Super Bowl champion will be crowned this season.

Andy Dalton ran for the go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter, and the Cincinnati Bengals closed out the regular season by defeating the Baltimore Ravens 34-17 at Paul Brown Stadium.

The loss, coupled with Pittsburgh's win over Cleveland, eliminated the defending champion Ravens from playoff contention.

Dalton had an uneven performance with two touchdown passes and four interceptions that Baltimore could only turn into a trio of Justin Tucker field goals.

Dalton was 21-of-36 for 281 yards as the Bengals (11-5) posted an unblemished 8-0 record at home for the second time in franchise history. The AFC North champs will secure the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye if New England loses to Buffalo on Sunday.

Cincinnati scored the final 17 points after squandering a 17-6 halftime lead.

Baltimore's Joe Flacco threw three interceptions, the last of which Dre Kirkpatrick returned 21 yards for the game-sealing touchdown with 4:07 remaining.

Flacco was 30-of-50 for 192 yards and one touchdown for Baltimore (8-8), which will miss the playoffs for the first time in six years under head coach John Harbaugh.

12/29 16:17:33 ET