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Ravens overcome Dalton's Hail Mary, beat Bengals in OT
Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Justin Tucker's 46-yard field goal in overtime helped the Baltimore Ravens overcome a late-game defensive gaffe and top the Cincinnati Bengals, 20-17, in an NFC North clash.
Tucker's heroics wouldn't have been necessary if it hadn't been for a fluke play which sent the game into the extra session.
Facing a 4th-and-15 from his own 49-yard-line with two seconds left in regulation, Andy Dalton's heave to the end zone was deflected twice -- the last time by James Ihedigbo, who posted a pair of interceptions -- right into the hands of A.J. Green for the tying score as time expired.
But the Ravens defense stopped the Bengals on their first drive of OT, bringing down Gio Bernard for an 11-yard loss on 4th-and-2, and Tucker's boot from the right hashmark eight plays later sent the hosts to victory.
Joe Flacco was 20-of-36 for a pair of touchdowns and as many interceptions for the Ravens (4-5), who crept within a game and a half of first-place Cincinnati.
Torrey Smith registered 46 yards and a TD catch on five receptions, with Ray Rice added 30 rushing yards and 26 receiving yards.
Dalton was held to just 24 completions on 51 passes for 274 yards, one more touchdown and three picks for the Bengals (6-4), losers in two straight after winning four in a row.
Green finished with a game-best 151 yards on eight grabs, while Bernard ended up with 58 yards on 14 carries in defeat.
11/10 16:54:05 ET