Cincinnati (WCMH/AP) — The Bengals are advancing to the NFL playoffs after a 24-17 win over the Baltimore Ravens at Peycoe Stadium in the Super Wild Card round on Sunday night.
Victory Heads Cincinnati Next Buffalo to face Bills in AFC Division Round next weekend. The two began regular-season games on Jan. 2 but were not continued after Bills safety Dumar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest during the game.
The Buffaloes came off Sunday afternoon with a 34-31 win over the Miami Dolphins, two wins away from the franchise’s first Super Bowl appearance since 1993. The winner of the Cincinnati vs. Buffalo game, Kansas City he will face either the Chiefs or Jacksonville. Jaguar in the AFC championship game.
When Sam Hubbard changed the game Returned Tyler Huntley’s fumble for 98 yards for a tiebreaking touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Facing a third goal with about a twelfth remaining, Huntley tried to cross the top of the line for the go-ahead score. However, he stood up to Jermaine Pratt and was stripped by his fellow linebacker Logan Wilson.
The ball went right to Hubbard at 2 and the defensive end took off off the field for the longest fumble return for a touchdown in NFL postseason history. He was also the longest go-ahead TD in the fourth quarter of the postseason.
Immediately after a play by the Cincinnati native, Hubbard sat on a sideline bench, breathing oxygen, while the 66,399-seat Paycor Stadium crowd was still buzzing.
“Kudos to whoever punched that ball. I was in the right place at the right time,” said Hubbard.
Baltimore caught on to the Cincinnati 17 in the final minute, but Kevin Seitler was flagged for a hold and Huntley threw incompletely into the endzone on the final play.
Playing behind the Patchwork offensive line, quarterback Joe Burrow passed for 209 yards and scored a touchdown for the AFC North champions. He also had a 1-yard touchdown run a week after the Bengals beat the Ravens 27-16 in the regular season finale.
“It’s a tough fight. In the playoffs, especially when you’re facing a division team for the third time,” Burrow said. “It’s never easy. They know us. We know them. I’m happy to win.”
Playing without Lamar Jackson again due to a quarterback knee injury, Baltimore (10-8) scored two offensive touchdowns for the first time since November 27.
With Hubbard’s dramatic end zone advance, the Ravens entered an uncertain offseason centered around Jackson’s future as a free agent. He was the MVP of 2019. On December 4, he suffered an injury in a 10-9 win against Denver and did not travel with the team to Cincinnati for a playoff game.
Huntley was intercepted by Cincinnati linebacker Hakeem Davis Gaither on the second attempt of his first postseason start. The Bengals had to settle for a 9–0 lead as Evan McPherson missed the extra point after Barrow’s seven-yard touchdown early in the second quarter sent his pass into a jammer on his chase. did not become.
Huntley stepped up after early trouble and led the Ravens with a 17-play, 75-yard drive that lasted over 10 minutes. JK Dobbins put Baltimore on the board when he stretched the ball over the goal line for a 2-yard touchdown reception.
A fumble by former Baltimore tight end Hayden Hurst set up Justin Tucker’s 22-yard field goal in the final seconds of the first half to give the Ravens a 10–9 lead. The biggest play of the scoring drive was a 19-yard reception by Josh Oliver after Huntley had to run back to recover a high snap off his hand.
NFL Playoff Bracket
AFC Division Round
No. 1 Kansas City Chiefs vs. No. 4 Jacksonville Jaguars (Saturday, 4:30 p.m., NBC4)
No. 2 Buffalo Bills vs. No. 3 Cincinnati Bengals (Sunday, 3 p.m. CBS)
NFC Division Round
No. 1 Philadelphia Eagles vs. No. 6 New York Giants (Saturday, 8:15 PM, Fox)
No. 2 San Francisco 49ers vs. No. 4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers/No. 5 Dallas Cowboys (Sunday, 6:30 p.m., Fox)
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