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Gutsy call brings Bengals within a touchdown of Ravens

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The Ravens have controlled tonight’s AFC North battle with the Bengals, but Cincinnati made things interesting just before halftime with a late touchdown on a gutsy fourth-down call just before halftime.

Facing fourth-and-1 at the 6-yard line with 30 seconds left in the half and trailing 17-3, the Bengals eschewed an easy field goal and instead went for it, with running back Benjarvus Green-Ellis taking a handoff up the middle and barreling into the end zone for a touchdown to close the gap to 17-10.

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has had an outstanding first half, completing 12 of 15 passes for 183 yards, with a touchdown and no interceptions. Flacco has thrown some beautiful deep balls, including a 52-yard pass to Torrey Smith on the first play of the game, and a 34-yard touchdown to Anquan Boldin. (Boldin appeared to lose control of the ball as he was going to the ground, but the referee reviewed it and upheld the ruling on the field of a touchdown.)

But the Bengals’ passing game has been strong, too, and Cincinnati may have something in receiver Andrew Hawkins, a 5-foot-7 speedster who has caught all four of the passes thrown to him and picked up 47 receiving yards. Green-Ellis has done all the work at running back for the Bengals and has 62 yards.

The Bengals are probably going to need more big plays in the passing game and more gutsy calls if they’re going to outscore the Ravens in the second half and pull off an upset in Baltimore, in a game that will hand the winner sole possession of first place in the AFC North after Week One.

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25 Responses to “Gutsy call brings Bengals within a touchdown of Ravens”
  1. opinevain says: Sep 10, 2012 8:43 PM

    Loving Flacco’s confidence and poise.

  2. donny1rodriguez says: Sep 10, 2012 8:46 PM

    I really can’t see Ravens losing AFCN this year

  3. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Sep 10, 2012 8:48 PM

    Gotta be a little embarrassing to have a REAL referee with two SuperBowls on his resume tell the entire country that your touchdown was “clearly” a dropped ball. Finally, a game where Ravens fans can’t whine about the officiating.

  4. voiceofreasonsays says: Sep 10, 2012 8:49 PM

    The Ravens aren’t even the best professional football team in Maryland.

  5. jtbaudendistel says: Sep 10, 2012 8:49 PM

    Guts. Glory. Bengals

  6. arlingtonsynn says: Sep 10, 2012 8:55 PM

    Not a fan of either team but both of them are looking good.

    I think it’s gonna be fun to watch Julio vs. AJ in the future years.

  7. mikealstott says: Sep 10, 2012 9:01 PM

    I think Flacco looks great. Watching him run around in those tight pants gives me a boner… Big time… Arch your back like a dragon….

  8. britishraven says: Sep 10, 2012 9:09 PM

    Flacco looks really really good.

    The same cannot be said for this “defense”

  9. whodeytn says: Sep 10, 2012 9:11 PM

    How about those refs? Mixed with our awful defense, no way we can pull off a win.

  10. ravenunitas says: Sep 10, 2012 9:13 PM

    The Ravens aren’t even the best professional football team in Maryland.
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    Can’t wait to play the other team in Maryland and kick their butts just like always.
    Go Ravens

  11. eagleswin says: Sep 10, 2012 9:15 PM

    thegenoatkinsdiet says:
    Sep 10, 2012 8:48 PM
    Gotta be a little embarrassing to have a REAL referee with two SuperBowls on his resume tell the entire country that your touchdown was “clearly” a dropped ball. Finally, a game where Ravens fans can’t whine about the officiating.

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    Gotta be real embarrassing for the “real referee” as the replay official who upheld the touchdown was a REAL replay referee. The replay referees were not locked out, therefore the referee who upheld the call is the same referee who would’ve upheld the call if there was no lockout. How embarrassing for the REAL referees. A REAL referee criticizing other REAL referees.

  12. khennigan says: Sep 10, 2012 9:15 PM

    @voiceofreason yeah get at me when Bob gets the skins to the playoffs 4 times in a row. Let’s not get carried away after one game.

  13. husky2score says: Sep 10, 2012 9:20 PM

    Ravens offense just cruising right now and Ray Lewis is in beast mode… Good luck Bengals!

  14. jimmylions says: Sep 10, 2012 9:23 PM

    Love it!

    Might as well go for it and make it into a game. Bengals will come out of the locker room pumped.

  15. Andre's Johnson says: Sep 10, 2012 9:25 PM

    It’s interesting how so many of these “second tier” QB’s have looked really good this week: Flacco, Schaub, Ryan, Smith, Romo, etc. And the elite: Roethlisburger, E. Manning, and Rogers…not so elite.

  16. ravenator says: Sep 10, 2012 9:34 PM

    Wow keep on hating, ravens will be dominating the AFCN for years to come.

  17. raiderapologist says: Sep 10, 2012 9:38 PM

    Same old Bungals.

  18. easternshoresfinest says: Sep 10, 2012 9:43 PM

    Regardless of what the call on Boldin’s catch was a TD (which it was), Joe is playing his arse off. Can’t wait to see the haters eat their words this year.

  19. Show Me Your TDs says: Sep 10, 2012 9:44 PM

    It’s still the bengals ratbird fans don’t get ahead of yourself. You beat who you should have nothing more

  20. Juan says: Sep 10, 2012 9:54 PM

    The Bengals are who we thought they were.

  21. dcsuperfan says: Sep 10, 2012 10:07 PM

    Ah, voiceofreasonsays strikes again. You can (and should) jock the ‘Skins but you can’t dis Charm City. I love your fervor for the Redskins, and with RGIII validating all the hype and making the haters look foolish, there’s legitimate reason to believe in this team for the first time in at least 20 years. But we’ve got a ways to go before we can even make it a debate about who the best team in Maryland is. The Ravens have been a serious contender almost every year in Baltimore, and with their consistent ability to reload they’re set up to stay legit well after Ray Lewis and Ed Reed retire.

  22. mistersmith22 says: Sep 10, 2012 10:54 PM

    voiceofreasonsays says:
    Sep 10, 2012 8:49 PM
    The Ravens aren’t even the best professional football team in Maryland.

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    Come see us when your team has won anything more than one game, against a team with half a defense.

  23. ppdoc13 says: Sep 10, 2012 11:45 PM

    Voice offseason – what planet do you live on? When was the last time the team in DC was relevant? Tell me you wouldn’t trade your team straight up for mine and I will call you out for the liar you are. We’ve made the playoffs 4 years in a row winning at least one playoff game every year. When was the last time the foreskins won a playoff game? Oh yeah….. Now just go away. Don’t leave mad, just leave.

  24. ravenmuscle says: Sep 11, 2012 1:33 AM

    One thing is definite…the Steelers suck BIG TIME…Roethlisberger isn’t even a top 15 quarterback, the Steeler defense is definitely AGING and way past its prime and their offensive line is Swiss cheese. In other words the Steelers are last place material.

  25. theroc5156 says: Sep 11, 2012 9:54 AM

    Sorry, but Boldin didn’t catch that ball in the end zone. Even the retired ref in the booth said it shouldn’t have been a catch.

    That being said, I think it only would have delayed the inevitable had it been ruled correctly. Bengals couldn’t stop anyone yesterday.

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