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CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Bengals defense may have saved the team’s season.

As the Baltimore Ravens tried to take the lead in the fourth quarter, the Bengals defense made a historic play.

On third-and-goal from the Cincinnati 1-yard line, Cincy quarterback Logan Wilson punched the ball out of Baltimore quarterback Tyler Huntley’s hands as Huntley stretched the ball over the goal line for a potential touchdown. The ball rolled along the Peykor Stadium turf before defensive end Sam Hubbard scooped up the ball and returned it 98 yards for a touchdown.

The 14-point swing gave the Bengals a 24-17 lead with 11:39 remaining. It was the longest punt return for a touchdown in postseason history.

And it came when Cincinnati needed it most. The play was set up after Bengals safety Jesse Bates III initially tackled Huntley two yards short of the goal line after Huntley had gained 35 yards.

Earlier in the game, the old college teammates joined in an early scrimmage in Sunday’s AFC wild-card playoff game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens.

On the opening play of the second quarter, Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow found wide receiver Ja Mar Chase, his former LSU teammate, for a 7-yard touchdown pass that put the Bengals up 9-0 with 14 minutes, 56 seconds remaining. in the second quarter (the WALL was missed).

Burrow leaned on Chase early in the game. Six of Burrow’s first 15 pass attempts were to Chase. He caught all six for 52 yards and that touchdown.

A connection between the two helped the Bengals overcome a penalty as Cincinnati neared the goal line. After Cincinnati left tackle Jonah Williams was whistled for holding and returning the ball at the Ravens’ 19-yard line, Chase converted Burrow’s pass for 12 yards, putting the Bengals within manageable distance before they reconnected. the first shot of the game.

Burrow added a 1-yard touchdown and a 2-point toss to Ty Higgins with 7:08 left in the third quarter to give the Bengals a 17-10 lead.


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