After Cincinnati took an early lead with a game-opening touchdown, the Baltimore Ravens nearly responded.
Baltimore reached midfield with over seven minutes remaining in the first quarter, facing a third down situation with eight yards needed to pick up the first down. Joe Flacco, facing down a defensive blitz, flips the football to Kamar Aiken in the flats. Terence Newman, who dropped an easy interception two plays earlier, makes the open-field tackle one yard shy of the first down. The Ravens convert on a Lorenzo Taliaferro three-yard run, who follows dominating blocks from Baltimore's offensive line.
Eventually Baltimore, easily pressing their attack downfield, reaches Cincinnati's seven-yard line with 3:30 remaining in the first. Following a Justin Forsett five-yard run, the Ravens pounded the football, twice, eventually reaching Cincinnati's one-yard line. Instead of converting the chip-shot field goal, the Ravens go for it on fourth down. Flacco fakes the handoff, rolls out to the right and flips the football to Aiken, who is unable to secure the football.
The Bengals take over at the one.