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Cincinnati Bengals reclaim first place over the Baltimore Ravens

The Cincinnati Bengals needed a late fourth quarter touchdown to reclaim the lead over Baltimore, as well as reclaim first place in the AFC North.

Andy Lyons

If you weren't stuck in the middle of the roller coaster that appealed to every human emotion, then you weren't watching Cincinnati's 27-24 win over the Baltimore Ravens.

The Bengals jumped out to a 17-6 lead midway through the third quarter, thanks to back-to-back interceptions by Joe Flacco. Linebacker Emmanuel Lamur and cornerback Adam Jones get credit for the turnovers, leading to a Giovani Bernard touchdown and a Mike Nugent field goal.

Yet Cincinnati gave 10 points back following an Andy Dalton fumble and interception (could be argued as a fumble by Mohamed Sanu), allowing Baltimore to eventually claim a 24-20 fourth quarter lead. The Bengals drove downfield, with the help of a Mohamed Sanu 53-yard reception, reclaiming the lead on an Andy Dalton sneak with less than a minute remaining in the game.

When the clock struck zero, the Bengals reclaimed first place... by .018 percentage points... in the AFC North.

1 Cincinnati Bengals 4-2-1 .643
2 Baltimore Ravens 5-3 .625
3 Pittsburgh Steelers 4-3* .571
4 Cleveland Browns 3-3* .500

* Late afternoon games ongoing