The Bengals fell to the Ravens for the first time since November 10, 2013 and it was a game the Bengals were trailing in throughout, but still were in until the final seconds.
To end the game, the Ravens committed a slew of penalties, which by NFL rule, didn’t matter and put all zeros on the game clock, marking an end to a poor day for the Bengals.
This latest loss brings the Bengals to 3-7-1 and will almost definitely shut the door on the Bengals making it to the playoffs for a sixth straight season. This Bengals team simply doesn’t deserve to be back in the playoffs as they’re unable to beat teams that are even remotely good. The Ravens tried mightily to hand the Bengals the game, but, the Bengals refused to accept the gift. Such was the case all afternoon as Andy Dalton had a bad game with four fumbles, two lost to Ravens linebacker Elvis Dumervil. The defense allowed their opponent to score a touchdown on the opening drive for the sixth time in eight games. That was actually the only touchdown the Bengals defense allowed all afternoon. It was the Ravens’ highly reliable kicker and maybe the best player on their team, Justin Tucker, who scored the rest of the team’s points.
Imagine if the Bengals had a kicker who could be relied on to complete three field goals at a greater distance than 50 yards in one game. Ha.
Here are the social media reactions to the Bengals’ seventh loss of the season.
That was a wacky ending... Bengals lose 19-14 to Baltimore— Elise Jesse (@Elise_JesseWLWT) November 27, 2016
Wait---the game is over? You can just hold intentionally and get away with it? How is that a rule?— Jed DeMuesy (@Local12Jed) November 27, 2016
Coaching 101— Tony Pike (@TPike16) November 27, 2016
Well, we got a safety.— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) November 27, 2016
A fitting end to Bengals' playoff hopes. Season effectively over. The rebuild begins. Only question is will Marvin Lewis be part of it...— Jason Marcum (@marcum89) November 27, 2016
#FireMarvinLewis— Braden Whited (@BradenWhited) November 27, 2016
Just gonna leave that there
Welcome back, Elvis Dumervil.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 27, 2016
Sack, strip, fumble, ballgame. #Bengals— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonCMG) November 27, 2016
Punch them in the stomach!— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) November 27, 2016
Adam Jones quite angry on the walk back to the locker room because he wasn't deep for the Ravens' last punt. Very angry.— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) November 27, 2016
9th time in 11games #Bengals have failed to top 23 points.— Lance McAlister (@LanceMcAlister) November 27, 2016
They topped 23 points 12 times last season.
In postgame Justin Tucker said with the conditions today he would have felt confident kicking a 75 yard field goal. #Ravens #NFL— Jed DeMuesy (@Local12Jed) November 27, 2016
4 of 7 teams to beat #Bengals this year - PIT, DAL, NE, BAL - are in or tied for 1st. 2 more, DEN & NYG, would be WCs if season ended.— Enquirer Sports (@ENQSports) November 27, 2016
All 7 of the teams to beat #Bengals this season now have records better than .500.— Enquirer Sports (@ENQSports) November 27, 2016
Ravens end a five-game losing streak to the Bengals and stay atop the AFC North with a 19-14 win over... https://t.co/96hRSJLh58— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) November 27, 2016
That Ravens winning punt (hold) strategy is what happens when your head coach is a former special teams coach— Omar Ruiz (@OmarDRuiz) November 27, 2016
Dalton had FOUR passes knocked down at line of scrimmage on one drive...and then fumbled the game away.— Dave Dameshek (@Dameshek) November 27, 2016
WELCOME TO THE BUNGLES
Ravens "hold“ on for the win.— Rick Reilly (@ReillyRick) November 27, 2016
2 minute warning: Bengals at Baltimore's 36-yard line. Tyler Boyd reminds me of T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Or T.J. WhosYourMama!— Chick Ludwig (@ChickLudwig) November 27, 2016
oh hell yeah the Ravens did the Intentional Punter Safety With Tons Of Holding trick from the Super Bowl. My favorite play in sports— Rodger Sherman (@rodger_sherman) November 27, 2016
#Bengals have been outscored by a combined 10 points (or 4 PATs and 2 FGs) in 4 straight straight winless weeks. @FOX19— Jeremy Rauch (@FOX19Jeremy) November 27, 2016
That close to 7-4.
Man that look Crazy! they told them to hold! Every team has that in playbook. #cinvsbal— Willie Anderson (@BigWillie7179) November 27, 2016
Harbaugh: "Hold everybody." Smart decision. What a wild finish.— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) November 27, 2016
Bengals, 7-3-1 in one-score games in 2014-15, 0-3-1 in those games over last month.— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) November 27, 2016
Right tackle a nightmare for Bengals today - three stripsacks around Ogbuehi/Winston, last one from Dumervil ends game for Ravens win.— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) November 27, 2016
Bengals had to win this to have any shot to come back and win the AFC North. 3-7-1. It's all over now.— Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) November 27, 2016
Right Tackle was a problem today. As it has been all year. The pass protection was good outside of that.— Joe Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) November 27, 2016
I will repeat that - John Harbaugh is a football genius. So severely underrated.— Braden Whited (@BradenWhited) November 27, 2016
Marvin: huge error on fumbled red zone snap— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) November 27, 2016
Suggs added in postgame, "I wish 18 would've been out there, this win would feel a little more justified."— Lindsay Patterson (@LndsPatterson) November 27, 2016
Wrestlemania 33 https://t.co/cHV8nEWFcg— ThePostGame.com (@ThePostGame) November 27, 2016
In Baltimore, foul that occurs in the field of play by offense doesn't extend the period. If foul was in end zone & created safety, it would— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) November 27, 2016
#Ravens improve to 6-5 with the win.— Enquirer Sports (@ENQSports) November 27, 2016
Suggs: "We played Raven football. ... We finally got over the Cincinnati hump." #Bengals
This game was oddly fulfilling. Didn't expect them to win. Playing time for some youngins. Couple nice drives. Stupidity. Kickers. Rules.— Joe Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) November 27, 2016
Adam Jones: "I don't think no guys in here will let up or give in. All we can do is play hard and stay together. See how it turns out."— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) November 27, 2016
On the bright side, the Browns are still winless.— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) November 27, 2016
The NFL Rule Harbaugh exploited to end the game against the #Bengals pic.twitter.com/DhRdxrlQg5— Elise Jesse (@Elise_JesseWLWT) November 27, 2016
@Josh_Kirkendall pic.twitter.com/CIpuy4ZuMo— Joe Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) November 27, 2016
Bengals stink this year, but at least we have each other. Thanks for the follow, helping to keep things entertaining during a dreadful year— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) November 27, 2016
Not including halftime, the game between the Bengals and Ravens had 24 commercial breaks and 91 commercials. Note: Totally not scientific— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) November 27, 2016
I would have to go back and watch but I thought Rex Burkhead did some nice things today. Peko mentioned his name as well.— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) November 27, 2016
You could say the #Ravens Justin Tucker was pretty loose after the game. #CINvsBal pic.twitter.com/uPpruXMqNK— Jed DeMuesy (@Local12Jed) November 27, 2016
Ravens-Bengals ending was bad look for NFL. Rule book has a provision for a "palpably unfair act" but not sure if should have applied there.— MarkMaske (@MarkMaske) November 27, 2016
Just remember... It could be worse! Really, it could.
0-12 paper bags are out pic.twitter.com/XGLeazJIrA— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) November 27, 2016