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Carlos Dunlap returned an interception 14 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter Sunday, sending the Cincinnati Bengals to a 23-17 victory over the Baltimore Ravens in a game that didn't much matter to either playoff-bound team.
The Ravens (10-6) had already clinched their second straight AFC North title, putting them in line to host a game next weekend.
The Bengals (10-6) were locked into the sixth seed as the final wild-card team. The only question was who they would play in the opening round, and that wouldn't be answered until games were completed later in the day.
So, they went into preseason mode on a 26-degree afternoon with a wind chill of 16.
The Ravens let quarterback Joe Flacco and running back Ray Rice play only two series. Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and receiver A.J. Green sat out the second half.
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The Ravens are resting receiver Anquan Boldin, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and linebacker Terrell Suggs against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday for a game that meant little to either team.
The Ravens already had won the AFC North and the Bengals had clinched the final wild card berth.
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The Ravens are trailing the Bengals midway through the third quarter. Cincinnati has had excellent field position aided by good punting by Kevin Huber.
Baltimore’s offense has sputtered with Tyrod Taylor running the show, but it means very little.
Josh Brown has kicked the Bengals into a 10-7 lead.
It’s a tied game in Cincinnati. On their latest offensive possession, Baltimore was pushed back to their own end zone. Cincinnati took advantage.
Punter Sam Koch was only able to punt the ball out to the Ravens’ 40-yard line. Andy Dalton hit Marvin Jones for his first-career touchdown reception.
The Bengals and Ravens are tied 7-7 as this game goes to halftime.
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