Andy Dalton had two rushing touchdowns which was just enough to hold off a Ravens comeback Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.
With A.J. Green out for the third straight week, Mohamed Sanu again stepped into the lead receiver role and hauled in five receptions for 125 yards.
Sanu made two spectacular catches in the game. He hauled in a ridiculous one-handed catch for 48 yards and almost broke free for a touchdown. In the fourth quarter, Sanu helped the Bengals score the game winning touchdown by catching a deep 53-yard catch.
Sanu's catch set up Andy Dalton's quarterback sneak on 4th down and goal to pull the Bengals ahead, 27-24.
“That's a time when you've got to have everybody into it, the fans, the crowd, things can turn around pretty quickly like that. So, it was exactly what we needed to make a big play and get us into position to score, and that's what we did,” said Dalton after the game.
Ravens' receiver Steve Smith caught an 80-yard pass from Joe Flacco and ran it in for a touchdown with more than 30 seconds left. The touchdown was nullified by an offensive pass interference penalty.
“Steve [Smith] has a way of separating himself. He's really good at that. He's a rare player. I'm glad, hopefully we don't have to see him again this year,” said head coach Marvin Lewis after the game.
After the penalty, the Bengals came up with a massive stop on 4th down to end the game.
“It was good because we overcame bad stuff, and it was a grind. We've had some grinds lately that have been negative. I think that's what wins in our division. Week in and week out, we have to play that kind of football," said Lewis.
Dalton finished 21-of-28 with 266 yards, an interception, and two rushing goal line touchdowns.
“I think it shows the confidence this team can have. We need a big drive to win the game, we have to go down and do it, and I think we've proved that we can. It's happened several times this year. We have to have a big play and we hit them,” Dalton.
The Bengals rushing attacked combined for 111 yards among Giovani Bernard, Mohamed Sanu, Jeremy Hill, and Dalton.
Bengals swept the season series against the Ravens in the victory, and sit in first place in the AFC North standings.
Bengals play the Jacksonville Jaguars next Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.
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