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Bengals unable to spoil Ravens playoff hopes in regular season finale

A Cincinnati Bengals fan wears a bag on his head as he watches the first half of an NFL...
A Cincinnati Bengals fan wears a bag on his head as he watches the first half of an NFL football game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)(Aaron Doster | AP)
Updated: Jan. 3, 2021 at 3:58 PM EST
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CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Bengals (4-11-1) could not play the role of spoiler Sunday when they had a chance to hurt the Baltimore Ravens’ (11-5) playoff hopes.

Bengals rookie wide receiver Tee Higgins came up limp early in the first quarter. According to the Bengals, Higgins injured his left hamstring and would not return to the game.

With Higgins sidelined, the Bengals’ offense struggled through the first half and much of the game.

Through three drives in the first half, the Bengals gained only seven yards on offense. Cincinnati did manage to move the ball a little down the field before halftime to get a field goal.

The Ravens were in complete control and up 17-3 going into the half.

Things would not be much different in the final two quarters.

Baltimore scored a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter to increase the lead to 31-3. Cincinnati was in position to score towards the end of the quarter set up by a 55-yard run by running back Trayveon Williams.

The drive would end on the one-yard line when Bengals quarterback Brandon Allen was intercepted by the Ravens Marcus Peters.

After three quarters, the Bengals trailed Baltimore 38-3.

With neither team finding the end zone in the final quarter, the Bengals lost 38-3 to end their season.

The Bengals allowed the Ravens to gain 525 yards on offense with 404 of those coming on the ground.

Cincinnati will have the fifth overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

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