Bengals beat the Ravens, set up showdown in Buffalo

Cincinnati will play Buffalo at 3 p.m. next Sunday.
The Cincinnati Bengals celebrate a touchdown by wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) in the second...
The Cincinnati Bengals celebrate a touchdown by wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) in the second quarter during an NFL wild-card playoff football game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023, at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati.The Ravens led 10-9 at halftime.(Sam Greene/The Enquirer)
Published: Jan. 15, 2023 at 11:38 PM EST
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - Defensive end Sam Hubbard plucked the ball out of the air at the Bengals goal line in the fourth quarter Sunday night and started running.

Ninety eight yards later, the Cincinnati-native gave his hometown team a lead they would never relinquish.

[WATCH: Sam Hubbard’s 98-yard fumble runback touchdown]

The Cincinnati Bengals outlasted the Baltimore Ravens 24-17 Sunday night before a deafening crowd at Paycor Stadium in a Wild Card rematch of last Sunday’s Week 17 game.

The game came down to a final Hail Mary from Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley that was tipped away by Bengals cornerback Mike Hilton. It’s the Bengals’ fifth consecutive playoff game that came down to the final play.

Cincinnati has now won a playoff game in back-to-back years for the first time in franchise history.

Joe Burrow is now the Bengals’ winningest postseason quarterback with four victories, surpassing Boomer Esiason’s record of three.

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Cincinnati will travel to Buffalo next weekend for a Divisional Round game against the Bills.

The Bengals are winners of nine straight, a franchise record. The Bills are unbeaten in their last eight games after surviving against the Miami Dolphins Sunday afternoon.

The game is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sunday. [Full Divisional Round schedule]

The teams will face off three weeks after Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed on-field at Paycor Stadium in a Monday Night Football game that was eventually cancelled.

“We’re going on the road,” Hubbard said postgame. “I like being on the road with this team. We’ve got an us-vs.-them mentality. I’d go anywhere with this team.”

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