Ravens 3 Bengals 0


With rain coming down at the start of the game, both teams were cautious in the first quarter. The Ravens broke through with 6:06 left in the quarter on a 27-yard field goal by Matt Stover. It capped a seven-play, 56-yard drive. The key play was a 45-yard completion from Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco to wide receiver Mark Clayton, who made a diving catch.

Ravens: FG Stover 27, 6:06



Ravens 13 Bengals 3

After tacking on another short field goal by Stover, the Ravens started pounding the ball on the ground with Le'Ron McClain. Clayton made another highlight-reel reception on third-and-five to put the Ravens inside the 5-yard line. Flacco then hooked up with tight end Todd Heap for a touchdown. Flacco was 4-for-4 for 60 yards on the drive.

Ravens: FG Stover 21, 12:52

Ravens: Heap 4 pass from Flacco (Stover kick), 3:06

Bengals: FG Graham 21, 0:00


Ravens 27 Bengals 3


After a sluggish first half, the Ravens' offense woke up in the third quarter behind big plays by Clayton. He threw a perfect 32-yard touchdown pass to fellow wide receiver Derrick Mason off a reverse, then made a stellar one-handed catch on a 70-yard bomb from Flacco.

Ravens: Mason 32 pass from Clayton (Stover kick), 8:12

Ravens: Clayton 70 pass from Flacco (Stover kick), 5:53


Ravens 34 Bengals 3

Neither team did much in the quarter as reserves got into the action. Jordan Palmer, brother of Carson Palmer, the Bengals' starting quarterback when he isn't injured, threw an interception that Ravens safety Jim Leonhard returned 35 yards for a touchdown with 2:28 remaining to close out the scoring.


Ravens: Leonhard 35 interception return (Stover kick), 2:28