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NFL Wild-Card Game Recap: Cincinnati Bengals 24, Baltimore Ravens 17

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) throws to Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (85) to convert a 2-point conversion in the third 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. Baltimore Ravens At Cincinnati Bengals Afc Wild Card Jan 15 211

The Cincinnati Bengals fended off the Baltimore Ravens in the Queen City to move onto the divisional round of the postseason. Here are the most notable performers from Sunday Night Football.

Offensive Spotlight: It was a fairly conservative outing from Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow, who posted just a 6.3-yard average depth of target and zero big-time throws for the game.

Some of this had to do with the soft coverage being played by Baltimore, but the biggest reason was the weakness along the offensive line. Burrow helped take stress off the group by getting the ball out quickly and decisively, as evidenced by his 2.54-second average time to throw for the game. He also didn’t put the ball in harm’s way, recording zero turnover-worthy plays in the contest.

Defensive Spotlight: Bengals linebacker Logan Wilson and edge defender Sam Hubbard teamed up for one of the biggest game-changing plays of the season. On a Baltimore sneak at the one-yard line with the game tied at 17 in the fourth quarter, Wilson punched the ball out as Tyler Huntley reached for the score, and Hubbard scooped it up and ran it 98 yards for a touchdown. This play swung the win probability 46 percentage points in Cincinnati’s favor.

Rookie Spotlight: Ravens safety Kyle Hamilton capped off his excellent rookie campaign with another stellar outing. He forced a fumble, totaled four defensive stops and didn’t miss any of his nine tackle attempts for the game.

Offensive Line Spotlight: Cincinnati’s rough offensive line situation got even worse as left tackle Jonah Williams exited with an injury, thrusting Jackson Carman into the important blindside spot. Right tackle Hakeem Adeniji had a rough night, with three pressures allowed and eight pass-blocking losses in total. Veteran center Ted Karras was unsurprisingly the best of the bunch, losing just one rep overall.

Box Score

Passing
BALTIMORE RAVENS
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Sacks Rtg
Tyler Huntley 20.4 17 / 29 226 7.8 2 1 2 92
CINCINNATI BENGALS
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Sacks Rtg
Joe Burrow 21.3 23 / 32 209 6.5 1 0 4 99.6
Rushing
BALTIMORE RAVENS
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
J.K. Dobbins 20.5 13 62 4.8 0 15 0
Tyler Huntley 20.4 9 54 6.0 0 35 1
Mark Andrews 12.3 1 0 0.0 0 0 0
Gus Edwards 6.2 12 39 3.2 0 9 0
CINCINNATI BENGALS
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Joe Burrow 21.3 5 9 1.8 1 4 0
Joe Mixon 8.6 11 39 3.5 0 11 0
Samaje Perine 0.3 2 3 1.5 0 2 0
Receiving
BALTIMORE RAVENS
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD Long
J.K. Dobbins 20.5 5 4 43 8.6 1 27
Demarcus Robinson 12.9 3 2 49 16.3 1 41
Mark Andrews 12.3 10 5 73 7.3 0 29
Gus Edwards 6.2 1 1 13 13.0 0 13
Josh Oliver 4.6 2 2 26 13.0 0 19
Justice Hill 3.0 2 2 10 5.0 0 9
Sammy Watkins 2.2 3 1 12 4.0 0 12
Patrick Ricard 0.0 2 0 0 0.0 0 0
CINCINNATI BENGALS
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD Long
Ja'Marr Chase 23.4 12 9 84 7.0 1 19
Tee Higgins 9.7 6 4 37 6.2 0 12
Joe Mixon 8.6 4 3 17 4.2 0 8
Hayden Hurst 7.5 6 4 45 7.5 0 18
Tyler Boyd 5.6 3 3 26 8.7 0 11
Samaje Perine 0.3 1 0 0 0.0 0 0

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