Baltimore Ravens fans let out a simultaneous sigh of relief on Sunday after Justin Tucker sent a 46-yard field goal attempt through the uprights to beat the Cincinnati Bengals 20-17 in overtime.
The Ravens were ahead 17-0 at the half, leading Ravens fans to believe the team has begun to turn the season around. But the team could not reach the end zone in the second half, opening the door for the Bengals to come back.
With time expired, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton threw a Hail Mary pass from the Bengals’ 49-yard line. The ball was tipped up by Ravens safety James Ihedigbo and into the hands of Bengals receiver A.J. Green, sending the game into overtime.
After stopping the Bengals on 4th and 2, the Ravens got the ball back on their own 44-yard line, ultimately setting Tucker up for the game-winning field goal.
Sunday’s victory against the Bengals has kept the Ravens’ playoff hopes alive.
The Ravens are tied for second in the AFC North with the Cleveland Browns with a 4-5 record. Both teams are trailing the 6-4 Bengals. At this point in the season, anything can happen in the division.
Even if the Ravens fail to win the AFC North, they can still clinch the second wild card berth. The Kansas City Chiefs (9-0) and the Denver Broncos (8-1), both in the AFC West, will clinch the division title and the first wild card position. The rest is up to the other teams in the AFC.
One of those teams is the 5-4 New York Jets. The Jets have had an unpredictable season up to this point, putting up big numbers against top ranked teams, but falling short to struggling teams. The Ravens will put their skills to the test against the Jets in Week 12.
The Ravens won’t face the Bengals again until Week 17. At this rate, a lot could be riding on that game. But for now, the Ravens can breathe a little easier knowing that there is still a chance to make the postseason.