NFL: The Cincinnati Bengals head into play-offs off the back of a win

Last Updated: 30/12/12 11:30pm

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Tyrod Taylor: the quarterback scored a touchdown in a losing cause for the Ravens

Tyrod Taylor: the quarterback scored a touchdown in a losing cause for the Ravens

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The Cincinnati Bengals got the better of the Baltimore Ravens by a 23-17 scoreline in a game that didn't much matter to either play-off-bound team.

Carlos Dunlap returned an interception 14 yards for a crucial touchdown in the fourth quarter of the contest between the two AFC North rivals.

The Ravens (10-6) had already clinched their second straight divisional title, meaning they will host Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts next weekend.

The Bengals, who also finished with a 10-6 record, were locked into the sixth seed as the final wild-card team. they will now head on the road to Houston to face the Texans next.

Josh Brown kicked three field goals in the second half before Dunlap tipped one of Tyrod Taylor's passes to himself and returned it for a clinching touchdown with just over six minutes to play.

Baltimore pulled Flacco and running back Ray Rice after the second series. Receiver Anquan Boldin, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and linebacker Terrell Suggs were inactive, giving them a week to rest.

They scored touchdowns through Anthony Allen and back-up quarterback Tyrod Taylor, both on short runs, the latter's effort from a yard out putting the Ravens 14-13 ahead.

Andy Dalton managed an 11-yard touchdown pass to Marvin Jones, tying the game at seven apiece heading into halftime, before being replaced by Bruce Gradkowski.

Brown kicked field goals of 47, 32 and 38 yards in the second half; he will be the Bengals' kicker in the play-offs with Mike Nugent sidelined by a calf injury.

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