NFC North: Cincinnati Bengals beat divisional rivals Baltimore Ravens
Last Updated: 29/12/13 10:21pm
Marvin Jones celebrates catching a touchdown pass for Cincinnati
Defending Super Bowl champions Baltimore Ravens have missed out on a place in this season's play-offs after slumping to a 34-17 defeat at Cincinnati.
The Ravens (8-8) lost their last two games, becoming the 15th Super Bowl champions to fail to reach the the following year's post season and the sixth in the last 12 years.
Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton overcame a dreadful start to lead the Bengals (11-5) into the play-offs as AFC North champions.
Dalton threw for an interception on the first play of the game and then turned the ball over again in the first quarter, but both times a toothless Baltimore offence could only convert the turnovers into field goals.
In all Dalton threw four interceptions but he hit back by throwing for two touchdowns, running for another and also set a pair of Bengals passing records.
It was an erratic performance by the third-year quarterback, but he did finish with 21 of 36 for 281 yards.
In the process Dalton broke Carson Palmer's franchise records for touchdown passes and yards passing.
By contrast, Joe Flacco had a dreadful afternoon, throwing three interceptions and passing for just 192 yards, much of that when the game was already over as a contest.
Cincinnati will head into the post season bidding to finally win a play-off game. The Bengals have failed to do that since the 1990 season - that is the longest current streak of any team in the NFL.