Bengals surge to take 17-6 lead over Ravens at halftime

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Dec 29, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones (12) is unable to make a catch while being defended by Cincinnati Bengals strong safety George Iloka (43) during the first quarter at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals were able to overcome a slow start to take a 17-6 lead over the Baltimore Ravens going into halftime. The Bengals came out firing on their first offensive possession as Andy Dalton went deep for receiver Marvin Jones, but the pass was just a bit short, and while Jones was able to get both hands on the ball, cornerback Corey Graham was able to wrestle the ball way from Jones and get the interception.

The Baltimore Ravens would then go three-and-out and Justin Tucker booted in a 38-yard field goal to give them a quick 3-0 lead. On the next possession, Dalton threw his second interception of the game to safety James Ihedigbo. It was the third time Ihedigbo has picked-off Dalton this year after recording two picks in their first matchup in Baltimore this year.

But the defense held and forced another Justin Tucker field goal, giving the Ravens an early 6-0 lead.

The Bengals finally got going on the next drive after Andy Dalton hooked up with wide receiver A.J. Green on a 53-yard touchdown pass to give Cincy a 7-6 lead.

The Ravens offense would sputter from here on out and the Bengals would score two more times, capped-off by an amazing TD catch by Marvin Jones right before halftime to give the Bengals a 17-6 lead at the half.

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