This forced the Ravens into a field goal attempt which was missed by Justin Tucker. The score would remain 9-0 in favor of Baltimore.
With the offense in another hole, Dalton scrambled with the ball on 2nd and long, desperately trying to get the first down. But he was left lying on the field five yards short after a monstrous hit by defensive lineman Art Jones.
Dalton had to be helped off the field, and things did not look good for the Bengal signal caller.
Offensive coordinator Jay Gruden would hand the keys to Josh Johnson who came out in a 3rd and 5 situation.
And his first pass was incomplete, leading to another Bengals punt late in the first half.
Thanks to a deep bomb to wideout Jacoby Jones, the Ravens were able to get deep into Bengal territory and stop the clock with 5 ticks left before the half.
The field goal try was good this time by Justin Tucker, extending the Ravens lead to 12-0 as the second quarter came to a close.
A few deep passes to Torrey Smith had the Ravens offense clicking in the first half as he tallied 110 yards and one touchdown on only three receptions. And led by Haloti Ngata, the Baltimore defense kept the Bengal offense in check, and out of the scoring column.