The Cincinnati Bengals won yet another game and this time, it came in the playoffs. Not only did the good guys advance in the playoffs, but they ended the Baltimore Ravens' season with a 24-17 final score at Paycor Stadium.
With the playoff victory in the books, let's take a look at the winners and losers from the game. Per tradition, since the Bengals won, we'll start with the losers.
I won't sugarcoat it -- This was not a good game for the first-round rookie. Hill was flagged three times with a key one coming on a third-down stop in a goal-to-go situation. The Ravens went on to score a touchdown from there.
Apple gets a bad rap sometimes but he didn't play well on Sunday night, getting straight-up cooked by Tyler Huntley and Demarcus Robinson of all people for a 41-yard touchdown that tied things up in Paycor Stadium at 17 all.
Another game, another lackluster performance from the run game, which totaled just 51 yards on the ground against the Ravens. This is a worry by this point. The Bengals need to be able to bleed the clock in the key moments and not lean on their defense for everything but they can't run the clock down if their run game doesn't get going.
Hurst was responsible for a bad fumble in the first half that allowed the Ravens to take a 10-9 lead at the half. He had four catches for 45 yards in the game, proving to be a valuable weapon for Joe Burrow but you can't make those mistakes in these games. It'll cost you big time.
I mean... duh.
Without Hubbard's 98-yard touchdown return in the second half. we might be singing a different tune this morning. The Bengals needed a game-changing play in that moment and Hubbard delivered.
Speaking of Hubbard's play, it wouldn't have been made possible without Wilson getting his mitt in there and prying the ball out. Wilson also led the team with 10 tackles and had a key tackle on Huntley that left the Ravens short of the first-down marker in the second half.
The former first-round pick finished with nine catches for 84 yards and a touchdown. He continues to be Joe Burrow's right-hand man and it needs to stay that way if this team wants to go back to the Super Bowl again.
We talked about one turnover that the Bengals defense forced already but how about the other one? On the Ravens' first offensive series, Tyler Huntley threw a bad pass right into the arms of Davis-Gaither, who has been quieter this season but still proved that he's a good player.