Hubbard’s 98-yard punt return leads Bengals over Ravens.

CINCINNATI — Sam Hubbard returned the ball to Tyler Huntley 98 yards for a tie-breaking touchdown in the fourth quarter, helping Joe Barrow and the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Baltimore Ravens 24-17 in an AFC wild-card game on Sunday night.

Facing a third-and-goal at the 1 with 12 minutes left, Huntley tried to go over the top line for the go-ahead score. But he was picked up by Jermaine Pratt and stripped by fellow linebacker Logan Wilson.

The ball went right to Hubbard at the 2, and the defensive end took off down the field for the longest touchdown drive in NFL postseason history. It was also the longest TD run in a fourth quarter in the postseason.

Moments after the Cincinnati native’s game, with the 66,399 in the Paycor Stadium crowd still buzzing, Hubbard took in oxygen while sitting on the sideline bench.

“Thank you to whoever kicked that ball. I was in the right place at the right time,” Hubbard said.

In the final minute, Baltimore drove to the Cincinnati 17, but Kevin Zeitler was flagged for holding the ball and Huntley threw the ball short of the end zone.

Playing behind a patchwork offensive line, Borrow passed for 209 yards and a touchdown for the AFC North champion. He also had a 1-yard touchdown run a week after the Bengals beat the Ravens 27-16 in the regular season finale.

“Fought hard. That’s what happens in the playoffs, especially when you’re playing a division team for the third time,” Borrow said. “It will never be easy. They know us. We know them. It’s nice to get the win.”

Next up for Cincinnati (13-4) is a trip to Buffalo for a rematch of the Week 17 game that was canceled after Bills safety Damar Hamlin went into cardiac arrest on the field. With Hamlin watching from home, Buffalo advanced with a 34-31 win over Miami on Sunday.

Playing again without quarterback Lamar Jackson because of a knee injury, Baltimore (10-8) had two rushing touchdowns for the first time since Nov. 27. Huntley passed for 226 yards and two TDs, but he also had a costly interception.

Hubbard’s dramatic journey into the end zone has sent the Ravens into an uncertain offseason focused on the future of Jackson, who is eligible for free agency. The 2019 MVP was injured in a 10-9 win against Denver on Dec. 4 and did not travel with the team to Cincinnati for the playoff game.

Huntley was intercepted by Cincinnati linebacker Akeem Davis-Gaither on the second down of his first postseason start. The Bengals turned a fumble into a 7-yard touchdown by Burrow to Ja’Mar Chase early in the second quarter, but had to settle for a 9-0 lead after Evan McPherson missed an extra point.

Huntley stepped up after some early trouble, leading the Ravens on a 17-play, 75-yard drive that lasted more than 10 minutes. Jay Kay Dobbins put Baltimore on the scoreboard when he stretched the ball across the goal line for a 2-yard reception.

A fumble by former Baltimore tight end Hayden Hurst led to a 22-yard field goal by Justin Tucker in the final seconds of the first half, giving the Ravens a 10-9 halftime lead. The most important play in the scoring drive was a 19-yard reception by Josh Oliver after Huntley had to run back to recover a high kick that had eluded him.

WORTH ATTENTION

The Bengals lost left tackle John Williams to a left knee injury in the first half. They were already playing without right tackle Lael Collins and right guard Alex Capa due to injuries.

NO MORE

Baltimore was 6-0 on the road in wild-card games.

FURTHER

The Bengals travel to Buffalo to face Josh Allen and the AFC East champion Bills (14-3).

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