"We're playing with a lot of confidence right now," said Dalton, who was 21 of 36 for 281 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions. "The last couple of years we played on the road. For us to have a home game here, it'll be a great environment.
"We're ready for the playoffs to start."
In Cincinnati, there's only one thing in mind: win a playoff game for the first time since the 1990 season. The Bengals lost opening-round games in Houston each of the last two seasons, leaving them tied for the seventh-longest stretch of playoff futility in NFL history.
This time, they'll be playing at home, where they've scored 49, 41, 42, 42 and 34 points in their last five games. Their playoff seeding depended upon a later game between New England and Buffalo.
"If we have to play next week or we have to play in two weeks, this team is going to carry this swagger and attitude into the playoffs," offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth said. "If we continue to put up 30-plus points a game and continue playing defense the way we are, we'll have a chance to make a lot of noise."
Dalton's 33rd TD pass surpassed Palmer's club record from 2005. He finished 21 of 36 for 281 yards, breaking Palmer's club record for yards passing in a season with 4,296.
After the Ravens tied it 17-all in the third quarter, Dalton led a 90-yard drive that ended with his 1-yard touchdown run.
Dalton responded by leading the 90-yard touchdown drive culminating in his run after a faked handoff. Dre Kirkpatrick had two interceptions in the fourth quarter that sealed it, including a 21-yard return for a touchdown.
Flacco, playing his second game on a sprained left knee, was 30 of 50 for 192 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions.
Notes: Flacco threw for a career-high 3,912 yards this season. ... Brown's TD catch tied Torrey Smith's club record of 7 TDs by a rookie. ... Rice set a club record for total yards from scrimmage with 9,214 career. ... The Bengals played without TEs Jermaine Gresham (hamstring) and rookie Tyler Eiffert (neck). ... The Bengals had to reconfigure their offensive line again when C Kyle Cook suffered a foot injury and tackles Anthony Collins and Whitworth hurt ankles. X-rays on Cook were negative. ... The Bengals had two receivers with double-digit TD catches for the first time in their history. Green had 11, Jones 10.
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