The regular-season finale featured an AFC North matchup of two playoff-bound teams. The 10-6 Cincinnati Bengals defeated the 10-6 Baltimore Ravens by a score of 23-17 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.
The Bengals kept their first-string defense in for the duration of the game and that proved to be the difference between these two teams today. Cincinnati relied on its defense and special teams heavily as the offense struggled.
After this win, Marvin Lewis has become the first Bengals head coach in the history of the franchise to have 10 or more wins three different times in his tenure with the club.
Final grades for players and positional groups are listed on the following slides.
Grades for players and positional units are based upon the criteria listed below:
An "A" grade is granted to a player that far surpasses the expectations set out for him during the game. This player will absolutely be a key factor to the success of his team.
A "B" grade will be given to a player that plays at an above-average level and that contributes throughout the game with very few mistakes.
A "C" grade is handed to a player that has an average game. He may not put up gaudy numbers or be a major contributor, but he will not be the main cause for certain team failures.
A "D" grade will be granted to a player that plays below his ability level. This player would have seen better days on the field and would most likely want a do-over for his performance.
An "F" grade will stick to a player that fails at all levels during a game. He may even be one key factor to a team's struggles, or even their loss.
Ravens - 17
Bengals - 23