Ravens fend off Bengals, forge tie atop AFC North

The Ravens intercepted Andy Dalton three times, turning two into touchdowns, and stopped the rookie quarterback on a final drive to tie Pittsburgh for first place in the AFC North.

Ray Rice rushed for two touchdowns and Joe Flacco passed for a pair, leading Baltimore to a hard-fought 31-24 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

Dalton's last two interceptions -- one late in the third quarter and another early in the fourth -- both led to Ravens touchdowns on the next play for a 31-14 lead.

The Bengals scored 10 unanswered points and had 1st-and-goal on the seven-yard line on their last drive, but Dalton threw incomplete three times and was sacked on fourth down.

Baltimore (7-3) played without linebacker Ray Lewis for the first time since 2007 because of a toe injury and tied the idle Steelers atop the tight division.

Cincinnati (6-4) was missing talented rookie receiver A.J. Green (knee) but Dalton threw a 49-yard touchdown pass to Andre Caldwell during a fourth- quarter rally.