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Ravens open up 34-13 lead after 3 quarters

Associated Press Modified: September 10, 2012 at 8:48 pm •  Published: September 10, 2012

BALTIMORE (AP) — Joe Flacco threw two touchdown passes and Ray Rice ran 7 yards for a score to give the Baltimore Ravens a 34-13 lead over the Cincinnati Bengals after three quarters Monday night.

Ed Reed also scored on an interception return for the seventh time in his career.

The winner of the season-opening matchup between divisional foes gets first place in the AFC North.

Andy Dalton was 4 for 5 for 59 yards on the opening drive of the second half, and his third-down keeper moved the ball to the Ravens' 1-yard line. But the Bengals had to settle for a 19-yard field goal by Mike Nugent, trimming Baltimore's lead to 17-13.

Flacco then took the Ravens 89 yards on nine plays, floating a 10-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dennis Pitta for a 24-13 lead. Pitta backpedaled and outleaped cornerback Leon Hall to snag Flacco's timing-play throw.

On the next series, Ravens coach John Harbaugh successfully challenged a 20-yard completion from Dalton to Andrew Hawkins on third down, and the play was changed to a 6-yard completion because Ray Lewis touched the receiver when his knee was ruled down. Cincinnati was forced to punt and the Ravens took a 27-13 lead on Justin Tucker's 40-yard field goal with 1:13 left in the third quarter.

Reed intercepted a tipped pass on the ensuing possession, returning it 34 yards for a 34-13 lead. Reed has the NFL record for career interception yards with 1,497, breaking the old mark of 1,483 by Hall of Famer Rod Woodson.

Flacco went 12 for 15 in the first half to stake the Ravens to a 17-10 halftime lead.

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