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GAME PREVIEW
JANUARY 1, 2012

TIME: 4:15 p.m., Sunday

PLACE: Paul Brown Stadium (FieldTurf)

RADIO: Play-by-play Dan Hoard and analyst Dave Lapham on "Triple Cast" flagships 700-AM WLW, 1530-AM ESPN and 102.7-FM WEBN on the 25-station Bengals radio network.

TV: CBS broadcast team of Ian Eagle play-by-play and Dan Fouts analyst. Channel 12 in Cincinnati, Channel 7 in Dayton, Ohio, Channel 27 in Lexington, Ky.

INJURIES
CIN: OUT: WR Andre Caldwell (groin/abdomen) on season-ending injured reserve; S Taylor Mays (hamstring) got hurt early in last week's game, didn't practice all week and is doubtful. T Anthony Collins (eye infection) didn't work Friday and is probable. LE Carlos Dunlap (hamstring) was limited Wednesday, sat Thursday, and was limited Friday and is questionable. RB Brian Leonard (knee), who has missed last three games, was full go this week. WR A.J. Green (right shoulder) was limited Wednesday and Thursday but was full go Friday and probable. Same with LT Andrew Whitworth (knee) and DL Frostee Rucker (neck).

BAL: WR Anquan Boldin (knee) was cleared to practice Friday and was limited and declared doubtful; Pro Bowl RG Marshal Yanda (chest) missed Wednesday and Thursday, but was limited Friday and declared doubtful. K Billy Cundiff (calf) was limited all week and listed as questionable after old friend Shayne Graham kicked last week in his place. If Cundiff is healthy, Graham gets cut. DE Cory Redding (ankle) and CB Cary Williams (head) were limited Thursday and Friday and are questionable.
» Complete Injury Report

THE SERIES
Ravens lead, 17-14; Bengals lead, 9-6 at home, 7-4 at PBS.

NOTEWORTHY
» A win puts the Bengals in the playoffs for the third time since 2005 and second time in three seasons. The last time the Bengals went to the playoffs twice in three years was 1988 and 1990.

» If the Bengals lose, they need the Jets to lose in Miami as well the Chiefs to win in Denver or the Chargers to win in Oakland.

» The 1990 team is the last one to win a playoff game when the Bengals AFC Central Division champs beat the Central Wild Card Houston Oilers on Jan. 6, 1991 at Riverfront Stadium. If the Bengals beat the Ravens on Sunday, they'll play the Texans in Houston next weekend on Jan. 7 or 8.

» The one time the Bengals won a Wild Card game was when head coach Paul Brown's last team finished 11-3, a game behind the 1975 Central Division champion Steelers, the eventual Super Bowl champs.

» Shayne Graham, the most accurate kicker in Bengals history, could be kicking for Baltimore on Sunday pending injured Billy Cundiff's situation. The last time Graham kicked at PBS was in the 2009 Wild Card loss to the Jets in which he missed from 35 and 28 yards. This game is five years and a day to his missed 39-yard field goal attempt against the Steelers with eight seconds left in the season finale that knocked the Bengals out of the playoffs.

» The game is 21 years and two days to the date Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome played the last game of his Hall of Fame career for the Browns against the Bengals at Riverfront Stadium, a game Cincinnati needed to win to make the playoffs and did by 21-14.

» Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is trying to beat the Ravens at PBS with his third different quarterback. Jon Kitna beat Baltimore in 2003 and Carson Palmer won home games against the Ravens from 2005-07 and 2009-10.

NFL RANKINGS
CIN: 18th in scoring, 24th in offense (18th rushing, 20th passing); Sixth in defense (fifth rushing, 12th passing), tied for 14th in turnover margin at plus-1.

BAL: 13th in scoring, 15th in offense (14th rushing, 18th passing); Third in defense (second rushing, fourth passing), tied for 14th in turnover margin at plus-1.

COACHES
CIN: Marvin Lewis 69-73-1 regular season, 0-2 postseason in his ninth season, 10-7 vs. Ravens.

BAL: John Harbaugh 47-23 in his fourth season, 4-3 vs. Bengals and Lewis.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
» 10 - Bengals 2011 victory total with win over Ravens
» 5 - Rookie quarterbacks that have won at least 10 games as a starter if Bengals win and two of them will be at PBS Sunday (Andy Dalton, Joe Flacco, Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Ryan, Kyle Orton)
» 3 - With a Bengals win, double-digit winning seasons for Marvin Lewis, most in Bengals history (Paul Brown and Sam Wyche each with two)
» 3-4 - Ravens road record
» 4-3 - Bengals home record
» 6-2 - Lewis's home record against Ravens
» 13-8 - Lewis's record at PBS in December and January
» 20.0 - Points per game Bengals average at home
» 18.7 - Points per game Ravens allow on road
» 18.6 - Points per game Bengals allow at home
» 19.3 -  Points per game Ravens average on road
» 5 - Catches A.J. Green needs to break Cris Collinsworth's 1981 rookie record of 67
» 5 - Sacks Bengals need to break club 2001 club record of 48
» .5 - Sacks DT Geno Atkins needs to break Dan Wilkinson's club-record for sacks by a defensive tackle (8)
» 10 - Points Bengals K Mike Nugent needs to break Shayne Graham's single-season scoring record of 131 set in 2007
» 88.2 - Nugent's 2011 field-goal percentage
» 91.2 - Graham's team-record percentage set in 2007
» 57 - NFL interceptions by Ravens SEd Reed, most among active players
» 20 - Yards Reed needs to set NFL's all-time interception return record
» 9  - Interceptions Reed has vs. Bengals
» 30 - Reed's average INT return vs. Bengals
» 3 - Bengals QBs Reed has picked off (Jon Kitna, Palmer, Dalton)

GAMEDAY ENTERTAINMENT
» JungleZone: My Sister Sarah
» Anthem: The Overtones
» Honor Guard: Ohio National Guard
» Halftime: Verizon "Toss to Win" challenge in the North end zone; Local 12 highlight package, "Around the League in 180 Seconds"; 5th Annual Mascots vs. Youth Flag Football.

WEATHER
The National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio calls for partly sunny skies with a high of 48 degrees and strong winds gusting up to 31 miles per hour with no chance of rain.

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