BALTIMORE — Lamont Brightful and Adalius Thomas made sure that Ed Reed's premature-celebration gaffe became just a footnote for the Baltimore Ravens.
Brightful returned a punt 95 yards for a touchdown, and Thomas scored on a 25-yard interception return to lead Baltimore to a 38-27 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday. It was the Ravens' sixth consecutive home victory over the Bengals.
Reed, a rookie safety, also had a chance to score his first NFL touchdown. But after picking off Jon Kitna's pass, he held the ball out in celebration as he neared the end zone and had it batted away at the end of a 46-yard return.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh swatted the ball from Reed's outstretched arm at the eight-yard line, and Peter Warrick recovered in the end zone for a touchback to keep the score 7-7.