Orchard Park, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Nugent kicked a 43-yard field goal
with 6:44 remaining in overtime to lift the Cincinnati Bengals to a 27-24 win
over the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Nugent missed a field goal late in the third quarter that could have given the
Bengals a 17-point lead.
Behind quarterback Thad Lewis, recently promoted from the practice squad to
start for injured rookie EJ Manuel, the Bills rallied to force overtime.
Lewis, making his second career NFL start, threw two fourth-quarter touchdown
passes, the latter a 40-yard downfield strike to rookie wide receiver Marquise
Goodwin with 68 seconds remaining.
The Bengals got the ball to begin overtime and marched into Buffalo territory
before a 30-yard Kevin Huber punt pinned the Bills at the 7-yard line.
No magic this time by Lewis as the Bills went three-and-out. Brandon Tate
returned Brian Moorman's punt 29 yards to the Buffalo 33. After three
consecutive running plays, Nugent nailed the game-winning kick.
Andy Dalton completed 26-of-40 passes for 337 yards with three touchdowns and
one interception for Cincinnati, which sits atop the AFC North with a 4-2
BenJarvus Green-Ellis had 86 yards on 18 carries for the Bengals, who posted
their first win in Buffalo since 1985, snapping a six-game skid.
Lewis finished with 216 yards on 19-of-32 passing and added a rushing
touchdown in the first quarter for Buffalo (2-4).
It wasn't the best start to the second half for Lewis, who fumbled on the
opening drive of the third quarter. Dalton followed up the turnover with a 10-
yard touchdown pass to wideout Marvin Jones.
The Bengals appeared to go up 27-10 on a Nugent field goal after a 4th-and-15
conversion, but a holding penalty wiped out the three points. Bumped back 10
yards, Nugent missed wide right from 34 yards.
Still down only two touchdowns, the Bills closed the gap to 24-17 when Lewis,
facing a 4th-and-8 from the Cincinnati 22, found a wide-open target in tight
end Scott Chandler for a score with 10:13 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Big plays were prevalent on Cincinnati's first three possessions.
A 34-yard run by Jones on a reverse put the Bengals in Buffalo territory, but
the game's opening drive stalled and Nugent kicked a 46-yard field goal.
Jones struck again on the next offensive series, gaining 42 yards on a screen
pass. The catch-and-run helped set up wide receiver A.J. Green's 18-yard
touchdown reception. Dalton had gone two straight games without a TD pass.
After the defensive unit made a goal-line stand, the Bengals went back to the
screen game. Green took a short toss and galloped 54 yards to the Buffalo 31.
Dalton then capped the 98-yard march by finding rookie running back Giovani
Bernard with a shovel pass for a dipsy-doodle touchdown of 20 yards, extending
Cincinnati's lead to 17-7 with 8:34 remaining in the second quarter.
The Bills were just as adept at moving the ball early in the contest.
Lewis finished off Buffalo's first drive with a 3-yard touchdown run to put
the home team up 7-3. He set up the score by hitting wideout T.J. Graham on a
47-yard pass down the sideline and then moved the Bills even closer by drawing
an unnecessary roughness penalty on a scramble.
Now trailing 10-7, Buffalo continually gashed the Cincinnati defense with the
running game and was primed to reach the end zone at the start of the second
However, three unsuccessful cracks from inside the 2-yard line left Bills
coach Doug Marrone with a decision to make. He opted to go for the touchdown
and Buffalo came away with no points when Lewis was sacked on an attempted
The Bills did trim their deficit to 17-10 on Dan Carpenter's 51-yard field
goal with 4:14 to go before halftime.
Cincinnati was back in Buffalo territory on the ensuing drive following a 25-
yard run by Green-Ellis. Tired of allowing so many big plays, the Bills
defense finally made one when safety Jim Leonhard picked off a Dalton pass.
His 41-yard return placed the ball at the Cincinnati 38, but the Bills
were forced to punt.
Dalton has thrown an interception in four straight games ... The Bengals
racked up 483 yards of offense, while the Bills amassed 322 yards ...
Carpenter became the first Bills kicker since Mike Hollis in 2002 with field
goals of 50-plus yards in consecutive games. Carpenter nailed a 52-yarder in
Week 5 ... The Bills were without wide receiver Stevie Johnson (back), but
cornerback Stephon Gilmore (wrist) and safety Jairus Byrd (foot) both made
their season debuts for Buffalo ... Bengals cornerback Leon Hall returned
after missing the last two games with a hamstring injury.
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