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October 13, 2013

Bills lose in ‘overthime’

Strong play of practice squad QB Thad Lewis not enough Sunday

ORCHARD PARK —

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton rediscovered his groove on the road. And kicker Mike Nugent regained his aim when in counted in overtime.

After missing wide right from 34 yards in the third quarter, Nugent hit a 43-yard field goal with 6:44 left in OT to seal a 27-24 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Brandon Tate's 29-yard punt return to the Bills 33 set up the decisive score as Cincinnati improved to 16-11-1 in overtime games, and snapped a six-game losing streak at Orchard Park, dating back to 1985.

Andy Dalton went 26 of 40 for a season-high 337 yards, with three touchdowns and an interception. He bounced back after a two-game touchdown drought, and led the Bengals (4-2) to their first road win of the season after losing their first two away from Cincinnati.

The Bills (2-4) were led by quarterback Thad Lewis, starting in place of injured rookie EJ Manuel. Lewis went 19 of 32 for 216 yards and two touchdowns after being promoted off the practice squad last week. Both touchdown passes came in the fourth quarter, including a 40-yarder to Marquise Goodwin with 1:08 remaining.

Lewis also scored a touchdown rushing in making only his second career start. But not all the news was good for Lewis, who said he was diagnosed after the game with a sprained foot. He expects to be able to play next week at Miami.

If he can't, the Bills would have to turn to another practice squad player, Dennis Dixon, who was signed Tuesday. Buffalo has only one other quarterback on its roster, undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel, who struggled filling in for Manuel in a 37-24 loss at Cleveland.

Lewis still produced a near-stunning comeback in rallying the Bills from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit.

The comeback began five minutes into the fourth quarter, when Lewis found tight end Scott Chandler for a 22-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-8. His next touchdown pass was equally impressive. After hitting Chandler for a 25-yard gain over the middle, Lewis connected with Goodwin on the run in the end zone, a step ahead of cornerback Terence Newman.

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