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Scoreboard
Thursday
Chicago 27, N.Y. Giants 21
Sunday
Carolina 35, Minnesota 10
Kansas City 24, Oakland 7
St. Louis 38, Houston 13
Green Bay 19, Baltimore 17
Philadelphia 31, Tampa Bay 20
Pittsburgh 19, N.Y. Jets 6
Detroit 31, Cleveland 17
Cincinnati 27, Buffalo 24, OT
Seattle 20, Tennessee 13
Dnver 35, Jacksonville 19
San Francisco 32, Arizona 20
New England 30, New Orleans 27
Dallas 31, Washington 16
Open: Atlanta, Miami
Today
Indianapolis at San Diego, 8:40 p.m.
Associated Press
Cincinnati’s Mike Nugent , who had missed a 34-yard field during regulation, boots a game-winning field goal in overtime against Buffalo.
Cincinnati 27, Buffalo 24

Bengals find redemption

In OT, kicker hits winning field goal after earlier miss

Associated Press
Cincinnati running back Gio Bernard is stopped by Buffalo defensive end Alan Branch and middle linebacker Kiko Alonso, top, in the second quarter Sunday.

– No stranger to criticism, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton was able to offer Mike Nugent some advice once it became apparent how costly the kicker’s missed field goal was.

“I told him, ‘You’re going to kick a field goal to win the game,’ ” Dalton said when the Buffalo Bills scored to force overtime. “Just be ready.”

Nugent delivered, hitting a 43-yarder with 6:44 left in overtime to seal a 27-24 win over Buffalo on Sunday. Nugent rediscovered his aim after missing a 34-yard attempt wide right that would have put the Bengals up 27-10 late in the third quarter.

And Dalton showed an ability to bounce back as well. Ending a two-game touchdown drought, Dalton silenced his doubters by going 26 of 40 for 337 yards and three touchdowns.

“It shows what we can do on offense,” Dalton said. “Hopefully, there will be some positive stuff written about us.”

The three touchdowns – an 18-yarder to A.J. Green, a 20-yard shovel pass to Giovani Bernard and a 10-yarder to Marvin Jones – matched Dalton’s career best for a road game. And his 337 yards passing were the third most of his career.

Nugent was relieved to have a second chance, too.

“I feel like I put us in overtime in a bad way, obviously,” Nugent said. “I just hit it terrible. I think I was lucky that we could get back in a position to win.”

He got help from Brandon Tate, whose 29-yard punt return to the Bills 33 set up the decisive score. Cincinnati (4-2) improved to 16-11-1 in overtime games, and snapped a six-game losing streak at Orchard Park, dating to 1985.

The Bills (2-4) lost despite a gutty outing from quarterback Thad Lewis, who started in place of injured rookie EJ Manuel. Lewis went 19 of 32 for 216 yards and two touchdowns in only his second career start, and after being promoted from the practice squad last week.

“I think I did OK. But it’s never good when you don’t come out with that ‘W,’ ” Lewis said. “You’ve got to be confident in this league. If I was nervous in any way, shape, form or fashion, the Bengals would’ve ate us up.”

Lewis, who also scored on a 3-yard run, showed no signs of wavering after he lost a fumble to open the third quarter that led to Jones’ touchdown.

And Lewis didn’t seem bothered by ending the game playing on a sore right ankle.

Lewis said he was diagnosed with a sprained foot, and expects 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.

The young and rebuilding Bills have remained competitive. Their four losses have been decided by a combined 25 points.

“We’ve lost a lot of close games, and that hurts,” center Eric Wood said. “It stings that we’re so close, and we could be on the other end of some of these games. You wish you could go back and change something, but you can’t.”

Lewis 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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