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Game Wrap: Bills fall to Bengals 27-24 in OT

An overtime field goal by Mike Nugent hands the Bills their 2nd loss in as many weeks.

The Bengals came out strong as the third play from scrimmage went for 34 yards on a run by Marvin Jones, giving Cincinnati the ball at the Buffalo 34 yard line. The Bills hang tough though, forcing a Mike Nugent 45 yard field goal. On the ensuing possession, it was all Thad Lewis - hooking up with TJ Graham on a 47 yard pass. Lewis then took it in for a touchdown on a 3 yard run 2 plays later, making it a 7-3 Buffalo lead just 5 minutes into the First Quarter. Unfortunately for the Bills, that lead was short lived as Andy Dalton found AJ Green for an 18 yard TD which highlighted an 8 play, 83 yard drive, giving Cincy the lead back, 10-7.

Buffalo ended the 1st quarter driving all the way down to the Bengals 1 yard line, but 2 failed runs and 1 failed pass to start the 2nd resulted in a turnover on downs, giving the Bengals the ball back at their own 2 yard line. At that point it looked like the momentum may shift after Cincinnati took the ball 98 yards which ended with a 20 yard touchdown reception by Giovani Bernard. Buffalo's next possession though resulted in a field goal, as Dan Carpenter connected from 51 yards out, making it 12 consecutive field goals for Carpenter. Fast Forwarding to inside the 2 minute warning, Andy Dalton looked to drive the offense downfield and add to their lead, but Dalton was picked off by Jim Leonhard, and that took Buffalo to the 2nd half trailing 17-10

The Bills received to start the Third Quarter, and got a 19 yard gain from CJ Spiller on their second play from scrimmage, but the inexperience at the Quarterback position costs them as Vontaze Burfict recovered a fumble coughed up by Thad Lewis. In excellent field position, Cincinnati capitalizes - Dalton hooks up with Marvin Jones for a touchdown, giving the Bengals a 24-10 lead, and that is how the third quarter would end due to a Mike Nugent missed field goal inside 2 minutes.

In the 4th Quarter, Cincinnati took over inside their own five yard line, and after a 3 and out Buffalo finally forces the Bengals to punt for the first time all game. The Bills capitalize on their excellent field possession, as Thad Lewis finds Scott Chandler in the endzone for a 22 yard touchdown reception, making it a one score game. The scoring slows down, 3 straight punts between both teams gives Buffalo the ball back with two minutes left. Not wasting any time, Thad Lewis finds Marquise Goodwin for Goodwin's first career touchdown with 1:08 remaining. The ensuing possession by the Bengals goes nowhere, and the game heads to overtime.

In the extra frame, Bengals begin overtime with the ball. The Bills defense found new life towards the end of the 2nd half, it carries over as they force a Cincinnati punt, but once again, The Bills are stymied - they go three and out. On the punt, Brandon Tate has 29 yard, giving the Bengals the ball at the Buffalo at the Bills 33 yard line, and after a few run plays, Mike Nugent nets a 43 yard field goal for the 27-24 victory.

Buffalo is now 2-4, they travel to Miami next Sunday to play the Dolphins.

First Quarter
12:19 - Mike Nugent 45-yard FG
Drive: 7 plays, 52 yds, 2:46

10:05 - Thad Lewis 3-yard TD Run
Drive: 6 plays, 73 yds, 2:13

5:32 - AJ Green 18-yard TD pass from Andy Dalton
Drive: 8 plays, 83 yds, 4:35

Second Quarter
8:42 - Giovani Bernard 20-yard TD pass from Andy Dalton
Drive: 9 plays, 98 yds, 5:07

4:19 - Dan Carpenter 51-yard FG
Drive: 10 plays, 45 yds, 4:20

Third Quarter
10:56 - Marvin Jones 10-yard TD pass from Andy Dalton
Drive: 9 plays, 53 yds, 2:51

Fourth Quarter
10:17 - Scott Chandler 22-yard TD pass from Thad Lewis
Drive: 8 plays, 45 yds, 2:33

1:08 - Marquise Goodwin 40-yard TD pass from Thad Lewis
Drive: 7 plays, 86 yards, 1:32

6:44 - Mike Nugent 43-yard FG
Drive: 4 plays, 8 yards, 2:04

If the Bills are going to make the playoffs, what is more in play?
  First place in the AFC East
  A wild card spot
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