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Thad Lewis
Buffalo Bills quarterback Thad Lewis (9) scrambles past Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins (97) in the first quarter of the NFL football game on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

Lewis Rallies Team To Overtime



Orchard Park, NY (WBEN) Thad Lewis gave Bills fans something to cheer about in only his second career start but the fun turned sour as the Cincinnati Bengals were able to secure a 27-24 win in overtime after Lewis and the Bills rallied to tie the game late in regulation after trailing 24-10.

The Bengals took the opening drive downfield with the first big play of the game, a 34-yard reverse by Marvin Jones, but had to settle for a 46-yard field goal by Mike Nugent .
Lewis finally got his chance to play and after a couple of running plays, he unleashed a  47-yard pass to T.J. Graham and then a few plays later, Lewis took a quarterback draw into the end zone which gave the Bills a 7-3 lead.

Cincinnati came right back with an 8 play, 83 yard scoring drive highlighted by another big play courtesy again of Jones, a 42-yard catch from Andy Dalton who a few plays later found A.J. Green for an 18-yard touchdown.

The Bills came out and used a hurry-up running game to drive 75 yards in 16 plays but were stymied at the goal line by the Bengals’ defense with four tries at the 2 yard line that came up empty and gave the Bengals a big momentum swing which also turned the game.

The Bengals took over and got yet another big-play as A.J. Green torched the Buffalo defense for 54 yards to the Bills’ 31. Giovanni  Bernard then took a Dalton shuffle pass 20 yards to up the Cincinnati lead to 17-7.

Buffalo responded with a 10 play, 45 yard drive capped by a 51-yard Dan Carpenter field goal to cut the score to 17-10.

It appeared that Cincinnati was on their way to another score as they were outgaining the Bills 284 yards to 155 but Jim Leonard intercepted Dalton and returned it 41 yards to the Bengal 38. The Bills though were foiled by the Bengal defense, losing 10 yards on the next two plays and punted. Brian Moorman’s booming punt was ruled out at the Bengals’ one yard line and the half ended at 17-10

After the half, the Bengals go 53 yards on nine plays as Dalton got his third scoring pass on the day as he found Jones for 10 yard pass which upped their lead to 24-10.

The Bills offense found itself in reverse again suffering eight yards of losses in a three and out before punting away to Cincinnati. The Bengals took the ball and drove down the field once again including a 4th and 15 conversion but Nugent misses his 34-yard attempt which gave the Bills a glimmer of hope, down by 14 with 1:13 remaining in the third quarter. 

Buffalo was unable to sustain a drive and had to punt again but another great kick from Moorman gave the coverage team time to get down field and tackle the return man, Jones at the five yard line. Two tackles for losses and a shot run led to a Bengal punt.
Lewis and the Bills finally hit pay-dirt on their next drive and in impressive fashion on a 4th and eight at the Cincinnati 22, Lewis found tight end, Scott Chandler for a score to cut the Bengal lead to seven, 24-17.

Buffalo’s defense woke up a bit after that score holding the Bengals in check as the teams exchanged punts for the next three series.  Buffalo got the ball back with 2:40 left on the clock and thrilled the crowd with a 7-play, 86-yard drive highlighted by a 22-yard completion to Chandler immediately followed by a 40-yard strike to speedster, Marquise Goodwin to tie the score at 24 with 1:08 left on the clock.

The teams exchanged punts in the overtime, unfortunately for the Bills, their punt was from deep in their own end and the Bengals got a 29-yard return leading to a 43-yard Nugent field goal to give the Bengals the 27-24 win.

The Bills are 2-4 and travel to Miami next week.

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