ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — 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.
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