Two years ago, Andy Dalton captured his first 4th quarter comeback of his career against the then-undefeated Bills. An undrafted backup quarterback, Thaddeus Lewis now looked at the scoreboard and found himself in a situation to do just that against Cincinnati.
It went back to the missed field goal by Nugent. The Bengals had been unable to generate any offensive momentum since that point, as the Bills continued to build a case for a comeback.
Complacency was starting to settle in the Bengals 4th quarter execution, and although the Bengals took three minutes off of the clock, the Bills would get one more chance.
With 2:40 and the football in the hands of Thaddeus Lewis, the Bengals defense stepped up in a big way. A sack by Carlos Dunlap sen the Bills into the two-minute warning still deep in their own territory. The same defense that plugged up Tom Brady wasn’t going to let a rookie beat them the following game.
But no one told the Bills that. Lewis takes the snap. Touchdown. Tie game. And minutes later, overtime.
Both teams touched the ball and had to punt, although the Bengals seemed to have most of the momentum on their drive. Brandon Tate put Cincinnati in great field position and Nugent was the one that finally came through with the 43 yarder.
Final score: Cincinnati 27, Buffalo 24. Dalton threw three touchdowns, all to different receivers, and the Bengals took over first place in the AFC North.
It’s never too early to control your own destiny.