Final Score: Buffalo 49, Cincinnati 31
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Steve Johnson caught three scores as Buffalo
dominated in the second half to take a 49-31 win over the Cincinnati Bengals
at Paul Brown Stadium.
Johnson caught eight balls for 137 yards while Ryan Fitzpatrick was 21-for-34
with 316 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions for the Bills (2-8), who
have won their past two games. Fred Jackson scored twice on the ground and
finished the game with 116 yards on 21 carries.
"Everybody believed the whole game, even when we came into halftime with that
huge deficit," said Fitzpatrick. "Everybody believed and we made it happen.
This is a big win for us."
Carson Palmer was 19-for-34 with 230 yards, two touchdowns and two
interceptions for the Bengals (2-8), who have dropped their past seven games
after starting the season with wins in two of their first three contests.
Cedric Benson had 25 carries for 124 yards with a score.
"It was two different games out there today," said Palmer. "We didn't finish,
obviously. In this league it's about finishing football games cause that's how
Trailing by 17 points to start the third, Buffalo began the quarter with the
ball and went 68 yards over nine plays with Fitzpatrick and Johnson connecting
on a 28-yard score to make it a 31-21 game.
On Cincinnati's second play of its ensuing possession, Benson fumbled the ball
with Drayton Florence scooping it up and taking it in from 27 yards out to
make it a three-point game.
It stayed that way until early in the fourth quarter when Buffalo took its
first lead of the game, 35-31, as Fitzpatrick found Johnson for an 11-yard
score with 14:13 to play.
A quick three-and-out from the Bengals saw the Bills start their next drive
near midfield and Johnson's third score of the game was a 32-yard catch for a
42-31 lead with 11:36 to play.
The Bengals responded with an impressive drive that saw the team get into
field goal range, but Aaron Pettrey's 43-yard attempt was wide left with 5:28
Cincinnati forced a Buffalo punt on the next touch, but Palmer was picked off
by Florence and Jackson's 30-yard run into the end zone with 1:52 to play put
the exclamation point on the win.
"We talked at halftime about finding a way to win and they did it," said
Buffalo head coach Chan Gailey. "They believed that they could do that. We
don't have a lot of superstars or prima donnas. What we do have is a lot of
guys who fight every time they are on the field."
The Bengals started the game with the ball and ate up almost seven minutes of
the clock as Palmer capped the 13-play drive with a two-yard toss to Chad
Ochocino in the middle of the end zone for a 7-0 lead.
Buffalo answered with a long drive of its own as over 12 plays the team
marched 89 yards and Jackson went into the end zone from seven yards out to
tie the game with just over two minutes left in the first.
Cincinnati went back on top just two plays into the second as Palmer found
Terrell Owens on a four-yard score for a 14-7 lead less than a minute in.
Johanthan Joseph's first interception of the game came on Buffalo's ensuing
drive and Benson turned it into points with a one-yard score for a 21-7 lead.
Joseph again picked off Fitzpatrick moments later and took the ball into the
end zone on a 21-yard score for a 28-7 lead.
Rian Lindell later missed a 33-yard field goal, but Buffalo held Cincinnati
and a 28-yard touchdown catch by Donald Jones cut the Bills' deficit to 28-14
with 1:17 left in the half.
Cincinnati, though, quickly got into scoring position and had a 1st-and-goal
at the one-yard line, but were held on the next two plays and a 19-yard field
goal from Pettrey on the final play of the half made it a 31-14 game at the
The Bills have taken 10 straight games against the Bengals...The Bengals play
against the Jets on Thanksgiving at New York...The Bills host the Steelers
next Sunday...Bengals safety Chris Crocker was taken off the field on a cart
in the second quarter. He grabbed his right knee after tackling Buffalo
Jackson and was unable to put any weight on his leg as he was helped to the
cart...Buffalo totaled 449 yards of offense while Cincinnati had 361
yards...Jones had five catches for 70 yards...Owens finished the game with
three catches for 63 yards.
11/21 18:22:49 ET
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