The Buffalo Bills had established themselves as the NFL's comeback kings early in the 2011 NFL season. And then the Cincinnati Bengals handed the Bills their first loss of the season with their own second half rally.
Andy Dalton led the Bengals back from a 17-3 halftime deficit — partly caused by his two first half interceptions — and Mike Nugent kicked a game-winning 42-yard field goal as time expired to give Cincinnati a 23-20 victory over the previously unbeaten Bills.
Dalton threw for 298 yards and a touchdown, making the most of his 18 completions in 36 attempts, and also ran for the game-tying touchdown with under five minutes to go. But he wasn't a one-man show: Cedric Benson racked up 104 rushing yards for the Bengals, and Dalton found fellow rookie A.J. Green four times for 118 yards.
Meanwhile, the Bills, often explosive during their 3-0 start, struggled to make things happen on offense, especially in the second half. Fred Jackson had 66 rushing yards and Buffalo's lone offensive touchdown, but Ryan Fitzpatrick managed just 199 yards on 20-for-34 passing, and the Bills had just one play of over 30 yards.
With the loss, the Bills fall to 3-1; the Bengals move to 2-2 with the victory.
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