ORCHARD PARK, NY (WKBW) - In just his second career NFL start, quarterback Thaddeus Lewis led the Bills on a fourth quarter comeback only to fall short in overtime to the visiting Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
Lewis, starting for the injured EJ Manuel, led the Bills on a 6 play, 73-yard touchdown drive on the team's first possession of the game.
Lewis hit wide receiver T.J. Graham for a 47-yard completion which led to a 3-yard run by Lewis on a draw to get into the end-zone four plays later.
Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton and the Bengals offensive gave the Bills trouble all day. The Bengals racked up 483 net total yards against the Bills.
Dalton went 26 of 40 for 337 yards, 3 touchdowns and an interception. The Bengals ground attack racked up 165 rushing yards, led by BenJarvus Green-Ellis who ran for 86 yards on 18 carries.
The Bills trailed the Bengals 24 to 10 heading into the fourth quarter but managed a late rally to send the game to overtime.
With 10 minutes left in the game, Lewis hit tight end Scott Chandler over the middle on fourth and eight for a 22-yard touchdown. Then two possessions later, Lewis hit Chandler again for a 25-yard pick-up to the Bengals 40. That would set-up a 40-yard strike to rookie Marquise Goodwin down the sideline that tied the game with just over a minute to go.
After forcing a Bengals' punt in overtime, the Bills went three-and-out and were forced to kick it away from their own 10-yard line. Brandon Tate returned the kick 29-yards to the Bills' 33-yard-line to set-up the game winning 43-yard field goal.
Thad Lewis finished the day 19 of 32 for 216 yards, two touchdowns and no picks. He was also sacked five times for 24-yards.
C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson combined for 90-yards, each carrying the ball ten time. Tashard Choice ran the ball four times for 24-yards.
The Bills next travel to Miami to face the Dolphins in a key AFC East match-up.