Bills 49

(2-8, 1-4 away)

Bengals 31

(2-8, 1-4 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, November 21, 2010

Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH 

1 2 3 4 T
BUF 7 7 14 2149
CIN 7 24 0 031

Top Performers

Passing: R. Fitzpatrick (BUF) - 316 YDS, 4 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: C. Benson (CIN) - 25 CAR, 124 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: S. Johnson (BUF) - 8 REC, 137 YDS, 3 TD

Ryan Fitzpatrick throws four touchdowns as Bills rally

Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- Down 31-14 at halftime, the one-win Buffalo Bills got angry.

Angry at the officials for giving Cincinnati another play to kick a field goal. Angry at themselves for getting in such a big hole in front of such a small crowd.

Angry enough to pull off their best comeback in 13 years.

Ryan Fitzpatrick matched his career high with four touchdown passes, and the Bills rallied for their second straight win on Sunday, 49-31 over the bumbling Cincinnati Bengals.

"We could've easily folded our tent," said cornerback Drayton Florence, who returned a fumble 27 yards during the comeback. "It looked like they folded their tents on their sideline."

Buffalo (2-8) took advantage of Cincinnati's depleted secondary for its biggest comeback since it overcame a 26-0 deficit and topped the Colts 37-35 on Sept. 21, 1997, according to STATS LLC. The turning point came at the end of the first half, when the clock ran out but the officials ruled Cincinnati had called timeout with 1 second to go.

The Bengals (2-8) used that restored second to kick a field goal for that huge cushion. The Bills complained to the officials while running off the field, then vented to each other.

"In the locker room at halftime, it was louder than what their stadium was the entire game," safety Donte Whitner said.

Fitzpatrick took advantage of a defense down to four healthy defensive backs by game's end. Steve Johnson caught three of his touchdown passes, including an 11-yarder that put Buffalo ahead 35-31 early in the fourth quarter. Johnson finished with eight catches for 137 yards.

"It was awesome," Fitzpatrick said. "Everybody believed the whole game. This was a big win for us. Once you get that first one, everything falls into place."

With the collapse, the Bengals secured their 18th non-winning record in the last 20 years. The only bright side: Cincinnati fans didn't get to see it on local television. The Bengals failed to sell out a home game for the first time since 2003, when coach Marvin Lewis was in his first season.

"We are terrible," receiver Terrell Owens said, taking off his sunglasses for emphasis. "And I don't blame the fans for booing us. I don't blame people for not wanting to come and see the performance we've put up the last [seven] ballgames."

The futility was felt all-around. One fan in a Bengals jersey wore a bag over his head that said "Bungles." Next to him sat a fan in an old Doug Flutie Bills jersey, wearing a bag over his head that said "Jills."

Leading up to the game, Owens had dubbed it "the battle of the worst." On this day, Cincinnati earned the distinction.

It was the Bengals' biggest collapse since Nov. 12, 2006, when they led San Diego 28-7 at Paul Brown Stadium and lost 49-41, according to STATS.

"One for the books," offensive lineman Bobbie Williams called it.

Fitzpatrick's homecoming got off to a miserable start -- three first-half interceptions, though one of them was nullified by a penalty. He was Carson Palmer's backup for two years, before the Bengals let him go.

Once he settled down, he outplayed his mentor. Fitzpatrick was 21 of 34 for 316 yards and his second four-touchdown game of the season. He has thrown touchdown passes in 11 consecutive games, the longest streak by a Bills quarterback since Flutie did it 12 straight games in 1999.

By contrast, Palmer threw two interceptions during the second-half fade, including one in the end zone as he tried to get the ball to Owens. Palmer was 19 of 34 for 230 yards with two touchdowns -- to Owens and Chad Ochocinco -- and the two interceptions.

"Terrible. I have no answers for you. I have no sound bites for you," Owens said, with an edge to his voice. "All I know is right now, we are terrible. And maybe it is -- everybody wants to blame me. It's my fault. Maybe I'm bad luck. But at this point, it's just unthinkable. Unbelievable."

Game notes

The Bills extended their streak to 10 straight wins over the Bengals, matching the longest in their history. They also beat the Jets 10 straight game from 1987-92. ... RB Fred Jackson ran for 116 yards and two touchdowns. ... Bengals CB Johnathan Joseph had two interceptions, including a 21-yard return for a touchdown in the first half that made it 28-7. He hurt his ankle and missed the second half. ... Safeties Roy Williams (concussion) and Chris Crocker (right knee) also left in the first half.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2326
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from Penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays6069
Total Yards449361
Yards per play7.55.2
Total Drives1012
Comp - Att
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks - Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-33-5
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs11

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

cinTD08:07Chad Ochocinco 2 Yd Pass From Carson Palmer (Aaron Pettrey Kick) 07
bufTD02:04Fred Jackson 7 Yd Run (Rian Lindell Kick) 77
cinTD14:10Terrell Owens 4 Yd Pass From Carson Palmer (Aaron Pettrey Kick) 714
cinTD10:59Cedric Benson 1 Yd Run (Aaron Pettrey Kick) 721
cinTD10:10Johnathan Joseph 21 Yd Interception Return (Aaron Pettrey Kick) 728
bufTD01:17Donald Jones 28 Yd Pass From Ryan Fitzpatrick (Rian Lindell Kick) 1428
cinFG00:00Aaron Pettrey 19 Yd 1431
bufTD10:43Steve Johnson 28 Yd Pass From Ryan Fitzpatrick (Rian Lindell Kick) 2131
bufTD09:54Drayton Florence 27 Yd Fumble Return (Rian Lindell Kick) 2831
bufTD14:13Steve Johnson 11 Yd Pass From Ryan Fitzpatrick (Rian Lindell Kick) 3531
bufTD11:36Steve Johnson 32 Yd Pass From Ryan Fitzpatrick (Rian Lindell Kick) 4231
bufTD01:52Fred Jackson 30 Yd Run (Rian Lindell Kick) 4931

Research Notes

From Elias: As someone once said, "Nobody circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bills" ... FROM ELIAS: The Bills become the first team in NFL history to win a game by 18-or-more points in a game where they trailed by 17-or-more at halftime. The Bills were down 31-14 at halftime Sunday at the Bengals and won 49-31.

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