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BUFFALO 22, CINCINNATI 16 (OT)

Injured Stars Lift the Bills

October 06, 2003|From Associated Press

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Travis Henry played through the pain of a rib injury. Eric Moulds wouldn't let a nagging groin injury hold him back.

It took Buffalo's two injured stars to help the Bills pull out a come-from-behind 22-16 overtime victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

Henry scored twice, including a two-yard plunge 4 minutes 53 seconds into overtime, in his first game in two weeks since tearing rib cartilage.

Moulds helped set up the score with what might have been a costly 28-yard reception. Tackled by safety Kevin Kaesviharn at the Bengals' seven-yard line, Moulds strained his groin as he tumbled awkwardly into the sideline and had to be helped off the field. Henry scored two plays later.

The Bills (3-2) overcame a bumbling start, ending a two-game losing streak and beating the Bengals for the sixth consecutive time.

"I just wanted to come out and help this football team," Henry said. "I was going to do anything in my power to get on the football field and give this team a boost."

He did, finishing with 85 yards in 25 carries. He had two receptions for 14 yards, including a nine-yard catch off a screen for a touchdown.

Moulds played down the severity of his injury, and was hopeful he'd be ready when the Bills travel to play the New York Jets next weekend.

The Bengals (1-4) looked nothing like the so-called "Bungles" of the past, with Rudi Johnson's 16-yard touchdown run and Shayne Graham's 30-yard field goal giving them a 16-13 lead with 5:33 left.

But the Bills drove 59 yards in 12 plays to set up Rian Lindell's 30-yard field goal with 28 seconds left.

"They all hurt," Bengal quarterback Jon Kitna said. "We're not just happy to be in games. We expect to win every football game."

Kitna completed 26 of 44 passes for 225 yards. He had one pass intercepted.

Drew Bledsoe, who completed 19 of 35 passes for 211 yards and one touchdown, had his 22nd fourth-quarter comeback victory, erasing memories of a miserable first half in which Buffalo endured six three-and-outs and he had four receivers unable to make catches.

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