Nugent’s 47-yarder field goal leads Bengals past Jets 23-22
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Mike Nugent kicked a 47-yard field goal with 54 seconds left, lifting the Cincinnati Bengals to a 23-22 season-opening victory over the New York Jets on Sunday.
Josh Shaw sealed the victory with an interception of Ryan Fitzpatrick in the closing seconds, helping Cincinnati improve to 7-7 in openers under coach Marvin Lewis. The Bengals won despite Dalton being sacked a career-high seven times, including 2 1/2 by Leonard Williams and two by Steve McLendon.
Nick Folk kicked a go-ahead 23-yard field goal with 3:23 remaining, but Dalton marched the Bengals (1-0) downfield for the winning drive. The first missed extra point in Folk’s career and a blocked 22-yard attempt came back to haunt the Jets (0-1).
Dalton finished 23 of 30 with the TD and an interception and Jeremy Hill ran for a touchdown. The Bengals took the lead in the third quarter when Hill bulldozed his way up the middle and for a 12-yard TD run. The drive was aided by Brandon LaFell’s 49-yard catch over Marcus Williams on third-and-18.
The Jets drove to the Bengals 1 on their next possession, but stalled, leaving it to Folk to kick a 20-yard field goal to make it 20-19. After Nugent, a former Jet, was wide right on a 52-yard attempt, the Jets drove down the field and went ahead on Folk’s go-ahead 23-yarder.
Fitzpatrick finished 19 of 35 for 189 yards and touchdown passes to Quincy Enunwa and Eric Decker.