Whitney Houston no longer has to be a trivia answer in Bengals history. Hopefully Lorde won’t have to be.

The late singer had the number one hit in the land when the Bengals defeated the Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium in 1985. They dropped six straight before ending that streak on Sunday.

The Bengals didn't make it easy though. They squandered a two-touchdown third-quarter lead and needed a Mike Nugent 43-yard field goal in overtime to pull out a 27-24 victory. Two years ago Nugent also defeated Buffalo at the gun with a field goal in Cincinnati.

With losses by Baltimore and Cleveland the Bengals lead the AFC North by a game with a 4-2 record. It was the Bengals first game to go beyond regulation since Week 4 of 2009 when they defeated Cleveland 23-20.

Brandon Tate had the big play with a 29-yard punt return to the Buffalo 33. After three straight run plays it was time for Nugent.

As usual the Bengals had their struggles with an unknown quarterback. Thad Lewis who was making his second start threw for 216 yards including a 40-yard touchdown to Marquise Goodwin who beat Terence Newman in coverage after Reggie Nelson tried to blitz.

Earlier in the quarter Lewis who was 19 of 32 took advantage of a defensive mismatch as he connected with Scott Chandler for a 22-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-8.

The game wouldn’t have gone to overtime if it wasn’t for a special teams penalty late in the third quarter. With the Bengals leading 24-10 and controlling the game Nugent was good from 24 yards but Alex Smith was called for holding. In proving Darrin Simmons’ adage that nothing good happens on a re-kick Nugent was wide right from 34 and momentum shifted.