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Third quarter analysis: Missed XPs looming large as Bills lead Bengals 13-12

Mike Gillislee took over at running back in the third quarter as LeSean McCoy was downgraded to out with a thumb injury suffered late in the first half. The third-year back ran well, gaining 48 yards on seven carries in the quarter, including a solid 11-yard gain out of his own end zone.

The Bills got into range for a long field goal after receiving the second half kickoff, and Dan Carpenter knocked a 54-yarder through to put the Bills ahead 13-12. The Bengals’ missed extra points loomed large after three quarters.

The Bills held the Bengals to just 23 yards in the third quarter, forcing two punts.

Where’s Clay? With McCoy and Robert Woods both injured in the game, tight end Charles Clay still couldn’t get the ball in the third quarter, logging three catches for 13 yards through the first 45 minutes. His last catch of more than 10 yards was in the Miami game on Oct. 23.

Carpenter from long range: Carpenter’s long field goal marked his 14th make of 50 yards or longer for the Bills, setting a new team record. Steve Christie held the record with 13.

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