DETROIT — Andy Dalton and Matthew Stafford combined to throw a lot of highlight-worthy passes, especially to A.J. Green and Calvin Johnson.
But the Bengals used superior special teams Sunday for a second straight hard-fought road win, 27-24 against the Lions.
Mike Nugent's 54-yard field goal as time expired won it, but two punts and a blocked field goal also were crucial.
"We wrote a pretty good script there at the end," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said.
The AFC North-leading Bengals won for the second straight week by the same score because of Nugent's right foot. His overtime kick last week beat Buffalo.
"I love how confident everyone always is," Nugent said of his team. "Nobody freaks out. I think it all begins with (Lewis), because he and his staff don't get too high or too low."
The Lions rallied from an 11-point third-quarter deficit to tie it, but rookie Sam Martin shanked a punt 28 yards to midfield in the final minute.
"I thought they were going to try blocking the punt and I rushed myself," Martin said.
Dalton threw two passes to gain 15 yards and called Cincinnati's last timeout with 4 seconds left. "Pretty clutch kick (by Nugent) two weeks in a row," said Dalton, who threw for 372 yards and three TDs without an interception for a career-high 135.9 QB rating.
In the first half, Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap blocked David Akers' field-goal try, leading to a return that gave the Bengals the ball at the Detroit 40-yard line with 2:17 left. With 41 seconds left, Dalton lofted a 12-yard TD pass to Marvin Jones.
"(That was) the biggest turnaround in the game … because it ended up being a 10-point swing," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said.
Stafford threw for 357 yards and three TDs, including 155 yards and two scores to Johnson. Green, a first-team All-Pro receiver last season (as was Johnson), had six catches for 155 yards, including an 82-yard TD.