After banking a 50-yard attempt off the left upright in the third quarter, Carpenter split the goal posts from 58 yards with 4 seconds left for a 17-14 come-from-behind victory over the Lions on Sunday.
"I hit it really good. It was one of those things I really like to not leave opportunities like that short," said Carpenter. "I hit the ball really well, a lot better than I did on the 50-yarder."
And this time, there wasn't a laser shining in holder Colton Schmidt's face, as apparently happened on the earlier miss.
Without going into detail, coach Doug Marrone said the issue was resolved before the game ended. In fact, Marrone said, the laser was less of a distraction than it was a motivator.
"We felt that Dan could do it," Marrone said. "At that point, with the adrenaline and everything, he was fired up."
NFL spokesman Michael Signora said the league is waiting for its security representative in Detroit to file a game report.
"It's a performance-based league, plain and simple, and you have to perform," Caldwell said. "Anyone that doesn't, we take a look and see if we can improve that one way or another."
The Lions (3-2) squandered a 14-0 lead, dropped to 2-1 at home and also lost several key regulars to injury.
Johnson was hurt when he reached down to make a 7-yard catch and was immediately hit low by cornerback Leodis McKelvin. Johnson clutched his right ankle and was briefly treated on the field. He then got up and slowly walked off the field.
Caldwell called the hit as "a pretty good whack," but said it was too early to determine the severity of the injury.
Orton bounced back from a slow start and the interception.
"It wasn't the first and it won't be my last," said the 10-year journeyman who improved his career record to 36-35, including a perfect 5-0 against Detroit. "You've got to keep that trigger, and put a little bit more pressure on yourself to make the plays next time."
"It really meant more to him than just a game," said Dareus. "We all took it to ourselves to go out and do the best we could for Schwartz and for the team, and just pull it out."
NOTES: Bills RB Fred Jackson followed Gragg's touchdown with a rush for the 2-point conversion that tied the game with 9:23 left. ... Orton won a game for the eighth time when tied or trailing in the fourth quarter or in overtime. ... The Lions have allowed 16 sacks in the past four games. ... Detroit's kickers have hit just 4 of 12 field-goal attempts.
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