Bengals — 7-0-13-7-0–27
Redskins — 7-3-7-10-0–27
It’s a tie at Wembley!
In arguably the best NFL game played in London to date, neither the Redskins nor Bengals could capture the victory in the extra period.
In an offensive game full of momentum swings, the Bengals were unable to put away Kirk Cousins and Washington. Mike Nugent’s missed extra point in the third quarter weighed heavily on the game’s outcome, as the Bengals could only extend their lead to ten points in the second half.
Cousins led Washington down the field again and again, finishing with a career-high 458 passing yards. Washington had the best chance to win it in the extra period, but Marvin Lewis used a timeout to ultimately freeze Dustin Hopkins into missing a short attempt.
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As is the case with most teams playing in London, both teams are on bye next week.
Andy Dalton Gives The Redskins One More Chance
With the clock winding down, the Bengals were on their way into enemy territory with Andy Dalton sneaking on third and short. The ball came loose in the pile, and Washington took possession back with just over one minute remaining.
Hopkins Freezes From 34 Yards Out
We might be headed for another tie.
The Redskins put together a nine-play drive deep into Bengals territory, and sent out their trusted kicker on third down. Hopkins buried his first attempt down the middle, but Marvin Lewis used a timeout to force another attempt. Brace yourself: lots of jokes involving English football and ties are incoming.
Dalton Picks Up Cincy’s Biggest Rush Of The Game
Both teams have driven and failed to score in overtime, and it looked like the Bengals would finish the game after this Dalton scramble. But three plays later Dalton was sacked out of field goal range, and the Bengals were forced to punt it away.
London Gets It’s First-Ever Overtime Game
Because of a missed extra point in the third quarter, Dustin Hopkins was able to tie this game on a 40-yard field goal with two minutes remaining.
Washington Gets One Back
The Redskins have moved the ball on the Bengals all day, so a ten-point lead would never have been safe. Washington cut the lead to three by going 91 yards in just over two minutes.
Dalton Does It Himself To Extend Cincy’s Lead
He’s not much of a running quarterback, but Dalton gets the job done from close range to put the Bengals up 10.
Tyler Eifert Scores to Open The Second Half
Tyler Eifert is looking healthy, and defenses are officially on notice. He breaks loose for Cincinnati’s first score of the second half, and gives them their first lead of the afternoon (or morning depending on location).
Cincinnati Responds With A Seven-Play TD Drive
The Bengals responded to Washington’s score by running the kickoff back 65 yards, putting them in great field position for their first drive. Dalton completed his first three passes, and Gio Bernard burst into the endzone from eight yards out to even the score.
Kelly Caps Washington’s Opening Drive With A TD
The Redskins moved the ball efficiently on the game’s first drive, driving 80 yards in over seven minutes for the opening score. Cousins completed seven passes to four different receivers on the drive, and Robert Kelley’s five carries kept the offense balanced.
Stats will be updated throughout the game
Passing: Dalton: 27/42, 284 yards, TD, INT
Rushing: Hill: 20 carries, 76 yards, TD
Receiving: Green: 9 catches, 121 yards
Passing: Cousins: 38/56, 458 yards, 2 TD, INT
Rushing: Kelley: 21 carries, 87 yards, TD
Receiving: Crowder: 9 catches, 107 yards, TD
The Redskins and Bengals are in London for the first time, as two teams with playoff aspirations meet for the final London game for the NFL this season.
After losing consecutive games by a combined 32 points, the Bengals got back on the right track last week by beating the Browns. They now sit in third place in the AFC North, but Ben Roethlisberger’s injury means that the division remains wide open.
Washington is also hanging around at 4-3, but lost a winnable game last week at Detroit. Kirk Cousins has been streaky to say the least this season, and even though he was solid in last week’s loss, he’s only gone two games this season without throwing an interception.
These teams are very similar in their offensive style. The common thread there is Redskins head coach Jay Gruden, who was previously the Bengals’ offensive coordinator. Both teams have a solid quarterback, two different yet equally talented running backs, and top talent on the outsides. It’s not the ideal location, but this will be Gruden’s first game coaching against his former employers.