The Cincinnati Bengals will return from their trip to Great Britain with a tie. After 75 minutes worth of action, the Bengals tied the Washington Redskins 27-27 in London on Sunday. In a game that featured plenty of action during regulation, it all came down to a nerve wracking overtime. One that pivoted on multiple moments on both sides.
Both teams scored with their first possessions of the game. Rob Kelley scored the opening touchdown for Washington. While Giovani Bernard put the Bengals on the board. A field goal gave Washington a 10-7 lead, a lead they would take to halftime. The Bengals had the chance to tie the game at 10 with a Mike Nugent field goal.
Nugent missed the 51 yard attempt, part of a frustrating day for Nugent. Later during the Bengals first drive of the second half, Tyler Eifert scored his first touchdown of the season. Giving the Bengals a 13-10 lead, their first lead of the day. The missed Point After Attempt added to Mike Nugent’s frustrating day. Nonetheless the Bengals extended their lead with their next offensive drive.
With an Andy Dalton rushing touchdown, this time Nugent made the PAT to extend the Bengals lead 20-10. The largest lead that the Bengals would have in this game. In fact it was the largest lead either team had in the game. The Redskins hit the comeback trail with a Jordan Reed touchdown. The PAT cut the Bengals lead down to three, with the Bengals up 20-17 in the third quarter.
Washington reclaimed the lead thanks to a Will Compton interception. Followed by a Jamison Crowder touchdown early in the fourth. Giving the Redskins a 24-17 lead over the Bengals. A 40 yard reception from A.J. Green put the Bengals in first and goal territory. Green spent much of this game struggling to break away from Josh Norman’s brilliant defense.
Jeremy Hill later cruised into the end zone putting the Bengals back in front. Washington kicked a field goal with 1:07 left in the fourth, tying the game at 27 all. This leads us to an overtime period with many twists and turns. Missed opportunities and pivotal plays on both sides. The Bengals forced Washington to punt on their first possession in overtime.
The Bengals suffered the same fate on the following drive. After Andy Dalton got sacked on third down, forcing the Bengals to punt. Dustin Hopkins had the chance to win the game for Washington with a 34 yard field goal. After being iced on the first attempt, Hopkins second attempt went wide left. The Bengals had the chance to win once again, but on what would be their last drive the Bengals fumbled it away to Washington.
In the end the Bengals now head into a bye week, halfway through this season with a 3-4-1 record. In a game that made plenty of history for several reasons. It was the Bengals first International Series game. Plus it’s the first time since 1997 that an NFL game ended in a tie two weeks in a row.