Red­skins, Ben­gals bat­tle to tie in Lon­don

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Shawn Po­gatch­nik

LON­DON » The Wash­ing­ton Red­skins and Cincin­nati Ben­gals played to a 2727 draw Sun­day in Lon­don as the NFL got its se­cond tied game in a sea­son for the first time since 1997.

The sold-out crowd of 84,488 at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium left de­flated and even puz­zled as the reg­u­la­tion-time shootout be­tween Kirk Cousins and Andy Dal­ton turned into an over­time com­edy of er­rors.

“It def­i­nitely feels more like a loss than a win, be­cause we moved the ball so well and had so many op­por­tu­ni­ties to win,” Cousins said.

Wash­ing­ton (4-3-1) ap­peared to have the game won with 2:13 left in over­time, but Dustin Hop­kins hooked his 34-yard field goal at­tempt wide left.

Hop­kins, whose first over­time at­tempt sailed smoothly through the up­rights but was negated by a last-se­cond Ben­gals time­out, ap­peared calm and un­ruf­fled in the locker room.

“It was slick out there, but that didn’t have an ef­fect on any of my kicks,” said Hop­kins, who also was badly short on a 55-yard at­tempt at the end of the first half.

The Red­skins got the ball back with 1:11 re­main­ing when Dal­ton fum­bled at the Ben­gals 47 on a quar­ter­back sneak. Cousins couldn’t con­nect down­field and tossed his fi­nal des­per­ate pass tamely into the side­line to pre­serve the draw. Cincin­nati is 3-4-1.

The un­likely re­sult came one week after the Seat­tle Sea­hawks and Ari­zona Car­di­nals tied 6-6 .

“Ob­vi­ously not win­ning the game is dis­ap­point­ing,” Ben­gals coach Marvin Lewis said. “We had op­por­tu­ni­ties on both sides of the ball to win it.”

Cousins fin­ished with 38 com­ple­tions for a sea­son-high 458 yards on a team­record 56 at­tempts, with touch­downs to Jor­dan Reed and Jami­son Crow­der. He also threw an in­con­se­quen­tial in­ter­cep­tion on a deep ball.

Dal­ton com­pleted 27 of 42 for 284 yards and a touch­down to Tyler Eifert, who saw his first sig­nif­i­cant game ac­tion fol­low­ing off­sea­son back surgery. Eifert made nine catches for 102 yards, while A.J. Green gen­er­ated 121 yards on nine catches. Dal­ton also tossed a costly in­ter­cep­tion early in the fourth quar­ter with the Ben­gals driv­ing deep into Wash­ing­ton ter­ri­tory.

THE 1997 TIES

Oddly, the last time the NFL had two ties in a sea­son also hap­pened in backto-back weeks. In Weeks 12 and 13 of the 1997 sea­son, Baltimore and Philadel­phia tied 10-10, fol­lowed seven days later by Wash­ing­ton and the New York Giants’ 7-7 draw.

QUICK START

At first, it looked as if both teams might have for­got­ten to pack their de­fenses.

Wash­ing­ton took its open­ing pos­ses­sion 80 yards on a 15-play drive capped by Robert Kelley’s juk­ing 4-yard run. It was the first NFL rush­ing touch­down for Kelley, an un­drafted rookie from Tu­lane start­ing in place of an in­jured Matt Jones.

Cincin­nati im­me­di­ately re­sponded with a 66-yard kick­off re­turn by Alex Erick­son up the right side­line. Gio­vani Bernard took a draw 8 yards to the end zone to tie the score 7-7 with about four min­utes still left in the open­ing quar­ter.

TIM IRE­LAND — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Red­skins tight end Jor­dan Reed (86) runs with the ball against the Cincin­nati Ben­gals at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium in Lon­don, Sun­day.

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