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NFL sees ties in consecutive weeks for first time since 1997

For the first time in nearly two decades, a NFL game has concluded with a tie for two consecutive weeks after the Washington Redskins and Cincinnati Bengals battled to a 27-27 standstill in London on Sunday.

The contest also marked the first game to reach overtime in London and was the highest attended game across the pond as well. Both teams had chances to win in overtime, but a fumble by Bengals’ quarterback Andy Dalton and a missed field goal by Redskins’ kicker Dustin Hopkins kept the game tied.

A last second hail mary by Redskins’ quarterback Kirk Cousins then went nowhere, leaving the score even.

The previous time came last Sunday, when the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks ended up with a 6-6 score after overtime. Both teams missed field goals of less than 30 yards while the matchup was the lowest scoring tie since the NFL introduced the overtime period.

It was also the second tie in Sunday Night Football history.

The first Sunday Night Football tie came in 1997, the same game that marked the second of two consecutive draws that year. On Nov. 23, the Redskins and New York Giants ended up at 7-7. In that game, Redskins’ quarterback Gus Frerotte famously injured himself while headbutting a stadium wall after celebrating a touchdown.

The week before, the Baltimore Ravens and Philadelphia Eagles managed a 10-10 tie. Ravens’ kicker Matt Stover and Eagles’ kicker Chris Boniol missed wide right from 53 and 40 yards, respectively. After those two games, the NFL did not have another tie until 2002.

Sunday’s Redskins-Bengals game is the sixth tie in the NFL in the last 15 years. Three of these games have involved Cincinnati. There have been a total of 22 ties since the NFL began using overtime in 1974 with 258 ties between the first season of the NFL and the implementation of overtime.

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