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NFL International Series Redskins and Bengals battle to first tie

Washington kicker Dustin Hopkins missed a 34-yard field goal attempt late in overtime to seal the result

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Kicker Dustin Hopkins of the Washington Redskins, in action on October 9, 2016, missed a 34-yard field goal attempt late in overtime on October 30, 2016 play

Kicker Dustin Hopkins of the Washington Redskins, in action on October 9, 2016, missed a 34-yard field goal attempt late in overtime on October 30, 2016

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The Cincinnati Bengals and Washington Redskins battled to a dramatic 27-27 tie at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, the first draw in the 10-year history of the NFL's International Series of overseas contests.

Washington kicker Dustin Hopkins missed a 34-yard field goal attempt late in overtime to seal the result -- the second tie in as many weeks in the NFL after the 6-6 outcome between Seattle and Arizona last Sunday that was the first tie in the league since 2014.

It's the first time since 1997 that two games have ended in a tie in one season.

"I don't know how to react. I didn't think it was possible to tie. I know there was a tie last week in Arizona, but I was like, 'How the heck did they tie?'" Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. "Now we know."

Washington drove from their 22-yard line to the Bengals' 16 and called for Hopkins on third down with 2:13 left in the extra period.

He booted a ball through the uprights that appeared to win it, but Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis had called time out just before the snap.

Hopkins -- who had tied it at 27-27 with a 40-yarder with 1:08 left in regulation -- had to try again and missed wide left.

"I think there just wasn't quite the rhythm that I normally see with the snap, the hold and the kick, and he missed it," said Gruden, who was facing the Bengals for the first time since leaving the team following the 2013 campaign to join the Redskins.

The Bengals then saw their drive end with a fumble near midfield by quarterback Andy Dalton.

Washington's Kirk Cousins couldn't make anything of the Redskins' ensuing possession, however, coming up short on a final Hail Mary pass.

"It definitely feels more like a loss than a win because we moved the ball so well and had so many opportunities to win," said Cousins, who threw for a career-high 458 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in an entertaining contest that saw the league back in the familiar confines of Wembley after a foray to the rugby bastion of Twickenham last week.

Nor did Dalton take solace in the tie.

"Feels more like a loss than anything," he said.

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