Washington and Cincinnati delight Wembley crowd in entertaining tie

Washington met Cincinnati Bengals at Wembley, and the 27-27 tie may have been the best NFL game that London has seen

The last of the National Football League’s three London games for 2016 had the least obvious marketing appeal. There was no great novelty to match the inaugural visit to Twickenham last week, none of the ‘home team’ narrative that can be spun each year when the Jaguars come to town. It was just two middling teams fighting to stay relevant this season.

Yet it was two teams who would go on to produce one of the best games London has seen. There have been plenty of high-scoring occasions here at Wembley and certainly some dramatic final acts. But for a blend of entertainment and quality Cincinnati Bengals’ 27-27 tie with Washington – the first stalemate in the 10-year history of the International Series – was equalled perhaps only by the Minnesota Vikings’ triumph against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2013.

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