It was the final game of this year’s NFL International Series but as the autumn leaves fell over London, news was already spreading about the line ups for next year’s games.
Fans of both the Miami Dolphins and the New Orleans Saints will be eagerly awaiting the release of tickets for next year as their teams will go head to head for definite in London next year and of course fans will be hoping for quite a spectacular.
And a spectacular was certainly what was offered to the 84,488 fans who piled into Wembley Stadium yesterday afternoon with fans witnessing the first overtime game in International Series history as the two sides finished the game 27 points apiece.
Both sides had chances where they should have taken the game and in fact the two sides regularly traded leads. The Redskins were the more dominant team in the first half with 226-82 yards thrown but they still could only convert that into a 10-7 lead. After the break the Bengals came back firing and nearly doubled their first half yardage in the third quarter alone to not only catch up but take a 20-10 lead. But the Redskins weren’t to be outdone and had two Kirk Cousins touchdown passes to regain the lead. It was nervy times for the fans of the teams but exciting for all the neutrals.
And so to overtime, not something that happens often and so both players and spectators listened intently to the referee explaining what happens next. But overtime couldn’t separate them either, neither team managing to score and a last effort kick from Dustin Hopkins just shy of the posts. For the teams at the end they were unsure whether they should celebrate or be disappointed – I mean they didn’t lose, but they didn’t win either. For Redskins fans though it’s worth considering that as they head into their bye week, with a record of 4-3-1 for the season so far, it’s the first time since 1998 they’ve been in a positive record before the bye week. Now that’s got to make you smile!
So the NFL leaves London for another year but we go on with promoting the game to people across the country. If you’ve been inspired then maybe it’s time to give the game a go – it’s never too late to go for your first touchdown – so contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org today to get your school in the end zone.