- - Sunday, October 30, 2016

LONDON — Chris Baker searched for a way to summarize his feelings.

It had been a wild, back-and-forth, inconclusive four hours for the Washington Redskins, and Baker, in a way, was still in that same frame of mind.

“I kind of don’t know how to feel,” the defensive end said, “but at least we didn’t lose, I guess.”

It seemed oddly fitting that at Wembley Stadium, home of the English soccer team, the game between the Redskins and the Cincinnati Bengals ended in a tie.

After combining to gain nearly 1,000 yards and throw nearly 100 passes, the 27-27 stalemate certainly ranks as one of the more memorable affairs in the decade the NFL has been hosting regular-season games in the United Kingdom.

For the Redskins, it can rank as nothing else but a disappointment. They claimed the first lead of the game, had possession first in overtime and missed a field goal with two minutes to play, sending them into their bye week with a hold on a winning record — but only as a caveat.

“It’s a unique experience, but now we move forward,” said quarterback Kirk Cousins, who set team records with 38 completions, 56 attempts and 458 passing yards.

“We certainly want to go into a bye week with a good taste in our mouths, and while it’s not a win, it’s certainly better than a loss. I know it’s a cliche thing to say, but I’ve really run out of words.”

The Redskins (4-3-1) last finished in a tie on Nov. 23, 1997, when they fought the New York Giants to a 7-7 finish, and it was only their second tie since the NFL adopted an overtime format in 1974.

Not only does it mean Washington will have an extra digit appear in the standings, it also will complicate matters as they attempt to catch the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East.

“No matter any game, you can always look back and say we should have did this, we should have done that,” left tackle Trent Williams said. “Hindsight is 20/20. You can’t really live in that world, especially in the professional football world, because you’ll drive yourself crazy.”

Up 10-7 at halftime, the Redskins conceded 13 points to the Bengals (3-4-1) before tight end Jordan Reed and wide receiver Jamison Crowder scored touchdowns on consecutive possessions.

A 40-yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins with 1:07 remaining in regulation pulled the Redskins even, and though they won the coin toss and the first opportunity to win in overtime, they mustered only 30 yards on six plays before being forced to punt.

Hopkins, who missed a 55-yard attempt at the close of the first half, missed a 34-yard attempt wide left with 2:09 left in overtime. Cousins took a three-yard loss on second down to center the ball for Hopkins, and the kicker made the attempt — only to find out Bengals coach Marvin Lewis had called timeout.

“Bottom line, I just didn’t hit the one I needed to,” Hopkins said. “I’ll have to go watch the film and see what happened. I felt comfortable before the kick. It wasn’t a nerves thing. I’ll just have to see what technically happened with the whole operation.”

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, who went 27-for-42 for 284 yards, a touchdown and an interception, fumbled the ball near midfield with 1:02 to play.

The Redskins could not capitalize, though, losing 10 yards on an offensive pass interference call against wide receiver Pierre Garçon and failing to gain them back before resigning themselves to their fate.

“We wanted the offense to get the ball back, with a chance to win the game, and we did that,” strong safety Donte Whitner said. “Even after we missed the field goal, we got another turnover and gave them an opportunity again. That’s all you can ask for on defense. We fought through adversity. We feel like we really should have won that football game but we ended up in a tie.”

Baker, who watched the game between the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks last Monday that ended in a 6-6 tie, didn’t think he’d ever be a part of one.

Neither did coach Jay Gruden, who also joked about being bewildered by the result.

“I don’t know how to react,” he said. “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?’ Now we know.”

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