Washington’s defense offered little resistance against Joe Burrow and the Bengals on their second possession, but once again, Cincinnati failed to come away with points. After cornerback Ronald Darby dropped an interception in the end zone on third down, the Bengals kept their offense on the field on fourth-and-goal. Then craziness ensued.
Burrow, who is 13 for 17 for 119 yards, dropped back to pass before scrambling. He was met before the goal line by Chase Young, whose hit knocked the ball loose. Officials initially ruled that safety Kamren Curl recovered the ball for Washington, brought the ball out of the end zone and fumbled it back into the end zone, where Darby fell on it and was ruled down by contact. That would have resulted in a safety for the Bengals, but replay review determined that Curl never had possession of the ball and the play was ruled a touchback, with Washington taking over at the 20-yard line. (Washington 7, Cincinnati 0, 11:59 left in the second quarter)