Jacksonville Jaguars to make NFL history with two London games

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Jacksonville Jaguars to make NFL history as first franchise to host back-to-back London games, while Atlanta Falcons are set to play Denver Broncos at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

  • Jacksonville Jaguars have played a game in London every year since 2013
  • No other NFL franchise have played more games in England than the Jags
  • Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank hinted his side would also play in England
  • Falcons look set to play a home game against Denver Broncos at Tottenham 

The Jacksonville Jaguars have played the most NFL regular season games in England. And the franchise’s love affair with Wembley will continue, with the Jags due to host back-to-back matches this season for the first time.

The Jaguars have played a game in London every season since 2013, with the 2020 season ending their current commitment to the capital, last signed in 2017.

‘The ability to play two home games, back to back, at Wembley Stadium over this season will further entrench the Jaguars’ popularity in London and throughout the UK during a time when the popularity of the NFL continues to grow rapidly in Europe and elsewhere beyond the United States,’ Jags owner Shahid Khan said in a statement.

Jacksonville Jaguars have played a regular season NFL game in London every year since 2013

The Jags were last at Wembley in November but were beaten 26-3 by the Houston Texans

‘We’re privileged to be the first team in NFL history to play two home games in London during a single season and plan to make the most of it on game days and every day of the year.’

The Jaguars are due to host their fellow AFC South teams: the Houston Texans, the Indianapolis Colts and the Tennessee Titans. Plus the Cleveland Browns, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Chicago Bears, the Detroit Lions and the Miami Dolphins are also on the slate. The Bears and Steelers games will remain in Jacksonville, leaving six possible opponents.

The NFL schedule will be announced in April.

Jags owner Shahid Khan claimed it was a privilege to host back-to-back games in London 

JAGS AT WEMBLEY 

2013: San Francisco 49ers – lost 10-42

2014: Dallas Cowboys – lost 17-31

2015: Buffalo Bills – won 34-31

2016: Indianapolis Colts – won 30-27

2017: Baltimore Ravens – won 44-7

2018: Philadelphia Eagles – lost 18-24

2019: Houston Texans – lost 3-26 

Elsewhere, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank appeared to confirm that the Falcons will host the Denver Broncos at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this autumn.

‘I really couldn’t be happier that we’re going back,’ Blank told talkSPORT at the NFL Honors. ‘We had a weird ending to the last game – we lost on the last play of the last game against the Lions but we’re still looking forward to coming back.

‘I think we’re playing against the Broncos – I think, from what I’ve heard – but I’m not sure. So we’ll see. We’re excited about it.’ The Falcons led the Detriot Lions 20-0 at half-time at Wembley in 2014, eventually losing 21-20. The Broncos have played once, losing to the San Francisco 49ers 24-16 in 2010.

Broncos president/CEO Joe Ellis said during his end-of-season press conference in December that the team wants to appear in England again.

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will also continue to host NFL games following the success of the Chicago Bears’ clash with the Oakland Raiders back in October

Spurs’s home ground looks set to entertain Atlanta Falcons’ home game with the Denver Broncos in the upcoming NFL season

‘I’m basically begging to get it because I think it’d be very good for us to play there,’ he said, saying that the game would be played at Tottenham.

London has hosted 28 regular season games since the New York Giants beat the Miami Dolphins 13-10 at Wembley in 2007.

Wembley has hosted 23, Twickenham three and Tottenham two. The only franchise not to appear in England is the Green Bay Packers.

 

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