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Jets-Falcons, Fins-Jaguars set as London games

The NFL will return to London this season with two games as the Atlanta Falcons will host the New York Jets on Oct. 10 and the Jacksonville Jaguars will host the Miami Dolphins on Oct. 17.

Both games will be played at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The NFL did not play any international games last season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league had been set to hold four games in London and one in Mexico City last season.

The NFL started playing games in London in 2007 when the Miami Dolphins hosted the New York Giants and played at least one game there every season since before last year’s pause due to the pandemic.

When the NFL announced the epansion of the regular season to 17 games per team earlier this season, it said the enhanced season will guarantee that, starting in 2022, each team will play an international game at least once every eight seasons. Up to four neutral-site games will be scheduled with the initial focus on Canada, Europe, Mexico, South America and the United Kingdom. The league said interested teams can also volunteer to play home games internationally as they currently can do. Chris Halpin, the NFL’s executive vice president and chief strategy and growth officer, said that Germany is among the countries that could host a game in the coming years.

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