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NFL Announces “Home” Teams for 2022 International Games

The Green Bay Packers are one of five teams that will play international NFL games next season. Unlike the other four teams, this will be the first time the Packers play an international NFL game and will become the 32nd NFL team to play in London.

The other four teams that will be the designated “hosts” include last-year Super Bowl winners, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as well as the New Orleans Saints, the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Arizona Cardinals.

Allianz Arena in Munich to Host First-Ever NFL Game in Germany

The Bucs will make history when they play the first-ever NFL game on German soil. Bruce Arians’ team was designated as the home side for the international game that will be held at the Allianz Arena in Munich. 

The NFL announced that German cities Munich and Frankfurt will host international games in the next four years, alternating between each other.

The Cardinals Return to Mexico

The Arizona Cardinals will play their international home game in Mexico, where the NFL hasn’t played an international game for three years. Five NFL games have been played in Mexico so far. 

The Estadio Azteca in Mexico City was the venue where the first international NFL game was held and the Cardinals were involved back then too. 103,467 fans attended the game that the Cardinals won against the San Francisco 49ers by a score of 31-14 back in 2005.

Jaguars and Saints Come Back to London

The Jaguars and the Saints, just like Green Bay Packers, will play their international games in London. However, unlike the Packers, they have already been to the UK capital, and on more than one occasion.

The Jacksonville Jaguars will see familiar faces when they return to Wembley Stadium. The Jaguars will visit England for the ninth time, a league record when it comes to international games.

The Saints and Packers, on the other hand, will run out on the recently-built Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Saints have fond memories of London, as they have won two of their international games played at Wembley in 2008 and 2017. 

A Great Lineup

Brett GosperNFL Head of Europe and UK, said that he was excited by the “great lineup” for their international games. He added that the Saints love the UK in particular and that they volunteered to be the home team in 2008.    

Gosper was also excited by the Packers’ first-ever visit to London, labelling it a great sign of the NFL’s commitment to these games. The NFL Head of Europe and UK said that the fact a recent Super Bowl champion (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) was also involved was a testament to the League’s dedication to international matches and thanked the Bucs for helping them launch their series of games in Germany.

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