Tuesday's NFL Fall Meeting was a busy one for officials in Washington, D.C. In addition to narrowing down the pool of candidate cities for 2018 Super Bowl hosting duties, the league also decided to play more international games next year, committing to three matchups at London's Wembley Stadium.
The Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons, and Oakland Raiders will all host a game at Wembley next season, with dates and opponents to be announced when the full league schedule is compiled. This year's edition of the series began with the Minnesota Vikings defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-27 on Sep. 29. A second game was added for week eight of the the 2013 season with Jacksonville hosting San Francisco at Wembley on Oct. 27. That game will be Jacksonville's first overseas and the first of four consecutive seasons with an international game
The International Series began in 2005 when the Arizona Cardinals took on the San Francisco 49ers at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. No international game was played during the 2006 season, but a contest at Wembley has gone on every year since 2007.
"Our fans in the UK have continued to demonstrate that they love football and want more," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said.
Goodell went on, saying, "Both of this year's games in London sold out quickly. The fan enthusiasm for our sport continues to grow. By playing two games in the UK this year, we are creating more fans. We hope that with three games in London next year we will attract even more people to our game."
83,000 people were in attendance for the Minnesota/Pittsburgh game at Wembley last month.