The 2021 NFL International Series has been announced, and it will feature two games in London, England.
International Series games last season were canceled due to the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The NFL has decided to return to international competition this season.
Both International Series games in 2021 will be played at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the home of the Tottenham Hotspur of the Premier League. The stadium has a seating capacity of 62,850.
In the first game, the Atlanta Falcons will host the New York Jets on Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021 (Week 5). The game will be televised by the NFL Network at 9:30am ET (2:30pm UK time).
The Atlanta Falcons and the New York Jets will each be making their second appearance in London. The Falcons lost to the Detroit Lions 22-21 in 2014, while the Jets defeated the Dolphins 27-14 in 2015, both at Wembley Stadium.
The second game of the 2021 NFL International Series will feature the Jacksonville Jaguars playing host to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021 (Week 6). The game will be televised by CBS at 9:30am ET (2:30pm UK time).
Jacksonville has played seven games in London and is 3-4 in those contests. The Jaguars defeated the Bills (2015), Colts (2016), and Ravens (2017) and lost to the 49ers (2013), Cowboys (2014), Eagles (2018), and Texans (2019).
Miami holds a 1-3 record in their games played in London. The Dolphins defeated the Raiders in 2014 and lost to the Giants in 2007, Jets in 2015, and Saints in 2017.
“We are excited to be returning to London and welcoming back our fans for two great matchups,” said Christopher Halpin, NFL Executive Vice-President—Chief Strategy & Growth Officer. “We expect these games to be a celebration of our sport and our robust UK fan base.
“We have been working closely with the UK government, the city of London and the relevant health organisations over the past year in planning the games. Through their successful vaccine rollout and commitment to bringing crowds back to sports events, the time is right for the return of NFL football this fall. We will continue to monitor the COVID environment, putting health and safety first, and will adhere to any and all future COVID regulations and restrictions.”