Thursday, October 24, 2013
Cowboys to play first international game
By Calvin Watkins
IRVING, Texas -- It was officially announced Thursday morning the Dallas Cowboys will participate in their first international regular-season game when they take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in London next year.
The date hasn't been determined but the NFL will have three regular-season games at London's Wembley Stadium.
Atlanta-Detroit, Oakland-Miami and the Cowboys' game with Jags are the trio.
"Our fans in the UK continue to demonstrate their passion for more football," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. "Next year for the first time we will play three regular-season games in London. We have scheduled three attractive games with four teams playing in their first International Series game. The growing enthusiasm for the NFL internationally is exciting and we look forward to continuing to respond to this interest in our game."
For the Cowboys, dubbed America's Team, this isn't the first time they've had a game outside of the U.S. The Cowboys have had nine preseason games in locations such as Tokyo, Mexico City, Toronto and London.
It's also not the first time the Cowboys have played in London. Tom Landry took the Cowboys to the U.K. to face the Chicago Bears in a 1986 preseason game. The Bears won 17-6. Jimmy Johnson coached the team to a 13-13 tie against the Detroit Lions in 1993.
The Cowboys last played outside the U.S. in 2001 when they beat the Oakland Raiders 21-6 in Mexico City.
Overall, the Cowboys are 1-7-1 in games outside the U.S.
"It's pretty exciting," coach Jason Garrett said. "The NFL obviously is trying to get a presence over there and I think that's great for everybody. Certainly there's a worldwide appeal of the National Football League and there's no better place than London, England. We did play a preseason game there many years ago, it was a very memorable game. I think we played Detroit and it ended in a tie. I have fond memories of Wembley Stadium."