Yearbook, Oct. 2: The NFL in Mexico City

October, 2, 2012
Oct. 2, 2005: Jaunts to London are commonplace now, but just seven years ago yesterday there never had been a regular-season NFL game played outside the United States.

Enter Mexico City, which is what the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers did for their Estadio Azteca meeting seven years ago today at 7,700 feet up.

The Cardinals won 31-14, powered by Josh McCown's 385 passing yards and Neil Rackers' six field goals, but far more eye-opening was the attendance number for futbol americano: 103,467, which set the all-time league mark (later broken at Cowboys Stadium) and paved the way, at least somewhat, for those later international trips.

Estadio Azteca before the 2005 49ers-Cardinals gameMike Ehrmann/Getty Images
Estadio Azteca during the 49ers-Cardinals game in 2005Robert Laberge/Getty Images
Arizona Cardinals' Robert Griffith carrying the Mexican flag in Mexico CityMike Ehrmann/Getty Images
Patrick Dorsey is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor for He has worked for the Web and newspapers. He also played in one Division-III golf tournament (he shot 105).



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