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Thursday, October 24, 2013
NFL sets 2014's 3 London matchups

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The NFL on Thursday announced the six teams that will play in London in 2014, the first season when three regular-season games will be held in the city.

The Jacksonville Jaguars will host the Dallas Cowboys, the Atlanta Falcons will host the Detroit Lions, and the Oakland Raiders will host the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium next season.

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Wembley Stadium hosted the Steelers and Vikings on Sept. 29, the first of two games in London this season. On Thursday, the NFL announced the three matchups in London to be played in 2014.

"Our fans in the U.K. continue to demonstrate their passion for more football," commissioner Roger Goodell said in London on Thursday. "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."

The Jaguars have committed to "home" games in London each of the next four seasons, with their first matchup Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.

"I know that the opportunity to play here is exciting for our guys,'' Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said Thursday. "But right now our focus is completely on San Francisco.''

The Dolphins' game against the Raiders next season will be Miami's second trip for a regular-season game in London. The Dolphins hosted the New York Giants in 2007, the first season the NFL played a regular-season game in London.

The Falcons, Cowboys, Lions and Raiders will play their first regular-season games in London.

"It's a great opportunity for us. We're looking forward to playing over there," Lions president Tom Lewand said, adding that it was important for the team not to give up a home game to play in London.

"I think our fans deserve every home game we can have at Ford Field, but this gives us an opportunity to take some of our fans on the road and make some new fans and do so on an international stage," he said.

The Cowboys have played preseason games abroad before, but the prospect of playing in London was appetizing to coach Jason Garrett.

"It's a great opportunity for our organization to go over there and play, and we're going to do what we need to do logistically to play our best,'' Garrett said. "It's Wembley Stadium, for crying out loud. It's one of the great stadiums in the world.''

This is the first season that the NFL has played two regular-season games at Wembley. Earlier this season, the Minnesota Vikings defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-27 in front of 83,518 fans.

ESPN.com Lions reporter Michael Rothstein and information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.