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5 Best NFL International Games

The league has been playing regular-season games overseas since 2007.
NFL International Series in London

The NFL has been a consistent presence in London since 2007 and continues to introduce itself to other parts of the world.

The NFL resumes its international series with the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints facing off this Sunday at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. While the league played many international exhibition games, it started incorporating them into the regular season first with Mexico City in 2005. Since then, the NFL has played in London and Toronto, and is scheduled to play in Munich, Germany, this season.

Much of the attention for these games has focused on the challenge of playing in a foreign country, but there have been some great games. Here are the top five with a few honorable mentions.

Honorable Mentions

Oakland Raiders 24, Chicago Bears 21
Oct. 6, 2019 – London

The contest at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium saw the first meeting between the Raiders and their former star outside linebacker Khalil Mack. The game was mainly one of spurts, with Oakland scoring 17 unanswered points in the second quarter and Chicago responding with 21 in the third. Raiders running back Josh Jacobs provided the final score with a two-yard touchdown run with less than two minutes to play.

Chicago Bears 22, Buffalo Bills 19
Nov. 7, 2010 – Toronto

Bills fullback Corey McIntyre put his team up 19-14 with a one-yard touchdown run with 10:27 remaining. Chicago cornerback Tim Jennings later intercepted Ryan Fitzpatrick’s pass and returned it to the Buffalo 23-yard line. The Bears scored six plays later when Jay Cutler hit Earl Bennett with a two-yard touchdown pass followed by connecting with Matt Forté for the two-point conversion, and then held on to win.

Jacksonville Jaguars 23, Miami Dolphins 20
Oct. 17, 2021 – London

Tua Tagovailoa hit Jaylen Waddle with a two-yard touchdown pass to put the Dolphins up 20-17 with 10:22 left. However, Jaguars kicker Matthew Wright responded with two field goals from beyond 50 yards, including a 53-yarder as time expired for the win. This loss to a Jacksonville team that finished 3-14 kept Miami out of the playoffs.