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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers play their first NFL regular season game in Germany

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers play their first NFL regular season game in Germany

LONDON — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will play their first NFL regular-season game in Germany this year, and the Green Bay Packers are traveling abroad for the first time.

The league said Monday that the Boston team will host the opening game in Munich next season, although their opponents and the date of the match have not been announced.

“This historic game will play a critical role in the NFL’s efforts to grow its international footprint while allowing us to directly engage NFL fans in Germany,” Pirates owner and co-chair Joel Glazer said in a statement.

The Packers and New Orleans Saints are the home teams for two games at London’s Tottenham Hotspur, while the Jacksonville Jaguars will host a game at Wembley. The Jaguars are regulars in London, coming in every year since 2013 – except for 2020, when international matches were canceled due to the pandemic.

The Arizona Cardinals will play a game at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City.

The Packers are the only franchise among the 32 NFL teams that have not played a regular season game in London since the International Series began in 2007. But with the NFL’s expanded schedule of 17 regular season games giving all NFC teams an extra home game next season, they will play The Packers are finally in a new international venue.

“The Green Bay Packers are excited to make their international debut during the 2022 season,” said Mark Murphy, President, Packers. “Our fans in the UK and elsewhere in Europe have been eagerly awaiting the chance to watch the Packers play in their backyard, and we know many of our fans in the US will be traveling to London.”

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The expansion in Germany will also see an NFL stage an extra game in Munich and two in Frankfurt over the next four seasons.