The NFL announced the four games that will take place in London next season, the first time the league will play four games – half of a home schedule of regular-season games – in the UK capital.

The 2017 London games:

Week on Date – Visiting Team vs. Home Team at Site
3 or 4 on 9/24/17 or 10/1/17 – Baltimore vs. Jacksonville at Wembley Stadium
3 or 4 on 9/24/17 or 10/1/17 – New Orelans vs. Miami at Wembley Stadium
7 or 8 on 10/22/17 or 10/29/17 – Minnesota vs. Cleveland at Twickenham Stadium
7 or 8 on 10/22/17 or 10/29/17 – Arizona vs. Los Angeles at Twickenham Stadium

The London schedule will feature consecutive games in Weeks 3 and 4 at Wembley Stadium – the home of English soccer – and Weeks 7 and 8 at Twickenham Stadium, the home of English rugby.  The game times and dates will be finalized in conjunction with the revealing of the full 2017 NFL schedule next spring.

Three teams will play their first regular-season games in London in 2017 – the Arizona Cardinals, the visiting team against their NFC West rivals, the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham in Week 7 or 8; the Baltimore Ravens, the visiting team against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley in Week 3 or 4; and the Cleveland Browns, the home team against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 7 or 8 at Twickenham.

The Miami Dolphins will play their fourth regular-season game in London, this time against the New Orleans Saints, who make their second appearance in a regular-season game in the UK.  The Jaguars will play a home game in London for the fifth consecutive season.

At the conclusion of the 2017 season, 26 teams will have played in London since the inception of the London Games Series in 2007.  Since that time, the NFL has achieved accelerated growth in the UK. Sunday viewership of NFL games has more than doubled and the Super Bowl audience has increased more than 75 percent. This season, the NFL is on pace to reach a record number of unique TV viewers in the UK.  The league also has developed new and stronger business partnerships and, according to internal research, has a UK fan base of more than 13 million, including close to four million avid fans.

Participation in amateur football in the UK has risen by approximately 15 percent per year since 2007, with the latest figures from Sport England showing that 40,000 people age 14 or older play regularly. American football is now an officially recognized sport in UK universities and schools.

A look at the 17 previous regular-season games played in London:

Game – Date (Stadium) Score (Attendance)
1  –  10/28/07 (Wembley) New York Giants 13, Miami 10 (81,176)
2  –  10/26/08 (Wembley) New Orleans 37 San Diego 32 (83,226)
3  –  10/25/09 (Wembley) New England 35, Tampa Bay 7 (84,254)
4  –  10/31/10 (Wembley) San Francisco 24, Denver 16 (83,941)
5  –  10/23/11 (Wembley) Chicago 24, Tampa Bay 18 (76,981)
6  –  10/28/12 (Wembley) New England 45, St. Louis Rams 7 (84,004)
7  –  09/29/13 (Wembley) Minnesota 34, Pittsburgh 27 (83,518)
8  –  10/27/13 (Wembley) San Francisco 42, Jacksonville 10 (83,559)
9  –  09/28/14 (Wembley) Miami 18, Oakland 14 (83,436)
10  –  10/26/14 (Wembley) Detroit 22, ATLANTA 21 (83,532)
11  –  11/09/14 (Wembley) Dallas 31, Jacksonville 17 (83,603)
12  –  10/04/15 (Wembley) New York Jets 27, Miami 14 (83,986)
13  –  10/25/15 (Wembley) Jacksonville 34, Buffalo 31 (84,021)
14  –  11/01/15 (Wembley) Kansas City 45, Detroit 10 (83,624)
15  –  10/02/16 (Wembley) Jacksonville 30, Indianapolis 27 (83,764)
16  –  10/23/16 (Twickenham) New York Giants 17, Los Angeles Rams 10 (74,121)
17  –  10/30/16 (Wembley) Washington 27, Cincinnati 27 (84,488)

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