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The National Football League announced the Arizona Cardinals as the home team for the NFL’s game in Mexico in 2020.

The Cardinals will return to Mexico for the first time since they played in the NFL’s inaugural international regular-season game against the San Francisco 49ers in 2005. It will be the fifth regular-season game played in Mexico at Estadio Azteca.

“​We are incredibly excited to be returning to Estadio Azteca where we had such a positive experience in 2005,” Cardinals Chairman and President Michael Bidwill told NFL Network, the Arizona Republic and USA Today. “The Cardinals are very appreciative of the support we receive from fans in Mexico and look forward to a tremendous experience.”​

​Additional game details, including the visiting team, date and kickoff time, will be released at a later date.

A look at the previous regular-season games played in Mexico:​

Date – Opponents & Score (Attendance)
November 18, 2019 – Kansas City 24, Los Angeles Chargers 17 (76,252)
November 19, 2017 – New England 33, Oakland 8 (77,357)
November 21, 2016 – Houston 20, Oakland 27 (76,473)*
October 2, 2005 – San Francisco 14, Arizona 31 (103,467)**

* first Monday Night Football game to be played outside the U.S.

** first regular season game to be played outside the U.S.

Los Angeles Rams (1-1) at San Francisco (0-2), 8:25 p.m. on NFL Network. A pair of struggling NFC West teams meet in Wine Country to open play in week three as the 49ers host the Los Angeles Rams in Santa Clara at Levis’ Stadium. It’s also the first meeting between two rookie head coaches as Kyle Shanahan (San Francisco) and Sean McVay (Los Angeles Rams) square off in northern California.

Both clubs lost last week and hope to make ground in the NFC West. The Rams trailed Washington 20-10 at the half at the Coliseum last Sunday and fell to the Redskins 27-20. Los Angeles’ Greg Zuerlein managed to pull his club even at 20-20 with 7:16 left in regulation before the Redskins took the lead back for keeps when Kirk Cousins (179 yards, TD, 18 of 27) and WR Ryan Grant connected on an 11 yard TD pass with 1:49 left in the contest. Washington outrushed the Rams 229-92, while Jarred Goff threw for 224 yards and a TD for Los Angeles. The Rams on third down tries were 5 of 12 (they did have success in their only fourth down conversion) and held the ball for 23:41, while Washington was 5 of 13 and held the ball for 36:19.

San Francisco fell to Seattle again, this time losing to the defending NFC West champs 12-9 at CenturyLink Field. The 49ers led 9-6 with 7:06 left to play before Seahawks QB Russell Wilson and WR Paul Richardson connected on the game’s only TD to take the win. San Francisco did outrush Seattle 159-131, with the 49ers Carlos Hyde led all rushers with 124. Although San Francisco sacked Wilson three times, he did manage to throw for 198 yards and the game-winning TD. San Francisco went 2 of 12 on third down conversions in the land of grunge, Salmon and Starbucks and kept the ball for 23:02, while Seattle ruled the clock, holding on to the ball for 36:58, while going 8 of 19 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

Including games played in St. Louis, the 49ers lead the series with the Rams 67-64-3, they’ve outscored Los Angeles 2,973-2,837 and San Francisco has won the last three meetings, including sweeping the series last year (Los Angeles’ last win over their instate rivals came in 2015, when they took a 27-6 win when they were in St. Louis).

First meeting? Week one in Santa Clara at Levis’ Stadium. The 49ers used a pair of Carlos Hyde TDs to shutout the Rams 28-0. San Francisco managed to score at least one TD per quarter, leading 14-0 at the half. San Francisco easily outrushed Los Angeles 150-65, Blaine Gabbert threw for 170 yards and a TD and the 49er defense sacked Case Keenum (130 yards) twice and picked him off twice. The 49ers were 8 of 17 on third down and held on to the ball for 32:10, while the Rams were 3 of 15 on third down conversions, keeping the pigskin for 27:50 (both teams were 1 of 2 on fourth down).

Meeting number two took place in Los Angeles in week 16 on Christmas Eve afternoon. The second meeting was closer than the first but the result was the same, as the 49ers escaped with a 22-21 win in the Coliseum. Los Angeles led 14-7 through the first 45 minutes of play in a game that meant nothing, since both teams were out of the playoff race, before Colin Kaepernick ran in a score from 13 yards out and then threw a 10-yard TD pass to Ross Streater with 31 seconds to take the lead for keeps. San Francisco then held off a late Los Angeles drive that would have given the home team the win. Neither team breached the 100-yard barrier but the Rams came the closest, tallying 99 yards to San Francisco’s 70 and although he was sacked four times, Kaepernick threw for 266 yards and the two TDs. Third down tries in the second meeting were nothing to make the fan base of either team jolly and bright. San Francisco? 6 of 16. The Rams? 4 of 13. Both teams did have one fourth down try and found success and the 49ers ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 31:03 to Los Angeles’ 28:57.

San Francisco in the first meeting on a Monday night to open the 2016 campaign easily covered the 2 1/2-point spread with the 28-point win but both teams failed to cover the 43 over/under. In the second meeting on Christmas Eve in Tinseltown, the Rams were favored by 4 and San Francisco won by 1 but both teams covered the 40 over/under with 43 points in the contest.

The odds makers like Los Angeles as a 2 1/2 favorite on the road and the over/under’s 40. Both numbers make sense. These two teams aren’t bad teams, they’re not quite playoff contenders right now. San Francisco covers the 2 1/2 and pulls the upset at home.

Broadcast Information: 8:25 p.m. on NFL Network: Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Heather Cox (Field reporter); Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Mike Holmgren; SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Los Angeles Rams), 83 (San Francisco); XM: 88 (WestWood1), 225 (Los Angeles Rams), 83 (San Francisco)

Referee: Jeff Triplette

Injury Report

Los Angeles Rams
QUESTIONABLE: RB Malcom Brown (Hamstring), TE Gerald Everett (Thigh), CB Kayvon Webster (Shoulder)

San Francisco
OUT: LB Reuben Foster (Ankle), S Eric Reid (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: TE George Kittle (Hip), LB Eli Harold (Foot), S Jaquiski Tarrt (Neck), DB Jimmie Ward (Hamstring)

Weather: Sunny and 66 degrees

Broadcast information, officials and injury report courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel.


Fans can now prepare for some summer football and work on their tailgating skills in the process. The dates were announced a few weeks ago. Now you know the times. Get the grill fired up and make sure you have a lot of food on hand, especially if cousin Connie’s invited (the girl can wipe out a buffet and not gain a pound!).

The dates and kickoff times of the 65-game NFL preseason schedule were announced today, beginning with the annual NFL/Hall of Fame Game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings in Canton, Ohio on Sunday night, August 9.
Televised live at 8 p.m. Eastern by NBC, the NFL/Hall of Fame Game is the first of eight national preseason telecasts carried by NFL broadcast partners CBS, ESPN, FOX and NBC that will feature five 2014 playoff teams.

NFL Network will also provide extensive coverage of the NFL preseason, including live game broadcasts in all four weeks of the preseason. NFL Network’s preseason broadcast schedule will be announced in July.

The 2015 preseason schedule was announced on April 9, without dates and times, which now have been confirmed.

The complete 2015 NFL preseason schedule:

2015 NFL PRESEASON SCHEDULE (All Game Times Eastern and Subject to Change)

Sunday, August 9 (NFL/Hall of Fame Game)
Pittsburgh vs. Minnesota at Canton, Ohio, 8 p.m. (NBC)

WEEK 1 – AUGUST 13-17

Thursday, August 13
New Orleans at Baltimore, 7:30 p.m.
New York Jets at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Green Bay at New England, 7:30 p.m.
Washington at Cleveland, 8 p.m.
Miami at Chicago, 8 p.m.
Dallas at San Diego, 10 p.m.

Friday, August 14
Tennessee at ATLANTA, 7 p.m.
Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
New York Giants at Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Jacksonville, 7:30 p.m.
St. Louis at Oakland, 10 p.m.
Denver at Seattle, 10 p.m.

Saturday, August 15
Tampa Bay at Minnesota, 7 p.m.
San Francisco at Houston, 8 p.m.
Kansas City at Arizona, 9 p.m.

Sunday, August 16
Indianapolis at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.

WEEK 2 – AUGUST 20-24

Thursday, August 20
Detroit at Washington, 7:30 p.m.
Buffalo at Cleveland, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Friday, August 21
ATLANTA at New York Jets, 7:30 p.m.
Seattle at Kansas City, 8 p.m.

Saturday, August 22
Miami at Carolina, 7 p.m.
Baltimore at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Chicago at Indianapolis, 7:30 p.m.
New England at New Orleans, 7:30 p.m.
Jacksonville at New York Giants, 7:30 p.m.
Denver at Houston, 8 p.m.
Oakland at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
San Diego at Arizona, 10 p.m.

Sunday, August 23
Green Bay at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m.
Dallas at San Francisco, 8 p.m.
St. Louis at Tennessee, 8 p.m. (FOX)

Monday, August 24
Cincinnati at Tampa Bay, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 3 – AUGUST 27-31

Friday, August 28
New England at Carolina, 7:30 p.m.
Detroit at Jacksonville, 8 p.m. (CBS)
Tennessee at Kansas City, 8 p.m.

Saturday, August 29
ATLANTA at Miami, 7 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 4 p.m.
Minnesota at Dallas, 7 p.m.
New York Jets at New York Giants, 7 p.m.
Cleveland at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Washington at Baltimore, 7:30 p.m.
Chicago at Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m.
Philadelphia at Green Bay, 8 p.m.
Indianapolis at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Seattle at San Diego, 8 p.m. (CBS)
San Francisco at Denver, 9 p.m.

Sunday, August 30
Houston at New Orleans, 4 p.m. (FOX)
Arizona at Oakland, 8 p.m. (NBC)

Thursday, September 3
Baltimore at ATLANTA, 7 p.m.
New Orleans at Green Bay, 7 p.m.
Cincinnati at Indianapolis, 7 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Miami, 7 p.m.
Philadelphia at New York Jets, 7 p.m.
Buffalo at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
New York Giants at New England, 7:30 p.m.
Carolina at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.
Jacksonville at Washington, 7:30 p.m.
Cleveland at Chicago, 8 p.m.
Houston at Dallas, 8 p.m.
Kansas City at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Minnesota at Tennessee, 8 p.m.
Arizona at Denver, 9 p.m.
San Diego at San Francisco, 10 p.m.
Oakland at Seattle, 10 p.m.