Detroit Lions to play Atlanta Falcons in London 2014; first international regular season game

LONDON (WXYZ) - The NFL announced Thursday the Detroit Lions will play the Atlanta Falcons in London in 2014.

Six teams will play a regular season game in London next year at Wembley Stadium:

  • Jaconsonville Jaguars host Dallas Cowboys
  • Atlanta Falcons host Detroit Lions
  • Oakland Raiders host Miami Dolphins

Commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed the match-ups Thursday. The dates and times will be announced at a later date.

"We are excited for the opportunity to play on an international stage against a quality NFC opponent. It will be a different challenge for our football team; on that we fully embrace," the Lions organization said in a press release.

This will be the Lions' first international regular-season game but it's not the first time they have traveled overseas for a game. In 1993, Detroit played a preseason game as part of the American Bowl series in London against the Dallas Cowboys at Wembley Stadium. The Lions and Cowboys played to a 13-13 tie August 8, 1993.




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