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49ers to face Cardinals in Mexico City on November 21

May 4, 2022 at 6:01 AM--


The San Francisco 49ers will take part in an international game in 2022. They will be the designated road team, traveling to face the "home team" Arizona Cardinals at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City on November 21 (Week 11)—a primetime matchup on ESPN's Monday Night Football. It's the first NFL game in Mexico since 2019 when the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Los Angeles Chargers 24-17.


Estadio Azteca is also the location of the league's first regular-season game outside the United States, which took place on October 2, 2005, and saw the Cardinals beat the 49ers 31-14.

There will be five total international games in 2022, with the New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Arizona Cardinals serving as the "home teams." Below is the information for each matchup.

Minnesota Vikings vs New Orleans Saints
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, United Kingdom (London)
October 2, 6:30 am PT, NFL Network

New York Giants vs Green Bay Packers
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, United Kingdom (London)
October 9, 6:30 am PT, NFL Network

Denver Broncos vs Jacksonville Jaguars
Wembley Stadium, United Kingdom (London)
October 30, 6:30 am PT, ESPN+

Seattle Seahawks vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
FC Bayern Munich Stadium, Germany (Munich)
November 13, 6:30 am PT, NFL Network

San Francisco 49ers vs Arizona Cardinals
Estadio Azteca, Mexico (Mexico City)
November 21, 5:00 pm PT, ESPN

The 49ers last took part in an international regular-season game on October 27, 2013, when the team beat the designated home team Jacksonville Jaguars 42-10 at Wembley Stadium. Before that, they knocked off the designated road team Denver Broncos 24-16 at Wembley Stadium on October 31, 2010.

The NFL will release the remainder of the league schedule on May 12.

NFL Communications provided the following information in a press release.



Last year, as part of the League's expansion of the regular season to 17 games, it was determined that, beginning with the 2022 season, up to four of the teams from the conference whose teams were eligible for a ninth regular-season home game would instead be designated to play a neutral-site international game each year.

This year's international series will kick off with games on back-to-back weekends at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.

The New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings will each play in the UK for the third time. Both teams have won on two previous occasions in the UK and will make their debut at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday, October 2.

The following Sunday, October 9, the Green Bay Packers, NFC North champions for the third consecutive year, will face the New York Giants in their first international trip, becoming the 32nd NFL team to play in London since 2007. The Giants will play in the UK for the third time, having won the inaugural London game at Wembley Stadium in 2007 and also won the first game played at Twickenham Stadium in 2016. This will be their first game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

London action shifts to Wembley Stadium on Sunday, October 30, when the Jacksonville Jaguars, who played at Tottenham last season, return to Wembley for the first time since 2019, having played there for seven straight seasons. They will face the Denver Broncos who are making their first trip to the UK since they last played at Wembley in 2010.

In the first-ever NFL regular-season game in Germany, the two-time Super Bowl champion and current NFC South champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, led by quarterback Tom Brady, will face the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, November 13. As previously announced, Munich and Frankfurt were chosen to stage regular-season games in Germany over the next four years. The first game will take place at FC Bayern Munich Stadium.

The NFL will return to Mexico City on November 21 with Monday Night Football. Estadio Azteca will host a matchup between NFC West rivals San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals in a rematch of the NFL's first regular-season game played outside the United States. In 2005, the teams played at Estadio Azteca with 103,467 fans in attendance, the eight largest crowd in NFL history.

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