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Saints and Chargers to play 2008 regular season NFL game in London

San Diego will travel 5,478 miles to play New Orleans.

PHOENIX (Reuters) – The National Football League is returning to London next season for another regular season game with the San Diego Chargers playing the New Orleans Saints, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced on Friday.

The Saints will host the Chargers at Wembley Stadium on October 26, Goodell said.

In another international development, the commissioner said the Buffalo Bills would cross the border into Canada to play a regular season game every year in Toronto over the next five years starting this season.

Goodell, who did not specify the Bills’ opponent in this year’s game in Toronto, also said Buffalo would play a pre-season game every other year there.

Last season saw the NFL’s boldest international move to date when the New York Giants beat the Miami Dolphins 13-10 at Wembley in October in the league’s first ever regular season game held outside North America.

NFL Europe went bust in 2007. There was a team in London, but the Monarachs eventually moved to Berlin due to lack of fan support. Then why does the NFL feel the need to play regular season games in this city?

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