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NE Patriots and TB Buccaneers to play in London in ’09

This will be the third consecutive year a regular season NFL game is to be played in the United Kingdom. From AP-

The New England Patriots will play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next season at Wembley Stadium, the third straight year the NFL will stage a regular-season game in the British capital.

The game will be played Oct. 25. The Bucs will be listed as the home team, giving up a game in Tampa.

“Over the past two years, we have seen first-hand the excitement that exists for our sport in the UK,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday in a statement. “The games have helped us to deepen our connection with our UK fans as well as create new ones. We are looking forward to another outstanding game in 2009.”

Five weeks ago, the New Orleans Saints beat the San Diego Chargers 37-32 before 83,000 fans at Wembley. Last season, the New York Giants defeated the Miami Dolphins 13-10. Both games were sold out.

The NFL is also expected to play a regular-season game in London in 2010.

Honestly, why does the NFL feel the need to play an overseas game? There once was a NFL Europa, and knowledgeable pro football fans know what happened to that.

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