Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love (10) and Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts are scheduled to square off in Brazil on Sept. 6. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Packers, Eagles set for Friday night opener in Brazil

Week 1 of the 2024 regular season will include an international affair between the Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles, who were announced as the opponents for a Friday primetime matchup in Brazil.

The Eagles were selected for the first-ever game in South America — Sao Paulo at the Corinthians Arena on Sept. 6 — in February, but the Packers weren’t officially announced as their opponent until Wednesday.

It’s the first Friday night game on opening weekend in the NFL in more than 50 years.

Packers CEO Mark Murphy hinted Tuesday the decision could be coming.

“I think we’re either the first- or second-most popular team in Brazil,” Murphy said. “As we talked about, we’re kind of the peoples’ team. People really like the idea of a community-owned team, with our history and tradition.”

Five regular-season games are part of the NFL International Series in 2024. With the game in South America, the league will have held at least one preseason or regular-season game on five of seven continents.

–Field Level Media

Jan 15, 2024; Tampa, Florida, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) runs with the ball during the second half of a 2024 NFC wild card game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles to play in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Friday of Week 1

The Philadelphia Eagles will open the 2024 season where no NFL team has gone before: Brazil.

The Eagles will be the designated home team for the league’s first-ever game in South America on the Friday of Week 1, commissioner Roger Goodell announced Monday.

Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo will host one of the league’s five international games in 2024. Three will be played in London and one will be in Munich, Germany.

Sao Paulo was chosen over Madrid as the league’s next new market, though an NFL official said in December that Madrid could host a game as early as 2025.

The Eagles’ opponent was not revealed. The game will be the second fixture of the new season, one day after the traditional Thursday night kickoff that usually features the Super Bowl champions.

The NFL has played only eight games on Friday since 1978, according to a Miami Herald story published before the Dolphins visited the New York Jets last November for the league’s first-ever Black Friday game.

There are plans for a Black Friday game streamed on Amazon Prime every year going forward.

–Field Level Media

Nov 5, 2023; Frankfurt, Germany; The NFL shield logo at midfield during an NFL International Series game at Deutsche Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: NFL nearing a vote on 2024 Brazil game

The NFL reportedly is nearing a vote on awarding a 2024 regular-season game to Brazil.

A decision could be made Wednesday at the NFL owners meetings in Dallas, according to ESPN.

Commissioner Roger Goodell said in October that another international locale could happen “as early as next year.”

The league has scouted locations in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo in Brazil, as well as Madrid in Spain for a potential 2025 game.

“There’s a lot of interest in the NFL,” league executive vice president Peter O’Reilly told ESPN in September. “I mean, we saw it. We did a Super Bowl viewing party last year down in Brazil, and it was packed and the energy is there.

“You’ve got some classic soccer clubs around the world who are really interested in hosting the NFL and building a relationship with the NFL. So the marriage of those two — there’s interests there, for sure, and it’s just determining the timing and the approach.”

The NFL’s International Series featured three games in London and two in Frankfurt, Germany, this season.

The 2024 schedule includes action in Munich, Germany (one game) and London (three), with the participants to be determined.

The Miami Dolphins possess commercial rights in Brazil, and the Chicago Bears and Dolphins have rights in Spain under the NFL’s global markets program. The league has never played a regular-season game in either nation.

–Field Level Media

Feb 12, 2023; Glendale, AZ, USA; A general view of the NFL shield logo on the field before Super Bowl LVII between the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: NFL targets Spain or Brazil for 2024 game

The NFL will soon decide whether it will put a 2024 regular-season game in Spain or Brazil, league executive vice president Peter O’Reilly said Tuesday, according to multiple media reports.

Last month, the NFL told its teams that Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo were all possibilities to host future games. Sports Business Journal and Front Office Sports reported that the verdict as to the 2024 site will be made in December or January. If either Spain or Brazil winds up getting a contest, Germany’s allotment of games next year would be reduced from two to one.

O’Reilly said, according to Front Office Sports, “There’s real opportunity. Germany is a unique market with the history of NFL Europe and how strong the American football legacy is there, but the reason we’re looking at Brazil and Spain is based on the size of the fanbases there.”

The NFL is playing five international games this year. The first was contested at Wembley Stadium in London (a 23-7 Jacksonville Jaguars win over the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 1), and the next two were held at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London (the Jaguars beat the Buffalo Bills 25-20 on Oct. 8, and the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Tennessee Titans 24-16 on Sunday).

The last two are slated for next month in Frankfurt, Germany: Miami Dolphins versus Kansas City Chiefs on Nov. 5 and Indianapolis Colts versus New England Patriots on Nov. 12.

The 2022 slate also included five international games: three in London, one in Munich, Germany, and one in Mexico City. However, Mexico isn’t in the mix this year or next year with Estadio Azteca undergoing renovations ahead of the 2026 World Cup.

The last time the NFL staged a regular-season game in a country other than the United States, England, Germany or Mexico was 2013, when the Buffalo Bills faced the Falcons in Canada. The Bills played a home game in Toronto every year from 2008-13.

NFL exhibition games have been staged in Japan (14 times between 1976 and 2005), Sweden (1988), Spain (1993-94), Ireland (1997) and Australia (1999).

–Field Level Media