Oct 17, 2021; London, England, United Kingdom; A general overall view of Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with the British and the United States flags on the field during the playing of the national anthem before the  NFL International Series game between the Miami Dolphins and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs and Seahawks to play NFL’s first game in Germany

Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will face the Seattle Seahawks on Nov. 13 in the NFL’s first regular-season game in Germany.

The NFL announced the international schedule for the 2022 season Wednesday, including three games in England in October and one in Mexico in November.

The Buccaneers and Seahawks will play at 9:30 a.m. ET at Allianz Arena in Munich.

The New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings will meet on Oct. 2 and the Green Bay Packers will take on the New York Giants on Oct. 9, with both games at 9:30 a.m. ET at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Denver Broncos and Jacksonville Jaguars will play at London’s Wembley Stadium on Oct. 30, also at 9:30 a.m. ET.

On Nov. 21, the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers will clash on “Monday Night Football” at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

The Broncos-Jaguars game will be the first NFL contest broadcast on ESPN+.

–Field Level Media

Oct 17, 2021; London, England, United Kingdom; A general overall view of the opening kickoff of the NFL International Series game between the Miami Dolphins and the Jacksonville Jaguars at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Jaguars defeated the Dolphins 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Tottenham considering bid for 2026 Super Bowl

Could the Super Bowl be headed overseas?

The English soccer club Tottenham Hotspur FC reportedly is preparing a historic bid to host the NFL’s championship game in 2026.

According to the Daily Mail, the NFL is “considering taking America’s biggest sporting event outside the country.”

The venues for the next four Super Bowls have already been decided.

SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles hosts Sunday’s Super Bowl LVI clash between the Rams and Cincinnati Bengals, with Super Bowl LVII in Glendale, Ariz.; Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas; and Super Bowl LVIX in New Orleans.

Tottenham already has a working relationship with the NFL. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium hosted two regular season games in 2019 and two more in 2021 as part of the league’s International Series. Two more games are on tap in 2022.

–Field Level Media

Oct 9, 2021; London, England, United Kingdom; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) throws the ball before an NFL International Series Game against the New York Jets at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Ryan hits milestone as Falcons down Jets in London

Matt Ryan threw for 342 yards and two touchdowns to lift the Atlanta Falcons to a 27-20 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday in London.

Ryan became the seventh NFL player to complete 5,000 passes in his career after his 5-yard toss to Olamide Zaccheaus in the fourth quarter. Ryan (57,099) also moved past former New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (57,023) into eighth place in all-time passing yards.

Rookie Kyle Pitts (nine catches, 119 yards) and fellow tight end Hayden Hurst each reeled in a touchdown pass for the Falcons (2-3), who overcame the absences of wideouts Calvin Ridley (personal reasons) and Justin Gage (ankle).

Reigning NFL Rookie of the Week Zach Wilson completed 19 of 32 passes 192 yards and one interception for New York (1-4).

Tevin Coleman opened the second half with a 65-yard kick return to ignite the Jets. Ty Johnson and rookie Michael Carter scored from 1 and 2 yards out, respectively, to trim Atlanta’s lead to 20-17.

Mike Davis rushed in from 3 yards out on the ensuing drive with 2:19 remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Falcons a 27-17 lead.

Matt Ammendola’s 49-yard field goal trimmed the deficit with 22 seconds left, however the Falcons recovered the onside kick to end the game.

Atlanta benefited from a roughing the passer penalty and Cordarrelle Patterson converted a fourth-and-1 play to set up the game’s first score midway through the first quarter. Younghoe Koo drilled a 31-yard field goal to complete a 14-play, 62-yard drive.

New York went three-and-out on the next possession and Atlanta capped a 10-play, 92-yard drive after Pitts beat defensive end John Franklin-Myers for an easy 2-yard touchdown. The touchdown was the first for the fourth overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Pitts made a one-handed catch for 22 yards on the ensuing Falcons’ possession, leading to Hurst’s 17-yard touchdown reception. The touchdown was the first of the season for Hurst.

Jaylinn Hawkins’ first career interception on the ensuing drive set up Atlanta at the Jets’ 34-yard line. Hurst, however, fumbled the ball while fighting for extra yards to end that threat.

Ammendola capped New York’s 16-play drive with a 31-yard field goal for the Jets’ first score, however Koo answered with a 52-yard kick as time expired to give Atlanta a 20-3 lead at halftime.

–Field Level Media

Oct 3, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley (18) tries to catch a pass against the Washington Football Team during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Falcons’ Calvin Ridley (personal matter) not making trip to London

Atlanta Falcons standout receiver Calvin Ridley is not traveling to the club’s Sunday game in London against the New York Jets due to a personal matter, the team announced Thursday.

The Falcons also said that receiver Russell Gage and defensive tackle Marlon Davidson won’t make the trip due to their respective ankle injuries.

Ridley, 26, is off to a strong start and has 27 catches for 255 yards and one touchdown for Atlanta (1-3).

“Due to a personal matter, Calvin Ridley will not travel to the Falcons game in London this weekend,” the team said in a statement. “We are in support of Calvin during this time and will respect his privacy on the matter.”

The loss of Ridley is a big blow for the Falcons. He had career bests of 90 catches and 1,374 yards last season when he supplanted the since-departed Julio Jones as the team’s top wideout.

Overall, Ridley has 244 receptions for 3,316 yards and 27 touchdowns in 48 NFL games (34 starts).

Gage will be missing his third consecutive game. He has five receptions for 28 yards.

Davidson will be sitting out his second straight game. He has eight tackles and one sack this season.

–Field Level Media

Oct 13, 2019; London, United Kingdom;  General overall view of the NFL shield logo at midfield during an NFL International Series game between the Carolina Panthers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

NFL to host International Combine in London

The NFL plans to host the International Combine in London on Oct. 12.

Up to 50 players will attend the invitational scouting showcase at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

“We are excited to host the International Combine in London next month,” Damani Leech, NFL Chief Operating Officer of International, said in a news release. “Through the event, we hope to discover new talent, create more global exposure of the game and provide an opportunity for participants to compete at the highest level.”

Athletes will be evaluated for a potential spot in the NFL’s International Player Pathway program.

–Field Level Media

Dec 27, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) drops back to pass during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Jets-Falcons, Dolphins-Jaguars draw London games

The Atlanta Falcons and Jacksonville Jaguars are hosts for the NFL’s two London games in the resumption of the International Series in 2021.

Atlanta hosts the New York Jets in Week 5 and the Jaguars play the Miami Dolphins the following week.

The full NFL schedule is due to be released Wednesday night.

The league played 28 games in London from 2007-19 before the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted the NFL International Series last season.

The Falcons and Jaguars will each play a “home” game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The stadium hosted two NFL games in 2019, with the then-Oakland Raiders beating the Chicago Bears 24-21 on Oct. 6 and the Carolina Panthers defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 37-26 on Oct. 13. Each game drew about 60,000 fans.

The NFL will not return to Mexico City in 2021, however, because the COVID-19 situation there is still considered too risky, according to the report.

–Field Level Media

Oct 13, 2019; London, United Kingdom; General overall view of the Tottenham Hotpsur Stadium exterior before an NFL International Series game between the Carolina Panthers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Jaguars, Falcons to host games in London in 2021

The Atlanta Falcons and Jacksonville Jaguars will be the home teams when the NFL returns to London for two regular-season games in 2021, The Athletic reported Tuesday.

The full NFL season schedule is slated to be released Wednesday.

The league played 28 games in London from 2007-19 before the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted the NFL International Series last season.

The Falcons and Jaguars will each play a “home” game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The stadium hosted two NFL games in 2019, with the then-Oakland Raiders beating the Chicago Bears 24-21 on Oct. 6 and the Carolina Panthers defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 37-26 on Oct. 13. Each game drew about 60,000 fans.

The NFL will not return to Mexico City in 2021, however, because the COVID-19 situation there is still considered too risky, according to the report.

–Field Level Media