Sep 252013
 

This week the Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers travel overseas for the first of the NFL’s two regular-season games in London.

By the end of this season, teams from the NFL will have played in 72 international games in nine different countries. All of those games are listed below.

List of International NFL Games

Columns can be sorted by clicking on the titles in the header. You can search for a specific team or season using the search box to the right.

Exh = Exhibition game | Reg = Regular season game

CountryCitySeasonDateGameWkWon/TiedLost/TiedScore
AustraliaSydney19998/8/99ExhDenver BroncosSan Diego Chargers20-17
CanadaMontreal19488/19/48ExhBrooklyn Dodgers (AAFC)Montreal Alouettes (CFL)21-1
CanadaOttawa19508/12/50ExhNew York GiantsOttawa Rough Riders (CFL)27-6
CanadaOttawa19518/11/51ExhNew York GiantsOttawa Rough Riders (CFL)41-18
CanadaToronto19598/5/59ExhChicago CardinalsToronto Argonauts (CFL)55-26
CanadaToronto19608/3/60ExhPittsburgh SteelersToronto Argonauts (CFL)43-16
CanadaToronto19608/15/60ExhChicago BearsNew York Giants16-7
CanadaToronto19618/2/61ExhSt. Louis CardinalsToronto Argonauts (CFL)36-7
CanadaMontreal19618/6/61ExhChicago BearsMontreal Alouettes (CFL)34-16
CanadaHamilton19618/8/61ExhHamilton Tiger-Cats (CFL)Buffalo Bills (AFL)38-21
CanadaMontreal19698/25/69ExhDetroit LionsBoston Patriots (AFL)22-9
CanadaMontreal19699/11/69ExhPittsburgh SteelersNew York Giants17-13
CanadaMontreal19888/18/88ExhNew York JetsCleveland Browns11-7
CanadaMontreal19908/9/90ExhPittsburgh SteelersNew England Patriots30-14
CanadaToronto19938/14/93ExhCleveland BrownsNew England Patriots12-9
CanadaToronto19958/12/95ExhBuffalo BillsDallas Cowboys9-7
CanadaToronto19978/16/97ExhGreen Bay PackersBuffalo Bills35-3
CanadaVancouver19988/15/98ExhSan Francisco 49ersSeattle Seahawks24-21
CanadaToronto20088/14/08ExhBuffalo BillsPittsburgh Steelers24-21
CanadaToronto200812/7/08RegWk 14Miami DolphinsBuffalo Bills16-3
CanadaToronto200912/3/09RegWk 13New York JetsBuffalo Bills19-13
CanadaToronto20108/19/10ExhBuffalo BillsIndianapolis Colts34-21
CanadaToronto201011/7/10RegWk 9Chicago BearsBuffalo Bills22-19
CanadaToronto201110/30/11RegWk 8Buffalo BillsWashington Redskins23-0
CanadaToronto201212/16/12RegWk 15Seattle SeahawksBuffalo Bills50-17
CanadaToronto201312/1/13RegWk 13Atlanta Falcons ?Buffalo Bills ??
U.K.London19838/6/83ExhMinnesota VikingsSt. Louis Cardinals28-10
U.K.London19868/3/86ExhChicago BearsDallas Cowboys17-6
U.K.London19878/9/87ExhLos Angeles RamsDenver Broncos28-27
U.K.London19887/31/88ExhMiami DolphinsSan Francisco 49ers27-21
U.K.London19898/6/89ExhPhiladelphia EaglesCleveland Browns17-13
U.K.London19908/5/90ExhNew Orleans SaintsLos Angeles Raiders17-10
U.K.London19917/28/91ExhBuffalo BillsPhiladelphia Eagles17-13
U.K.London19928/16/92ExhSan Francisco 49ersWashington Redskins17-15
U.K.London19938/8/93ExhDallas CowboysDetroit Lions13-13
U.K.London200710/28/07RegWk 8New York GiantsMiami Dolphins13-10
U.K.London200810/26/08RegWk 8New Orleans SaintsSan Diego Chargers37-32
U.K.London200910/25/09RegWk 7New England PatriotsTampa Bay Buccaneers35-7
U.K.London201010/31/10RegWk 8San Francisco 49ersDenver Broncos24-16
U.K.London201110/23/11RegWk 7Chicago BearsTampa Bay Buccaneers24-18
U.K.London201210/28/12RegWk 8New England PatriotsSt. Louis Rams45-7
U.K.London20139/29/13RegWk 4Minnesota Vikings ?Pittsburgh Steelers ??
U.K.London201310/27/13RegWk 8Jacksonville Jaguars ?San Francisco 49ers ??
GermanyBerlin19908/11/90ExhLos Angeles RamsKansas City Chiefs19-3
GermanyBerlin19918/3/91ExhSan Francisco 49ersChicago Bears21-7
GermanyBerlin19928/15/92ExhMiami DolphinsDenver Broncos31-27
GermanyBerlin19938/7/93ExhMinnesota VikingsBuffalo Bills20-6
GermanyBerlin19948/13/94ExhNew York GiantsSan Diego Chargers28-20
IrelandDublin19977/27/97ExhPittsburgh SteelersChicago Bears30-17
JapanTokyo19768/16/76ExhSt. Louis CardinalsSan Diego Chargers20-10
JapanTokyo19898/6/89ExhLos Angeles RamsSan Francisco 49ers16-13
JapanTokyo19908/5/90ExhDenver BroncosSeattle Seahawks10-7
JapanTokyo19918/4/91ExhMiami DolphinsLos Angeles Raiders19-17
JapanTokyo19928/2/92ExhHouston OilersDallas Cowboys34-23
JapanTokyo19938/1/93ExhNew Orleans SaintsPhiladelphia Eagles28-16
JapanTokyo19948/7/94ExhMinnesota VikingsKansas City Chiefs17-9
JapanTokyo19958/5/95ExhDenver BroncosSan Francisco 49ers24-10
JapanTokyo19967/27/96ExhSan Diego ChargersPittsburgh Steelers20-10
JapanTokyo19988/1/98ExhGreen Bay PackersKansas City Chiefs27-24
JapanTokyo20008/5/00ExhAtlanta FalconsDallas Cowboys20-9
JapanOsaka20028/3/02ExhWashington RedskinsSan Francisco 49ers38-7
JapanTokyo20038/2/03ExhTampa Bay BuccaneersNew York Jets30-14
JapanTokyo20058/6/05ExhAtlanta FalconsIndianapolis Colts27-21
MexicoMexico City19788/5/78ExhNew Orleans SaintsPhiladelphia Eagles14-7
MexicoMexico City19948/15/94ExhHouston OilersDallas Cowboys6-0
MexicoSan Nicolás
de los Garza
19968/5/96ExhKansas City ChiefsDallas Cowboys32-6
MexicoMexico City19978/4/97ExhMiami DolphinsDenver Broncos38-19
MexicoMexico City19988/17/98ExhNew England PatriotsDallas Cowboys21-3
MexicoMexico City20008/19/00ExhIndianapolis ColtsPittsburgh Steelers24-23
MexicoMexico City20018/27/01ExhDallas CowboysOakland Raiders21-6
MexicoMexico City200510/2/05RegWk 4Arizona CardinalsSan Francisco 49ers31-14
SpainBarcelona19938/1/93ExhSan Francisco 49ersPittsburgh Steelers21-14
SpainBarcelona19947/31/94ExhLos Angeles RaidersDenver Broncos25-22
SwedenGothenburg19888/14/88ExhMinnesota VikingsChicago Bears28-21

 

The Buffalo Bills will play in their 13th international game this season; more than any other team in the NFL. Followed by the San Francisco 49ers (11 international games), Dallas Cowboys (9), and Pittsburgh Steelers (9).

International NFL Games by Team

FranchiseInternational GamesFirstLatestWLTW Pct.Reg. Season W-L
Arizona Cardinals5 games195920054100.8001-0
Atlanta Falcons3 games200020132001.0000-0
Baltimore Ravens0 games
Bkn. Dodgers (AAFC)1 game194819481001.000
Buffalo Bills13 games196120135700.4171-4
Carolina Panthers0 games
Chicago Bears8 games196020115300.6252-0
Cincinnati Bengals0 games
Cleveland Browns3 games198819931200.333
Dallas Cowboys9 games198620011710.167
Denver Broncos8 games198720103500.3750-1
Detroit Lions2 games196919931010.750
Green Bay Packers2 games199719982001.000
Houston Texans0 games
Indianapolis Colts3 games200020101200.333
Jacksonville Jaguars1 game201320130000-0
Kansas City Chiefs4 games199019981300.250
Miami Dolphins6 games198820085100.8331-1
Minnesota Vikings5 games198320134001.0000-0
New England Patriots6 games196920123300.5002-0
New Orleans Saints4 games197820084001.0001-0
New York Giants6 games195020074200.6671-0
New York Jets3 games198820092100.6671-0
Oakland Raiders4 games199020011300.250
Philadelphia Eagles4 games197819931300.250
Pittsburgh Steelers9 games196020134400.5000-0
San Diego Chargers5 games197620081400.2000-1
San Francisco 49ers11 games198820135500.5001-1
Seattle Seahawks3 games199020121200.3331-0
St. Louis Rams4 games198720123100.7500-1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers3 games200320111200.3330-2
Tennessee Titans2 games199219942001.000
Washington Redskins3 games199220111200.3330-1

 

The Tokyo Dome in Japan has hosted the most international NFL games (12). The Rogers Centre in Toronto will host their 11th international NFL game this season.

International NFL Games by Stadium

StadiumCountryCityInternational GamesFirstLatestReg. Season Games
Aztec StadiumMexicoMexico City6 games199420051 game
Azul StadiumMexicoMexico City1 game197819780 games
BC Place (Indoors)CanadaVancouver1 game199819980 games
Croke ParkIrelandDublin1 game199719970 games
Delorimier DownsCanadaMontreal1 game194819480 games
Estadio UniversitarioMexicoSan Nicolás
de los Garza
1 game199619960 games
Exhibition StadiumCanadaToronto3 games195919610 games
Ivor Wynne StadiumCanadaHamilton1 game196119610 games
Jarry ParkCanadaMontreal2 games196919690 games
Korakuen StadiumJapanTokyo1 game197619760 games
Lansdowne ParkCanadaOttawa2 games195019510 games
Molson StadiumCanadaMontreal1 game196119610 games
New Wembley StadiumU.K.London8 games200720138 games
Olympic Stadium (Barcelona)SpainBarcelona2 games199319940 games
Olympic Stadium (Berlin)GermanyBerlin5 games199019940 games
Olympic Stadium (MTL) (Indoors)CanadaMontreal2 games198819900 games
Osaka Dome (Indoors)JapanOsaka1 game200220020 games
Rogers Centre (Indoors)CanadaToronto11 games199320136 games
Stadium AustraliaAustraliaSydney1 game199919990 games
Tokyo Dome (Indoors)JapanTokyo12 games198920050 games
Ullevi StadiumSwedenGothenburg1 game198819880 games
Varsity StadiumCanadaToronto1 game196019600 games
Wembley StadiumU.K.London9 games198319930 games

 

International NFL Games That Were Cancelled / Never Scheduled

Country City Scheduled Type Scheduled Teams
Cuba Havana 1923 Exhibition Oorang Indians and Cuban All-Stars (Non-NFL)

Reason cancelled: On January 1st, 1923, the Oorang Indians had a game scheduled in Havana, Cuba, against a local all-star team. If the game did occur, it’s the NFL’s first-ever international game. However, I haven’t found any evidence that the game actually took place.

Source: Undefined. (1922, October 19). Indian Team At Capital Sunday. Connersville (IN) News-Examiner, pp. 5. Retrieved 10/28/2012 from NewspaperARCHIVE.

         
Spain Madrid 1963 Exhibition Baltimore Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers
Reason cancelled: The exhibition was never officially scheduled. Reportedly this game came “within a whisker” of happening. This would have been the first-ever NFL game played overseas.
         
Mexico Mexico City 1968 Exhibition Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles
Reason cancelled: The threat of violent student demonstrations in Mexico, cancelled this game only a few days before it was set to happen. The Eagles scrambled and moved their “home” exhibition back to Franklin Field in Philadelphia. If this game did occur, it would have been the first time the NFL played an international game in a country other than Canada.
         
Italy Rome 1977 Exhibition Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins
Reason cancelled: The exhibition was never officially scheduled, although the idea of the game received “favorable consideration”.
         
U.K. London 1983 Exhibition Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins
Reason cancelled: The exhibition was never officially scheduled. There was a report that the two teams would meet in preseason game in London, however, Miami Dolphins owner Joe Robbie stated he was never contacted about the game.
         
U.S.S.R. Moscow 1991 Exhibition Minnesota Vikings and Arizona (Phoenix) Cardinals ?
Reason cancelled: The exhibition was never officially scheduled. Mike Lynn, the Minnesota Vikings general manager, pushed for the game to become a reality. Lynn would eventually become the president of the World League of American Football (NFL Europe). Phoenix Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill expressed interest in a Moscow game.
         
China Beijing 2007 / 2009 Exhibition New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks (2007)
Reason cancelled: The China Bowl was set for the 2007 preseason, but the game was postponed when the NFL shifted their international focus to London. Due to the global economic recession in 2009, the game was cancelled all together.

 

Additional Notes

  • The Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers have each played international games in a league-high six different countries. The Pittsburgh Steelers will join them this week with their game in London
  • The Green Bay Packers were the first NFL team to ever play a game outside the contiguous United States. At the end of the 1932 season, the Packers played two postseason exhibition games in Hawaii. The Detroit Lions (Feb. 1936) and the Los Angeles Rams (1948) also played in Hawaii before its statehood.  
  • The NFL’s first-ever game in Europe didn’t go over very well. In 1983, the Minnesota Vikings and St. Louis Cardinals played in front of only 33,000 people at London’s Wembley Stadium. The game’s promoter John Marshall and his partners lost $750,000 dollars… The English press had some harsh words for the sportThe Sunday Times called it the “Limey Bowl”. The Sunday Mirror insinuated that the game wasn’t worthy of being played on the “hallowed soccer field” of Wembley Stadium. Lastly, the Sunday Express called it a big bore… There were a handful of logistical problems with the game. Marshall had to special order goal posts for Wembley Stadium, fix the scoreboard to tally six points at a time, and Wembley’s small locker rooms forced the teams to equip at their hotel rooms.
  • The site mmbolding.com has recaps for all the games that pitted the NFL against the CFL.

 

Sources: Games locations were retrieved from team media guides and The Pro Football Archives.

 

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