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NFL sets itinerary for return to London

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POSTED October 24, 2013 10:45 p.m.

LONDON (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins will travel to London next year to take part in the NFL International Series, the league announced Thursday.

The NFL will hold three games at Wembley Stadium in 2014, with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons and Oakland Raiders as the designated home teams.

The lineup: Cowboys vs. Jaguars, Lions vs. Falcons, and Dolphins vs. Raiders.

Dates are to be determined.

The Cowboys have played preseason games abroad before, but the prospect of playing in London was absolutely appetizing to coach Jason Garrett.

“It’s a great opportunity for our organization to go over there and play and we’re going to do what we need to do logistically to play our best,” Garrett said. “It’s Wembley Stadium, for crying out loud. It’s one of the great stadiums in the world.”

Lions All-Pro receiver Calvin Johnson said it will be “interesting,” to make his first trip to London. “Hopefully, it’s just not around the Thanksgiving time or the week before,” Johnson said.

“The global platform also presents a unique and special opportunity for our fans and business partners to join us in sharing the many positive stories about the city of Detroit, the state of Michigan and the Lions,” Lions president Tom Lewand said in a statement.

The Jaguars are playing four games over four seasons in London, starting on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. It will be the first regular-season trip to London for Dallas, Detroit, Atlanta and Oakland next season, when the NFL increases the number of overseas games from 2013’s two.

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