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Patriots to play Rams in London next season

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  January 20, 2012 08:44 AM

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The NFL has confirmed that the Patriots will play the Rams next season in London in the first of three games the Rams will host in England over the next three years.

“The response to NFL games in the UK among our British fans has been exceptional,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a press release. “We are confident that having the Rams host one game in the UK in each of the next three seasons will allow us to better serve the growing popularity of our sport beyond the borders of the United States.”

The Patriots will face the Rams Oct. 28 at Wembley Stadium at 1 p.m., televised on CBS. The Patriots also played in London in 2009, when they faced the Buccaneers.

“We are honored to be selected for this year’s game and eager to return,” Patriots owner Robert Kraft said in an NFL press release. “We had such a great experience during our last visit to London. We are proud to have great support from our fans when we are on the road. The United Kingdom is home to some of our most passionate Patriots fans, including the UKPatriots, who are among our most active fan clubs overall, not just overseas. We look forward to another memorable experience.”

The 2012 game will be the sixth the NFL has held in London. The international program began in 2007 with the Giants vs. Dolphins. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the only team to appear twice in a London game, in 2009 and 2011.

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