Buccaneers vs. Patriots at Wembley in 2009

Having just completed one trip to London, the NFL already has made plans for another.

The NFL’s International Series of regular-season games will return to the United Kingdom in 2009 when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the New England Patriots, the NFL announced today.

The game will be played on Sunday, Oct. 25 at Wembley Stadium in London with kickoff set for 1 p.m. ET on CBS.

“Over the past two years, we have seen first-hand the excitement that exists for our sport in the UK,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in a statement. “The games have helped us to deepen our connection with our UK fans as well as create new ones. We are looking forward to another outstanding game in 2009.”

The contest will mark the third consecutive year of an NFL regular-season game at London’s Wembley Stadium. On Oct. 26, the Saints defeated the Chargers 37-32 before a crowd of 83,226. The International Series began on Oct. 28, 2007, when the Giants defeated the Dolphins 13-10 en route to a victory in Super Bowl XLII.

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