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Raiders officially headed back to Mexico City in 2017 to face Patriots

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Today Roger Goodell announced that for a second consecutive season the Raiders will be playing a home game in Mexico City. This time they will face the New England Patriots at Estadio Azteca.

“We have a tremendous fan base in Mexico,” Goodell said. “Their passion for football is inspiring, and we look forward to another memorable game in Mexico City between two great teams next season.”

The dates of the games next season has yet to be announced, but we do know it will be a Raiders home game, just as last season’s was when they faced the Houston Texans. If you noticed that both teams’ names were painted in the end zone, it didn’t look like a Raiders home game, though the stands sure did.

“The Raiders are excited to return to Estadio Azteca and represent the National Football League once again on an international stage,” said Mark Davis. “We enjoyed tremendous support from the Raider Nation in Mexico in 2016 and look forward to experiencing that great passion again this year.”

“The largest crowd the Patriots have played in front of was in Mexico City in 1998,” said Patriots owner Robert Kraft. “It was a great experience and I am looking forward to our return. I know that we have a lot of passionate Patriots fans in Mexico. We have had plenty of success in international games and I attribute that to our tremendous fan support in those venues. I look forward to meeting some of our fantastic fans and enjoying the food and culture there in the fall."