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Detroit Lions will NOT play in London in 2021

Despite nearly traveling to London in 2020, the Lions will avoid the international series for 2021.

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The Detroit Lions will not be traveling across the pond in 2021 to play a game in London.

The NFL announced on Wednesday that they’d be hosting two games as part of their International series: Jets vs. Falcons and Dolphins vs. Jaguars.

Earlier this offseason, it looked like the Lions could be headed for another international game. The Falcons announced they were hosting a non-divisional game in London this year, and the Lions were one of five potential teams that would join them. However, the Jets were eventually the team chosen to travel.

The Lions were reportedly one of the teams that were supposed to travel to London in 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic forced all NFL games to take place in the United States. Detroit hasn’t played internationally since the 2015 season.

However, the league agreed to new rules regarding international games this offseason. Starting in 2022, there will be four international games every season and every team has to host at least one international game every eight seasons.

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