On Thursday, the NFL announced the five teams set to play in the 2023 International Games. The Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots will each play international games during the 2023 regular season.
London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will once host two international games, with the Bills and Titans heading to the capital.
The Jaguars will return to their home away from home, Wembley Stadium, as part of their multi-year commitment to playing in the UK.
The 2023 season will also see the Chiefs and Patriots both play regular season games in Germany, with destination cities to be announced later this year.
The NFL previously confirmed that Munich and Frankfurt will stage games in Germany over the next four years.
The Chiefs and Patriots are part of the NFL’s International Home Marketing Area (IHMA) program, which sees teams secure international marketing rights in countries beyond the US, with both sides having been awarded rights in Germany.
This will be the second trip to London for both Buffalo and Tennessee, with the Bills having played there in 2015 and the Titans in 2018. The Jacksonville Jaguars, also an NFL IHMA side with marketing rights in the UK, will play their landmark 10th game in London this year. The Chiefs and the Patriots will make their debuts in Germany, following the inaugural international game there in Munich in 2022.
According to the league, there will be no international game in Mexico in 2023 due to renovations taking place in Estadio Azteca in Mexico City
Designated teams for 2023 International Games:
Buffalo Bills Location: UK, London Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Tennessee Titans Location: UK, London Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Kansas City Chiefs Location: Germany
New England Patriots Location: Germany
Regular season home game in UK for 2023:
Jacksonville Jaguars Location: United Kingdom (London) Venue: Wembley Stadium
That was the score after Los Angeles Chargers kicker Cameron Dicker made a 23-yard field goal with 4:25 left in the first half on Saturday night.
Before that kick, Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence threw four first-half interceptions, and Jacksonville committed five first-half turnovers.
After that field goal, Jacksonville scored a touchdown before the end of the first half as Lawrence connected with Evan Engram on a nine-yard touchdown pass to make it 27-7 at the break.
In his first playoff game, Lawrence finished the first half 10/24 for 77 yards, one touchdown, and, again, four interceptions.
“For myself, obviously yeah, definitely the worst half of my football life, of a lot of people’s football life, too,” Lawrence said about the first half. “Some type of history probably in that stat.”
Fortunately for Jacksonville and Lawrence, there was another half of football, and they took full advantage of it.
Lawrence settled down in the second half and was 18/23 for 211 yards and three touchdowns, and he finished the game 28/47 for 288 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions.
Ultimately, Jacksonville completed the third-greatest comeback in NFL postseason history when kicker Riley Patterson made a 36-yard field goal at the buzzer as they defeated the Chargers 31-30 at TIAA Bank Field.
With the win, Jacksonville moves on to the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson played with a gunslinger in Brett Favre. The Hall of Famer had been known to bounce back from interceptions, so Pederson is very familiar with these types of performances from quarterbacks.
“I played with one of the greatest quarterbacks ever in Brett Favre, and there were times he didn’t have a great first half and came back in the second half and could light it up,” Pederson said. “That’s what I love about Trevor [Lawrence] and his demeanor and his aggressiveness and the ability to just forget and move on… But from an individual standpoint, this is really a great performance by our quarterback.”
According to Lawrence, he got more comfortable as the game went on.
“I felt like I was seeing it all right, and I just needed to settle in,” he said. “We didn’t get any momentum going, couldn’t get a drive going. Really just felt like we needed to settle in, and then our defense kept getting stops for us, and I knew once we get the ball and get rolling for that first score like we did at the end of the half. Once we kind of got that and got the momentum back, felt good about – we’ve been in that situation before, not that many points but similar situations. That’s the thing, just the belief in this team. It’s kind of – it’s really cool to see what can happen when everybody believes.”
Pederson says this win is one the greatest victories in his coaching career.
“My hats off to our guys, our team,” he said. “I told them after the game that other than obviously winning the Super Bowl a few years ago, greatest coaching victory as a team, this one is right up there with it. My hats off to our guys for just battling. As deep a hole as we dug in the first half, there was – you guys have been around our team; you know there’s no quit in our guys.”
This was a big win for Jacksonville, and fortunately for them, the Chargers cooperated, but credit to Lawrence for not giving up and credit to this team for fighting to the end.
After 10 games, the Tennessee Titans were 7-3, while the Jaguars were 3-7.
At that point, no one gave the Jaguars much of a chance to win the AFC South, but eight weeks later, the tables have turned.
The Jaguars(9-8) won the AFC south and will make playoffs for the first time since 2017 after defeating the Tennessee Titans 20-16 at TIAA Bank Field on Saturday night to win their fifth straight game.
Tennessee(7-10) finished the season with a seven-game losing streak.
Jacksonville trailed the Titans 16-13 in the fourth, and their defense made the play of the game. DE/OLB Josh Allen scored the first touchdown of his career on a 37-yard fumble return after safety Rayshawn Jenkins’s strip sack of Titans QB Josh Dobbs.
In his first season as Jaguars head coach, Doug Pederson won nine games, the second-most in franchise history by any coach in their first season with the team.
Jacksonville trailed for most of the of the contest, but found a way to win, and according to Pederson, this game epitomized the season for the Jaguars.
“It’s like I told the guys a second ago, that this game tonight kind of symbolizes our season,” Pederson said. “There were some struggles. There were some highs, some lows, but in the end, we had the victory. I’m so proud of the guys for the way they have just all season long just hung together and, you know, through the face of adversity at times and even through some of the high moments, you know, we just stayed the same.”
Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who completed 20-32 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown on Saturday night, said the team kept the faith.
“Just how this year has gone,” Lawrence said. “The ups and downs and just the belief that we’ve had the whole time. You kind of saw it all come together today. And even just how we had to win the game, it wasn’t always pretty, but [we] just found a way to win.”
After the game, Lawrence and Pederson embraced on the field, which Lawrence discussed.
“You know, just told him I loved him,” Lawrence said. “I’m appreciative of him, just what he has done for this place. Obviously, it takes more than just a coach, but what he has been able to do for this organization has been incredible, and just excited for the future. We get another opportunity to play next week. That’s all that means is we get to play again next week, and there’s not many teams that get to say that at this point.”
Pederson won a Super Bowl in 2017 with the Eagles, so he knows what it takes to win at the highest level. According to Pederson, Jacksonville’s 27-20 win over the Raiders in Week 9, where they came back from a 17-0 deficit, was the moment he realized this team was special.
“Listen, we knew that it was going to be about what we did, you know,” Pederson said. “When we turned the ball over, that’s us. When we don’t make tackles, that’s us. When we miss field goals, that’s us, right? It’s about us, and it’s always going to be about us. I think that’s when we realized that, hey, we’ve got a pretty good football team if we could just eliminate those mistakes. We got into the bye. Obviously, you think — go back to the Raider game. You’re down 17 points in that game, and there was no flinch. Really at that moment, I think, is when we realized that this football team is a special team. We can make a run at the end of the year and see what happens.”
Jacksonville’s season would still have been a success if they had lost against the Titans, but they buckled down and got a big win. Now, they get a home playoff game against the Chargers, who they routed in Los Angeles during the regular season, so they have a good shot at advancing in the postseason.
The Jacksonville Jaguars acquired wide receiver Calvin Ridley from the Atlanta Falcons via trade, the team announced today.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Falcons get a 2023 5th-round pick and a conditional 2024 4th that can rise if certain conditions are met.
The 27-year-old Ridley was suspended for at least the 2022 NFL season for betting on NFL games back in 2021.
Ridley has a lot of ability, and once he gets reinstated, the fifth-year wideout definitely can help the Jaguars.
“We are excited to welcome Calvin Ridley to our organization and the Duval community,” Jaguars General Manager Trent Baalke said via a press release announcing the move. “This is an opportunity to add a proven playmaker to our already talented wide receiver room as we continue to build our roster for 2023 and beyond. We are looking forward to finishing strong this season and integrating Calvin into our program at the appropriate time.”
Ridley played in 49 games (35 starts) from 2018-21 and caught 248 passes for 3,342 yards and 28 TDs. In 2020, he recorded single-season career highs in receptions (90) and receiving yards (1,374) while tallying a team-high nine touchdown receptions, earning second-team Associated Press All-Pro honors. Ridley eclipsed 100 receiving yards in eight games in 2020, the most in the NFL.
In 2018, Ridley led all rookie wide receivers in receptions (64), receiving yards (821), and TDs (10) and was named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team. He totaled 17 TD catches in his first two seasons with the Falcons, the most by any player in their first two seasons since Odell Beckham Jr. in 2014-15. Ridley was one of seven players to total at least 25 receiving TDs from 2018-20, joining Davante Adams, Tyreek Hill, Mike Evans, Adam Thielen, Tyler Lockett, and tight end Travis Kelce.
A Fort Lauderdale, Florida native, Ridley attended Alabama and finished second in program history in receptions (224) and receiving touchdowns (19) while ranking third in program history with 2,781 receiving yards.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have traded running back James Robinson to the New York Jets for a conditional sixth-round pick, the teams announced today.
With Breece Hall out for the season with a torn ACL, the Jets needed a running back, and with former first-round pick Travis Etienne Jr. getting the bulk of the carries in Jacksonville, Robinson became expendable.
In seven games this season, the 24-year-old Robinson, who returned after tearing his Achilles in 2021, rushed for 340 yards on 81 carries.
As a rookie in 2020, he gained 1,414 scrimmage yards, the most by an undrafted rookie in NFL history. Robinson attended Illinois State and signed with the Jaguars as a rookie free agent in April 2020.
Robinson played in 35 games for the Jaguars from 2020-22 and rushed 485 times for 2,177 yards and 18 touchdowns.
STATEMENT FROM THE JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS ON ROBINSON:
The Jacksonville Jaguars are grateful to have had James Robinson as a member of this organization and thank him for his many contributions on the field, in the locker room, and in the community during what were three impactful seasons in Jacksonville. We wish James well in New York as he continues his career with the Jets.