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The NFL returned to Mexico City for the first time in a decade last year. Apparently, the trip went so well it's ready for a repeat performance.

After topping the Texans 27-20 in the Estadio Azteca back in November, the Raiders will return down south to face the Patriots next season. This will also be the first time the Patriots have gone international since a trip to London in 2012, where they shellacked the Rams, 45-7. They were scheduled to continue playing overseas, but the NFL decided that blowouts were bad for business and took them off the calendar instead.

The 2017 matchup figures to be far more entertaining. Oakland was one of 2016's breakout teams, yet its promising season was cut short when QB Derek Carr went down with a broken fibula. He'll be back for New England, and he'll be looking to unseat the Pats as the dominant team in the AFC.

As of yet, the date for the game has not been set--no matter when, it will be considered a home game for Oakland, meaning the Patriots' schedule won't be too adversely affected. While it should be a tough matchup, it will also probably turn out to be a good game, and a great encore for Mexican football fans eager for more of the NFL.

Via Fox Sports

Photo courtesy New England Patriots

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Aidan Stenson 2/02/2017 02:03:00 AM Edit
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