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Minnesota Vikings Reportedly Will Play 2013 Home Game at Wembley Stadium

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 23:    Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs the ball in the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on September 23, 2012 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
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Pete SchauerCorrespondent IOctober 14, 2012

The NFL will be back in London in 2013.

ESPN football insider Adam Schefter broke the news on Sunday morning that the Minnesota Vikings will be one of two teams playing inside historic Wembley Stadium next September, as part of the NFL's attempt to bring American football to the UK.

Vikings will play a home game at Wembley Stadium in London sometime next September. Announcement coming at Tuesday's owners meeting.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 14, 2012

UPDATE: Tuesday, October 16 at 5:30 p.m. ET

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports that the Vikings will face the Steelers in London in 2013. 

Steelers will play Vikings in the second London game in 2013

— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 16, 2012

---END OF UPDATE---

The NFL began playing in London as part of the American Bowl series in 1986, where preseason games were played outside of the United States for the first time, according to NFL London. Not only was the UK introduced to NFL football, but Germany, Spain, Ireland and Japan were all familiarized as well.

After a a 20-year hiatus, the NFL returned to the UK in 2007 when the Miami Dolphins and the New York Giants played the first-ever regular season NFL game outside of the U.S. on Oct. 28, when the Giants downed the Dolphins, 13-10.

Since 2007, the NFL has brought American football to London every season. This year's game will feature the New England Patriots and St. Louis Rams on October 28.

In the Minnesota Vikings, UK fans will see an exciting squad that has not played across the pond before. Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin are two of the most explosive players at their respective positions, while sack master Jared Allen is sure to get the Wembley crowd on its feet.

Furthermore, fans will see a Vikings defense that's great against the rush and solid against the pass, making it a tough day for whomever Minnesota draws as an opponent.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has said in the past that he wants to extend the NFL overseas, and this is certainly a step in the right direction for expanding the NFL market.

 

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