Jacksonville Jaguars To Play San Francisco 49ers In London Next Year

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Jacksonville Jaguars Shad Khan

The Jacksonville Jaguars have their first opponent for their series of games in London.

In an announcement on Thursday, Jaguars owner Shahid Khan and the NFL announced that they will play the San Francisco 49ers at Wembley Stadium in London in 2013.

The game will be on October 27 and will have a 5 p.m. kickoff in London, which would be a 1 p.m. kickoff in Jacksonville.

Back in August, the Jaguars announced that they will play one home game in London the next four seasons after the St. Louis Rams backed out of a prior agreement to play in the NFL’s international series. Ever since Khan bought the Jaguars last November, he had expressed his interest in expanding his team’s brand on an international level. So, having the Jaguars play in London was a logical step for his new franchise.

“Everyone associated with the Jacksonville Jaguars is very much looking forward to our four home games in London through 2016, and we’re particularly thrilled and honored that our first opponent will be the San Francisco 49ers,” Khan said. “This is a unique and important opportunity for the Jaguars franchise, as well as for our fans and community.”

Khan and Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee have been in London all week during the Jags bye promoting next year’s game and trying to spark some interest in the team that is going to be calling London home for one game the next four seasons.

This will be the second appearance in London for the 49ers after they hosted the Denver Broncos at Wembley two years ago.