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2013 NFL Season: Jacksonville Jaguars and San Francisco 49ers Will Play in London

The NFL announced on Thursday that the Jacksonville Jaguars will square off against the San Francisco 49ers in London next October for the regular season. The Jags locked up a deal to participate in these London games for the next four seasons and from the perspective of a fan, let’s just be glad this game isn’t taking place this year.

These two teams are on complete opposite levels through the first five weeks of the 2012 season. The 49ers are arguably one of the top overall teams in football as their stellar defense that emerged to a whole new level in 2011 has the support of an improved offense thanks to Alex Smith. Last weekend against the Buffalo Bills, Smith threw for more than 300 yards and three touchdowns for the first time in his career, which is something San Francisco has been waiting to see since using the No. 1 pick to get him back in 2005.

As for the Jaguars, they can’t seem to get anything consistent going in 2012 as they sit on the bottom of the AFC South with a 1-4 record. In fact, things are so bad for Jacksonville, they currently have the 32nd-ranked offense in the league and have only scored 65 points over the first five weeks.

London fans will most likely have the opportunity to see one of the top team’s the NFL has to offer in the 49ers in 2013, but they may have to wait another year or two before the Jaguars give them something to cheer about.

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