After two spectacular sell-out clashes at Wembley, the NFL circus is back in London for the third and final time this season as the Jacksonville Jaguars take on Dallas Cowboys, live on Channel 4 and Sky Sports.
This season’s NFL International Series is a whole lot bigger and better as in a ground-breaking and historic move, the NFL will play three games at Wembley Stadium in 2014, sending some of the biggest stars from America’s most popular sports league to London.
Two fan favourites clashed in the first of the three Wembley visits at the end of September when the Oakland Raiders played the Miami Dolphins, while just a couple of weeks ago England’s national stadium witnessed a pulsating finish to the second game, when the Detroit Lions completed a remarkable second-half comeback to beat the Atlanta Falcons 22-21.
Now it is the turn of the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have committed to play in London each year through 2016, who take on the Dallas Cowboys, on Sunday, November 9, which brings 2014’s record-breaking run of sell-out NFL games in London to a spectacular finish.
The Jaguars, through their charity outreach events and the agreement to play three games here, are aiming to become the favourite team among UK gridiron fans and a win on Sunday night would help go some way to boosting that support.
They are ‘hosting’ Dallas Cowboys, America’s team, who the biggest and richest franchise in the whole of the NFL and are shaping up to have their best season in years.
The Jaguars haven’t had the best of starts to their season, but their dynamic rookie quarterback Blake Bortles is eager to get a few more wins.
They are 1-8 this season with just a win over the Cleveland Browns to their name and have flown directly from Cincinnati after a 33-23 loss last weekend, where they played with spirit in a battling performance.
Meanwhile, the perennially underachieving Cowboys had been written off by some at the beginning of the campaign, but veteran quarterback Tony Romo has silenced doubters with a string of big wins, utilising his superstar wide receiver Dez Bryant and the apparently indestructible running back DeMarco Murray to great effect.
The Cowboys are 6-3 this season, but there are doubts as to whether star quarterback Romo will play on Sunday, though he is on the plane to London with owner Jerry Jones hoping he can get onto the field at Wembley to take on the Jaguars.
Romo was injured during Dallas’ week 8 loss to Washington and missed all of Sunday’s damaging 28-17 defeat to the Arizona Cardinals when the offence looked totally out of sync.
The match-up looks set to provide a fitting finale to the NFL’s visits to Wembley this season and another sell-out crowd will provide a superb atmosphere for both teams as they run out onto the Wembley turf.
UK fans will not have to miss a second of the fast-paced and dramatic gridiron action heading their way as all three NFL games at Wembley this this season will be broadcast live on free-to-air television by Channel 4, as well as on Sky Sports.
Channel 4 and More4 will have all the action covered for NFL fans as the sport makes its third and final trip of the season to the UK as Jacksonville Jaguars host Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, November 9.
The free-to-air broadcaster will dedicate a large portion of its Sunday evening schedules to the Wembley showdown, with coverage of the game itself anchored by Nat Coombs with Vernon Kay alongside in the studio.
Analysis and comment from the studio overlooking the fabled Wembley pitch comes from respected NFL broadcaster Mike Carlson, as well as number of special guests and famous faces, plus there will be regular pitchside reports from Iwan Thomas and Rachael Latham.
Build-up to the game begins half-an-hour before kick-off at 6.00pm and the majority of the match will be shown on Channel 4 and in high-definition on Channel 4 HD.
Live coverage will switch to Channel 4’s digital station More4 at 7.55pm and run through to 9.30pm, featuring the conclusion of the game plus further analysis and post-match reaction.
Channel 4 will be taking the coverage and commentary feed provided by host broadcaster FOX Sports, who will be screening the game in the United States.
There will also be a second helping of live free-to-air NFL action later in the day as Channel 4 has live coverage of the Sunday night clash between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears, presented by Nat Coombs and Mike Carlson from 1.10am.
Highlights of the Wembley contest, as well as a full round-up of the action from week 10, will be shown in Channel 4’s NFL: The American Football Show on Monday night at 11.50pm, presented by Vernon Kay and Nat Coombs.
Channel 4 regained its status as the home of the NFL on terrestrial television last season after signing a two-year deal to screen Sunday night games, the three Wembley international contests, and the Super Bowl.
Sky Sports will also provide comprehensive live coverage of the NFL’s third and final visit to the UK this season as the team go back to Wembley for the final gridiron extravaganza on English soil.
Kevin Cadle introduces coverage of the Wembley game from Sky Studios with an hour-long build-up programme ahead of the 6.00pm kick-off, live on Sky Sports 2 and in high-definition on Sky Sports 2 HD, alongside special guests.
Regular Sky Sports analyst Neil Reynolds will be pitchside at Wembley with the ‘Sky Cart’ to analyse all the key match-ups ahead of the fixture, as well as provide incisive in-game analysis and comment.
Sky Sports will also be taking the coverage and commentary feed provided by host broadcaster FOX Sports, who will be screening the game to audiences in the United States.
Straight after the Wembley showdown, Sky Sports viewers can get a second helping of live NFL action from stateside as the New York Giants take on Seattle Seahawks.
Reigning Superbowl champs the Seahawks shunted through a win over the Oakland Raiders 30-24 last weekend with six of their first choice line-up out injured.
On the eve of the first Wembley match of the 2014 regular season in late-September, Sky Sports signed a new five-year deal to continue screening live NFL games until at least 2019, with the new arrangement including Monday night games from 2015 onwards.
Sunday 9th November
DALLAS COWBOYS @ JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
Kick-off: 18:00 | Wembley Stadium
LIVE: 5.30pm-8.00pm Channel 4 / 7.55pm-9.30pm More4
LIVE: 5.00pm-9.00pm Sky Sports 2
Monday 10th November
NFL: The American Football Show
11.50pm-12.50am Channel 4