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NFL announces Jaguars vs. 49ers in London in 2013

The Jacksonville Jaguars will play the San Francisco 49ers in 2013's edition of the NFL International Series, the first of four games they are scheduled to play in London.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars will play the San Francisco 49ers in the 2013 season, Jaguars owner Shad Khan announced. The Jags are set to play one game per year in London through the 2016 season, starting with the Oct. 27 contest against the Niners in Wembley Stadium.

With the game being considered a home game for the Jaguars, their opponents were limited to the Texans, Colts, Chargers, Titans, Chiefs, Cardinals and 49ers. San Francisco has experience with the London game, beating the Denver Broncos in 2010, 24-16.

Many teams have preferred to be left out of the NFL International Series, as the abnormally long travel and time shift make it challenging to prepare as well as to recover in time for the following week's game. The St. Louis Rams were originally scheduled to play one game there from 2012 to 2014, but they declined to continue following their upcoming London game against the New England Patriots. That left the door open for the Jaguars to head overseas.

The Jaguars last faced San Francisco in 2009, a 20-3 loss in Week 6.

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