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NFL officially will not play any international games this season

The 49ers could have played Arizona in Mexico City during 2020

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On Monday, the NFLL announced that it would schedule all 2020 games in the US for the entire season to be played in the NFL teams’ stadia under consistent protocols focused on the well-being of players, personnel and fans. Christopher Halpin, the NFL’s Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy and Growth Officer, said this:

After considerable analysis, we believe the decision to play all our games domestically this season is the right one for our players, our clubs, and all our fans in the US, Mexico, and the UK. We greatly appreciate the support of our governmental and stadium partners in Mexico and the United Kingdom, whoo all agree with this decision, and we look forward to returning for games in both countries in the 2021 season.

The league had originally planned on playing one game in Mexico City at Azteca Stadium and four games in London — two at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and two at Wembley Stadium during the 2020 season. The teams that were scheduled to play were the Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Miami Dolphins. Those teams will now play all of their home games at their home stadia in the US.

The Cardinals were going to play in Mexico City, per Matt Maiocco. So the 49ers may have lucked out of having to travel outside of the US. Then again, San Francisco could have played a division opponent the following week on limited rest. You can make an argument for both sides. As the press release said, international games will continue in 2021.