After last month’s wildly successful Monday Night Football game between the Oakland Raiders and the Houston Texans, the NFL is ready to return to Mexico in 2017.
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Next year’s Monday Night Football Game pits the Oakland Raiders against the New England Patriots.
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Mexico is in for quite a treat with this game, as the teams have a brewing rivalry thanks to the infamous “Tuck Rule Game,” which occurred during the 2002 playoffs.
The “Tuck Rule” call during the 2002 playoff matchup is considered one of the most controversial calls in NFL history.
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During a crucial play late in the game, Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson caused a young Tom Brady to apparently fumble the ball, which was recovered by Oakland. However, upon review, the referees decided that Brady had actually made an incomplete pass because his throwing arm was moving forward. The Raiders argued that Brady completed his throwing motion and tucked the ball, which constituted a fumble. The refs ruled in favor of New England and the Patriots went on to end the Oakland Raiders’ season.
This year’s Monday Night Football game was a huge success.
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When tickets for the Monday Night Football game between the Raiders and the Texans went on sale back in July, which was held at the Azteca Arena, they sold out in a matter of minutes. That’s over 76,000 tickets.
Looking to repeat that success, the NFL is now looking to make the return to Mexico an annual thing.
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Talking to ESPN, everyone’s favorite NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said, “We see the passion that’s happening here and the fan’s interest in this game continues to explode. We want to feed that. We want to continue that relationship and be back for more.”