Cardinals to play in Mexico City

The Arizona Cardinals will head to Estadio Azteca in Mexico City to take on the San Francisco 49ers on Nov. 21.

The announcement comes as part of the NFL’s decision, from last year, to extend the length of the regular season from 16 to 17 games. Part of the resolution states that each NFL franchise is now required to play an international game on rotation. The Cardinals will play the game in Mexico, eight games at State Farm Stadium, and eight games on the road this season.

The game will air on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football,” with kickoff scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Featured on the broadcast will be Joe Buck and Troy Aikman on commentary, as they recently made the jump to ESPN after calling games together on Fox for 20 seasons.

Tickets go on sale in August. It will be the first NFL game to be played in Mexico City since 2019, when the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Los Angeles Chargers 24-17.

However, it won’t be the first time that the Cardinals and 49ers have faced each other on Mexican soil. In 2005, the teams played one another in the first NFL regular season game held outside of the United States. A then-record crowd of 103,467 fans filled Estadio Azteca to witness Arizona defeat San Francisco 31-14.

The Cardinals’ history of international play goes back even further. They faced the San Diego Chargers in a preseason game at Korakuen Stadium in Tokyo, Japan, on Aug. 16, 1976. It was the first NFL game played outside of North America. On Aug. 6, 1983, they played in the first NFL game in Europe. They faced the Minnesota Vikings at Wembley Stadium in London, England in another preseason contest.