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NFL Diary London 2013: San Francisco 49ers vs Jacksonville Jaguars
Josh Modaberi, The American's roving sports reporter, meets the Jax and Niners
photos by Josh Modaberi

Sunday marks the first time Wembley Stadium will host two International Series games in one season when the San Francisco 49ers take on the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Earlier this season in the first International Series game in London Minnesota Vikings were triumphant against the Pittsburgh Steelers winning 27-34.

Both the 49ers and the Jaguars have been in London preparing for Sundays encounter and on Monday the San Francisco owner and players headed to Premier League side Tottenham Hotspurs training ground for a joint training session with local school children.

San Francisco 49ers, London 2013
Jed York, owner of the San Francisco 49ers, swaps shirts with Tottenham Hotspurs

Brit Lawerence Okoye who joined the 49ers during this season draft said: "It's great to be back in the UK, I'm excited for the team to be here and I'm really looking forward to the game on Sunday. Obviously it's a business trip but we are looking to have a good time as well.

"When I got drafted by the 49ers this was a date that I marked in the calendar straight away and it's been a game that I've been looking forward to all season."

San Francisco 49ers have crossed the Atlantic in fine form with a record of 5-2.

Jed York, the owner of the San Francisco 49ers added: "The last time we were over here in London in 2010 we weren't a premier team, we were at the lower end but we came over here and made a lot of fans, a lot of remembering of Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, and Steve Young.

"Today we've got Colin Kaepernick, we are top of the league and it's a whole different experience."

Jacksonville Jaguars, London 2013
Jax players, cheerleaders and mascot enjoyed meeting and inspiring the local kids

For the Jacksonville Jaguars this is going to be the first of four regular season games that they are going to be playing at Wembley over the coming years.

The Jaguars are yet to win a game all of this season with a 0-7 record, but the team are hoping British fans see the team improve over the next four years.

Brad Meester, starting centre said: "The season hasn't gone quite the way we wanted but things are getting better. Our focus has been on getting better each and every week and we're going to take that out there on Sunday.

"It has been awesome in London and we are looking forward to coming back out here over the next few years."

Tight end DJ William added: "We're all competitive and we're professionals, we've not come over here to have fun, we've got a job to do. This is a business trip and that's how we've approached this week and the game, we need to get this win.

"It would be a good way to beat a great team like the 49ers and that's what we're setting out to do."


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