The Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will play in the National Football League’s inaugural game in Germany. 

The game is slated for 9:30 a.m. ET in the Allianz Arena, home of FC Bayern Munich, in Munich. The announcement coincides with three other 9:30 a.m. ET games that will take place in London, England, where the NFL has received increasing support. Those games will include the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints on October 2, Green Bay Packers and New York Giants on October 9, and Jacksonville Jaguars and Denver Broncos on October 30. 

The NFL rounds out its international trifecta with a game in Estadio Azteca in Mexico City featuring the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers.

Expanding the NFL’s international reach in Germany

The first regular-season game held outside of American borders came on October 2, 2005, when the Cardinals defeated the Niners 31-14. Their upcoming trip back across the Southern border will be the fourth game in Estadio Azteca under the existing international series, which started with the then-Oakland Raiders defeating the Houston Texans 27-20 in 2016. 

Arizona was shutout in its only game in the international series, falling to the Los Angeles Rams 33-0 at Twickenham Stadium in Twickenham, England. The Niners are 2-0 in international play, most recently beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 42-10 in 2013 at Wembley Stadium, England’s largest sporting arena.

The Bucs are winless in three attempts at overseas play; their last attempt in a 37-26 loss to the Carolina Panthers in England in 2019. Seattle, meanwhile, is 2-0 out of the country, winning in Toronto and London.

Seattle has a German-born linebacker named Aaron Donkor on its practice squad who was originally added as part of the NFL’s International Player Pathway Program. Donkor is from Achern, some 200 miles West of Munich and just East of the Germany-France border.

This season’s matchup between the two will serve as the first installment of a four-game series in Germany over the next four years.