Tagliabue looking to go international

first_img The commissioner’s ability to convince each NFL club to take turns giving up a home game for the cause seems to be the main obstacle to his ambitious plan to boost American football’s international popularity. But Tagliabue is confident the owners will see the long-term benefits of such a plan, which could be discussed at league meetings this month. Though the league has traveled outside the United States to play exhibition games for decades, Sunday night’s game in front of an excited crowd at Azteca Stadium was the first regular-season contest on foreign soil in the NFL’s 86-year history. Even before the first snap, commissioner Paul Tagliabue declared the NFL’s first regular-season game outside the United States a rousing success and a prelude to the sport’s future. Tagliabue believes the San Francisco 49ers’ meeting with the Arizona Cardinals in Mexico City on Sunday night will be the first venture in an annual extravaganza, with at least one festive regular-season game on foreign soil every season. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “The emotion that I feel most is pride,” Tagliabue said. “My sense is that’s the way the fans here in Mexico feel. It’s a moment for great pride, because a lot has been accomplished in two decades (in Mexico).” Vick injured Falcons quarterback Michael Vick suffered a sprained right knee midway through the second quarter of Sunday’s game with visiting Minnesota after being hit by defensive end Erasmus James. Vick’s return is questionable, according to the Falcons. James, a rookie from Wisconsin, tackled Vick after he threw an incomplete pass to tight end Alge Crumpler, dropping the two time Pro Bowler, who writhed in pain while grabbing his knee. Vick was give some pain and strength tests on the field and, after roughly two minutes, he got up and walked to the sideline. Second-year player Matt Schaub went in for Vick, who was put through more tests on the sideline. center_img Vick eventually walked around to test his knee. He appeared to be fine and actually did some jogging. Record-tying day Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison tied Steve Young and Jerry Rice for the NFL record of most touchdown passes between a quarterback and a receiver with their 85th connection Sunday. Young and Rice combined for 85 touchdown passes between 1987 and 1999 with San Francisco. Manning is in his eighth season with the Colts, while Harrison is in his 10th. Kansas City’s Dante Hall tied an NFL record with his sixth career kickoff-return touchdown, a 96-yarder in the second quarter of a 37-31 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Like father … Running back Jarrett Payton, son of the late Walter Payton, finally played in his first NFL game Sunday when the Tennessee Titans promoted him from the practice squad. He didn’t get into Sunday’s 31-10 loss to Indianapolis until the end, but he finished with four carries for 37 yards. “Now the butterflies are gone,” Payton said. “I feel like the first time is over, and now I can just go out and play. If they need me, I’ll be ready.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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