American Bowl

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The American Bowl was a series of National Football League preseason exhibition games that were held at sites outside the United States between 1986 and 2005. The league started the American Bowl series in 1986 primarily to promote American football in other countries. After successful games in London's Wembley Stadium, the series was expanded to Japan. After 1990, games were also played in Montreal and Berlin to promote the new World League of American Football (later NFL Europe), which started in 1991.

Since 2007 the NFL has held regular-season games outside the United States as part of its NFL International Series.

Game history

Season/Date Teams Venue Type
August 5, 1989 San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams Tokyo Dome Program
National Football League (2021)
AFC East North South West
Buffalo Bills (Highmark Stadium)
Miami Dolphins (Hard Rock Stadium)
New England Patriots (Gillette Stadium)
New York Jets (MetLife Stadium)
Baltimore Ravens (M&T Bank Stadium)
Cincinnati Bengals (Paul Brown Stadium)
Cleveland Browns (FirstEnergy Stadium)
Pittsburgh Steelers (Heinz Field)
Houston Texans (NRG Stadium)
Indianapolis Colts (Lucas Oil Stadium)
Jacksonville Jaguars (TIAA Bank Field)
Tennessee Titans (Nissan Stadium)
Denver Broncos (Empower Field at Mile High)
Kansas City Chiefs (Arrowhead Stadium)
Las Vegas Raiders (Allegiant Stadium)
Los Angeles Chargers (SoFi Stadium)
NFC East North South West
Dallas Cowboys (AT&T Stadium)
New York Giants (MetLife Stadium)
Philadelphia Eagles (Lincoln Financial Field)
Washington Commanders (FedExField)
Chicago Bears (Soldier Field)
Detroit Lions (Ford Field)
Green Bay Packers (Lambeau Field)
Minnesota Vikings (U.S. Bank Stadium)
Atlanta Falcons (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)
Carolina Panthers (Bank of America Stadium)
New Orleans Saints (Caesars Superdome)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Raymond James Stadium)
Arizona Cardinals (State Farm Stadium)
Los Angeles Rams (SoFi Stadium)
San Francisco 49ers (Levi's Stadium)
Seattle Seahawks (Lumen Field)
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