Could Patriots soon play game in Germany?

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On Wednesday, the NFL announced the start of a process to find a city in Germany to soon host NFL games.

The league has played several games a year in London recently and now is looking to do something similar in Germany.

"The International Series has become a highlight of the sporting calendar in the UK, with many fans travelling from Germany to attend," said Brett Gosper, NFL Head of UK and Europe. "We are very excited about the development of our German fan base, and the time is right to identify a partner who can execute a game at NFL standards as part of our international growth strategy.

"This process is designed to explore potential local partnerships, stadium suitability and game logistics. We need engaged and motivated host partners that span the public sector, venue, sport, community and major event spheres and can help us deliver a high-impact event and a long-term partnership. Identifying a preferred host city is a key step in bringing regular-season NFL games to our millions of German fans."

Owners recently committed to having every team play at least one international game every eight years, which is what brings us to the Patriots potentially playing in Germany.

Perhaps no team has more connections to the country than the Patriots. Fullback Jakob Johnson was born in Germany and then offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer, who played for the team from 2009-16, also was born there. Vollmer also does German media now and has broadcasted several Patriots games recently.

It could make sense to have the Patriots play the first NFL game in Germany.

The Patriots' last international game was in 2017 when they played the Raiders in Mexico City.