An expected visit; the NFL returns south of the Rio Grande

For just over two years, the coronavirus pandemic it altered the lives of a large part of the population that had to undergo a long confinement. The National Football League was no exception and during the 2020 and 2021 season it discarded a classic date from its calendar: The visit to Mexico City.

With the health emergency under control, the nfl heads south of the border to celebrate monday night at the Aztec Stadium.

For the second time in history, the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals move a rivalry from the NFC West to central Mexico.

Today’s confrontation will close the five international matches that the league has scheduled for this season.

The Azteca Stadium, one of the most emblematic sports buildings in the world and located at 2,200 meters above sea level, will be a great challenge for both organizations due to the altitude.

In preparation for the commitment, the 49ers decided to focus on Colorado Springs to try to adjust to the altitude, while the Cardinals chose to stay at home.

While players will feel short of breath at times, the good news is that four of the last six teams to play a regular-season game in Mexico advanced to the playoffs, and each of the last two teams to win a game in Mexico they played the Super Bowl (Patriots in 2017 and Jefes in 2019).

San Francisco (5-4) enters Week 11 riding a two-game winning streak after beating both Los Angeles organizations (Rams and Chargers).

The Cardinals (4-6) arrive in Mexico energized from a 27-17 victory over the Rams. Quarterback Kyler Murray did not play due to a hamstring injury.

The Mexico City game will mark the first of two regular-season meetings this year between the 49ers and Cardinals.

The Cards are 11-3 in their last 14 games against the 49ers, including a season sweep of their division rival in 2021.


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An expected visit; the NFL returns south of the Rio Grande