Internationals Series 2013 – Minnesota Vikings vs. Pittsburgh Steelers at the Wembley Stadium in London on September 29th 2013.
The International Series, a series of friendly American Football games during regular season played outside of the USA, returns to the Wembley Stadium in London, England for the seventh consecutive year in 2013. It will be the first time that London has played host to two NFL games in the same season.
On 29th September 2013, designated home team the Minnesota Vikings will challenge six-times Super Bowl champions the Pittsburgh Steelers in what will prove to be a hotly contested game at the Wembley Stadium, London. The Vikings currently sit in third place in the NFC North Division whilst the Steelers also sit third, but in the AFC North Division. The two teams have been extremely tough to separate in the past with each side beating the other seven times during fourteen games over forty two years. One of these games saw the two squads battle it out for the Super Bowl, with the Steelers eventually triumphing 16 – 6 over the Vikings in 1975. Jared Allen is the key man for the Vikings. The defensive end is in his fourth year with Minnesota and his proven himself a great deal. He is a powerful player and his strength is in tracking down the opposition quarter back and preventing them from creating a play. Allen has 113 sacks in his career, the most in the league. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is key to the Steelers and is a very efficient passer with a 92.9% passer rating. He is known for playing outside the pocket and loves to drive forward with great success when options are limited – a real game winner.
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The NFL international Teams 2013
The Vikings had a successful season in 2012 reaching the Playoffs for the 27th time in franchise history, but lost to Green Bay Packers with 24:10 in the first Playoff round. The team of coach Leslie Frazier improved from just three wins in 2011/12 to ten in 2012/13 which resulted in a playoff appearance for a club most predicted to finish in last place. With the roster’s youth, the stage is set for big things down the road.
The Minnesota Vikings are based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and joined the NFL in 1960 as an expansion team. The Vikings have one of the highest winning percentages, but won only one NFL Championships in 1969 before the merger with the American Football League (AFL). Since, Minnesota reached the Super Bowl four times and lost every one of them.
The Steelers had a disappointing season were they failed to improve their 12–4 record from 2011 and also missed the Playoffs. However, it was the 13th season for general manager Kevin Colbert and the 6th under head coach Mike Tomlin. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is among the best quarterback’s in the NFL. He became the youngest Super Bowl-winning quarterback in NFL history when he led the Steelers to a 21–10 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL at the age of 23.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and belongs among the oldest and most successful NFL teams. The franchise was founded in 1933 and since Pittsburgh won a total of six Super Bowl titles and holds the record for the most Super Bowl appearances (8) together with the Dallas Cowboys. The Steelers won the last title in 2009 against the Arizona Cardinals.