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On Sunday the NFL will stage their second NFL International Series Game of 2014 when the Atlanta Falcons take on Detroit Lions at Wembley Stadium, London.

The game will be the tenth NFL regular season game to be played at Wembley since the league decided to move important games across to the UK, with three teams (Oakland Raiders, Atlanta Falcons and Jacksonville Jaguars) giving up one home game each this year for the opportunity to broaden their horizons.

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Government support 

But when it boils down to it, the idea of a team actually playing in London on a permanent basis would be something that the people of London would have to get on board with.

Capacity crowds point to the desire of the UK public when it comes to the possibility of an NFL team. And things got even more interesting on Wednesday when Chancellor George Osbourne revealed that the UK government will do all in its power to ensure London can support an NFL team.

London NFL team possible

Osborne has held talks with the NFL officials and explained the idea would be "a huge boost to London". "I've said to the NFL that anything the government can do to make this happen, we will," Osbourne told the BBC.

"There are 32 teams in America and one of them could be a London team. That's a serious prospect, it's not going to happen overnight but over the next few years."

But there has been plenty of criticism of the concept of taking games across to the UK. Most notably, players, fans and some former greats have come out against the idea because of the logistical nightmare that it presents.

Jaguars the most likely London team 

However, where there is money to be made, the NFL will travel. One particular team that is heavily invested in the idea of taking as much out of the opportunity of London as possible is the Jacksonville Jaguars and their owner Shahid Khan.

The Jags certainly seem the most likely team to make the move across to the UK at the moment. But any move will surely be several years down the line, so plenty of things can change yet. The UK certainly loves the NFL that's for sure.

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