Falcons carry on Canadian tradition

Falcons carry on Canadian tradition

When the Buffalo Bills take on the Atlanta Falcons in Toronto on Sunday December 1, 2013, it will be the 24th time an NFL team has competed in Canada.

Tickets for the game will go on sale on Monday, June 10 at 10 a.m. ET, and can be purchased at BillsinToronto.com, at Rogers Centre, by calling 416-341-1440 or visiting ticketmaster.ca . The Bills will play a total of six games at Rogers Centre in Toronto: one regular season game each season, plus one pre-season game in 2015.

Here is a look at all of the NFL games played in Canada since the New York Giants faced the Canadian Football League’s Ottawa Rough Riders on Aug. 12, 1950.

August 12, 1950 (Ottawa) – New York Giants 27, Ottawa Rough Riders 6

August 11, 1951 (Ottawa) – New York Giants 41, Ottawa Rough Riders 18

August 5, 1959 (Toronto) – Chicago Cardinals 55, Toronto Argonauts 26

August 3, 1960 (Toronto) –  Pittsburgh Steelers 43, Toronto Argonauts 16

August 15, 1960 (Toronto) – Chicago Bears 16, New York Giants 7

August 2, 1961 (Toronto) – St. Louis Cardinals 36, Toronto Argonauts 7

August 5, 1961 (Montreal) – Chicago Bears 34, Montreal Allouettes 16

August 8, 1961 (Hamilton) – Hamilton Tiger-Cats 38, Buffalo Bills 21

August 25, 1969 (Montreal) – Detroit Lions 22, Boston Patriots 9

September 11, 1969 (Montreal) – Pittsburgh Steelers 17, New York Giants 13

August 18, 1988 (Montreal) – New York Jets 11, Cleveland Browns 7

August 9, 1990 (Montreal) – Pittsburgh Steelers 30, New England Patriots 14

August 14, 1993 (Toronto) – Cleveland Browns 12, New England Patriots 9

August 12, 1995 (Toronto) – Buffalo Bills 9, Dallas Cowboys 7

August 16, 1997 (Toronto) – Green Bay Packers 35, Buffalo Bills 3

August 15, 1998 (Vancouver) – San Francisco 49ers 24, Seattle Seahawks 21

August 14, 2008 (Toronto) – Buffalo Bills 24, Pittsburgh Steelers 21

December 7, 2008 (Toronto) – Miami Dolphins 16, Buffalo Bills 13

December 3, 2009 (Toronto) – New York Jets 19, Buffalo Bills 13

August 19, 2010 (Toronto) – Buffalo Bills 34, Indianapolis Colts 21

November 7, 2010 (Toronto) – Chicago Bears 22, Buffalo Bills 19

October 30, 2011 (Toronto) – Buffalo Bills 23, Washington Redskins 0

December 16, 2012 (Toronto) – Seattle Seahawks 50, Buffalo Bills 17

The Bills in Toronto game on Sunday, December 1 will air nationally on City and Sportsnet (specific broadcast details will be announced at a later date). NFL games continue to experience growth with Canadian audiences year-over-year, as audiences for the 2012 Bills in Toronto game (Bills vs. Seahawks, Dec. 16) on City and Sportsnet were up 6% over 2011 (404,000 viewers vs. 381,000*) and 19% since the inaugural Bills in Toronto game in 2008 (404,000 vs. 340,000**).  Sportsnet’s average audience for the NFL Thursday night games this season was up 3% over last year (370,000 vs. 359,000*), while City’s average audience of the Sunday late game this season was up 3% over last year (361,000 vs. 352,000*).