New England against Tampa Bay. A perennialácontender against a winless team in the midst of a major rebuild, it was set up to be one of the more predictable encounters of the 2009 season. And so it proved as the Patriots coasted to a 35-7 victory, barely breaking a sweat in the process. However, don't be mistaken for thinking this game didn't mean anything. To nearly 85,000 fans at Wembley Stadium, it was their Super Bowl. This wasn't a bunch of "soccer" or "rugby" fans attending for novelty purposes. The United Kingdom has a vibrant community of NFL fans, which is exactly why a game like Pats vs. Bucs is a sellout. Being offered the opportunity to watch the game they love in their own backyard, most seized the chance to attend. A lot of teams have booster chapters in Europe, specifically ...
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