Monday Night Football in Mexico: Raiders 27, Texans 20

NFL has grown enormously in Mexico (1:03)

ESPN Deportes' Ciro Procuna discusses the growth in popularity of American football both in Mexico City, as well as the country as a whole. (1:03)

The Texans and Raiders face off in Week 11 of Monday Night Football in the NFL's return to Mexico. It will be the second regular-season game to take place at Mexico City's Estadio Azteca.

The NFL has a storied history in Mexico:

  • The first NFL regular-season game played outside of the United States was on Oct. 2, 2005, when the Cardinals won 31-14 over the 49ers at Estadio Azteca in front of 103,467 people.

  • The league's two most-attended games were played at Estadio Azteca, both in the preseason. On Aug. 15, 1994, the Cowboys and Oilers played in front of 112,376 people, and on Aug. 17, 1998, 106,424 fans watched the Cowboys and Patriots play.

  • Approximately 16.88 million households make up Mexico's TV viewing population, about 15 percent the size of the U.S. TV market and roughly equivalent to the combined size of the top three markets in this country -- New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Here are ESPN.com's stories around the NFL's return to Mexico:

Oakland Raiders 27, Houston Texans 20

Monday, Nov. 21, 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN/WatchESPN

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After four NFL games outside U.S. in 2016, get used to more

The NFL played four games outside the U.S. this season. Going forward, the league is curious to see whether it can add more. Read more from Dan Graziano.

NFL fans in Mexico City dress for the occasion

With the NFL returning to Mexico for the first time since 2005, these fans put their passion for the game on display by going all out with their wardrobe at Fan Fest in Mexico City. View the photos.

Tom Flores, Jim Plunkett blazed path to Raiders popularity in Mexico

Both Flores and Plunkett made Super Bowl history as Mexican-Americans, and their accomplishments are still celebrated south of the border. Read more from Paul Gutierrez.

The inside story of Mexican Rolando Cantu's one-game NFL career

On New Year's Day in 2006, offensive lineman Rolando Cantu, who was born in and played football in Mexico, made history. Read more from Josh Weinfuss.

Autoridades de la NFL y la CDMX inauguran Fan Fest en Chapultepec

Este sábado por la mañana quedó inaugurado de forma oficial el Fan Fest de la NFL, previo al juego de "Monday Night Football" que disputarán los Houston Texans y Oakland Raiders. Read more from Rafael Zamorano.

How the Eagles brought the NFL to Mexico

The NFL will return to Mexico Monday when the Texans take on the Raiders, but the Eagles were the first to play in Mexico City on Aug. 5, 1978. Read more from Eric Gomez.

It's a revamped sports scene in Mexico from a decade ago

In the past decade, Mexico City has hosted a number of major sporting events, from NBA regular season games to UFC championship bouts Read more from Erick Cervantes. | | Spanish version.

Why Mark Davis chose civil rights icon Tommie Smith to light Raiders' torch

Olympian Tommie Smith made an impression on Raiders owner Mark Davis in 1968, which is why Davis wanted Smith to light Al Davis' torch in Mexico City. Read more from Paul Gutierrez.

From youth to pro, American football has taken root in Mexico

The NFL hasn't staged a game in Mexico since 2005, but the sport has been thriving there. At every level from youth to pro, American football is becoming a big deal south of the border. Read more from Josh Weinfuss.

In Mexico City, signs of NFL popularity are everywhere

Why is the NFL in Mexico? A visitor to the capital city can sense right away why the league is so bullish on the country's potential. Read more from Steve Wulf.

Planet Football: Countries where the sport is thriving

A new adult football league debuted in Mexico City this spring, joining dozens of semi-professional and club-level leagues in every corner of the planet -- from Europe to Asia to Australia. Read more from Kevin Seifert.

How Monterrey Tech became heart of Mexican college football

Monterrey Tech, with 17 national titles in the past 30 years, hasn't just dominated college football in Mexico; the powerhouse program has pumped life into the sport throughout the country. Read more from Eric Gomez.

Mexico is a no-brainer for NFL, but market is complex

With more than 28 million NFL fans, Mexico is a growing market brimming with potential, but obstacles remain in making it a mainstay for more regular-season games. Read more from Darren Rovell.

Juego en Londres, estándar ante lo que "compite" México

Sin caer en una guerra de comparaciones, pero utilizando la NFL International Series en Londres como marco de referencia, México tiene un enorme reto por delante en la semana que culminará el próximo lunes con el duelo entre los Houston Texans y los Oakland Raiders sobre la cancha del Estadio Azteca. Read more from Luis Miguel Vasavilbaso.

How American football is becoming a worldwide sport

American football has gone global, and the sport is growing one big dude at a time in some markets. Exploring the game's worldwide reach and what it could mean for the NFL. Read more from Kevin Seifert.

U.S. teaches international brethren, learns a lesson at football tourney

Some teams at the World University Championship of American Football in Mexico were thrilled just to face the country that invented the game, but the hosts set their sights on making history. Read more from Josh Weinfuss.