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Gore will be looking to slash the Broncos defensive line at Wembley

With two combined wins in their last 10 games, and only 3 wins in 14 contests between them, this is on paper the worst two teams to come and play in the NFL International Game, in the four year history of the contest.

Still, one mustn’t grumble we are under 5 little days away from the 4th consecutive regular season NFL game to be played at Wembley Stadium, and although it may rain, and whilst my wife will not exactly be beaming I can’t wait.

Whatever anyone says the real key to this game is how many touches that the talented 49ers running back Frank Gore (pictured above).

If Gore gets 30 touches then the 49ers win, if he gets under 20 this means they are passing and it spells doom and gloom.

I will take a small reporters notepad with me to Wembley on Sunday (along with a plastic bag to put my programme into) and I will be tooting up the Gore touches.

The 49ers opponents in England, the Denver Broncos, had their back sides handed to them in a hemp sack by the Oakland Raiders two days ago. 59 points conceded in three quarters by a team quarterbacked by Jason Campbell is simply to painful for words to describe.

Gore must be licking his lips more than a group of donut eaters at the world donut eating championships.

As much as I respect the heritage of the Denver Broncos I am a fully paid up member of the ‘Josh McDaniels is a prize loon fan club’ and I will be rooting for the Red and Gold on Sunday.

Only problem is I have just had a t-shirt delivered from the Next catalogue – and bizarrely its a Denver Broncos retro shirt with the white hose riding up through the big letter D.

I wonder what everyone else is wearing and if you actually are a fan of the other 30 teams who you will be supporting on Sunday?

The Frank Gore signed helmet and Nate Clements signed ball

I had a lot of fun taking pictures of all the merchandise NFL teams had donated for prize draws at the Patriots versus the Buccaneers tailgate party held outside Wembley stadium in October.

I posted a number of my favourite pics on my blog and was pleasantly surprised when one of the prize draw winners contacted me.

Samatha Connors, a lifelong New England Patriots fan, was the lucky winner of the 49ers prize draw – a Frank Gore signed helmet and a Nate Clements signed ball.

It turns out Samantha is a big big NFL fan and even collects NFL merchandise, a hobby she has had since the 1980s.

Whilst I am sure she would have preferred to win the Jerod Mayo signed jersey it looks like Samantha was very happy with her win.

The former US resident had this to say: “Most people think that girl fans just support one team and don’t know anything about the rest of the NFL but I am an american football fan so I watch it all. When I moved home my boyfriend asked me to marry him and move in but before I said yes I had to make sure we could have Sky Sports in the living room and the bedroom!”

Why can’t all members of the fairer sex be like that eh?

Samantha must know all the right people as she was at the New England Patriots UK party, held at the Sports Cafe in Haymarket the night before the London game.

Patriots legend (well my favourite Pat ever too) Troy Brown

Samantha was kind enough to send me some pictures from the Patriots party, where she met a number of Pats legends, including John Smith the old kicker, Troy Brown the multiple Superbowl winning wideout and kick returner and owner Robert Kraft.

I will say one good thing about Samantha, who despite not being a 49ers fan, decided to keep her prizes.

Unlike the person who won the Matt Hasslbeck signed Seattle Seahawks football.

The winner of this fantastic NFL prize put it on Ebay last week and managed to get £92.00 see here.

Ok I understand it’s Christmas time and we all need the money, but I hope the person who sold this ball one day wakes up and regrets it. After all Hassleback quarterbacked the Seahawks to a Superbowl not so long ago and even tossed a touchdown in the big game.

I’m sure selling the ball on Ebay was not exactly the aim of the NFL marketing executives.

I’ll enter the draws next year if they have them – and I promise that whatever team it was if I won I would keep the item forever.

With seats purchased in section 522 at Wembley Stadium, and my personal but irrational fear of heights, I had to stare at some random blokes arse in front of me as I ascended escalator after escalator before arriving at the entrance to the seated area.

Arriving and finding that I was 24 rows up from the small window into the Stadium I decided that I would do the typical tourist thing and just gawp in awe of the 85,000 seats in front of me, the holy Wembley Stadium grass resplendent in its new gridiron shaped map, complete with two stunning painted end zones, depicting the New England Patriots and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers official NFL typeface. I love seeing the NFL logo on the 50 yard  line.


There is nothing like Wembley Stadium after an NFL makeover



Each endzone at Wembley had huge inflatable helmets - I was nearest the Tampa Bay side of the field


Unfortunately I had to wear a Jason Campbell top at Wembley - thanks to the security man for taking my pic