The NFL returns to Mexico City for Monday Night Football this week as the San Francisco 49ers will take on the Arizona Cardinals. ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter recently revealed when the game was held in Mexico City in 2019, he briefly thought he had been kidnapped after the game.
“We are going back to Mexico City this weekend,” Schefter said on The Adam Schefter Podcast. “Last time we went — back in 2019 — they wanted to make sure we were taken to the right areas. We’re at the game at the stadium, and there were people shuttling us back to the hotel. There are people that walk you there — like ESPN security people — and somehow I lost them. There were these two guys that said to me ‘Let’s go, we’re going back to your hotel’.
“I said great, so I get in this car, and about two minutes in, I realize ‘Oh my god. What did I just do? I just got into the car of strangers — men I don’t know — and I don’t know where they’re taking me right now’. I’m thinking to myself that I can’t believe I’m in Mexico City, and I’ve been warned not to go near strangers. ‘I just got kidnapped’. I’m texting co-workers ‘Am I in the right car? Did I go back with the right men to the hotel?’
“And I’m not joking to tell you that I was panicked. My heart was racing. I really thought I had gotten in the wrong car and I was off to who knows where. But, fortunately, it was the right car.”
Schefter would then joke that he’ll leave the transportation decisions to McFarland.
“When I go back there this week, I might be holding Booger McFarland’s hand the entire time until we get into the right car,” he said. “Booger is going to be my babysitter because I trust Booger. Booger has better judgment than me, Booger knows the ropes better than me.
“If you’re listening to this, Booger, I’m going to be holding your hand as we leave that stadium until we get into the right car so I don’t have to go through that particular experience again.”
The Cardinals play the 49ers in Mexico City on Nov. 21.
In the mediocre NFC West, the San Francisco 49ers look like a team ready to make a charge up the standings. This matchup will be a rematch of the first regular-season NFL game played in another country: The Cardinals beat the 49ers 31-14 at Estadio Azteca in 2005.
San Francisco is trying for its third straight win.