For the last time this season, we are bringing you all of the different ways that you can follow the action of Minnesota Vikings football, as they close out the Metrodome with a match-up against the Detroit Lions. Whether you're going to be watching on television or listening on the radio, we have everything for you to be able to keep track of all the happenings in Minneapolis right here.
For the final time this season, we're getting a noon Central time kickoff, and since it's an NFC vs. NFC battle, the action will be covered by FOX. And the football gods have chosen to be extra nice to us with FOX's selection for a play-by-play team for this one. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, according to the folks at The 506, your play-by-play team will consist of Charles Davis. . .and GUS BY GAWD FREAKING JOHNSON. Yes, I'm a Gus Johnson fan, and hopefully the "Gus Johnson effect" will be in play for what looks to be a fairly uninspiring match-up. So this makes me happy, anyway. . .your mileage may vary on that one.
If you're outside of the broadcast area and will be watching through the DirecTV Sunday Ticket package, you can find this match-up on Channel 705.
This game will not be featured on the American Forces Network, as their early spots will be filled with Browns/Steelers (AFN Xtra), Jets/Dolphins (AFN Sports) and Ravens/Bengals (AFN Prime Atlantic). If you're watching the game in the United Kingdom, the game will be available on Game Pass.
If you're travelling or just prefer the sound of the radio call to the television announcers or what have you, the Vikings Radio Network is for you. Paul Allen and Pete Bercich are behind the mics again this season, and you can find one of their 74 affiliates near your area.
If you have satellite radio, you have options there as well. If you have an XM Radio, you can get the Vikings' feed on XM 232 (since XM usually only has the home team's feed). If you have a Sirius Radio, you can get the Vikings' call on Channel 108 or the Lions' announcers on Channel 135.
Thanks to the folks at the Football Refs website, I can tell you that today's game will be officiated by the crew headed by Tony Corrente. The folks from the league office have wisely put Pete Morelli in the Jaguars/Colts game that has no real post-season significance, so his inevitable screw-ups will be minimized.
To my knowledge, there are no legal streaming options for this game, save for having the Sunday Ticket package through your favorite video game console.
As far as other streams are concerned, do NOT. . .and I mean not in any way, shape, or form. . .promote illegal streaming sites on The Daily Norseman. Not in the comments, not in the FanPosts, not in the FanShots, not in the Game Thread on Sunday, not anywhere. Don't even hint at them. Trust me on this. If you're that determined to watch the game via an illegal stream, do a Google search and find it on your own.
If you live overseas, the only legal stream, that I know of, is to purchase NFL Game Pass from the folks at NFL.com, which is actually a pretty sweet deal. I've got it for the games that aren't on AFN, and from using it to watch the pre-season games, it's a pretty solid product.
That should be everything you need to find Sunday's action, folks. And, as always, we'll have the Game Threads here for your interactive coverage of the festivities.