For the last time this season, we're giving you all the information you need to follow all of the action of Minnesota Vikings football. On Sunday, the Chicago Bears will be heading to town to face the Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium. Whether you want to follow the game on television, on the radio, or on the interwebs, we've got you pretty much covered.
The game will kick off at the best time for NFL action, that being at noon Central time on Sunday. The game will be televised on FOX, and the announcing team will be the duo of Dick Stockton and Brady Quinn (which means the Vikings have successfully avoided the Joe Buck/Troy Aikman suckage for this season. . .hooray). You can check the map from The 506 to see if you are in the regular broadcast area for this week. The broadcast area for this one is actually pretty sizeable, so there's a better-than-average chance that you're in it.
If you're going to be looking for the game on your DirecTV Sunday Ticket package, you can find it on Channel 706.
If you are located north of the border this Sunday, you'll be able to find this one on Fox Minneapolis. (Big thanks to A Rouge Point for providing us this information all season long.)
For our friends in the United Kingdom, you're going to have to rely on NFL Game Pass for this week's matchup. (Thanks to NFL UK for providing us this information throughout the season.)
This week's game will not be shown on the American Forces Network, as their games in the early slots will be Carolina at Atlanta (AFN Sports), Cleveland at Baltimore (AFN Prime Atlantic), and San Diego at Kansas City (AFN Xtra).
If you're traveling or just prefer to hear the Minnesota Vikings' announcers over the FOX crew, you can tune into the Vikings Radio Network. Per NFL rules, the game will not be on the site for KFAN-FM 100.3 (the Vikings' flagship station), but here is the full list of stations that will allow you to see if you have an affiliate in your area.
If you have satellite radio, you have avenues there as well. If you have a Sirius radio, you can hear the Vikings on Channel 146. If you have an XM Radio, you can tune to XM 232. If you have access to the SiriusXM Online app or access to SiriusXM Online through the internet, you can find the Vikings' feed on Channel 817.
According to the folks from Football Zebras, the head official for this Sunday's contest will be. . .
Referee for Bears at Vikings: Jeff Triplette— Football Zebras (@footballzebras) December 23, 2014
Eh. . .Triplette isn't great, but he damn sure isn't Pete Morelli, either.
There are a couple of different methods available for legally streaming this week's contest. First, because this game is on Fox, is to stream it through Fox Sports Go. (There are some caveats to that. . .Awful Announcing covers them all right here.) If you live overseas, you can legally stream the game through NFL Game Pass. That's what I'm using, and it's pretty sweet.
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. And be sure to enjoy your malware.
And that should give you all the information you need in order to track all of the action from TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday afternoon. As usual, the game thread will be up about an hour before kickoff, and we hope that even if you can follow the game in some other way, you'll join us there as well.
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