We are twenty-four hours away from the Minnesota Vikings' first outdoor playoff game since your humble blogger here was exactly three months old. At TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, the Minnesota Vikings will be hosting the Seattle Seahawks in what could end up being the coldest game in the history of the franchise, depending on what the weather decides to do. It's definitely going to be the coldest game in the short history of TCF Bank Stadium.
If you're not going to be heading out to the stadium and will be keeping track by other means, we have all of those other means available right here for you. Let's go through all of them now.
After a couple of Sundays in prime time, we are once again back to that greatest time of all to kick off an NFL football game, that being noon Central on Sunday afternoon. (Well, it's technically 12:05 PM, but hey. . .your television will likely already be in the right place before that.) One thing that has not changed is the network for coverage of our favorite team's contest, as they will be on NBC for the third week in a row. That means you will be tuning your televisions in the Twin Cities to KARE-11, and to your local NBC affiliate wherever else you might be. . .seriously, it's going to be the only game on during that time slot.
Once again, the call will be handled by Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth.
For our friends north of the border, the game will once again be handled on NBC, TSN 1/4/5, and RDS. I'm glad our Canadian friends know what that means, because I certainly don't. (Thanks to A Rouge Point for providing that information.)
If you're in the UK, this game will be on Sky Sports. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:05 PM local time. (Thanks to the folks from NFL UK.)
For our men and women in uniform overseas, this game will be shown on the American Forces Network, specifically on AFN Sports. Kickoff is scheduled for 1805Z, which means a kickoff of 1905L in Central Europe, 2235L in Afghanistan, and 0305L on Monday morning in Japan and Korea. There will also be a replay of the game on AFN Sports on Monday at 0900Z (1000L in Central Europe, 1330L in Afghanistan, and 1800L in Japan and Korea).
If you're not close to a television, you can always get the call from Paul Allen and Pete Bercich on the Minnesota Vikings Radio Network. There is a complete list of the affiliates throughout the Upper Midwest on the Vikings' official website. We remind you once again that those affiliates will not be broadcasting the game through their respective websites, as the NFL does not allow that. However, there is the TuneIn online service for NFL broadcasts.
For those of you that will be listening through satellite radio, the game will be on Sirius Channel 82 or XM Channel 82 or 225. If you're interested in more of a "neutral" perspective, Westwood One will be providing a national feed on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Channel 88. If you'll be listening through the SiriusXM Online App, you can find the Vikings' game through their permanent home on that app, Channel 817.
According to the folks from Football Zebras, the officiating duties for Sunday's game will be handled by the crew led by Walt Coleman. This will be the third Vikings' game that Coleman's crew has worked this year, and it hasn't been good for the Vikings to see him. . .both of the games he's worked have been Minnesota losses. His crew worked the Week 4 game at Denver and the Week 11 game at TCF Bank Stadium against the Green Bay Packers.
With this game being handled by NBC, there will be a live stream of the game through SNF All-Access on NBCSports.com. (Yes, I know it's not Sunday "Night" Football. Work with it, folks.) If you're overseas, there's also the option of NFL GamePass.
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.
(Also, seriously, the damn game is on NBC and they're providing a free, legal stream.)
And that should be all the info you need to follow along with the action from TCF Bank Stadium tomorrow night, ladies and gentlemen. We'll have the Open Thread up tomorrow approximately an hour before kickoff, just after the inactives come out. We will also have Open Threads for each individual wild card game, and those will open up approximately thirty minutes before kickoff of each contest.