For the last time this season, we’re preparing for Minnesota Vikings football, as they host their 2016 season finale against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday afternoon. If you want to follow along with all of the action following your New Year’s festivities, we have all of the ways for you to do that right here.
For the final game of the season, you know what time things are going to kick off. The football will go into the air at right around noon Central time. This all-NFC matchup will be televised on FOX, which is KMSP-9 in the Twin Cities area. For those of you that aren’t in the Twin Cities, here is the weekly broadcast map courtesy of the folks from 506 Sports. The Vikings/Bears game is represented by the green area.
If you’re looking for this one on the DirecTV Sunday Ticket package, you’ll be tuning in to Channel 711.
The play-by-play for this one will be handled by the team of Dick Stockton and David Diehl.
At this point, I’m not sure where this game is being shown in Canada. As soon as we have some indicator, we’ll pass the information along to you here.
For our friends in the UK. . .yeah, this one isn’t going to be shown on any of the primary outlets. You’re going to have to rely on NFL Game Pass.
For our men and women in uniform serving overseas, the American Forces Network is not going to be showing this week’s game. Not live, not on replay, not anywhere. So that’s not good.
For everyone that’s going to be listening on the radio, you can find an affiliate in your area that’s a part of the Vikings Radio Network. If you do not have an affiliate near you, another alternative would be to check out the TuneIn online radio service.
If you’re going the satellite radio route, you can find the Vikings feed on Sirius Channel 108 or XM Channel 228. The Bears feed can be located Sirius Channel 135. For those using the SiriusXM Online App, the Vikings’ permanent home there is Channel 818.
According to the folks from Football Zebras, the head referee for this one will be Terry McAulay. He has not worked a Vikings’ game this season, and the last one he did work is one Vikings’ fans would rather forget, as his crew handled the 38-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks last year at TCF Bank Stadium.
Game’s going to be indoors, ladies and gentlemen. If you’re heading to the game, the forecast from Weather Underground has the temperature in the mid-20s at tailgating time and around the freezing point by the time the game is over.
Since this week’s game is on FOX, there is no legally provided stream available on the internet anywhere. For anyone overseas, once again you can get your NFL fix from NFL Game Pass.
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, 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 feel free to not blame us for any ill effects your computer or device might suffer as a result.
That’s all of the information you should need to be able to follow along with the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears from U.S. Bank Stadium on Saturday. We’ll have the Open Thread up and running at around 11:00 AM Central time, and if you’ve got some time during your holiday festivities, stop on by and join us for a while.