Once we get to the end of the regular season, the NFL schedule gets spread out over a couple more days of the week. This season is no exception, as we will be getting two games on Saturday, a less-than-full slate on Sunday (which is Christmas Eve), and a couple of games on Sunday. One of those Saturday games will feature your NFC North champion Minnesota Vikings making their final road trip of the regular season, as they will take on the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.
Given that this is, literally, the only game in town when it’s being played, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find. However, we want to make sure that everyone is equipped to follow the action no matter where they may be.
This one is going to be on in prime time, with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 PM Central on Saturday night. The game will be on NBC, which is KARE-11 in the Twin Cities. If you’re not in the Twin Cities area. . .seriously, it’s on NBC. You have NBC. Everybody has NBC. Just turn on NBC and you’ll find the game.
No map for this week because, if I hadn’t mentioned it already, it’s on NBC and it’s the only game on Saturday night.
The play-by-play will be handled by NBC’s usual Sunday Night Football duo of Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth. We’ll put the over/under at the number of point spread references Al makes at 2.5.
For our Canadian viewing audience, you’ll be able to find this game on both TSN and CTV, from the looks of it.
If you’re going to be tuning into this one from the United Kingdom, you’ll be able to watch this one on Sky Sports, and it’s going to be a bit of an early start for you. Kickoff for this one is set for 1:30 AM on Sunday morning over on that side of the big pond.
To our men and women in uniform serving overseas, the American Forces Network will be showing this one live on AFN Sports. Kickoff is scheduled for oh-dark-thirty. . .er, 0130Z on Sunday morning. That means a kickoff time of 0230L on Sunday for folks in Central Europe, 0600L on Sunday in Afghanistan, and 1030L on Sunday for those in Japan and Korea.
If you’re going to be heading over the river and/or through the woods to grandmother’s house while this game is taking place, you’ll be able to hear the call from Paul Allen and Pete Bercich on the Vikings Radio Network. That link goes to a list of Vikings Radio Network affiliates across the Upper Midwest. See if yours will be carrying the game. There are a couple of other places you can find it online as well, including the TuneIn radio service as well as the KFAN site (if you’re on a desktop or laptop computer only. . .it won’t work on phones or tablets).
If you’re going to be listening via satellite radio, the Vikings’ feed will be located on Channel 82 on both the Sirius and XM sides. There will also be a national broadcast courtesy of Westwood One on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Channel 88. The call there will be made by Brandon Gaudin, Ross Tucker, and Hub Arkush. If you’re using the SiriusXM Online App, the Vikings’ permanent home there is Channel 819.
Football Zebras has put together their list of officiating assignments for this week, and this Saturday’s game will be officiated by the crew led by Carl Cheffers. This will be the second Vikings’ game for Cheffers and his crew this season, as they called the Vikings’ 24-16 victory over the Baltimore Ravens at U.S. Bank Stadium back in Week 7.
It looks like it’s gonna be a cold one in Green Bay tomorrow, according to the folks from Weather Underground. Temperatures at kickoff are currently forecast to be in the 10-degree range, with a “feels like” temperature of right around zero. Winds will be coming out of the northwest at 5-10 miles an hour, and contrary to some of the reports that were circulating earlier in the week, the chance of snow falling during this one appears to be just about zero.
It appears as though you might be able to stream this one from the NBC Sports website. I’m not 100% sure on that, but they’ve had games on their website in the past. So, if you need to, go ahead and check them out.
Outside of that, there are several other subscription services that are available in order to stream the game legally. Among them are Fubo.tv, USTVNow, and Sling TV. If you’re overseas, your best bet is going to be NFL GamePass.
Please do not come here and promote illegal streams for people to watch games on. You know those guys that show up in the content section on game day and post the things with the big, annoying graphics that say “WATCH NFL FREE HERE?” Those people get banned. The same thing will happen to you, regardless if you have 10 comments here or 1,000 or 10,000. You’re not a hero for finding a way to watch the game illegally, so please don’t do it.
That should be all of the information you need in order to keep track of all the action from Lambeau Field between the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers on Saturday night. We’ll have our Open Thread for the first quarter up about an hour before kickoff or so, and we hope that you’ll join us here for all of the action!