We are once again getting ready for another Sunday afternoon of Minnesota Vikings’ football, ladies and gentlemen. In a little more than 24 hours, the NFC Divisional Playoff contest between the Vikings and the New Orleans Saints will be getting underway at U.S. Bank Stadium, and we want to make sure that you have every opportunity to follow the action by whatever medium that you need to.
So, let’s get that knocked out, shall we?
This is the last of the four Divisional Round playoff games, and it is going to get underway at 3:40 PM Central time on Sunday afternoon. The game will be televised on FOX, which means that. . .yes, unfortunately. . .we get to put up with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. (Hopefully, with any luck, we’ll have to put up with them one more time after this one, too.)
No broadcast map necessary for this one, folks. It’s going to be the only game on, and it’s going to be on every FOX affiliate everywhere.
For those of you north of the border that are looking for this one, it appears that it’s going to be on CTV.
If you find yourself in the United Kingdom for this one, you will be able to find the game on Sky Sports. Kickoff time is scheduled for 9:40 PM British time.
Our men and women serving in uniform overseas are actually going to get to watch a Minnesota Vikings’ broadcast live this time! (I guess that’s the benefit of being the only game on TV anywhere.) This one will be on AFN Sports, and kickoff time is scheduled for 2140Z. That means you’re looking at 2240L if you’re in Central Europe, 0210L on Monday morning for everyone in Afghanistan, and if you’re in Japan or Korea, you can have breakfast with the Vikings courtesy of a 0640L Monday morning kickoff.
If your preferences trend towards the auditory, 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, you can have the Vikings’ feed on Channel 82 on either the Sirius or XM dials. There’s also the more “neutral” broadcast from Westwood One in SiriusXM NFL Radio, Channel 88. If you’re using the SiriusXM Online App, the Vikings’ permanent home there is Channel 819.
According to the folks from Football Zebras, the officiating crew for this one will be led by Gene Steratore. (Football Zebras also says that Steratore appears to be the leading candidate to officiate the game that takes place in Minneapolis on the first Sunday in February.) The last time Steratore worked a Vikings game was. . .Week 1 of the regular season, when the Vikings defeated the Saints by a final score of 29-19.
Well, the game is going to be inside, and it has already been announced that the big “legacy doors” will not be open. Still, if you’re heading out for the game or planning on doing any tailgating, make sure to dress warm. Temperatures are going to struggle to get into double digits before noon, and there’s a very good chance that it will be snowing by the time this game kicks off.
As we mentioned earlier, the folks from Yahoo! Sports are now offering streaming of all of the remaining NFL postseason action through their app.
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 U.S. Bank Stadium between the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints on Sunday afternoon. 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!