UPDATE: The American Forces Network has announced that AFN Sports is back on the air and that they will be showing today’s Conference Championship Games after all. All of the information can be found here. Original post follows.
We are just about twenty-four hours away from the NFC Championship Game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, ladies and gentlemen. The Minnesota Vikings will be looking for their first trip to the Super Bowl since January of 1977, but to get there they will have to go through the top seed in the NFC, the Philadelphia Eagles.
So, how can you follow along with all of the action from Philadelphia?
This game is going to be on FOX, which is KMSP Channel 9 in the Twin Cities area, and kickoff is set for 5:40 PM Central time. This is the late game of the two Championship Games, so by the time this one kicks off, we will already know who the AFC’s representative in Super Bowl LII is going to be. If you’re wondering whether or not you’re within the broadcast area for this one. . .you are. Seriously, turn on your local FOX affiliate at 5:40 PM Central and you’ll see the game.
This will be the final time this season that we. . .or anyone else. . .will have to hear Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. So we’ve got that going for us, which is nice.
If you’re north of the border, our Canadian friends can see this one on CTV.
For fans in the United Kingdom, you’ll be able to see this one on Sky Sports. It’s a bit of a late kickoff for you folks, with the action scheduled to get underway at 11:40 PM on Sunday night.
If you’re among our men and women serving overseas. . .well, I’ve got some bad news.
You might have to use some sort of a streaming service, such as NFL Game Pass, to get to this one. I believe that NFL Game Pass is still offering a one-week free trial, so you can check that out.
UPDATE: There is another solution for military folks overseas, too.
Military members can watch tomorrow’s NFL games at USO Centers overseas through NFL Game Pass for free.— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) January 20, 2018
(By the way, this is not where we talk about the Government Shutdown. There are, literally, about eight million other sites on the internet that you can use for that sort of thing.)
If you would rather listen to the audio of the game, or if you’re on the road, 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).
For those of you that get your mobile music and entertainment through the miracle of satellite radio, you’ll be able to find the Vikings Radio Network feed on Channel 83 on both the Sirius and XM dials. There will also be a national broadcast courtesy of Westwood One on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Channel 88. If you listen to that one, you’ll get the privilege of listening to Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, and Ross Tucker.
Be prepared, ladies and gentlemen, because for the first time this season. . .the Minnesota Vikings are GOIN’ TO THE GUN SHOW! That’s right, your referee for this one (courtesy of the folks from Football Zebras) is Ed Hochuli. The last time Hochuli was involved with a Vikings game was November of 2016, when his crew officiated the Vikings’ 22-16 overtime loss to the Detroit Lions at U.S. Bank Stadium.
According to the folks from Weather Underground, the weather shouldn’t be too bad for this one. Temperatures at kickoff are expected to be in the mid-40s, and should remain that way throughout the game. Winds are going to be fairly light coming out of the south, and the chances of precipitation appear to be almost zero as things stand right now.
Just like last week. . .and I’m not sure if this will work for the military folks I mentioned a few paragraphs up. . .but Yahoo! Sports will be streaming the remainder of the NFL playoffs 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 Lincoln Financial Field between the Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday 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!