NFC Nord has already been decided, but the Packers and Vikings still have a lot at stake if they go head-to-head in week 17.
Green Bay is playing for No. 1 in NFC. So far you have set a 12: 3 record and with a win you can gain a sovereign advantage in the race for the coveted first-round goodbye in the NFL playoffs in 2022. Aaron Rodgers is also looking to earn his second straight MVP to become the first player since Peyton Manning to win the award for two straight years.
Minnesota, meanwhile, is playing for its life after the season. You very likely have to win to make the playoffs and Mike Zimmer’s job might depend on it. His seat is getting hot as the Vikings haven’t had a playoff win in recent seasons despite the team’s ownership group investing heavily in player contracts, including Kirk Cousins’. Cousins will miss the game after being put on the COVID reserve list this week.
Can the Packers take control of NFC and knock out their division rivals? Or will the Vikings keep their playoff hopes alive without cousins and pave the way for another team to overtake Green Bay at the top of the NFC?
Below is more about the week 17 matchup, as well as everything you need to know about how to watch Sunday Night Football.
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Who is playing on Sunday Night Football tonight?
- Match: Vikings at Packers
- location: Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis.
The Vikings (7-8) travel to Lambeau Field to take on the Packers (12-3) in what could be Minnesota’s final effort to stay in the playoff race.
Minnesota won consecutive games to improve to 7-7 before suffering a seven-point loss to the Rams in week 16 with a good chance to tie and overtake one in the standings.
The Vikings have been going nuts for the past few weeks and will be understaffed this week too. Kirk Cousins is on the COVID list and no more, so Sean Mannion will start in his place. Adam Thielen (ankle) is also out. The Vikings beat the Packers earlier in the season, but it will be difficult for them to keep things as tight as with a backup quarterback.
As for Green Bay, they are in control of their own destiny and are pushing for # 1 in the NFC. They win against the Browns where they only won by two points, but they should be motivated to get revenge on the Vikings.
Aaron Rodgers, Davante Adams and Aaron Jones should have a good game against a Vikings defense that has been generating sales lately but is struggling to slow down enemy attacks. They cut off Veteran Corner and Starter Bashaud Breeland a few weeks ago and it seems like they miss him a little. Adams should take advantage of this absence and could have a big day against the Vikings.
When is the NFL game tonight?
- date: Sunday January 2nd
- time8:20 p.m. ET
The Packers vs. Vikings game begins at 8:20 pm ET. The game takes place at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Which channel is “Sunday Night Football” on today?
“Sunday Night Football” airs on NBC, and the network has picked another divisional rivalry for its airers in Packers vs. Vikings. Play-by-play man Al Michaels and analyst Cris Collinsworth will man the booth while veteran Michele Tafoya will roam the sidelines as the show’s reporter.
Drew Brees, Tony Dungy, Mike Tirico, Chris Simms, Mike Florio, Jac Collinsworth and Maria Taylor will be among the personalities who will host NBC’s audition and halftime coverage of the game.
Streamers can follow this competition via NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app, Peacock or fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial.
Meanwhile, viewers in Canada can watch the game on DAZN.
Sunday Night Football NFL Livestream
All Sunday Night Football games will be broadcast on NBC, which has exclusive rights to broadcast the program. Hence, the network’s online platforms – including the NBC Sports app and NBC Sports.com – are the best places for cable and satellite subscribers to watch the game. Peacock, the company’s relatively new streaming service, will also broadcast the games for free.
For cable cutters, there are many live streaming options for Sunday Night Football. Below are all of them.
|Streaming option||Cable subscription required?||For free?||costs||Free trial?|
|Yahoo! Sports app||no||Yes||–||–|
|fuboTV||no||no||$ 60 / month||Yes|
|AT&T TV Now||no||no||$ 55 / month||Yes|
|Hulu Plus Live TV||no||no||$ 55 / month||Yes|
|Sling TV||no||no||$ 35 / month||no|
|YouTube TV||no||no||$ 65 / month||Yes|
Minnesota Vikings Schedule 2021
|1||12th September||in Bengal||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|2||September 19th||at Cardinals||4:05 p.m. ET||FOX|
|3||September 26th||vs. Seahawks||4:25 p.m. ET||FOX|
|4th||Oct. 3||against Browns||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|5||Oct. 10||vs. lions||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|6th||Oct 17||at panthers||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|8th||Oct 31||vs. cowboys||8:20 p.m. ET||ABC|
|9||November 7th||at Ravens||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|10||14th November||for chargers||4:05 p.m. ET||FOX|
|11th||21st November||vs. packer||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|12th||25. November||at 49ers||4:25 p.m. ET||FOX|
|13th||Dec 5||at Lions||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|14th||Dec 9||vs. Steelers||8:20 p.m. ET||NFL / FOX|
|fifteen||December 20||with bears||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|16||December 26th||against Rams||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|17th||January 2nd||at Packers||8:20 p.m. ET||ABC|
|18th||January 9th||vs. bears||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
Green Bay Packers 2021 schedule
|1||12th September||with saints||4:25 p.m. ET||FOX|
|2||September 20th||vs. lions||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|3||September 26th||at 49ers||8:20 p.m. ET||CBS|
|4th||Oct. 3||vs. Steelers||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|5||Oct. 10||in Bengal||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|6th||Oct 17||with bears||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|7th||Oct. 24||against Washington||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|8th||Oct 28||at Cardinals||8:20 p.m. ET||NFL / FOX|
|9||November 7th||at Chiefs||4:25 p.m. ET||FOX|
|10||14th November||vs. Sehawks||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|11th||21st November||at Vikings||1 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|12th||November 28th||against LA Rams||4:25 p.m. ET||FOX|
|14th||12th of December||vs. bears||8:20 p.m. ET||ABC|
|fifteen||19 Dec||at Ravens||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|16||25 December||against Browns||3:30 p.m. ET||NFL / FOX|
|17th||January 2nd||against Vikings||8:20 p.m. ET||ABC|
|18th||January 9th||at Lions||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
Sunday Night Football Schedule 2021
|1||September 9th (Thursday)||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|12th September||Los Angeles Rams vs. Chicago Bears|
|2||September 19th||Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs|
|3||September 26th||San Francisco 49ers vs. Green Bay Packers|
|4th||Oct. 3||New England Patriots vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|5||Oct. 10||Kansas City Chiefs vs. Buffalo Bills|
|6th||Oct 17||Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Seattle Seahawks|
|7th||Oct. 24||San Francisco 49ers versus Indianapolis Colts|
|8th||Oct 31||Minnesota Vikings vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|9||November 7th||Los Angeles Rams versus Tennessee Titans|
|10||14th November||Las Vegas Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs|
|11th||21st November||Los Angeles Chargers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers|
|12th||November 28th||Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns|
|13th||Dec 5||Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers|
|14th||12th of December||Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears|
|fifteen||19 Dec||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints|
|16||December 26th||Washington Football Team vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|17th||January 2nd||Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings|
|18th||January 9th||still open|