The Vikings (10-3) are set to host a Saturday game for the first time since 2003 when the Colts (4-8-1) visit U.S. Bank Stadium for a noon (CT) kickoff.
Minnesota last played a Saturday game in 2017, six days after clinching the NFC North against Cincinnati on Dec. 17.
Now, the Vikings have the opportunity to wrap the division title on the five-year anniversary of securing that last crown.
That 2003 contest was a 45-20 victory over Kansas City on Dec. 20 in which Randy Moss caught seven passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns en route to the franchise single-season record of 1,632 yards.
Fast forward, and Justin Jefferson is in position to top that number. He enters Saturday's game with 1,500 on the year and four games remaining.
How to connect with the game
On the airwaves
The game will be broadcast nationally by NFL Network and air in the Twin Cities on KSTP.
KFAN (100.3-FM), KTLK 1130-AM and the five-state Vikings Radio Network will broadcast the game.
New this year, Minnesotans will be able to listen to the Vikings Radio Network broadcast through the iHeartRadio app on their smart devices.
Click here for all the ways to watch/listen/stream the game.
Minnesota Vikings mobile app
Keep the Vikings nearby wherever you go with the Minnesota Vikings mobile app. A source for news and exclusive features, the app also will stream video broadcasts of games for people in the market/broadcast area of each game.
Vikings.com Staff Writer/Editor Lindsey Young will host a live chat from U.S. Bank Stadium beginning at 10 a.m. (CT). Join the conversation with Editorial Assistant Sam Thiel and Senior Editor Craig Peters before the game and stay connected with in-game updates.
Vikings Playbook (digital version)
The Vikings Playbook features Brian O'Neill, the 2018 second-round pick who has emerged as a "Line Leader."
A digital version of the Playbook is available for all at vikingsplaybook.com and in the mobile app.
We also spotlight Vikings Community Man of the Year and Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Nominee Adam Thielen, take a Water Break with Chandon Sullivan and recap a trip to Washington, D.C., that the Vikings sponsored and attended with Project Success students as part of the organization's Inspire Change initiatives.
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Getting to U.S. Bank Stadium
Vikings.com/stadium includes information regarding health and safety protocols, parking, tailgating, rideshare and public transit options. It also includes an A to Z guide, maps and information about the NFL's bag policy and the fan code of conduct.
Cashless payments only
Among the helpful information on that page is a reminder that U.S. Bank Stadium now only accepts cashless payments.
A Skyway route (map below) will be in effect from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Skywayaccess.com has a special page for U.S. Bank Stadium events that will be updated this season.
Health & Safety Protocols
ASM Global VenueShield
ASM Global – U.S. Bank Stadium's management team – continues to execute its VenueShield program, ensuring the facility is clean and certified at the highest standards of health and safety. VenueShield focuses on six key components of venue management best practices for health and safety and is specialized for sports and entertainment facilities. VenueShield's environmental hygiene program specifies protocols for disinfection of surfaces, enhanced cleaning methods and applications, and infection control plans.
The Vikings, ASM and the MSFA also implement extensive cleaning, disinfecting and sanitization measures on game days and adhere to guidelines set forth by the CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health. All high-touch surfaces throughout the stadium — including seats, railings, food and drink surfaces, elevators and escalators — are cleaned, disinfected and sanitized before, during and after games. Hand sanitizer locations are located throughout U.S. Bank Stadium, including at entrances, concourses, premium areas and restrooms.
U.S. Bank Stadium offers a clean and safe environment for guests through the virus-fighting protection of a bi-polar ionization system, which is installed in every air handling unit in the venue. This state-of-the-art technology actively contributes to better health by restoring indoor air to its natural state through an ionization process, mitigating or limiting airborne viruses and keeping the air inside the stadium cleaner and healthier. The system installed at U.S. Bank Stadium has been proven in labs to effectively improve indoor air quality. Stadium officials also monitor air flow and take reasonable steps to maximize air exchange.
Downtown Minneapolis/U.S. Bank Stadium Security/Safety
The Vikings and our stadium partners collaborate with multiple law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, Homeland Security, the Minneapolis Police Department and the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department, to ensure the appropriate number of law enforcement officials are on site and that U.S. Bank Stadium and the surrounding areas are safe for Vikings fans, players and staff. Additionally, together with BEST Security, the team contracts with hundreds of security personnel on game days to ensure a strong security presence throughout the stadium. For 2022 night games, fans will see easily identifiable safety ambassadors present throughout several blocks surrounding the stadium and lighting towers will be strategically placed near parking lots and parking ramps. For additional information regarding public safety downtown, please visit the City of Minneapolis, Meet Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Downtown Council web sites.
Ecolab Science Certified
U.S. Bank Stadium has earned the Ecolab Science Certified seal. The program combines hospital disinfectants and food-contact sanitizers approved for use against the COVID-19 virus with public health and food safety protocols, training and periodic auditing, giving fans confidence that practices are repeated and checked. Fans will see the Ecolab Science Certified seal displayed in participating areas throughout the stadium. For more information on the Ecolab Science Certified program, visit www.sciencecertified.com.
3M Durable Protective Film
3M's clear Durable Protective Film with Antimicrobial Technology is located in various high-touch areas throughout the stadium. The film has 24/7 surface protection with an EPA-registered antimicrobial agent to inhibit growth of harmful bacteria and is specifically designed to withstand repeated cleaning.
Face coverings are not required inside U.S. Bank Stadium. Fans who feel more comfortable wearing them in public settings are welcome to continue using face coverings for Vikings games.
For the safety of all fans, players and game-day staff, if you have tested positive for COVID-19 within five days preceding the game, please stay home. Additionally, if you are experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms or are feeling generally unwell but have not yet received the results of your test, please stay home. Should you begin to feel unwell while at U.S. Bank Stadium, please notify a game-day staff member immediately; appropriate facilities and resources are available as necessary.
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is not required to enter U.S. Bank Stadium.
Delta Vikings Village (outside U.S. Bank Stadium)
The Delta Vikings Village will open at 9 a.m.
It will include the following activities:
Food and beverages available from Aramark at The Pendleton Whisky Longhouse (opens at 9 a.m.) and additional locations throughout the plaza.
Bag check (on Park Avenue, just south of 4th Street and north of the Light Rail tracks; open from 10 a.m. until one hour after the game; cost is $10 per bag)
The Commons (outside U.S. Bank Stadium)
The Commons will be closed for the remainder of the season.
Open to participation by all players, the NFL's Inspire Change initiative acknowledges ways that systemic racism contributes barriers to equal opportunities. Inspire Change focuses on creating progress in education, economic advancement, community and police relations, and criminal justice reform.
PREGAME PRESENTATION: The Minnesota Vikings All-State Team, Vikings High School Coach of the Year and Mr. Football will be recognized. The team is selected in conjunction with the Minnesota Football Coaches Association and has been named annually since 2002.
2022 Team: Sam Backer, Chatfield // Ryan Bengston, Becker // Corey Bohmert, Mahtomedi // Eli Fletcher, Sauk Centre // Kade Gilbertson, Rosemount // Carson Hansen, Lakeville South // Cole Hentges, Sartell // Jaxon Howard, Robbinsdale Cooper // Nolan Israelson, Andover // Greg Johnson, Prior Lake // Kellen Johnson, Pipestone // Jacob Kilzer, Maple Grove // Ryan King, BOLD // Tate Link, Dassel-Cokato // Reese Littlefield, Centennial // Max McEnelly, Waconia // Marques Monroe, Bloomington Kennedy // Cade Osterman, Elk River // Eli Paulson, Anoka // Kaiden Peters, Plainview-Elgin-Millville // Tanner Scheevel, Lester Prairie // Chisum Schmiedeberg, Kittson County Central // Sawyer Seidl, Hill-Murray // Max Shikenjanski, Stillwater // Jonathan Shrum, Farmington // Owen Sikkink, Stewartville // Jordan Summers, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton // Reese Tripp, Kasson-Mantorville // Dan Tschida, Roseville // Chase Ullom, Wayzata // Keenan Wilson, Eagan // Asher Zubich, Mountain Iron-Buhl
COLOR GUARD: TBA
NATIONAL ANTHEM: Singer-songwriter, guitarist and musical pioneer Malina Moye will perform the National Anthem. Moye, who was born in Ohio and raised in Minnesota, became the first Black woman to play the National Anthem on electric guitar before a professional sports event (Vikings-Cowboys game in 2010). She also is the first woman of color to have her own line of guitar strings.
HONORARY CAPTAIN: The family of longtime Vikings scout and friend Kevin McCabe, who passed away Sept. 3 following a courageous battle with leukemia, will serve as honorary captains.
HALFTIME: Viktor and several of his mascot friends from near and far will challenge the Cottage Grove Wolfpack fifth-grade team.
GJALLARHORN: Tommy Kramer and Ahmad Rashad, who connected for the Miracle at the Met play in 1980, will sound the Gjallarhorn.
PLAYER WARMUPS: DJ Skee
LEGENDS AS CELEBRITY BARTENDERS
The following Vikings Legends are scheduled to be celebrity bartenders:
Delta Sky360˚ Club — Carl Lee (starting at 10:30 a.m.)
Club Purple — Rufus Bess (starting at 10:30 a.m.)
Vikings Fancam Presented by U.S. Bank
The Vikings Fancam captures your excitement throughout the game. Tag yourself and enter to win prizes at vikings.fancam.com.
Hy-Vee Fuel Saver + Perks®
THEY score, YOU save! Shop your local Hy-Vee store following game day to receive great fuel savings. Simply spend the same amount that the Vikings scored and earn a one-cent credit on your Hy-Vee Fuel Saver + Perks® card. If the Vikings score 14 points, spend $14 or more the next day and earn 14 cents of credit on your Hy-Vee Fuel Saver + Perks® card. Promotion valid at all Minnesota Hy-Vee locations; some limitations apply. See stores for details.
Sacks for Apps Presented by Buffalo Wild Wings
Buffalo Wild Wings brings you "Sacks for Apps" during all Vikings home and away games this season! When the Vikings record two or more sacks in a game, all fans score a free appetizer with a minimum purchase of $20. Offer is valid for three days after each eligible game. Visit vikings.com/bww for your digital coupon and offer details.
Field Goals for Charity Presented by Innovative Office Solutions
In partnership with the Minnesota Vikings and Post-It Brand, Innovative is proud to present the Field Goals for Charity Program. During the NFL regular season, each time a Minnesota Vikings kicker successfully kicks a field goal, Innovative and Post-It Brand will donate $250 (up to $5,000 total) to Be The Match!
#VikingsHAIR Presented by Spalon Montage
Spalon Montage is giving one lucky fan a $100 gift card. Tweet a photo of you at the game to @vikingspromo using #VikingsHAIR for a chance to win.
Pepsi Prize Pack
Simply scan your Pepsi cup with the Vikings app or select "Augmented Reality" within the Vikings app to unlock Vikings photo filters. Share yours using #VikingsGameFace for your chance to win! Visit Vikings.com/VikingsGameFace for full contest rules and details.
Vikings I.Q. Presented by Pepsi
Check out Vikings I.Q., presented by Pepsi, now in the Vikings App. Watch the game together with other fans and have the chance to win great prizes.
Are you the Absolut® Vikings Homegater? Whatever you do on game day, celebrate your Absolut® best this football season by submitting your photo as the Absolut® Homegater of the Week. Fans will have a chance to win a Vikings and Absolut® weekly prize pack, and one super fan will be dubbed the Absolut® Homegater of the Season, winning a co-branded mini-fridge.
Charity Auction Benefiting the Minnesota Vikings Foundation
Bid on exclusive Vikings memorabilia and experiences at vikings.com/auction. Visit the auction kiosk by Section 101 to view this game's auction items. All proceeds support the Minnesota Vikings Foundation.
Split The Pot Raffle Benefiting the Minnesota Vikings Foundation
You could be the game-day lucky winner to share the Jackpot! Purchase your raffle tickets from Split The Pot kiosks or sellers roaming through U.S. Bank Stadium. The winning ticket will be selected by a random drawing and posted online after the game. Winner has 30 days to claim the cash prize. Split The Pot supports the Minnesota Vikings Foundation's youth health and education initiatives. Visit vikings.com/splitthepot for details.
Big Win. Big Mac. Presented by McDonald's
Victory never tasted so good. Get a free Big Mac on the McDonald's app win the Vikings win. A minimum purchase of $1 is required.
Miller Lite Holiday Sweater Benefiting the Minnesota Vikings Foundation
'Tis the Season … to snag the exclusive Vikings and Miller Lite Holiday Sweater and give back to the Minnesota Vikings Foundation. A portion of the proceeds from each sweater purchased will be donated by the Vikings directly to the Minnesota Vikings Foundation.
Click here to purchase.