Another close one is expected when the Vikings (13-4) host the Giants (9-7-1) at 3:30 p.m. (CT) Sunday in the Wild Card Round of the NFC Playoffs.
Minnesota's ride of winning 11 one-score games, including a 27-24 win over New York during the Winter Whiteout game on Dec. 24 (team wore white jerseys and white pants for the first time in a regular-season home game), positioned the Vikings as NFC North Champions with the opportunity to host the second playoff game in the history of U.S. Bank Stadium, which opened in 2016.
This time, the Vikings will wear the rare combination of purple jerseys and purple pants. It will be the 12th time in franchise history (and third this season) for the Vikings to wear purple jerseys and pants. The previous two times in 2022 were against the Saints in London and the #PrimetimePurple uniforms against the Patriots on Thanksgiving.
The first postseason contest ended with the Minneapolis Miracle. While there could be some wild moments, halftime will be completely Ludacris.
The Vikings on Friday announced the three-time Grammy Award winner will perform at halftime. Ludacris achieved multi-platinum status with each of his first five albums, and he has also successfully acted in major motion pictures, including his role as Tej Parker in the Fast & Furious series.
How to connect with the game
On the airwaves
The game will be broadcast nationally by FOX (KMSP FOX 9 in the Twin Cities).
KFAN (100.3-FM), KTLK 1130-AM and the five-state Vikings Radio Network will broadcast the game.
New this year, Minnesotans are 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 1:30 p.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 takes a look at Minnesota's Path to the Playoffs.
A digital version of the Playbook is available for all at vikingsplaybook.com and in the mobile app.
NFL+ and NFL+ Premium
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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 noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. 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)
Food and beverages available from Aramark at The Pendleton Whisky Longhouse (opens at noon) 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 noon 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.
SPECIAL "SHOWTIME" SEQUENCE: Approximately 15 minutes before kickoff, Pro Football Hall of Famer and Vikings Ring of Honor defensive tackle John Randle is scheduled to join the award-winning "Showtime" Sequence, which was just featured on FOX 9.
COLOR GUARD: A Joint Services Honor Guard will present the colors, and the 133rd Airlift Wing is scheduled to conduct a flyover in a C-130.
NATIONAL ANTHEM: American singer, songwriter and musician Jordan Smith, who won Season 9 of The Voice, will perform the National Anthem. The native of Harlan, Kentucky, became the first artist to simultaneously hold three top 10 spots on Billboard's Christian Songs Chart (Nos. 1, 2 and 8).
HALFTIME: Performance by Ludacris, who is scheduled to tour with Janet Jackson in 2023 (at Xcel Energy Center on May 30, 2023)
PLAYER WARMUPS: DJ Skee
U.S. BANK HOMETOWN HERO: World War II veteran Robert Holmstrom, a recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal, will be recognized. Holmstrom was among a group of veterans who traveled to Normandy in 2019 as part of the Hy-Vee Veterans Voyage.
LEGENDS AS CELEBRITY BARTENDERS
The following Vikings Legends are scheduled to be celebrity bartenders:
Delta Sky360˚ Club — Robert Griffith (2 to 3 p.m.)
Polaris Club — Brooks Bollinger (2 to 3 p.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 donated $10,000 to Be The Match through the Field Goals for Charity Program. You can donate at bethematch.org/vikings.
#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.
Win Viktor's Ride
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.