EAGAN, Minn. — One of the most special rivalries in the NFL will renew at 3:25 p.m. (CT) Sunday before a nearly national television audience.
The 125th Border Battle won't affect who wins the NFC North, but it could play a deciding factor in whether the Packers finish second or third, as well as if Green Bay can rally to make the NFC Playoffs after entering December at 4-8.
Fifteen of the 16 games in Week 17 have some form of impact on the postseason (the one that doesn't is Arizona at Atlanta).
Minnesota's sixth-ranked passing offense will face a Green Bay passing defense that is ranked third as the Vikings try to win 13 games for the third time in franchise history against a team that won that many in each of the past three seasons.
Here are all the ways to catch the action, a synopsis of the series history and a key topic addressed this week by Vikings Offensive Coordinator Wes Phillips, Defensive Coordinator Ed Donatell and Special Teams Coordinator Matt Daniels.
View photos of the Minnesota Vikings in bird's-eye view at U.S. Bank Stadium during the Week 16 game against the New York Giants.
CBS (WCCO in the Twin Cities)
Kickoff: 3:25 p.m. (CT) Sunday
Play-by-Play: Jim Nantz
Analyst: Tony Romo
Sideline reporter: Tracy Wolfson
Fans in the nearly coast-to-coast red area on the map below from 506sports.com will be able to watch the game over the air or on their iOS mobile devices with the Vikings app or Vikings mobile site (Safari browser only).
Radio: KFAN (100.3-FM), KTLK (1130-AM) and the five-state Vikings Radio Network
Radio Pregame Show: Hosted by Mike Mussman (1 p.m.)
Play-by-Play: Paul Allen
Analyst: Pete Bercich
Sideline reporter: Ben Leber
New this year: People in Minnesota are able to listen to the Vikings Radio Network broadcast through the iHeartRadio app on their smart devices.
SPANISH RADIO BROADCAST
New for the 2022 season, the Vikings will air a Spanish broadcast of all games.
Play-by-Play: Gabriel Rios
Analyst: Isaias Nunez Zendejas
Play-by-Play: Josh Appel
Analyst: Mark Carrier
Minnesota: SiriusXM 137 or 380 and the SXM App
Green Bay: SiriusXM 85 or 225 and the SXM App
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.
Click here for the full bevy of options that include over-the-air, cable, satellite, over-the-top and streaming methods.
NFL+ AND NFL+ PREMIUM
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NFL+ and NFL+ Premium provide all the action when you are on the go. It is available in the NFL app and at NFL.com/plus.
NFL+ is available for $4.99/month or $39.99/year and offers the following:
· Live out-of-market preseason games across devices
· Live local and prime-time regular-season and postseason games on your phone or tablet
· Live game audio (home, away & national calls) for every game of the season
· NFL library programming on-demand, ad-free
NFL+ Premium is available for $9.99/month or $79.99/year and offers all of the NFL+ features and the following:
· Full-game replays across devices (ad-free)
· Condensed game replays across devices (ad-free)
· Coaches film (ad-free)
Look back at photos through the years featuring games between the Vikings and Packers.
Minnesota is 57-64-3 all-time in 124 games (includes 1-1 in NFC Playoff games) against Green Bay, which won 10 of the first 12 games (1961-66) before the Vikings hired Bud Grant.
The Vikings are 7-5-1 in the past 13 games (since start of 2016 season).
Phillips on benefit of returning Irv Smith, Jr., to practice and potentially games:
"I think Irv is just another piece that we can add. Potentially you can mix some of the 11 personnels, he can be a guy that can come in. Some of the 12 personnels. You can mix some of the personnels and perhaps do different things with Johnny Mundt and T.J. [Hockenson], T.J. and Irv, and then potentially Johnny and Irv. You can just kind of mix and match. You have another guy who can make plays. You have 13 personnel [that] potentially comes alive. We've run some 22 stuff with C.J. [Ham], but 13 is a good personnel, as well. Add another gap, and teams generally don't have a lot of inventory of defensive calls to 13. They're not spending a lot of time on those types of things, so sometimes you can get regulated front coverage, things that you kind of know where they're going to align based on how you align, and attack them that way, whether it's run game or pass game. So there's a lot of things you can do, just having another good player coming into the mix."
Donatell on defensive veterans being taken out for some snaps in final few games:
"There's a reason for it, and it's two-fold. This is a 17-game season. We do know we're in the tournament with a home game, and we want to take some of their work load off them so they can be fresh for the playoffs. The second thing, we want to look at young talent and see different combinations, and if we can accomplish both those things, you know, with playing some of our younger players – and maybe they can get a role for the playoffs that we don't know of at this point.