EAGAN, Minn. — Those of us of a certain age can remember welcoming John Madden into our homes on Thanksgiving.
Although hundreds or even thousands of miles away, Madden's delivery made it feel like he was there, grateful for the opportunity of a gigantic football family gathering.
The tradition will be renewed again throughout Thursday during the three scheduled NFL games (Bills at Lions, Giants at Cowboys and Patriots at Vikings) as the league introduces the inaugural "John Madden Thanksgiving Celebration" in honor of the Pro Football Hall of Famer who made his mark on so many as a coach, broadcaster and innovator who passed away Dec. 28, 2021, at age 85.
Minnesota (8-2) is set to host a Thanksgiving game for the first time in franchise history, welcoming New England (6-4) in front of an NBC nationwide television audience.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:20 p.m. (CT), and the Vikings will also be wearing their #PrimetimePurple uniforms.
Each network (CBS has Buffalo-Detroit and FOX has New York-Dallas) will have special broadcast tributes to Madden and select a "Madden Player of the Game."
Each stadium's field will have a Madden logo, and players will have Madden decals on their helmets.
The Vikings are 6-2 all-time on Thanksgiving, having gone 3-2 at Detroit and 3-0 at Dallas on the holiday. It will be Minnesota's first appearance since 2017.
Note: We usually include comments from Vikings Offensive Coordinator Wes Phillips, Defensive Coordinator Ed Donatell and Special Teams Coordinator Matt Daniels, but they did not have their media sessions because of the short week.
NBC (KARE 11 in the Twin Cities)
Kickoff: 7:20 p.m. (CT)
Play-by-Play: Mike Tirico
Analysts: Tony Dungy & Jason Garrett
Sideline reporter: Melissa Stark
Because it is a national broadcast, fans from coast to coast will be able to watch the game 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 (5 p.m.)
Play-by-Play: Paul Allen
Analyst: Pete Bercich
Sideline reporter: Ben Leber
New this year: People in Minnesota will be 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
Color commentary: Isaias Nunez Zendejas
Play-by-Play: Bill Rosinski
Analyst: Ryan Harris
New England: SiriusXM 82 or 225 and the SXM App
Minnesota: SiriusXM 85 or 227 and the SXM App
National: SiriusXM 88 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.
View photos of the Vikings 53-man roster as of Jan. 14, 2023.
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· Live out-of-market preseason games across devices
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Minnesota is 4-9 all-time in 13 games against New England, which has a five-game winning streak in the rare series.
The Vikings are trying to secure their first win against the Patriots since September 2000 when Daunte Culpepper threw touchdowns to Johnny McWilliams and Matthew Hatchette in the second quarter of a 21-13 win.