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Guide to Game Day: Vikings-Lions Week 9

The Vikings and Lions are scheduled to meet for the 118th overall time and fifth installment of the series at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Detroit claimed the first two games against Minnesota at the venue that opened in 2016, but the Vikings prevailed in 2018 and 2019.

Sunday will be the annual Salute to Service game. It is being presented by Polaris.

The Vikings and Lions players, coaches and staff will wear gear that honors active duty and reserve members of the military, veterans, fallen heroes and their family members for their courage and conviction in protecting freedoms.

How to connect with the game

On the airwaves

The noon (CT) game will be televised by CBS (WCCO in Minneapolis/St. Paul) and broadcast on the Vikings Radio Network (KFAN 100.3-FM/KTLK 1130-AM are the flagship stations).

Click here for all of the ways to watch/listen/stream the game.

Vikings Pregame All-Access

Vikings Pregame All-Access, a new program presented by U.S. Bank, will be streamed live at 11 a.m. (CT) to, the Vikings mobile app, the Vikings Now Connected TV app, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Vikings Pregame All-Access will take fans inside the stadium and deliver exclusive, behind-the-scenes content that was previously only available in the stadium. Coverage will include Vikings warm-ups, live shots from the Vikings locker room and analysis in the hour leading up to kickoff.

View photos of the Vikings preparing to take on the Lions during practice at TCO Performance Center.

Live Chat Team Reporter Eric Smith will host a live chat from U.S. Bank Stadium beginning at 10 a.m. (CT). Join the conversation with Staff Writer/Assistant Editor Lindsey Young and Senior Editor Craig Peters before the game and stay connected with in-game updates.

Vikings Playbook

In previous seasons, the Vikings Playbook has been available to all fans in U.S. Bank Stadium. This year, the team will offer the Playbook free at all 11 Minneapolis-St. Paul Hy-Vee locations. The Star Tribune will also package a set number in Sunday newspapers for every Vikings home game.

Pick up your print copy or view the digital version at or in the Vikings mobile app.

Iconic influencer of Minnesota sports and legendary Star Tribune columnist Sid Hartman, who passed away Oct. 18, is on the cover. Current and past Vikings share their memories of Hartman, who was born before the NFL formed, turned 100 in March and continued covering the team through the coronavirus pandemic. We posted 100 tributes to Hartman last month.

Vikings Postgame Live

Tune-in after each Vikings game on the team's digital and social platforms to watch Vikings Postgame Live presented by Mystic Lake. The show will feature expert analysis, highlights, Next Gen Stats and postgame sound from Head Coach Mike Zimmer.

View photos of the Vikings 53-man roster as of January 4, 2021.

Game-day promotions

Salute to Service

This year, a special tribute will be placed in U.S. Bank Stadium to honor 99 Fallen Heroes from Minnesota who have died in combat since the terrorist attacks on 9/11. A seat will be covered in honor of each of those casualties and be joined by the hero's name and a flag for the branch of service.

U.S. Central Command has reported more than 7,000 American military casualties while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn since Sept. 11, 2001.

Other Salute to Service connections include the following:

Hy-Vee and the Vikings teamed up to surprise two military families with free groceries for a year and ultimate tailgating packages.

A picture of Timothy K. Ebert, Jr., in his Marine Corps Dress Blues will be among the cutouts. Ebert served 13-plus years in the Marines and loved the Vikings. He died during a final act of valor. The 34-year-old was fatally struck while trying to assist another motorist.

Eric Smith took a Water Break with Air Force graduate and Vikings long snapper Austin Cutting, who is fulfilling his military commitment in a new role.

Army Staff Sgt. Dylan Shallenberger grew up in Wisconsin but always repped the Vikings. The drill sergeant is instilling discipline in young soldiers and his love for the Vikings in his two young children. He has been named one of the 60 Greatest Vikings Fans.

National Anthem

The United States European Command Military Bands will perform the National Anthem in a pre-recorded video. The ensemble includes musicians from the United States Army Europe Band and Chorus stationed in Sembach, Germany; the United States Naval Forces Europe Band in Naples, Italy; and the United States Air Forces Europe Band in Ramstein, Germany.

U.S. Bank Hometown Heroes: 34*th* Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade

The U.S. Bank Hometown Heroes program honors individuals who have gone to extraordinary measures to make positive differences in the community. If you would like to nominate someone, visit

The Hometown Heroes for Week 9 are the members of the 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade that recently returned to Minnesota after a 10-month deployment to the Middle East. The Minnesota Army National Guard unit supports the 34th Infantry Division and the state of Minnesota by providing aviation capabilities for federal and state missions. Led by Col. Gregory Fix, the 34th supported Operation Spartan Shield and Operation Inherent Resolve. Since January, aviators flew more than 15,000 rotary wing hours throughout 15 different locations. The unit consists of nearly 2,000 members from active duty components, multiple National Guard units across 10 states and additional Coalition service members from Italy and Spain.

Vikings Fans in the Stands Presented by Caribou Coffee

The Vikings have partnered with Caribou Coffee to allow fans to purchase a cutout to be placed in the stands for all home games at U.S. Bank Stadium. The cutouts are available to the fans for pickup at the conclusion of the season, and 100% of the net proceeds will go to support charitable causes within the community. Fans can visit for more information or to place an order.

Pass or Play and Stat Showdown presented by Mystic Lake

Expand your game-day activities to include a pair of free-to-play fantasy football games presented by Mystic Lake. The games are available in the Vikings mobile app and on the web.

Hy-Vee Fuel Saver

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.

CenturyLink Legends Connection

Don't miss your chance to virtually meet fan-favorite football heroes all season. CenturyLink has teamed up with your Minnesota Vikings for the Legends Connection Meet & Greet Sweepstakes — an opportunity for a 30-minute virtual Meet & Greet with a Vikings Legend. For a chance to win, enter online at

Kwik Trip Opening Drive

The Kwik Trip opening drive contestant for Week 3 is Tamara Collins from Blaine, Minnesota. Tamara will win $25 for every yard earned on the Vikings opening drive plus a $500 bonus if it ends with a field goal or $1,000 if it ends with a touchdown. To enter, visit your neighborhood Kwik Trip today.

60 Greatest Vikings Fans Presented by U.S. Bank

In celebration of 60 seasons of Vikings football, the Vikings are naming 60 of their most passionate supporters to the 60 Greatest Fans Team. If you know someone with unyielding dedication to the Vikings, nominate that fan today at

Skol Scribbles Contest Driven by Polaris

Enter the Skol Scribbles contest by submitting your idea for weekly photo transformations. You could win one of 16 weekly prize packs from Polaris. Follow the @vikings on Instagram or Snapchat Stories to learn more.

Frontline Features Presented by Miller Lite

Frontline Features will recognize extraordinary Vikings fans throughout the season who have overcome challenges to make a difference for others during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nominate someone at

Buffalo Wild Wings Sacks for Apps

Buffalo Wild Wings brings you "Sacks for Apps" during all Vikings home and away games this season. When the Vikings record 3.0 or more sacks in a game, all fans score a free appetizer with a minimum purchase of $5. Offer is valid for three days after each eligible game. Visit for more details.

Absolut® Vikings Homegater

Are you the Absolut® Vikings Homegater? You can submit a photo to prove it at Fans will have a chance to win a Vikings and Absolut® weekly prize pack, and one superfan will earn the title of Homegater of the Season and win a mini-fridge.

Spalon Giveaway

Spalon will be giving away a $100 gift card during Sunday's game. Show us your game-day look by tweeting a photo @SpalonMontage or tagging @spalonmontage on your IG story for a chance to win.