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Guide to Game Day: Vikings-Panthers Week 12

The Vikings (4-6) and Panthers (4-7) are scheduled to meet for the 15th time and first instance at U.S. Bank Stadium at noon (CT) Sunday.

How to connect with the game

On the airwaves

The Week 12 game will be televised by FOX (KMSP FOX 9 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.

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.

The Week 12 Playbook cover story features Dalvin Cook, who has posted his second consecutive season with 1,000 rushing yards and already has tied his career best for rushing touchdowns with 13 scores. It's been a "Fun Run" for Cook, who has become more comfortable in a vocal leadership role during his first season as a captain.

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.

Game-day promotions

National Anthem

Minneapolis-based chart-topping singer Jovonta Patton will perform in a pre-recorded rendition of the National Anthem.

In 2016, Patton's album Finally Living topped the Gospel charts while landing at No. 12 on the Christian & Gospel Album sales chart. Patton also topped the Gospel charts in 2018 with his album The Best Me and in 2019 with Sanctuary, which became his third No. 1 Gospel album. Most recently, Patton topped the Billboard Digital Sales chart for his song "Worth It."

U.S. Bank Hometown Hero: The Link

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

Sunday's Hometown Hero is The Link, the Minneapolis-based youth and community organization that was founded in 1991 by Vikings Legends Jim Marshall and Oscar Reed. The Link supports North Minneapolis youth who are victimized by crime or are struggling with poverty and homelessness. The Link's 22 programs help provide housing, case management services and skills development to at-risk youth. The Link supports more than 2,000 young families and youth in seven counties across the Twin Cities Metro. Additionally, The Link recently opened the Dignity House emergency shelter for youth ages 10-17, which provides additional beds for runaway and homeless youth in the Twin Cities. Earlier this month, Marshall surprised The Link CEO Beth Holger with a $20,000 grant from the Vikings Social Justice Committee.

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

Gjallarhorn: Adrienne Diercks, Project Success Founder and Executive Director

Although no fans will be in attendance, the Gjallarhorn will be sounded by Project Success Founder and Executive Director Adrienne Diercks. Project Success is a youth-development organization that encourages young people while providing them resources to help them achieve their life goals. Diercks founded Project Success in 1994 with 200 students at Minneapolis North High School, and today the program has grown to serve more than 16,000 students and their families.

Diercks was named a Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal "Woman to Watch" in 2008 and has been honored with the Minneapolis Award for her outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the City of Minneapolis. Diercks was honored with Ann Bancroft Foundation's "Dream Maker" Award for Achievement and Leadership, and as a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts River Valleys in 2017. In 2019, she received the WEM Foundation's Outstanding Educator Award for Excellence in Education, honoring her many years of leadership and dedication to inspire a spirit of learning in students.

In addition to her role at Project Success, Diercks is the President of the Minnesota Women's Economic Roundtable and a member of the Women Presidents' Organization. She is a graduate of the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute.

Vikings Owner Mark Wilf, Legend Alan Page and current players recently embarked on a virtual field trip with Project Success students to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. The evening included breakout discussions and the announcement of a dozen $1,000 scholarships from the Vikings.


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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 percent 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 12 is Steve Vermilya from Dover, Minnesota. Steve 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.

Fan Cam Presented by U.S. Bank

Add your virtual selfie to U.S. Bank Stadium, enter to win a football autographed by Eric Kendricks, play trivia, get to know the Vikings players and more at

Pepsi Homegating Prize Pack

Win a Vikings homegating prize pack by scanning the code on the commemorative 60th season cup (available at Hy-Vee gas stations) 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. For full contest rules, visit