The Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings are fighting for their playoff lives on a New Year’s Eve edition of “Sunday Night Football.”
The division rivals each sit at 7-8 and on the outside looking in at a Wild Card berth. A loss tonight would be season-ending, so expect a hard-fought and intense battle. The Packers had a mid-season resurgence, but back-to-back losses to the New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers put a serious damper on their potential playoff push. A close win against the Carolina Panthers last week saved their season in the meantime, but they have a gauntlet still to come.
The Vikings, meanwhile, are facing a different type of adversity. After a four-interception outing by quarterback Nick Mullens, the Vikings are shaking up the depth chart yet again. With Kirk Cousins injured, the Vikings have had a carousel at quarterback. Josh Dobbs looked like the savior for a quick minute, but he has since been benched. Mullens got his shot, but also came up short. Now, in a must-win game, the Vikings will start fifth-round rookie Jaren Hall. Hall technically has one start (and win) under his belt, but he left the game in the first quarter with a concussion. This will be a true trial by fire for the rookie.
Which NFC North opponent will keep their playoff hopes alive?
Here’s how to watch tonight’s game:
Date: Sunday, December 31, 2023
Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
Location: U.S. Bank Stadium—Minneapolis, MN
Announcers: Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Melissa Stark