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‘Sunday Night Football’ open thread: Packers at Vikings

The fate of these two NFC North foes will be determined on New Year’s Eve.

NFL: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

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
TV: NBC
Announcers: Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Melissa Stark
Online: NBCSports.com

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