The NFL is in action on Christmas in 2020 with one game right in the middle of the Night net's normal holiday dominance.
The Saints (10-4) and Vikings (6-8) kick off at 4:30 p.m. ET to start Week 16. There's no Thursday night game on Christmas Eve, with the league opting instead to schedule a matchup of high-paid quarterbacks (Drew Brees and Kirk Cousins) and star running backs (Alvin Kamara and Dalvin Cook) as direct competition to high-quality basketball. The Saints are trying to hold on to the No. 2 seed in the NFC, while Minnesota lost in Week 15 to deflate its slim playoff hopes.
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The NFL doesn't always play on Christmas — this year's game will be the 22nd contest held on Dec. 25 in league history, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The most recent two were played in 2017. The Saints have never played on Christmas Day, while the Vikings played in the first-ever Christmas contest and have a 1-2 record on the holiday.
Below is all you need to know about the teams playing on Christmas this year, plus the TV channels for the games and more.
What teams are playing on Christmas 2020?GameKickoff timeTV channelVikings at Saints4:30 p.m. ETFox/NFLN/Amazon Prime, fuboTV
While the NFL could've scheduled a Christmas doubleheader like it did in 2017, it instead opted for just one game. The Vikings and Saints bring strong NFC fan bases to the forefront late Friday afternoon.
Part of the league's choice to stick with just one Christmas game likely stems from the presence of Saturday games in December for the NFL. A day after Christmas, the NFL will feature a tripleheader of action, meaning more games on Christmas would cut down on the Sunday schedule even further.
What channel is Christmas football on?
Saints vs. Vikings TV channel
(4:30 p.m. ET kickoff)
National: Fox | NFL Network | Amazon Prime VideoNew Orleans: WVUEMinneapolis: KMSPStream: fuboTV
With no Thursday Night Football game in Week 16, Fox gets the rights to the Christmas Day game. It'll get the normal TNF simulcast between Fox and NFL Network, with the network's top broadcast team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman on the call.
As has been the case since Week 5, the game can also be streamed on Amazon Prime Video, which also has exclusive rights to the middle game of Saturday's tripleheader.
NFL history playing on Christmas
According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, there have been 21 games played on Christmas Day prior to 2020. The most recent two came in 2017, when the Steelers beat the Texans and the Eagles beat the Raiders.
When Christmas Day falls on a Sunday, the NFL usually plays most of its games on the preceding Saturday while occasionally showcasing one game on Christmas.
The Cowboys played in the first NFL game on Christmas, a win over the Vikings, and they've played in five games on the holiday. That's the most times any team has played in the NFL on Dec. 25.
NFL schedule Week 16
Friday, Dec. 25GameKickoff timeTV channelMinnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints4:30 p.m. ETFOX/NFLN/Amazon
Saturday, Dec. 26GameKickoff timeTV channelTampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions1 p.m. ETNFL NetworkSan Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals4:30 p.m. ETAmazon Prime VideoMiami Dolphins at Las Vegas Raiders8:15 p.m. ETNFL Network
Sunday, Dec. 27GameKickoff timeTV channelNew York Giants at Baltimore Ravens1 p.m. ETFoxCincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans1 p.m. ETCBSChicago Bears at Jacksonville Jaguars1 p.m. ETFoxAtlanta Falcons at Kansas City Chiefs1 p.m. ETFoxIndianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers1 p.m. ETCBSCarolina Panthers at Washington Redskins1 p.m. ETCBSCleveland Browns at New York Jets1 p.m. ETCBSDenver Broncos at Los Angeles Chargers4:05 p.m. ETCBSLos Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks4:25 p.m. ETFoxPhiladelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys4:25 p.m. ETFoxTennessee Titans at Green Bay Packers8:20 p.m. ETNBC
Monday, Dec. 28GameKickoff timeTV channelBuffalo Bills at New England Patriots8:15 p.m. ETESPN