The final game of the regular season Sunday Night Football will be the most critical of all. As usual, NBC has set up a win-win scenario for the final game of the 2021 NFL season, and two division rivals will battle for a final Wild Card spot.
The Chargers and the Raiders are the two teams fighting to stay alive and qualify for the NFL playoffs in 2022. Just a few weeks ago, it looked like the Chargers were looking for a spot while the Raiders were probably outside looking inside.
However, the Raiders stayed alive thanks to a three-game winning streak while a shocking loss to the Texans placed the Chargers firmly in the playoff bubble. Los Angeles are still favorites for one of the final spots, but the Raiders have been pushing hard this season, so they will certainly be emotionally ready for this contest.
Will the Chargers win and make the playoffs or will it be the Raiders’ turn to shine? More information on the Week 18 game can be found below, as well as everything you need to know about how to watch ‘Sunday Night Football’.
Who’s playing ‘Sunday Night Football’ tonight?
- Match: Chargers vs. Raiders
- Site: Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Chargers (9-7) travel to Las Vegas to face the Raiders (9-7) in a win-win game.
Both the Chargers and the Raiders are at the heart of the playoff race, but due to the way the schedule falls, it’s highly likely that only one of them will qualify for the playoff tournament. The Colts would have to lose to the Jaguars for the two to do so. It is improbable.
As such, Los Angeles and Las Vegas will be amplified for this game, as they will both likely play for their lifetimes in the playoffs. The Chargers have a formidable offense led by Justin Herbert, Austin Ekeler, Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, so they are hoping to repeat the 28-14 victory they won against the Raiders earlier in the season.
Meanwhile, the Raiders will look to trust Josh Jacobs against a poor run defense and expect Derek Carr to play a solid game as well. The Raiders’ defense has allowed 15.7 points per game over their three-game winning streak, so if their defense comes up there, this contest could end up being tight.
Neither Brandon Staley nor Rich Bisaccia have been playoff coaches before as each is in their first year at the helm of a franchise. Bisaccia didn’t take over the Raiders until mid-season after the Jon Gruden email scandal resulted in the veteran coach’s resignation. If he can lead Las Vegas to the playoffs amid all the drama they’ve faced this year, that would be impressive.
MORE: Full picture of the NFL playoffs for Week 18
What time is the NFL game tonight?
- Dated: Sunday January 9
- Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
The Chargers vs. Raiders game kicks off at 8:20 p.m. ET. The game will take place at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.
What channel is showing “Sunday Night Football” tonight?
“Sunday Night Football” continues to air on NBC, as always, and it sparked a divisional win-win rivalry in the Chargers vs. Raiders for Week 18. Gaming man Al Michaels and analyst Cris Collinsworth hold the booth while lineup reporter Michele Tafoya will also play a major role on the show.
Drew Brees, Tony Dungy, Mike Tirico, Chris Simms, Mike Florio, Jac Collinsworth and Maria Taylor will be among the personalities who will host NBC’s pre-game and halftime coverage.
Streamers will be able to watch this contest using NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app, Peacock or fuboTV, which offers a free trial.
Meanwhile, viewers in Canada can watch the game on DAZN.
NFL Live Stream for “Sunday Night Football”
All “Sunday Night Football” matches are broadcast on NBC, which holds the exclusive rights to broadcast the program. As such, the network’s online platforms, including the NBC Sports app and NBC Sports.com, are the best places for cable and satellite subscribers to watch the game. Peacock, the company’s relatively new streaming service, will also offer the games for free.
For cord cutters, there are plenty of live streaming options for “Sunday Night Football”. Below you will find all of them.
|Streaming option||Cable subscription required?||To free?||Cost||Free try?|
|Yahoo! Sports application||No||Yes||–||–|
|fuboTV||No||No||$ 60 / month||Yes|
|AT&T TV now||No||No||$ 55 / month||Yes|
|Hulu Plus Live TV||No||No||$ 55 / month||Yes|
|Slingshot television||No||No||$ 35 / month||No|
|YouTube TV||No||No||$ 65 / month||Yes|
Los Angeles Chargers 2021 schedule
|The week||Dated||Opponent||Kick-off time||TV|
|1||September 12||in Washington||1 p.m. ET||SCS|
|2||September 19||against the cowboys||4:25 p.m. ET||SCS|
|3||September 26||at the chefs||1 p.m. ET||SCS|
|4||October 4||against the Raiders||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|5||October 10||against browns||4:05 p.m. ET||SCS|
|6||17 october||among crows||1 p.m. ET||SCS|
|8||October 31||against the patriots||4:05 p.m. ET||SCS|
|9||November 7||to the Eagles||4:05 p.m. ET||SCS|
|ten||November 14th||against the Vikings||4:05 p.m. ET||Fox|
|11||21 November||against the Steelers||8:20 p.m. ET||CNB|
|12||November 28||at the Broncos||4:05 p.m. ET||SCS|
|13||December 5||to the Bengals||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|14||December 12||against the giants||4:05 p.m. ET||Fox|
|15||December 16||against the chiefs||8:20 p.m. ET||Fox / NFLN / Amazon|
|16||December 26||among Texans||1 p.m. ET||SCS|
|17||January 2||against the Broncos||4:05 p.m. ET||SCS|
|18||January 9||among the Raiders||4:25 p.m. ET||SCS|
2021 Las Vegas Raiders Schedule
|The week||Dated||Opponent||Kick-off time||TV|
|1||September 13||against the crows||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN / ABC|
|2||September 19||at Steelers||1 p.m. ET||SCS|
|3||September 26||against dolphins||4:05 p.m. ET||SCS|
|4||October 4||at Chargeurs||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|5||October 10||against bears||4:05 p.m. ET||SCS|
|6||17 october||at the Broncos||4:25 p.m. ET||SCS|
|seven||24 october||against the Eagles||4:05 p.m. ET||FOX|
|9||November 7||among the giants||1 p.m. ET||SCS|
|ten||November 14th||against the chiefs||8:20 p.m. ET||CNB|
|11||21 November||against the Bengals||4:05 p.m. ET||SCS|
|12||25 november||at the cowboys||4:30 p.m. ET||SCS|
|13||December 5||against Washington||4:05 p.m. ET||Fox|
|14||December 12||at the chefs||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|15||December 18 or 19||among browns||To be determined||To be determined|
|16||December 26||against the Broncos||4:25 p.m. ET||SCS|
|17||January 2||at Colts||1 p.m. ET||SCS|
|18||January 9||vs chargers||4:25 p.m. ET||SCS|
Sunday night football schedule 2021
|1||September 9 (Thu)||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|September 12||Los Angeles Rams vs. Chicago Bears|
|2||September 19||Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs|
|3||September 26||San Francisco 49ers vs. Green Bay Packers|
|4||October 3||New England Patriots vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|5||October 10||Kansas City Chiefs vs. Buffalo Bills|
|6||17 october||Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Seattle Seahawks|
|seven||24 october||San Francisco 49ers vs. Indianapolis Colts|
|8||October 31||Minnesota Vikings vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|9||November 7||Los Angeles Rams vs. Tennessee Titans|
|ten||November 14th||Las Vegas Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs|
|11||21 November||Los Angeles Chargers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers|
|12||November 28||Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns|
|13||December 5||Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers|
|14||December 12||Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears|
|15||December 19||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints|
|16||December 26||Washington Football Team vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|17||January 2||Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings|
|18||January 9||Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders|