Watch the return of NFL Monday Night Football live online as a new-look San Francisco 49ers team battles the visiting Minnesota Vikings in the final game of the 2015 National Football League 2015 season week one — the second half of an opening week Monday Night Football doubleheader.
While the 49ers will come into the game, and the season, with a group of starters that outside of fifth-year signal caller Colin Kaepernick bears little resemblance to the squad that finished third in the four-team NFC West division, missing the playoffs with a mediocre 8-8 record.
The Vikings also finished third in their division, the NFC North, winning just seven against nine defeats. But they spent the season without six-time Pro Bowl running back Adrian Peterson, who was deactivated by Minnesota — and later suspended for the season — after he was indicted on charges that he physically abused his four-year-old son.
But Peterson is back in action Monday — exactly one year after the Vikings officially sidelined him.
To find out how to watch the NFL Monday Night Football Minnesota Vikings vs. San Francisco 49ers game live online, see the streaming information in the final two paragraphs of this article. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:20 p.m. Pacific Time at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California — opening the second season that the Niners have played in the new, 79,000-seat facility located 38 miles south of San Francisco.
Fans in the Eastern Time Zone can watch the Vikings vs. 49ers game live online starting at 10:20 p.m.
Australian fans should also see below for a link to watch the game live online.
Why Australian fans? While Peterson will be the focus of attention on the Minnesota side, San Francisco also has a player who will be — and throughout the preseason, has been — the focus of intense media and fan interest. In Australia.
Jarryd Hayne, a 27-year-old former superstar in Australia’s National Rugby League, turned down a record $1.35 million contract with his NRL team, the Parramatta Eels, to attempt a leap into the NFL.
So far, so good for Hayne — whose every move has been closely monitored by the Australian press — who survived each round of preseason cuts to make the Niners 53-man roster, and is expected to see action Monday night, most likely on special teams.
To watch the return of NFL Monday Night Football with the Minnesota Vikings vs. San Francisco 49ers week one game live online, use the stream provided by WatchESPN at this link. Note that the game will not be available via the WatchESPN app on mobile devices — but will be streamed live not only on traditional computers, but also on set-top internet boxes sites Roku and Apple TV.
Fans who do not have credentials to log in to WatchESPN can watch the game via the Sling TV internet TV package at this link. The package, which includes a variety of channels, including ESPN, costs $20 per month — and can be accessed on mobile devices with the Sling TV app as well as on computers and some set-top devices. But Sling TV offers a seven-day free trial, so subscribers can choose whether or not to keep the service after watching the Vikings vs. Niners game live online. Australian fans can log in to ESPN3 International at this link to see the likely NFL debut of Jarryd Hayne.
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