Fans can watch the Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings game live online and see what will be one of the coldest NFL games of all time.
The teams are set to kick off Sunday in Minnesota against a backdrop of frigid temperatures and big stakes. The game starts Sunday at 1:05 p.m., with coverage on NBC and also available live online (link to streaming video can be found below). The winner advances to the divisional round and a matchup with either the Carolina Panthers or Arizona Cardinals.
For the Vikings, the matchup is a nightmare of a home game. Minnesota won its first division title in six years and, as a reward, gets to play to two-time defending conference champions, a Seahawks team that dismantled the Vikings just five weeks ago.
But fans who watch the Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings live online will see a Seattle team hampered by injuries. Marshawn Lynch has already been ruled out, eliminating one of the team’s best playoff performers of all time.
Marshawn Lynch has been ruled out for Seahawks’ Wild Card game against the Vikings Sunday. pic.twitter.com/Zoxqn2BvcI
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Playing without Lynch be nothing new for Seattle, which has outscored opponents 109-19 in its last three games and still has the league’s top offense, even without their top running back on the field.
“These guys are confident that we can go wherever we got to go,” coach Pete Carroll said (via ESPN).
In the last meeting between the teams, the Seahawks held Adrian Peterson to a season-low 18 yards on eight carries en route to a 38-7 win.
“We got up on them because the defense was really keeping us in position to do that,” Carroll said. “The defense allowed us to kind of regain our stride and play some good football and it took off a little bit.”
But the biggest story of Sunday’s game could be the temperature. Those who watch the Seahawks vs. Vikings live online will see players — and fans — suffering through brutally cold temperatures. It is expected to be around 0 degrees at game time in what will be one of the coldest games of all time.
While it’s unlikely that Sunday will beat out the famous “Ice Bowl” game, the 1967 matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field that fell to -13 degrees and a wind chill of -48, it will still make for some very difficult conditions.
“Nobody likes being cold, but you’ve got to be comfortable being uncomfortable,” Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs said Wednesday (via CNN).
Both teams appear ready for the conditions and are downplaying the effect the cold will have.
“We’re well aware of what we’re heading towards and everybody’s prepared,” Pete Carroll said Wednesday. “It’s not going to be an issue for us going forward. We’re just going to go play football and do the things that we know how to do and try to do them really well regardless of what the conditions are.”
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And Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said he’s more worried about the wind than the cold.
“The wind affects things more than anything does,” Zimmer said. “The cold is the cold, but the ball is going to be harder, a little more slippery… A lot of concentration when guys are out on the field. They gotta concentrate, and really, don’t worry about the cold. You worry about playing.
Fans who want to watch the Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings game live online can click here for streaming video through NBC’s website.
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