Who plays on ‘Sunday Night Football’ tonight? Time, TV channel, schedule for NFL Week 3 game

The matchup for NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” in Week 3 is one that will feel familiar to NFL fans. The two NFC teams playing are meeting for the fifth time in the last four seasons even though they don’t play in the same division.

Both squads will be hoping that they can match the intensity of the Week 2 “Sunday Night Football” contest. That game featuring the Ravens and Chiefs lived up to the hype, as Baltimore emerged with a 36-35 victory in a game that featured many big offensive plays.

Neither the Packers nor the 49ers boast offenses that are quite as explosive as those of Kansas City and Baltimore. However, any time you have Aaron Rodgers on the field, there’s a chance for some big plays and late-game heroics.

Below is more about the matchup, plus everything to know about how to watch “Sunday Night Football.”

Who plays on “Sunday Night Football” tonight?

The Packers and the 49ers are facing off in NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” matchup in Week 3. The two have enjoyed a solid rivalry over the last few seasons. The teams have split their last four meetings with a pair of Packers wins sandwiching two 49ers wins.

That said, San Francisco has only lost games in which Jimmy Garoppolo was unable to play. They also beat the Packers soundly, 37-20, in the 2020 NFC Championship Game. That earned them a trip to the Super Bowl.

The Packers are surely still looking for revenge on the 49ers because of that loss. Matt LaFleur and Aaron Rodgers could use that as motivation to ensure that the energized Week 2 version of the Packers travels to San Francisco instead of the flat squad that score three points against the Saints in Week 1.

What time is the NFL game tonight?

The “Sunday Night Football” game between the Packers and the 49ers will kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET. That’s the same start as all other “Sunday Night Football” matchups this season.

That said, the game will begin at 5:20 p.m. local time in Santa Clara, which is in the Western time zone. As such, it should still be light at the beginning of the game.

What channel is ‘Sunday Night Football’ on tonight?

As always, “Sunday Night Football” will be broadcast on NBC with Al Michaels doing play-by-play with Cris Collinsworth providing analysis. Michele Tafoya will serve as the sideline reporter.

Viewers can also watch new members of the pregame broadcast team — Drew Brees and Maria Taylor — on “Football Night in America.” Both the pregame show and the 49ers-Packers game can be streamed on Peacock and via fuboTV, which comes with a seven-day free trial. 

In Canada, viewers can watch 49ers vs. Packers on DAZN, which has rights to every NFL game.

NFL live stream for ‘Sunday Night Football’

Because NBC broadcasts all “Sunday Night Football” games, they are available to stream on all of the network’s online platforms. This includes Peacock, the network’s relatively new streaming service. This should be the preferred method for those who have a cable/satellite subscription but can’t get in front of a TV.

For cord-cutters, there are plenty of live streaming options for “Sunday Night Football.” Below are all of them.

‘Sunday Night Football’ schedule

NBC will air 19 “Sunday Night Football” games throughout the 2021 NFL season. The 49ers vs. Packers game is one of the most intriguing matchups on the schedule. Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth will call the games, which can be streamed on Peacock, NBCSports.com or via fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.

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