Who plays on ‘Sunday Night Football’ tonight? Time, TV channel, schedule for NFL Week 4 game

“Sunday Night Football” is getting what the most anticipated matchup of the season in NFL Week 4. It may not end up being the best game, but the storyline is unlike anything that fans have seen before.

Tom Brady played quarterback for 20 years under Bill Belichick. Now, for the first time since the well-publicized split between the two teams in 2020, they will meet on the field once again.

Brady’s homecoming will be emotional for himself, Belichick, the Patriots and the New England fans. Each side will desperately want to win this one and prove their superiority.

Both Brady and Belichick can get motivated. Now, it’s just a matter of which one can do enough to earn the victory. It should be easier for Brady to do that since he has the better offense, but perhaps Mac Jones can keep it close or guide New England to an upset victory.

Below is more about the Week 4 matchup, plus everything to know about how to watch “Sunday Night Football.”

Who plays on “Sunday Night Football” tonight?

The Buccaneers are travelling to Gillette Stadium to take on the Patriots. This will be Tom Brady’s first ever game against the Patriots and with a win, he can help the Bucs improve to 3-1 on the season and become one of four NFL quarterbacks to beat all 32 current NFL teams.

Meanwhile, the Patriots will rely on their defense and Bill Belichick to try to slow Brady and the Bucs’ roll. The Patriots are 1-2 on the season and are coming off a loss against the Saints. They nearly beat the Dolphins in Week 1, but their offense has averaged just 18.3 points per game so far this year.

Brady and the Bucs will be favored in this matchup. Brady is also just 68 passing yards away from breaking Drew Brees’ all time passing record, so the veteran quarterback will look to do that in his return to the stadium that he called home for 20 seasons.

What time is the NFL game tonight?

The Patriots-Buccaneers game will kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET. The game will take place at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.

What channel is “Sunday Night Football” on tonight?

The Patriots vs. Buccaneers game will be broadcast on NBC with the normal “Sunday Night Football” booth calling the game. Al Michael will be the play-by-play broadcaster while Cris Collinsworth provides analysis. Michele Tafoya will serve as the sideline reporter.

Drew Brees and Tony Dungy will also be a part of the network’s game coverage. They will host the pregame and halftime shows, and both should have some excellent stories about their battles with Brady and Belichick during their careers.


Streamers will be able to watch this contest by using NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports App, Peacock or fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial.

NFL live stream for ‘Sunday Night Football’

NBC broadcasts all “Sunday Night Football” games, so they are available to stream on all of the network’s online platforms. This includes Peacock, the network’s streaming service which launched ahead of the 2021 Summer Olympics. 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.

Patriots’ schedule 2021

Buccaneers schedule 2021

Sunday Night Football schedule 2021

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