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What time is the NFL game tonight? TV schedule, channel for Chiefs vs. Chargers in Week 15

The penultimate “Thursday Night Football” game of the season will take place in Week 15, and it’s set to be a good one. The Chargers and Chiefs will square off in a battle that will decide just how much resistance the Chiefs face as they go for their sixth consecutive AFC West division title.

There’s still time for the Chargers to catch their rivals. The Chiefs (9-4) have just a one-game lead over Los Angeles (8-5) for the top spot in the division. However, Kansas City will certainly be motivated to win this one, as the Chargers beat them 30-24 at Arrowhead Stadium earlier in the season.

Can Justin Herbert and the Chargers repeat their magical win over the Chiefs from Week 3? Or will Patrick Mahomes and the red-hot Chiefs defense continue to build on their six-game winning streak?

We’ll find out soon enough, as the matchup between these two is set to kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif.

Below is everything to know about the TV schedule for the NFL Week 15 opener between the Chiefs and Chargers, plus a look at the rest of the NFL schedule for this week.

MORE: Watch Chiefs vs. Chargers live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

What time is the NFL game tonight?

  • Date: Thursday, Dec. 16
  • Time: 8:20 p.m. ET

The Chargers vs. Chiefs game will kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET in Week 15. All remaining “Thursday Night Football” games will begin at that time, as they have throughout the 2021 NFL season. Pregame coverage of the contest will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET on both NFL Network and Fox. NFL Network will also air “TNF First Look” on game day starting at 3 p.m. ET.

Streamers will be able to watch the game via Amazon Prime or by using fuboTV,  which comes with a seven-day free trial.

Meanwhile, viewers in Canada can watch the game on DAZN.

What channel is ‘Thursday Night Football’ on tonight?

Fox and NFL Network will continue to simulcast “Thursday Night Football” as they have for most of the 2021 NFL season. The program was only available on NFL Network early in the season but has been a simulcast over the last two-plus months. Each network will feature the Joe Buck and Troy Aikman broadcast and viewers will be able to stream the game using Amazon Prime.

Most United States cable providers carry the NFL Network. It also is available via satellite provider DirecTV (channels 212 and 1212) and IPTV providers Verizon FiOS (channels 88 and 588) and Google Fiber (channel 2019).

NFL live stream for Thursday night game

Streamers will be able to view “Thursday Night Football” for free with a cable subscription by using either the NFL App or the Yahoo! Sports App. You must enter cable/satellite subscription credentials to access it.

Meanwhile, cord-cutters will have plenty of options to watch Chiefs vs. Chargers. They are as follows.

Streaming option Cable subscription needed? Free? Cost Free trial?
NFL App No Yes
Yahoo! Sports App No Yes
DirecTV Stream No No $69.99/month No
fuboTV No No $60/month Yes
Hulu Plus Live TV No No $55/month Yes
Sling TV No No $35/month No
YouTube TV No No $65/month Yes

NFL schedule Week 15

The Chargers vs. Chiefs game will be the first of the NFL’s 16 games in Week 14. The two teams are jockeying for position atop the crowded AFC West, but the Chiefs currently hold the advantage. If they’re able to win, they will set themselves up to win the division title for the sixth consecutive year under Andy Reid.

The two other prime-time games in Week 15 will also be divisional matchups, though they’re a bit less important. The Buccaneers have a commanding lead over the Saints in the NFC South, and they will have a chance to secure a division title with a “Sunday Night Football” win. Tom Brady still hasn’t beaten the Saints in three regular-season tries with the Bucs, so that adds importance to this matchup.

“Monday Night Football” will feature the Bears and the Vikings. The Vikings are fighting for a playoff spot and both coaches — Minnesota’s Mike Zimmer and Chicago’s Matt Nagy — are fighting for their jobs as the season comes to a close. So, from that standpoint, this game could prove critical.

One of the more amusing matchups on the docket is the Cardinals traveling to Detroit to take on the Lions. The Cardinals are arguably the best team in the league while the Lions may be the worst. That said, Dan Campbell’s bunch has played hard when healthy, so perhaps the Lions can keep this close early to make it interesting.

Below is the full schedule for Week 15 of the 2021 NFL season.

Week 15

Game Kickoff time TV channel
Chiefs at Chargers 8:20 p.m. ET Fox/NFLN/Amazon
Game Kickoff time TV channel
Raiders at Browns 4:30 p.m. ET NFLN/Amazon
Patriots at Colts 8:15 p.m. ET NFLN/Amazon
Game Kickoff time TV channel
Panthers at Bills 1 p.m. ET Fox
Jets at Dolphins 1 p.m. ET CBS
Washington Football Team at Eagles 1 p.m. ET Fox
Cowboys at Giants 1 p.m. ET Fox
Texans at Jaguars 1 p.m. ET CBS
Titans at Steelers 1 p.m. ET CBS
Packers at Ravens 1 p.m. ET Fox
Cardinals at Lions 1 p.m. ET Fox
Bengals at Broncos 4:05 p.m. ET CBS
Falcons at 49ers 4:05 p.m. ET CBS
Seahawks at Rams 4:25 p.m. ET Fox
Saints at Buccaneers 8:20 p.m. ET NBC
Game Kickoff time TV channel
Vikings at Bears 8:15 p.m. ET ESPN

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