The NFL is playing 3 games for the first time this Christmas – Twin Cities

The NFL will capitalize on Christmas Day, which falls on a Sunday.

The league will have three games for the first time on December 25: two in the afternoon on CBS and Fox, followed by a prime-time contest on NBC. NFL Vice President of Broadcasting Mike North revealed the tripleheader in a podcast hosted by Buffalo Bills WGR radio host and sideline reporter Sal Capaccio.

“Christmas, when it falls on an NFL game day, we had a lot of success there, with all due respect to our friends in the NBA. It’s something our friends are interested in,” North said. “If Christmas falls on a Sunday, that makes perfect sense.”

It’s the third year in a row that the league has played at Christmas. Last year, Green Bay’s 24-22 win over Cleveland averaged 28.6 million viewers on Fox, making it the third-most watched game of the 2021 regular season. Indianapolis, Arizona’s 22-16 win averaged 12.6 million on the NFL Network, the second-biggest game in network history.

In week 16, the league will have its regular Thursday night game on December 22nd. Eleven games will be played on December 24, including a night game on the NFL Network. After the Christmas triple header, the week ends with a Monday night contest on December 26th.

24 NFL games were played on Christmas Day, including two postseason contests in 1971. The most famous game on December 25 remains Miami’s 27-24 win over Kansas City in double overtime in the AFC divisional round.

The trio of NFL games will put it in direct competition with the NBA, which had the day to itself for much of the day. The NBA has played five games on December 25 for the past 14 seasons.

North added that the NFL will play at least two Christmas games on December 25 if the holiday falls on a Monday.

This year’s Christmas Games will be announced the week of May 9th. The league announced Thursday that the full schedule will be released on May 12. However, the first “Thursday Night Football” game on Prime Video will be revealed during the first round of the NFL draft on April 28 and the international games on May 4.

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