Both of Week 6’s “Sunday Night Football” participants have already played on Sunday night during the 2020 season.
The Los Angeles Rams have a Sunday night win under their belt and will travel to San Francisco to play the 49ers, who are 0-1 on Sunday night in 2020. San Francisco (2-3) is coming off a 43-17 drubbing at the hands of the Miami Dolphins, so Sunday night will provide a chance for a bounce-back, marquee win. The Rams have now won back-to-back games against bad NFC East teams, the Giants and the Washington Football Team, to move to 4-1 on the season.
Jimmy Garoppolo was pulled during the 49ers’ loss to the Dolphins for C.J. Beathard, as Kyle Shanahan explained he thought Garoppolo was still dealing with the lingering effects of an ankle injury. If the 49ers want to keep up with a high-powered Rams offense led by Jared Goff, Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods, they’ll need Jimmy G to be healthy and effective.
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 2020 NFL season has already seen the 49ers play a prime-time game at Levi’s Stadium once before. On “Sunday Night Football” against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 4, the 49ers lost 25-20 with Nick Mullens playing quarterback.
The Rams hosted the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1 on “Sunday Night Football” and were winners, 20-13. L.A. will be hoping it can keep its SNF luck going while keeping the 49ers winless on Sunday night this season.
The 49ers will return to Sunday night action in Week 15 against the Cowboys, and will also play a Thursday and Monday night game still to come. The Rams are right back in prime time next week on “Monday Night Football” against the Chicago Bears.
What time is the NFL game tonight?
All “Sunday Night Football” games in 2020 have the same set start time of 8:20 p.m. ET. There are Sunday night games scheduled for every week of the season except Week 17, though the NFL has the ability to flex a game into a Week 17 SNF window.
While the start times for all “Sunday Night Football” games in 2020 will go unchanged, the matchups might be tweaked.
The NFL has a flex scheduling procedure that allows for “quality matchups on Sunday night in those weeks and give surprise teams a chance to play their way onto primetime.” Here are the key rules for flex scheduling:
— Begins Sunday of Week 5 and in effect during Weeks 5-17
— Up to two games may be flexed into Sunday night between Weeks 5-10
— Only Sunday afternoon games are subject to being moved into the Sunday night window
— The game that has been tentatively scheduled for Sunday night during flex weeks will be listed at 8:15 p.m. ET
— The announcement will come no later than 12 days prior to the game
What channel is “Sunday Night Football” on tonight?
All “Sunday Night Football” games in 2020 will broadcast live on NBC. The network’s TV rights deal with the NFL gives it all “Sunday Night Football” games as well as the annual Thursday night season-opener, and NBC is given a spot in the Super Bowl broadcast rotation.
NBC’s team of announcers features play-by-play man Al Michaels, analyst Cris Collinsworth and sideline reporter Michele Tafoya. However, Michaels this season will be given a few “bye weeks” because his age (75) puts him at a high risk for COVID-19. Veteran broadcaster Mike Tirico will take Michaels’ place on those weeks.
Below are the top TV markets in the United States and the NBC affiliate/TV channel for each.
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 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
Including the Thursday night NFL season-opener that was presented by NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” crew, there are 17 SNF games on the 2020 schedule.
Before flex scheduling impacts the matchups, here is the complete “Sunday Night Football” schedule for 2020.
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