Christmas Day game set between Saints, Vikings
The NFL is returning to Christmas Day. Per Jeff Duncan of The Athletic, the New Orleans Saints will host the Minnesota Vikings at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Dec. 25. The inclusion of a game on Christmas Day will likely rival the NBA’s traditional dominance of the day in the sports lexicon, with the holiday falling on a Friday this year.
Whether or not the NFL will have additional games played on Christmas remains up in the air, as the official schedule release does not happen until Thursday evening. It does mark the first time that there will be NFL games on Christmas Day since 2017, when the Steelers played the Texans and the Raiders played the Eagles.
The showdown between New Orleans and Minnesota will reinvigorate fan bases of each team coming off the heels of a dramatic 26-20 Vikings overtime postseason victory back in January. The two teams have made some playoff history with one another, with the infamous “Minneapolis Miracle” also coming at the hands of the Saints in 2018.
New Orleans’ schedule has been slowly trickling down as Thursday progresses, with news first breaking that the team would open the season against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Additionally, Duncan reports that the Saints will make their first Monday Night Football appearance in Week 2 when they travel to Las Vegas for the first time to take on the Raiders.
The Christmas Day collision appears in line to be a significant matchup, with both teams primed to make playoff pushes in the NFC again in 2020.