NFL London: Vikings v Saints - when is the game, are tickets available and how to watch on TV and streaming

American football returns to London as the Minnesota Vikings take on the New Orleans Saints

American Football returns to London as the National Football League brings the Minnesota Vikings and the New Orleans Saints to the capital, as part of its NFL London series of international games

The NFL decided to expand its regular season to 17 games in 2021 and that up to four of the teams from the conference whose teams were eligible for a ninth regular-season home game would instead be designated to play a neutral-site international game each year.

This year, games will be played in London (Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Wembley Stadium), Mexico City, Mexico and Munich, Germany.

This year’s teams that qualified for the international games in London are the Minnesota Vikings, the New Orleans Saints, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Denver Broncos, the Green Bay Packers and the New York Giants.

Who are the teams playing?

The Minnesota Vikings and the New Orleans Saints both play in the National Football Conference (NFC), with the NFL split into two different conferences - the NFC and the AFC (American Football Conference).

The splits are due to both conferences at one stage being different American Football leagues, until their merger in 1970.

Minnesota Vikings

Camryn Bynum #24 and Eric Kendricks #54 of the Minnesota Vikings break up a pass
Camryn Bynum #24 and Eric Kendricks #54 of the Minnesota Vikings break up a pass
Camryn Bynum #24 and Eric Kendricks #54 of the Minnesota Vikings break up a pass

Taking their name to reflect the Scandinavian American culture of Minnesota, the Vikings were formed in 1960 as part of a league expansion and began playing in the NFL in the 1961 season.

Despite having an all-time overall record of 524 wins, 451 losses and 11 draws, the Vikings have never won a Super Bowl in their history and hold the NFL record for most playoff losses in history with 30.

Three time NFL MVP and NFL Hall of Famer Brett Favre played his final season with the Minnesota Vikings, before retiring from the game in 2011.

New Orleans Saints

Jameis Winston #2 of the New Orleans Saints talks with Michael Thomas #13
Jameis Winston #2 of the New Orleans Saints talks with Michael Thomas #13
Jameis Winston #2 of the New Orleans Saints talks with Michael Thomas #13

Formed in 1975, after the AFC-NFL merger, the New Orleans Saints were among the NFL’s least successful franchises in their first several decades.

However at the turn of the millennium, bolstered by strong postseason performances, the Saints reached the pinnacle of American Football, winning the NFC Conference Championship and then Super Bowl XLIV both in 2009.

Interestingly, the Saints have a strong rivalry with their NFL London opponents, the Minnesota Vikings, dating back to 1988 and due to the regular match-ups during the NFL playoffs.

When are the Minnesota Vikings v New Orleans Saints playing?

The Minnesota Vikings will play the New Orleans Saints at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London on October 2, 2:30pm BST (9.30am ET)

Where can I get tickets to see the Minnesota Vikings v New Orleans Saints?

Unfortunately, all ticketing to see the Minnesota Vikings taking on the New Orleans Saints have sold out, according to the NFL United Kingdom website.

How can I watch Minnesota Vikings v New Orleans Saints on TV?

Though no official broadcast announcement has been made, Sky Sports currently hold the broadcasting rights to live NFL coverage in the United Kingdom.

Many of the games have been screened on either Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Arena or the broadcaster’s dedicated channel, Sky Sports NFL.

The NFL also have a subscription service, the NFL Game Pass, which allows viewers to live stream games and extended highlights with three different subscription options:

  • Free - game previews, five minute game highlights, NFL Network Live 24/7, Content Downloads, No Spoiler Mode
  • Essential (£42.99 per year) - NFL RedZone Live, NFL Network Live 24/7, on-demand highlights, NFL Originals and programming
  • Pro (£150.99 per year) - All 270+ games live, NFL RedZone Live, all highlight options, NFL Network 24/7 (some games in the UK are subject to blackout)

To learn more about NFL Game Pass, or to sign up, you can visit the NFL’s dedicated website.

Are there any other NFL London games scheduled for 2022?

There are two other games that will take place in London in October; the New York Giants v the Green Bay Packers will play at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium while the Denver Broncos will play the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium.

How to sign up to Sky Sports and Now TV

Sky Sports is available with a Sky TV package:

  • Those who already have a Sky subscription can add Sky Sports for an extra £25 per month.
  • Those Sky customers who only wish to watch Football coverage can sign up to the “2-for-1” offer, getting Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Football for £18 per month.
  • Those new to Sky can sign up and get Sky Sports alongside Sky’s entertainment package for £44 per month (18 month contract, £20 set up fee)

To learn more about how to add Sky Sport to existing packages, or to create a new package with the provider, you can visit the dedicated Sky Sports page.

For those that hate being tied down to contracts, NOW TV offer two sports passes on their flagship stream service:

  • NOW TV Daily pass - £11.99 (per 24 hour)
  • NOW TV Monthly pass - £25 (per month)

For more details on how to get NOW TV, or to purchase a no-contract pass to watch the Premier League, you can visit NOW TV’s website for more details.

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