How to watch Sunday Night Football

Kansas City Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes against Jacksonville Jaguars
Kansas City Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes against Jacksonville Jaguars (Image credit: David Eulitt/Getty Images)

NBC is the home for Sunday Night Football, which is often one of the biggest game of any given week in the NFL. The primetime broadcast is the nightcap after full days of football Sundays, with games that aired via NFL on Fox and NFL on CBS.

While we wait for the 2023 NFL season to start, it's never too early to make sure that you can watch all of the games, and to do that you need to know how to watch Sunday Night Football. Here is everything that you need for that and the schedule of games that will be playing in primetime this season.

How to watch Sunday Night Football

NBC is widely available to viewers across the US via their local NBC stations. If you subscribe to traditional cable, catching the game is simple, as NBC is included on all basic cable packages. You can also watch the games on the NBC Sports app or at when you provide your TV provider login.

NBC is also available on live TV streaming services like Fubo TV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV and YouTube TV. Each of these offers a mix of channel packages and services. We think Sling TV offers the best value for Sunday Night Football fans. You can watch Sunday Night Football on Sling TV Blue, which goes for $35 per month.

Streaming of the game is available through Peacock, which live-streams NBC's Sunday Night Football game every week (or in this case the network's playoff broadcasts). You'll need a Peacock Premium account to stream Sunday Night Football — either the ad-supported or ad-free version.

As a nationally televised game, Sunday Night Football is also going to be available to live stream on NFL Plus, but only through a mobile device.

NFL fans in the UK have the opportunity to watch Sunday Night Football games and other NBC NFL broadcasts via Sky Sports' NFL Channel, which is available through a Sky TV subscription.

If that's too late (or early) for you, NFL Game Pass is an option. The international version of this subscription service offers live broadcasts of games as well as the opportunity to watch the full broadcast on-demand or a condensed version of the broadcast that only features the plays. 

If NFL fans find themselves halfway around the world but eager to tune in to Sunday Night Football on their usual service, they can consider using a VPN. 

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Sunday Night Football schedule

Here is the schedule for Sunday Night Football's 2023 slate of games has not been revealed. In addition to weekly Sunday night games, NBC is also going to air two Thursday games this season: the NFL Kickoff in week 1 and a Thanksgiving Day primetime game in week 12.

  • Week 1: Detroit Lions vs Kansas City Chiefs (Thursday) & Dallas Cowboys vs New York Giants
  • Week 2: Miami Dolphins vs New England Patriots
  • Week 3: Pittsburgh Steelers vs Las Vegas Raiders
  • Week 4: Kansas City Chiefs vs New York Jets
  • Week 5: Dallas Cowboys vs San Francisco 49ers
  • Week 6: New York Giants vs Buffalo Bills
  • Week 7: Miami Dolphins vs Philadelphia Eagles
  • Week 8: Chicago Bears vs Los Angeles Chargers
  • Week 9: Buffalo Bills vs Cincinnati Bengals
  • Week 10: New York Jets vs Las Vegas Raiders
  • Week 11: Minnesota Vikings vs Denver Broncos
  • Week 12: San Francisco 49ers vs Seattle Seahawks (Thursday) & Baltimore Ravens vs Los Angeles Chargers
  • Week 13: Kansas City Chiefs vs Green Bay Packers
  • Week 14: Philadelphia Eagles vs Dallas Cowboys
  • Week 15: Baltimore Ravens vs Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Week 16: Cincinnati Bengals vs Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Week 17: Green Bay Packers vs Minnesota Vikings
  • Week 18: TBD

Some of these games could be fluid, as the NFL allows flex scheduling for Sunday Night Football to try and ensue good games are airing in primetime. Between weeks 5-10, up to two games can be flexed, while from weeks 11-17 it can be done for any game at the NFL's discretion.

Sunday Night Football commentators

There is a new lead voice in the Sunday Night Football booth, as Mike Tirico joins Cris Collinsworth on the call. Melissa Stark rounds out the crew as the sideline reporter.

Tirico and Stark are replacing long-time Sunday Night Football members Al Michaels (now calling Thursday Night Football on Prime Video) and Michele Tafoya.

NBC's Sunday Night Football coverage also consists of the Football Night in America pregame show, which features Maria Taylor as host and Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison, Jason Garrett, Chris Simms and Mike Florio as commentators.

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