NFL announces Broncos-Rams on Christmas Day


The defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams will host the Denver Broncos on Christmas Day, the NFL announced Tuesday.

The Week 16 game airs on CBS and Nickelodeon at 4:30 p.m. ET. This will be the second game in a Christmas hat-trick announced by the NFL last month.

The game will pit Los Angeles against longtime rival Russell Wilson, who played 20 games against the Rams as quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks. Wilson was traded to Denver in a blockbuster deal in March.

This will be the third year in a row that the NFL will play over Christmas.

Last year, the Packers’ Christmas Day victory over the Browns averaged 28.6 million viewers on Fox, making it the third most-watched game of the 2021 regular season. the Cardinals averaged 12.6 million on NFL Network, the second most-watched game in network history.

For Week 16 of this upcoming season, the league will have its regular Thursday night game on December 22. Eleven games will take place on Saturday, December 24, including one night game on NFL Network. After the Christmas triple title, the week will end with a Monday night contest on December 26.

There have been 24 NFL games on Christmas Day, including two postseason games in 1971. The most famous game of December 25 remains Miami’s 27-24 victory over Kansas City in double overtime in the AFC Divisional Round that year.

The full regular season schedule will be released on Thursday, but the NFL has already announced several matchups, including a Week 2 Monday Night Football doubleheader and the league’s 2022 International Series games.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.


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