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What channel is 49ers vs. Rams on today? Schedule, time for 'Sunday Night Football' game in Week 6

Sporting News — (Thomas Schlarp)

The 4-1 Rams head to San Francisco looking to hold pace with Seattle for the NFC-West lead. The injury-bitten 49ers' season is quickly spiraling downward, but anything can happen in a divisional rivalry.

Los Angeles hits the road for the second straight week after a blowout win of Washington in Week 5. Despite the Ram's four wins this season, their record could be deceiving given that all of them have come against teams from the struggling NFC East. There's no question the Rams can get to the quarterback, as the team is tied for the NFL lead with 20 sacks, led my Aaron Donald's league-high 7.5 sacks. Conversely, their run defense has struggled. The Rams defense has given up at least 100 yards rushing in three games this season and sits 28th in rushing defense DVOA, which takes into account strength of opponent.

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The 49ers (2-3) had a nightmare Week 5 in which nothing went right during a 43-17 loss to Miami. Jimmy Garoppolo returned from injury, but was benched midway through the game and was replaced by C.J. Beathard. On the positive front, starting running back Raheem Mostert returned to action and averaged 8.2 yards a carry against the Dolphins. He could be in for another big day against the Rams run defense if the 49ers elect to be conservative with Garoppolo.

Below is everything to know about this week's "Sunday Night Football" game between the 49ers vs. Rams in Week 6.

What channel is 49ers vs. Rams on today?

  • Game: San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams
  • Date: Sunday, Oct. 18
  • TV channel: NBC
  • Live stream: fuboTV | DAZN (in Canada)

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.

The usual gang of Al Michaels as play-by-play and Cris Collinsworth as the color commentator are back in the booth with Michele Tafoya working the sidelines.

Below are the top TV markets in the United States and the NBC affiliate/TV channel for each.

MarketNBC TV channel (digital)
New York4 (36)
Los Angeles4 (36)
Chicago5 (29)
Philadelphia10 (34)
Dallas-Fort Worth5 (24)
San Francisco/Bay Area11 (12)
Washington, D.C.4 (48)
Houston2 (35)
Boston15 (43)
Atlanta11 (10)
Phoenix12 (12)
Tampa/St. Petersburg8 (7)
Seattle5 (48)
Detroit4 (45)
Minneapolis-St. Paul11 (11)
Miami6 (31)
Denver9 (9)
Orlando2 (11)
Cleveland3 (17)
Sacramento3 (35)
Charlotte36 (22)
Portland8 (8)
St. Louis5 (35)
Pittsburgh11 (23)
Baltimore11 (11)
Raleigh-Durham5 (48)
Nashville4 (10)
San Diego39 (40)
Salt Lake City5 (38)
San Antonio3 (16)
Kansas City41 (36)
Columbus4 (14)
Milwaukee4 (28)
Cincinnati5 (35)
Las Vegas3 (22)
Jacksonville12 (13)
Oklahoma City4 (27)
New Orleans6 (43)
Memphis5 (5)
Buffalo2 (33)

In Canada the game is live streamed on DAZN and is also on TSN and CTV2.

What time is the 49ers vs. Rams game on?

  • Date: Sunday, Oct. 18
  • Kickoff time: 8:20 p.m. ET

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 teams featured in the time slot can be altered beginning in Week 5.

The NFL has a flex scheduling procedure that allows for "quality matchups on Sunday night in those weeks and gave 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

NFL live stream for 49ers vs. Rams

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.

Streaming optionCable subscription needed?Free?CostFree trial?
NBC SportsYesYes--
NFL AppNoYes--
Yahoo! Sports AppNoYes--
fuboTVNoNo$60/monthYes
AT&T TV NowNoNo$55/monthYes
Hulu Plus Live TVNoNo$55/monthYes
Sling TVNoNo$30/monthYes
YouTube TVNoNo$65/monthYes

In Canada, the game is available on DAZN, which live streams every NFL game.

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