The final regular-season matchup of “Monday Night Football” is upon us, and to nobody’s surprise, it’s a divisional clash. Two teams from the AFC North are going to battle in a game that will serve as a virtual elimination game in the AFC playoff race.

The Browns are traveling to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers. Both teams have seven wins and the loser of this game will have to start planning for next season. Each has struggled with injuries that have impacted their performance, and quarterback play has been an issue as well.

Ben Roethlisberger has been a nightmare for the Steelers. He has continued to decline and has shown little to no zip on his passes while operating as a statuesque pocket passer. Baker Mayfield hasn’t been all that much better, as he is coming off a four-interception game and has struggled which dealing with a laundry list of injuries.

As a result, you can expect this game to be a defensive battle. And the team that makes fewer mistakes will almost certainly win. This game is as much a toss-up as any recent “MNF” game, so it should at least be entertaining even if it is an ugly offensive display.

Here is everything to know about ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” game for Week 17, including the kickoff time and more.

MORE: Watch Steelers vs. Browns live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

Who plays on ‘Monday Night Football’ tonight?

  • Matchup: Browns at Steelers
  • Location: Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa.

The Steelers (7-7-1) are hosting the Browns (7-8) in what will effectively amount to an elimination game in the AFC North and AFC Wild Card battles. Both Pittsburgh and Cleveland need to win and get help to make the playoffs, so the loser will have an eye on 2022 after this contest.

Pittsburgh is coming off a brutal loss against the Chiefs during which they were crushed. The Chiefs won 36-10 and the Steelers’ punchless offense failed to score a first-half touchdown for the fifth consecutive game.

Will the Steelers be better against the Browns? They beat Cleveland 15-10 earlier in the season, so if their defense shows up, they will have a chance to do that. However, Pittsburgh’s offense is playing badly enough that it is tough to trust them in this spot.

As for the Browns, they are coming off back-to-back two-point losses to the Raiders and Packers. They needed to stop a Raiders field goal late in Week 15 but weren’t able to do so. In Week 16, they needed a field goal of their own, but Baker Mayfield threw his fourth interception of the game on Cleveland’s final drive to seal a defeat.

The Browns will need to run the ball and Mayfield will need to avoid mistakes if they want a chance to win this battle. The Browns are getting healthier after being decimated by COVID ahead of Week 15, so perhaps that will benefit them and allow them to stay in the playoff race for at least one more week.

What time is the NFL game tonight?

  • Date: Monday, Jan. 3
  • Time: 8:15 p.m. ET

“Monday Night Football” will kick off at 8:15 p.m. ET. Every Monday night game in 2021 is scheduled to start at that time.

What channel is ‘Monday Night Football’ on tonight?

  • TV channel: ESPN
  • Live stream: Watch ESPN | ESPN App | fuboTV

“Monday Night Football” will be broadcast on ESPN in Week 17. Steve Levy (play-by-play), Brian Griese (analyst), Louis Riddick (analyst) and Lisa Salters (sideline reporter) will comprise the broadcast team.

Streamers will be able to watch this contest by using fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial.

Meanwhile, viewers in Canada can watch the game on DAZN free with a 30-day trial.

NFL live stream for ‘Monday Night Football’

Because “Monday Night Football” is aired on ESPN, it will be available to stream live on all of the team’s digital platforms (ESPN.com, ESPN App, etc.). This will be the easiest way for viewers with cable or satellite to view the game.

Cord-cutters also have plenty of options with which they can stream “Monday Night Football” during the 2021 NFL season.

Streaming optionCable subscription needed?Free?CostFree trial?
ESPN.com/ESPN AppYesYes
NFL AppNoYes
Yahoo! Sports AppNoYes
fuboTVNoNo$60/monthYes
DirecTV StreamNoNo$55/monthYes
Hulu Plus Live TVNoNo$55/monthYes
Sling TVNoNo$35/monthNo
YouTube TVNoNo$65/monthYes

Cleveland Browns schedule 2021

WeekDateOpponentKickoff timeTV
1Sept. 12at Chiefs4:25 p.m. ETCBS
2Sept. 19vs. Texans1 p.m. ETCBS
3Sept. 26vs. Bears1 p.m. ETFox
4Oct. 3at Vikings1 p.m. ETCBS
5Oct. 10at Chargers4:05 p.m. ETCBS
6Oct. 17vs. Cardinals4:05 p.m. ETFox
7Oct. 21vs. Broncos8:20 p.m. ETFox, NFL Network, Amazon Prime Video
8Oct. 31vs. Steelers1 p.m. ETCBS
9Nov. 7at Bengals1 p.m. ETCBS
10Nov. 14at Patriots1 p.m. ETCBS
11Nov. 21vs. Lions1 p.m. ETFox
12Nov. 28at Ravens8:20 p.m. ETNBC
13Dec. 5BYE————————
14Dec. 12vs. Ravens1 p.m. ETCBS
15Dec. TBDvs. RaidersTBDTBD
16Dec. 25at Packers4:30 p.m. ETFox, NFL Network, Amazon Prime Video
17Jan. 3at Steelers8:15 p.m. ETESPN
18Jan. 9vs. Bengals1 p.m. ETCBS

Pittsburgh Steelers schedule 2021

WeekDateOpponentKickoff timeTV
1Sept. 12at Bills1 p.m. ETCBS
2Sept. 19vs. Raiders1 p.m. ETCBS
3Sept. 26vs. Bengals1 p.m. ETCBS
4Oct. 3at Packers4:25 p.m. ETCBS
5Oct. 10vs. Broncos1 p.m. ETFox
6Oct. 17vs. Seahawks8:20 p.m. ETNBC
7Oct. 24BYE———————
8Oct. 31at Browns1 p.m. ETCBS
9Nov. 8vs. Bears8:15 p.m. ETESPN
10Nov. 14vs. Lions1 p.m. ETFox
11Nov. 21at Chargers8:20 p.m. ETNBC
12Nov. 28at Benga1 p.m. ETCBS
13Dec. 5vs. Ravens4:25 p.m. ETCBS
14Dec. 9at Vikings8:20 p.m. ETFox, NFL Network, Amazon Prime Video
15Dec. 19vs. Titans1 p.m. ETCBS
16Dec. 26at Chiefs4:25 p.m. ETCBS
17Jan. 3vs. Browns8:15 p.m. ETESPN
18Jan. 9at Ravens1 p.m. ETCBS

Monday Night Football schedule 2021

There will be 17 “Monday Night Football” games in 2021 even though there is no doubleheader. That’s because the season has extended to 17 games over 18 weeks. There will be no “Monday Night Football” during Week 18; all games will be played on Sunday.

WeekDateMatchup
Week 1Sept. 13Las Vegas Raiders vs. Baltimore Ravens
Week 2Sept. 20Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions
Week 3Sept. 27Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Week 4Oct. 4Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders
Week 5Oct. 11Baltimore Ravens vs. Indianapolis Colts
Week 6Oct. 18Tennessee Titans vs. Buffalo Bills
Week 7Oct. 25Seattle Seahawks vs. New Orleans Saints
Week 8Nov. 1Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Giants
Week 9Nov. 8Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Chicago Bears
Week 10Nov. 15San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams
Week 11Nov. 22Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New York Giants
Week 12Nov. 29Washington Football Team vs. Seattle Seahawks
Week 13Dec. 6Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots
Week 14Dec. 13Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Rams
Week 15Dec. 20Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings
Week 16Dec. 27New Orleans Saints vs. Miami Dolphins
Week 17Jan. 3Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns