Who is playing Thursday Night Football tonight, how to watch live

The 49ers don't play until Sunday, but there's a good chance you'll watch the Chiefs and Lions to open up the regular season.
Kansas City Chiefs v Detroit Lions
Kansas City Chiefs v Detroit Lions / Gregory Shamus/GettyImages

8:20 p.m. ET. 50. 0-0. . Lions Chiefs. 124. 0-0. NBC. Thursday, Sept. 7

Week 1 of the 2023 NFL season begins tonight with a Thursday Night Football bash between the Chiefs and Lions. Here's how you can tune in.

San Francisco 49ers fans are probably still relishing the news that All-Pro edge Nick Bosa has finally ended his holdout by signing the biggest contract ever for a defensive player, one that'll pay him up to $170 million over the five years tacked onto his current deal.

That means the Niners will have their top defender available for their Week 1 game on Sunday, Sept. 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Meanwhile, the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs open up their 2023 campaign tonight, Sept. 7 against the visiting Detroit Lions on Thursday Night Football from Arrowhead Stadium.

Unlike San Francisco now, KC probably wishes it had its star defensive lineman, Chris Jones, back from his own holdout while he awaits a new contract.

49ers fans won't feel bad for Kansas City. But they'll probably watch the Thursday night showdown anyway.

Here's how you can tune into the Amazon Prime broadcast.

Who is playing Thursday Night Football in Week 1?

The Chiefs will play hosts to the visiting Lions.

What time does Thursday Night Football begin?

Kickoff is at 8:20 p.m. ET on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023.

What channel is Thursday Night Football on?

NBC will nationally broadcast the game on television. Mike Tirico will handle play-by-play duties with Cris Collinsworth doing color commentary. Melissa Stark wil be on the sidelines.

In the following weeks, Amazon Prime will be the lone way for fans to watch Thursday Night Football games, as the NBC broadcast is specific to the 2023 regular-season opener.

Related story: What is the 49ers' regular-season schedule for 2023?

Amazon Prime will start Thursday night broadcasts on Sept. 14.

How to stream Thursday Night Football

There are a number of options for fans to stream Thursday night's game on preferred devices.

NBC holds the rights to Peacock's streaming service, while fuboTV offers a free seven-day trial for first-time users.

Starting Sept. 14, fans wishing to watch Thursday Night Football will need to have an Amazon Prime account, and further information on that streaming service can be found here.

Welcome back, fans.

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