What channel is 49ers vs. Lions on today? Time, TV schedule for Week 1 NFL game

Written By Jake Aferiat
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With the NFL season slated to get underway this week and every team starting with a clean slate, there may actually be a sense of optimism in and around Ford Field when the Lions open their season.

Detroit acquired two-time Pro-Bowl quarterback Jared Goff from the Rams in exchange for Matthew Stafford and some draft picks in what was one of the biggest trades of the offseason over the summer.

Goff, coupled with new coach Dan Campbell, could infuse some much needed life into the league's only franchise to never appear in the Super Bowl and one which has only won one playoff game since 1992.

The team also hasn't finished over .500 since 2017 when they went 9-7.

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Despite all of their recent woes, however, they face a 49ers team which has only won one Week 1 game under current coach Kyle Shanahan and one wherein questions remain at quarterback as Shanahan chooses between the expensive and oft-injured Jimmy Garoppolo or newcomer and this year's third-overall pick Trey Lance.

Still, it's unlikely that whatever perceived instability at quarterback the 49ers face will really make them liable for an upset as they're anchored on defense by three-time Pro-Bowler and former Defensive Rookie of the Year Joey Bosa and on offense by young receivers like Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel as well as All-Pro tight end George Kittle.

However, it could make for at least an interesting or compelling game on behalf of the Lions.

Here's everything you need to know to watch the 49ers vs. Lions game on Sunday, including kickoff time, TV channels and a full Week 1 NFL schedule.

What channel is 49ers vs. Lions on today?

  • TV channel (national): Fox
  • TV channel (San Francisco): KTVU
  • TV channel (Detroit): WJBK
  • Live stream: Fox Sports app, fuboTV

The matchup between the two teams will air on Fox nationally and locally and can also be streamed with the Fox Sports app or on fuboTV.

Kevin Kugler will man play-by-play duties for the game while former USC standout and former Jets starter Mark Sanchez will join him in the booth as an analyst. The game will be Sanchez's first regular season game in the booth as an analyst after being added to the rotation in July.

In Canada, viewers can watch 49ers vs. Lions on DAZN, which has rights to every NFL game.

49ers vs. Lions start time

  • Date: Sunday, Sept. 12
  • Kickoff: 1 p.m. ET | 10 a.m. PT

49ers vs. Lions is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET. The game will be played at Ford Field in Detroit.

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NFL schedule Week 1

Thursday, Sept. 9

Game Time (ET) TV channel
Cowboys at Buccaneers 8:20 p.m. NBC, fuboTV

Sunday, Sept. 12 

Game Time (ET) TV channel
Jaguars at Texans 1 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Chargers at Washington 1 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Jets at Panthers 1 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Seahawks at Colts 1 p.m. Fox, fuboTV
49ers at Lions 1 p.m. Fox, fuboTV
Vikings at Bengals 1 p.m. Fox, fuboTV
Cardinals at Titans 1 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Steelers at Bills 1 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Eagles at Falcons 1 p.m. Fox, fuboTV
Packers at Saints 4:25 p.m. Fox, fuboTV
Broncos at Giants 4:25 p.m. Fox, fuboTV
Dolphins at Patriots 4:25 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Browns at Chiefs 4:25 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Bears at Rams 8:20 p.m. NBC, fuboTV

Monday, Sept. 13

Game Time (ET) TV channel
Ravens at Raiders 8:15 p.m. ESPN, fuboTV

49ers schedule 2021

Week Date Opponent Kickoff time (ET) TV
1 Sept. 12 @ Lions 1 p.m. Fox
2 Sept. 19 @ Eagles 1 p.m. Fox
3 Sept. 26 vs. Packers 8:20 p.m. NBC
4 Oct. 3 vs. Seahwaks 4:05 p.m. NBC
5 Oct. 10 @ Cardinals 4:05 p.m. Fox
6 BYE - - -
7 Oct. 24 vs. Colts 8:20 p.m. NBC
8 Oct. 31 @ Bears 1 p.m. Fox
9 Nov. 7 vs. Cardinals 4:25 p.m. Fox
10 Nov. 15 vs. Rams 8:15 p.m. ESPN
11 Nov. 21 @ Jaguars 1 p.m.  Fox
12 Nov. 28  vs. Vikings 4:25 p.m. Fox
13 Dec. 5 @ Seahawks 8:20 p.m. NBC
14 Dec. 12 @ Bengals  1 p.m. CBS
15 Dec. 19 vs. Falcons 4:05 p.m. CBS
16 Dec. 23 @ Titans 8:20 p.m. NFL Network
17 Jan. 2 vs. Texans 4:05 p.m. CBS
18 Jan. 9 @ Rams 4:25 p.m. Fox

Lions schedule 2021

Week Date Opponent Kickoff Time (ET) TV
1 Sept. 12 vs. 49ers 1 p.m. Fox
2 Sept. 20 @ Packers 8:15 p.m. ESPN
3 Sept. 26 vs. Ravens 1 p.m. CBS
4 Oct. 3 @ Bears 1 p.m. Fox
5 Oct. 10 @ Vikings 1 p.m. Fox
6 Oct. 17 vs. Bengals 1 p.m. Fox
7 Oct. 24 @ Rams 4:05 p.m. Fox
8 Oct. 31 vs. Eagles 1 p.m. Fox
9 BYE - - -
10 Nov. 14 @ Steelers 1 p.m. Fox
11 Nov. 21 @ Browns 1 p.m. Fox
12 Nov. 25 vs. Bears 12:30 p.m. Fox
13 Dec. 5 vs. Vikings 1 p.m. CBS
14 Dec. 12 @ Broncos 4:05 p.m. Fox
15 Dec. 19 vs. Cardinals 1 p.m. Fox
16 Dec. 26 @ Falcons 1 p.m. Fox
17 Jan. 2 @ Seahawks 4:25 p.m. Fox
18 Jan. 9 vs. Packers 1 p.m. Fox

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