The must-win Week 17 game for the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Seattle Seahawks will not be available on over-the-air TV for about half of the country.
The game, which will be broadcast on FOX, will be carried in Pittsburgh by WPGH-TV Channel 53. Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma and Shannon Spake will have the call of the game. It will be available throughout Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio, Western New York and West Virginia, but many fans around the country will largely be left out.
Fans in the NFL markets of Atlanta, Baltimore, Buffalo, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Miami, Minneapolis and Seattle will be able to get the game through their local FOX affiliate.
Fans in California, all of the Southwest, Texas, the Deep South, Missouri, Iowa, Tennessee, Virginia and in Philadelphia and most of New York will be left out.
Here is the full Week 17 Steelers TV coverage map from 506 Sports:
The Steelers and Seahawks have a 4:05 p.m. kickoff, and will be the only game shown in areas that FOX picks the late game as part of its single-header coverage.
CBS has a doubleheader this weekend. In Pittsburgh, KDKA-TV Channel 2 will carry the Miami Dolphins at the Baltimore Ravens at 1 p.m. and the Cincinnati Bengals at the Kansas City Chiefs opposite the Steelers at 4:25 p.m.
After a week full of national broadcasts surround the Christmas holiday, it is a more traditional schedule for Week 17.
Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video will feature the New York Jets at the Cleveland Browns, with an 8:15 p.m. kickoff from the shore of Lake Erie.
The second national window comes on Saturday night at 8:15 p.m, when ABC and ESPN will broadcast the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions, instead of the usual Monday night slot.
Sunday Night Football on WPXI-TV Channel 11 will feature the Green Bay Packers at the Minnesota Vikings.