Netflix lands 2024 Christmas NFL games, with Chiefs, Texans, Steelers, Ravens on slate

The perfect holiday gift for NFL fans in 2024 might be a Netflix subscription.

They'll need one to watch the pair of Christmas Day games – the Kansas City Chiefs will play the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens will take on the Houston Texans, Netflix announced – that the streaming giant will carry as it acquires more sports properties and live rights.

The first game, Chiefs-Steelers, kicks off at 1 p.m. ET, while the second game is scheduled for a 4:30 p.m. ET start.

The league and Netflix agreed to a three-year deal, and Netflix will stream at least one holiday game for the 2025 and 2026 seasons.

In addition to making a rare move by scheduling games in the middle of the week (Dec. 25 is a Wednesday), the league now gains another media partner as it has further leaned into streaming. Prime Video began exclusively streaming "Thursday Night Football" in 2022 and the game put one of its playoff games – the AFC wild card round between the Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins, which set streaming records – on Peacock.

Although Netflix is not part of the NFL's current media rights deal, the league technically created new inventory by scheduling the contests on a Wednesday. It is unknown how much Netflix paid for the Christmas Day rights.

It's likely all four teams involved in the Christmas Day slate will play on Saturday, Dec. 21, to mimic the four days off between games that occur between a Sunday contest and "Thursday Night Football."

Dec. 25 traditionally belonged to the NBA, which aired games in standalone windows the entire day. But the NFL has scheduled games for the past four years. Last year, three games averaged nearly 30 million viewers.

Detroit Lions fans dressed in Christmas attire react in the first half against the Denver Broncos at Ford Field.
Detroit Lions fans dressed in Christmas attire react in the first half against the Denver Broncos at Ford Field.

Netflix first broke through in sports programming with documentaries such as F1's "Drive to Survive" and the PGA Tour's "Full Swing." The streamer acquired the rights for the boxing fight between. Recently, Netflix partnered with the NFL and star quarterbacks for the documentary "Quarterback," which featured the Kansas City Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes and Kirk Cousins of the Atlanta Falcons (then with the Minnesota Vikings). "Receiver," a documentary that chronicles wideouts, followed five pass catchers – Davante Adams (Las Vegas Raiders), Justin Jefferson (Vikings), George Kittle (San Francisco 49ers), Deebo Samuel (49ers) and Amon-Ra St. Brown (Detroit Lions) – during the 2023 season.

“We couldn't be more excited to be the first professional sports league to partner with Netflix to bring live games to fans around the world," NFL executive vice president Hans Schroeder said in a release. “The NFL on Christmas has become a tradition and to partner with Netflix, a service whose biggest day of the year is typically this holiday, is the perfect combination to grow this event globally for NFL fans."

As far as live rights, Netflix has been largely untested. Netflix will carry the Jake Paul-Mike Tyson fight on July 20.

The Christmas games will be available on the participating teams’ local television markets and on U.S. mobile devices with NFL+.

The production and announcing crews are not yet known.

The full NFL schedule, including the matchups for the Christmas Day games, will be released at 8 p.m. ET.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 2024 NFL Christmas games on Netflix: Chiefs vs. Steelers leads slate