XFINITY's #5ToFollow: Monday, December 23

Jamie McDonald

Vance McCullough, the voice of @XFINITYSports, delivers his analysis of the five key games to watch online, paired with five Twitter follows to give you insider information on the matchup. Have a matchup that you’d like Vance to feature? Tweet @XFINITYSports with the hashtag #5ToFollow.

1. Ohio vs. East Carolina

Details: Monday, December 23 @ 2:00 PM ET - Tropicana Field - Saint Petersburg, FL

Watch Here: ESPN on XFINITY

Why Watch: Who doesn’t like football on a Monday afternoon? The Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl is going to feed your football appetite as the Bobcats and Pirates compete for the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl Trophy. Get ready for the ECU offense, it’s averaging 40.4 ppg and their junior QB, Shane Carden, threw three or more TDs in seven games this season. The Bobcats had to fight to get to bowl season and will play like they belong. They’ll look to control Carden with a pair of cornerbacks that can disrupt any passing game, Devine Bass and Travis Carrie. A strong secondary against a strong-armed QB, this is what you’ll be streaming when the #BeefsBowl begins!

#5ToFollow Insider: Bryan Vance - @BryanMVance

He’s a MACtion expert and Managing Editor of SB Nation’s Hustle Belt. He’s picked ECU, he’s live tweeting the Bowl game, that’s enough for me!

Follow: @BryanMVance

2. Arsenal vs. Chelsea

Details: Monday, December 23 @ 3:00 PM ET - Emirates Stadium - London, England, U.K.

Watch Here: NBCSN on XFINITY

Why Watch: 12 days of the Premier League carries on, but this match is quite the catch. Two teams in the top 5 of the table square off in a Monday match that could reorder the Premier League just before the Christmas holiday. If the Gunners get a big game from Mesut Ozil (leads the EPL with 7 assists) they usually win, but Chelsea will try to neutralize the midfielder. Can Aaron Ramsey lead Arsenal back to the top? It’s Ramsey vs. Ozil as the #BPLonNBC gets a classic clash of the Blues and Reds Monday afternoon.

#5ToFollow Insider: Mike Prindiville – @mprindi

A Premier League specialist over at NBC Sports Pro Soccer Talk, Prindiville, knows his way around the #EPL. He’s written that he expects a clean sheet win for Chelsea, so stream the game and follow Prindi for the matinee.

Follow: @mprindi

3. Minnesota Wild vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Details: Monday, December 23 @ 7:30 PM ET - Wells Fargo Center - Philadelphia, PA

Watch Here: NBCSN on XFINITY

Why Watch: The Flyers are out for revenge when they welcome the Wild to The Wells for a Monday night match. The Wild bested Philly in Minnesota with a 2-0 win, but Monday they play on Broad Street. The goalie that shutout the Flyers (Josh Harding) is not in the goal, and the Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds can’t miss lately (3 goals and one assist in his past three). The Wild have a losing road record and the Flyers are looking to continue to climb in the Eastern standings. Make sure you’ve got the #NHLonNBC on your second-screen Monday night.

#5ToFollow Insider: Tim Panaccio - @tpanotchCSN

Panaccio is CSN’s Flyers insider. For an insider’s look at Monday night’s game on the ice, follow Timmy P.

Follow: @tpanotchCSN

4. Atlanta Falcons vs. San Francisco 49ers

Details: Monday, December 23 @ 8:30 PM ET - Aloha Stadium - Candlestick Park - San Francisco, CA

Watch Here: ESPN on XFINITY

Why Watch: The San Francisco 49ers hope to close out Candlestick Park with a big victory on #MNF, but the Falcons have flown west to spoil the team’s farewell party. The Niners’ quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, will have a full arsenal of weapons with 1,000-yard rusher Frank Gore, and a trio of receivers (Davis, Boldin, Crabtree) who are all healthy for the first time all season. The Falcons have fought through injuries all season and have ridden the arm of Matt Ryan, and breakout star wide receiver, Harry Douglas (career high 963 receiving yards). Can the Dirty Birds get a road win in the Candlestick finale or will the 49ers take care of business, one last time at home?

#5ToFollow Insider: Jay Adams - @FalconsJAdams

Jay Adams is the Falcons Digital Content Manager and is a great gameday follow. If you’re looking to follow the social media voice of an NFL team, look no further than @FalconsJAdams!

Follow: @FalconsJAdams

5. Boise State vs. Oregon State

Details: Tuesday, December 24 @ 8:00 PM ET - Aloha Stadium - Honolulu, HI

Watch Here: ESPN on XFINITY

Why Watch: Boise State has a new head coach trying to continue a winning postseason tradition, as the Broncos look to win a fifth straight bowl win Tuesday night against the Oregon State Beavers. These two teams know how to get it done on offense, but do so in different ways. The OSU Beavers aerial attack is one of the best in the country, as Brandin Cooks (1,670 receiving yards and 2013 Biletnikoff winner) and Sean Mannion look to continue their award winning connection. The Broncos will look to control the clock on the legs of Jay Ajayi (1,328 rushing yards, 17 TDs). Will the power or the pass win the #HawaiiBowl? Make sure to stream Tuesday night’s sole bowl game!

#5ToFollow Insider: Tim Euhus - @EuhusBeavers

Comcast Sports NW’s Oregon State insider, Tim Euhus, is anticipating a lot of points in the Hawaii Bowl. Follow Euhus during OSU’s luau with Boise Tuesday night.

Follow: @EuhusBeavers

For more behind the scenes insights from the biggest sporting events and inside information on sports & social media, make sure to follow Vance McCullough, the XFINITY Sports Guy, @XFINITYSports.

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