Thursday’s Thanksgiving Game Coverage Begins at 8 p.m. ET
Sunday’s Coverage Begins with Football Night In America at 7 p.m. ET
Thanksgiving Night Show Open Features Jimmy Fallon
NBC to Present 2nd Annual “Madden Thanksgiving Player of the Game” on Thursday Night
STAMFORD, Conn. – November 27, 2013 – On Thursday night, NBC will continue the network’s new holiday tradition with its second NFL primetime Thanksgiving game. Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-6) will travel to M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, M.D. to take on Joe Flacco and the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens (5-6) in an important AFC North matchup. Both clubs are tied among many teams for a final playoff spot.
Thursday’s game broadcast will begin with a Thanksgiving-themed musical feature starring Jimmy Fallon and The Roots. NBC will wrap up the night by presenting the second annual “Madden Thanksgiving Player-of-the-Game” award. Coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
NBC’s Thanksgiving weekend coverage continues on Sunday night when Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins host Eli Manning and the New York Giants, on Sunday Night Football. Coverage begins with Football Night in America at 7 p.m. ET on NBC.
Calling Steelers-Ravens and Giants-Redskins is seven-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his 28th season as the voice of the NFL’s premier primetime package; 14-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth, who has won the Emmy for Outstanding Event Analyst in each of his four seasons in the Sunday Night Football booth; and Emmy Award-winning sideline reporter Michele Tafoya.
NBC’s coverage of the Thanksgiving game and Sunday Night Football is led by Emmy Award-winning coordinating producer Fred Gaudelli and Emmy Award-winning director Drew Esocoff. Sunday Night Football has won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Sports Series for five consecutive years.
Football Night in America, the most-watched pre-game show in sports, is hosted by 25-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas, who will report from the stadium, and will be joined on-site by Michaels and Collinsworth.
On Thursday night, Costas will host a special Thanksgiving edition of Football Night In America from M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, M.D., and will be joined on-site by co-host Dan Patrick, Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, and former Pittsburgh Steeler and two-time Super Bowl winner Hines Ward.
On Sunday night, Costas will report from FedEx Field in Landover M.D., and will be joined on-site by Ward.
Dan Patrick will co-host Football Night from NBC’s famed Studio 8H at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Patrick will be joined in studio by Dungy, Harrison, Peter King of Sports Illustrated, and Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN and NBCSports.com, and longtime NFL front office veteran and former NFL Executive of the Year Scott Pioli.
STEELERS – RAVENS PREVIEW:
“It’s going to be a war. This is the rival game that players circle on their calendar. It’s pure hatred.” – Hines Ward
“It’s going to come down to those quarterbacks making plays. Flacco or Roethlisberger, we will see who makes the plays. – Tony Dungy
“They have to at least attempt to try to run the ball. You have to give Ray Rice at least 25 or 30 touches and stick with the run game.” – Rodney Harrison on Ravens
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NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA
For the sixth consecutive season, the entire Sunday Night Football schedule will be streamed live online. NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops and tablets, will stream all SNF games televised on NBC. The video stream will come directly from NBC’s broadcast of SNF, and will include additional camera angles and interactive features.
NBC Sports Live Extra employs a full HD-quality player, which includes a draggable picture-in-picture feature for any of the online-only cameras, plus full DVR functionality allowing the user to pause, scroll back-and-forth, and review plays in slo-motion.
In addition, online coverage features in-game analysis from the Sunday Night Football and Football Night In America teams as well as fantasy tips from Rotoworld fantasy experts.
For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for tablets is available at the App Store for iPad and iPod touch, and on select tablet devices within Google Play.
In addition to Sunday Night Football and Football Night In America, NBC Sports Group’s NFL coverage also includes digital content and social media extensions that are available online, as well as NFL-related shoulder programming on NBCSN.
NEW EPISODES OF FNIA COACH’S CLICKER AND NFL TURNING POINT AIR TONIGHT ON NBCSN
NBCSN’s in-depth coverage of the 2013 NFL season continues tonight with new episodes of FNIA Coach’s Clicker at 5 p.m. ET and NFL Turning Point at 11 p.m. ET.
FNIA Coach’s Clicker, NBCSN’s weekly half-hour NFL studio show hosted by Liam McHugh with Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy and two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, will examine the pivotal matchups in Week 13, including Saints-Seahawks, Broncos-Chiefs, Cardinals-Eagles, and the Giants-Redskins showdown on Sunday Night Football.
FNIA Coach’s Clicker will study the play of New Orleans QB Drew Brees and Seattle QB Russell Wilson, and analyze how both defenses will look to limit the opposing quarterback. Dungy and Harrison will break down the AFC West clash between the Broncos and Chiefs, and will compare how Denver QB Peyton Manning and Kansas City QB Alex Smith have performed in the red zone this season. The episode will also look at the play of New York QB Eli Manning and Washington QB Robert Griffin III prior to the Giants-Redskins Sunday Night Football matchup.
NFL Turning Point, hosted by Football Night In America’s Dan Patrick, will look back at Week 12 in the NFL and focus on the crucial “turning point” moments that ultimately defined the outcome of some of the week’s most-watched contests.
This week’s episode of NFL Turning Point reviews the Broncos-Patriots overtime thriller on Sunday Night Football, examining New England’s comeback from a 24-0 halftime deficit. The program will analyze Denver’s commitment to running the football in the first half, and how the Patriots defense took away the middle of the field in the passing game, limiting Manning to 150 passing yards. The episode will break down Patriots S Nate Ebner’s fumble recovery late in overtime after Broncos P Britton Colquitt’s punt deflected off of teammate DB Tony Carter, setting New England up for the game-winning field goal.
The program also looks back at Sunday’s Chargers-Chiefs game. Turning Point will study Alex Smith’s success throwing the ball downfield against the Chargers defense, and how Kansas City tried to shut down San Diego TE Antonio Gates. In addition, the episode highlights Chargers RB Danny Woodhead’s two-touchdown performance, and QB Philip Rivers’ game-winning drive late in regulation.
This week’s program will also feature audio from Ravens QB Joe Flacco, who was wired for sound during Baltimore’s 19-3 victory against the Jets.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL DIGITAL AND SOCIAL COVERAGE
This season, NBC Sports Group is utilizing its wide array of digital and social assets to provide fans with more behind-the-scenes content of Sunday Night Football than ever before. New additions to NBC Sports Group’s SNF coverage include Sunday Night Football-All Access and The Sunday Night Football, as well as continued comprehensive coverage via NBC Sports Group’s social media channels. Click here for full details of NBC Sports Group’s SNF digital and social coverage.
As part of NBC’s Thanksgiving Day #WhyImThankful campaign, tweets using the hashtag will be pulled into the SNF Extra Player during the game on Thursday night. Fans are encouraged to use the hashtag and tweet a message about something they are thankful for.
Each week @SNFonNBC will promote a guest player who will live tweet during the Sunday Night Football broadcast. On Sunday, former Redskins and Giants LB LaVar Arrington (@LaVarArrington) will be the guest player. Arrington was drafted by the Redskins in the first round (2nd overall) of the 2000 Draft. He played six seasons with the Redskins and was a three-time Pro Bowler before signing with the Giants in 2006. The tweets from the guest player will automatically be pulled into the SNF Extra Player.
NBC SPORTS GROUP NFL PROGRAMMING
In addition to NFL Turning Point and FNIA Coach’s Clicker, NBC Sports Group boasts a wide array of NFL programming each week that will highlight topical NFL news, provide in-depth coverage of each week’s biggest games, and deliver expert analysis of the fantasy football world.
PRO FOOTBALL TALK – WEEKNIGHTS AT 5:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Pro Football Talk, NBCSN’s daily NFL studio show co-hosted by Mike Florio and Erik Kuselias, provides all-encompassing coverage of the NFL, including the most current news and analysis, engaging features, thought-provoking debates, and interviews with a wide array of NFL newsmakers. The show regularly features a roster of NBC Sports football commentators, including Rodney Harrison, Hines Ward, Doug Flutie, Ross Tucker, Peter King, and Scott Pioli.
FANTASY FOOTBALL LIVE – TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS AT 6:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Building off of Yahoo! Sports’ popular Sunday live streaming show, Fantasy Football Live on NBCSN combines the best fantasy football expertise from Yahoo! Sports and NBC Sports. Hosted by NBC Sports’ Erik Kuselias, Fantasy Football Live features a mix of Yahoo! Sports, NBC Sports, and Rotoworld fantasy experts, including NBC Sports’ Shaun King, and Yahoo! Sports’ Brad Evans and Brandon Funston. Yahoo! Sports’ Melanie Collins will host the digital show. Rotoworld’s Kay Adams will be a regular contributor for the show across both platforms. A subsequent, digital-only version of Fantasy Football Live is available from 7-7:30 p.m. ET through video-on-demand across web and mobile devices on both Yahoo! Sports and NBCSports.com. Click here for more information on Fantasy Football Live.
NBC SPORTS RADIO
NBC Sports Radio will surround the 2013 NFL season with daily coverage on 339 radio affiliates, highlighted by McNabb and Malone; an all-sports show that leverages the unique perspective of two former NFL quarterbacks, and Safety Blitz with Rodney Harrison; featuring three-time All Pro and two-time Super Bowl-winner Rodney Harrison.
NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS
NBC Sports Regional Networks, which serve top NFL markets such as New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, Atlanta, Chicago, Houston and San Francisco, will surround the 2013 NFL season with in-depth news, analysis and original programming on the teams that matter most in more than 50 million U.S. households.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL THIS WEEKEND ON NBC
BAYOU CLASSIC ON NBC: The NBC Sports Group concludes its 2013 college football coverage this Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC with Southern University and Grambling State facing off in the annual Bayou Classic from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Paul Burmeister will serve as the play-by-play announcer, joined in the booth by Anthony Herron and Shaun King. Lewis Johnson will report from the sidelines. Additionally, the halftime show for the Bayou Classic features the marching bands of both teams putting on an exciting display of talent for the fans which includes a drum line battle between the bands. This marks the 23rd year NBC will present the Bayou Classic.
Last weekend’s thrilling Sunday Night Football contest, in which Tom Brady led the New England Patriots back from a 24-0 deficit to defeat Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, 34-31, in overtime, was the most-watched primetime show of the week, averaging 26.5 million viewers and drawing 28.1 million viewers for the telecast’s final 26 minutes from midnight-12:26 a.m. ET, according to official live plus same day national data released by The Nielsen Company.
Coupled with the 26.9 million viewers for Kansas City-Denver on Nov. 17, NBC’s back-to-back SNF contests are the first consecutive primetime games in 20 seasons to post at least 26.5 million average viewers (not including NFL Kickoff games).
Sunday’s “Manning-Brady XIV” matchup is the fifth NBC NFL telecast this season to average at least 25 million viewers – the most in a season since the SNF package debuted on NBC in 2006 and up from two telecasts averaging 25 million viewers in all of ’12. The 14th matchup between the future Hall of Fame quarterbacks is also the sixth-most watched Sunday night game in the network’s eight-year SNF history.
NBC NFL games are averaging a 13.2 HH rating and 22.5 million viewers per telecast – the network’s best 12-week start since acquiring the SNF package in 2006. In addition, SNF tops primetime in Adults, Men and Women 18-34 and 18-49 demos and Adults and Men 25-54. SNF is also on record pace in the Women’s 18-49 and 25-54 demos.
For more info, click here: Week 12 SNF Ratings
|2013 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE|
|**Thurs. Nov. 28||Week 13||Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens|
|*Sun. Dec. 1||Week 13||New York Giants at Washington Redskins|
|*Sun. Dec. 8||Week 14||Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints|
|*Sun. Dec. 15||Week 15||Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers|
|*Sun. Dec. 22||Week 16||New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens|
|*Sun. Dec. 29||Week 17||TBA|
**Thanksgiving Night Game
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