Notes & Quotes From NBC’s “Football Night In America” – Week 13

FNIA-nfl-nbc“He is not going to get any better…It’s time to move in a different direction.” – Rodney Harrison on Eli Manning

 “They’re not running the ball well enough now to make up for Drew Stanton’s erratic play.” – Tony Dungy on Cardinals

 “I haven’t seen a dominant defensive player like this since Lawrence Taylor.” – Harrison on J.J. Watt

 “I just lost my mind.” – Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis to Peter King on the late-game challenge

STAMFORD, Conn. – November 30, 2014 – Following are highlights from NBC’s Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports. Bob Costas opened the show live from inside Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., to preview Broncos-Chiefs. Costas was joined on site by Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth, sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, NBC NFL analyst Hines Ward, and NBC Sports’ Josh Elliott.

Dan Patrick co-hosted Football Night from NBC Sports Group’s Studio 1. He was joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy; two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk on, and NFL Insider Peter King. Kathryn Tappen reported from Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., on the Patriots-Packers game.

In addition, Costas interviewed Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders, and Elliott spoke with Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith.

Following are highlights from Football Night in America:


Patrick: “Time to start over in New York?”

Dungy: “It really is.”

Patrick: “Where do you start when you start over?”

Dungy: “I think that you start with the coach, and Tom Coughlin should not be fired. You don’t fire coaches that have won two Super Bowls, but he should step down. This is going to be a long-term rebuilding process.”

Harrison: “Last week I talked about the Giants needing to play four quarters. Tom Coughlin has been talking about that the entire year. Eli is still making rookie mistakes. They are 3-9 at this point. He is not going to get any better. And an older quarterback like Eli, that’s not very athletic, guess what, he gets less athletic the older he gets. It’s time to move in a different direction.”


Dungy: “They’re not running the ball well enough now to make up for Drew Stanton’s erratic play…I said two weeks ago they were going to win the division easily. I’m not so sure now.”


Harrison: “Not a finesse team. They’re a very physical team.”


Harrison: “Yes, they are flawed…Every week it seems like he’s (Andrew Luck) running for his life. He’s been so careless with the ball.”

Dungy: “I’d be more concerned with the defense, giving up these big-chunk plays, giving up almost 400 yards to Colt McCoy. You can’t do that in the playoffs.”


Harrison: “They saved their season.”

Costas: “A huge win for the Chargers today.”


Dungy on AFC North: “They’re in control of this race.”

King on challenge late in the game: “I have never had in my life a coach say to me after a game, ‘I just lost my mind.’ But he did for a moment because he could not find an official to call the timeout on the sidelines. They have a challenge person upstairs, the Bengals do, who said ‘Challenge. 12 men on the field. There’s 12 men on the field.’ Because he couldn’t find the ref to signal a timeout, he just threw the challenge flag.”

Dungy: “They were very lucky today. They weren’t good, made a ton of mistakes, only Tampa made more.”


Patrick: “Do you start Johnny Manziel next week?”

Dungy: “I think you probably do.”


Dungy: “Huge win for the Saints.”

Harrison: “I think they’re going to win the division.”

Dungy on NFC South: “New Orleans is in the driver’s seat.”


Harrison: “Baltimore blew a perfect opportunity.”


Harrison on J.J. Watt’s performance: “This is why I think he’s the MVP of the league. I haven’t seen a dominant defensive player like this since Lawrence Taylor.”


Dungy: “They’re not able to run the ball and Cam Newton is not mobile. So it’s all on the passing game and they’re just not a good enough passing team to make up for all those deficiencies.”


Ward: “That’s been the biggest problem on the offensive side of the ball, the play at the wide receiver position, and that starts with Dwayne Bowe. He’s been the biggest disappointment on that offense because they’re paying him a lot of money to be mediocre right now. When you have a running back like Jamaal Charles, who’s going to have eight and nine guys in the box all the time, as a wide receiver you are going to have a lot of one-on-one matchups on the outside, and you have to win those. So in order for Kansas City to get to where they want to go and to the playoffs, Dwayne Bowe has to be more than just an average wide receiver. They need him to be a playmaker.”


King: “I’m told that a week from Wednesday when the NFL owners next meet in Dallas, the owners are going to be presented with a plan that is going to be very close to the final plan just to get their input.”

Florio: “Before it got to that point, the NFL tried to work with the NFL Players Association to come up with some sort of agreed approach. The sticky point continues to be final say. The NFL wants to retain final say over NFL player discipline. It got so bad that during a recent meeting the NFLPA just got up and walked out.”


Collinsworth: “First of all, I think the arbitrator was right. It was double jeopardy, and that was probably a pretty easy call for the arbitrator in that situation. The more interesting question now is what happens to Ray Rice? Will anyone want him? Probably next year he will get invited to some training camp if somebody is willing to live with the distraction. But I do still think that it’s possible that by the end of this year, if there is a desperate team in the fight to make the playoffs that loses a couple running backs, somebody could take that chance, even this year…I don’t think he is to the level that he is somebody you have to have on your team. It’s still a risk even just purely on football terms.”

King: “After the whole Ray Rice thing was adjourned on Friday, people started to speculate where Ray Rice is going to land. I believe nowhere this year. Teams mentioned today were the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints. I think there is very little chance that he ends up in New Orleans, and even less of a chance that he ends up in Indianapolis. My gut feeling is that he signs in 2015 with somewhere else.”

Patrick: “Tony, as a coach, what do you do? Do you pick up Ray Rice?”

Dungy: “I would under one condition. Ray Rice made a terrible mistake, but he paid the penalty from the League and from the legal system. I would have to talk to him and say, ‘Have you learned from this?’ (I’d) look in his eye and see if he has learned from his mistake. Then I’d be okay to sign him.”

Harrison: “I had the opportunity to talk to a bunch of players and they said he has suffered enough public embarrassment and humiliation. He’s still a very productive hard-working running back. I think the big question here is, if he comes back, will he be in football shape? How long will it take for him to get in football shape?”

Patrick: “You also have to weigh what he’s going to give you on the football field with what he’s going to bring with him off the field, and what are you saying to your fan base if you bring him in?”

Dungy: “You do have to weigh that, but you also have to weigh is he okay paying a penalty like everyone does and then moving on with his life?”

Harrison: “You talk about the Indianapolis Colts. You can’t tell me that he’s not a better back than Trent Richardson.”

Below are excerpts from Costas’ interview with Sanders, and Elliott’s interview with Smith.


Sanders on referring to the Broncos offense as ‘wide receiver heaven’: “Playing with Peyton Manning, you get an opportunity to sling the football around and catch a lot of balls. I’m having the best season of my career right now, and I’m having fun for the first time. I’m enjoying it, and that’s why I said it’s wide receiver heaven.”

Sanders on cultivating his relationship with Peyton Manning: “When I came to Denver, my first thing to do was earn Peyton’s trust. We stayed in a hotel during training camp, and I would be in his room going over signs and signals, just trying to gain that trust. Obviously it’s starting to pay off.”

Sanders on Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr.’s catch last week on Sunday Night Football: “We had just finished our game, and my brother texted me that Odell Beckham had just made the sickest catch he’s ever seen. He usually sends those text messages a lot, so I said, ‘Ah, whatever, I don’t care what he’s saying.’ But then when I looked at the catch, I said, “Wow.’ For me, it’s the greatest catch I’ve ever seen. For him to be a rookie and make those kind of plays, he’s going to be a special player in this league.”

Sanders on lessons learned following loss in Super Bowl XLV with Pittsburgh Steelers: “I remember when I was a rookie in 2010 (with the Steelers) and we did lose (in the Super Bowl), I was walking around saying, ‘I want to go to the Super Bowl, hey guys, let’s go to the Super Bowl,’ instead of saying, ‘I want to win the Super Bowl.’ Now, my mindset has totally changed. We have the ability to win it all, but we have to go out and get it.”


Smith on Chiefs S Eric Berry’s address to the team: “It was shocking. You can never expect to hear something like that from one of your teammates. He’s a really, really special person. From the day I got here, I’ve been so impressed with his maturity and his leadership for a young guy. The thing that came out of it, at least that day when he talked to us, was that you came away feeling better because of him, and how positive his attitude was. He was very honest. His first instinct was that he wanted to play, but he’s got a bigger fight on his hands…we’re surrounding him and supporting him, pushing him to go get right and take care of this, and we’ll be here when he gets back.”

NOTE: Last week, Berry was ruled out for the season after team doctors discovered a mass on the right side of his chest. Berry is undergoing tests to determine the nature of that mass.

Smith on his relationship with head coach Andy Reid: “It’s been awesome. Every single play on the practice field, he’s right behind me, so it’s instant feedback. ‘Are we on the same page? Are we thinking the same thing?’ That’s what I want so that when the play call comes in, we are on the same page. I know exactly what he’s thinking, why he’s calling the play, and I can go out there and execute.”

Smith on Peyton Manning’s prolific offensive statistics: “As a quarterback, you look at the level he’s playing at, and how long he’s been doing it, and you can’t help but respect that – I don’t know how you don’t. With that said, there are a lot of ways to score points. Certainly the numbers he puts up, you can’t help but respect that. But at the end of the day, I’m just trying to score more points than him, regardless of how many yards he throws for.

Smith on valuing his team’s winning percentage over his personal statistics: “The longer you play, the more you learn that. It’s easy when you’re younger to get caught up in some of that fantasy stuff, or your (quarterback) rating. When you get older, week-to-week, it’s about finding a way to get a win.”


mun2 To Bring The Tradition Of Thanksgiving NFL Football To Spanish-Language Homes Across America

NBCUNIVERSAL LOGOS -- Pictured: "mun2" Black Logo  -- (Photo by: mun2)La NFL en mun2 Continues its Inaugural Season with the Exclusive Spanish-language Telecast of the NFL’s Thanksgiving Night Game at 8 PM ET

LOS ANGELES – Nov. 25, 2014 - NBCUniversal’s Hispanic cable network mun2 is bringing the uniquely American tradition of Thanksgiving NFL football to the homes of Latinos across the U.S., with the exclusive Spanish-language broadcast of the NFL’s Thanksgiving night game this Thursday, Nov. 27. The highly anticipated contest is a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship Game between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers, won by the eventual Super Bowl-champion Seahawks, 23-17.

La NFL en mun2 pre-game show will begin live from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, at 8:00pm ET / 5:00pm PT. Bringing viewers all the action on the field throughout this NFC West divisional clash will be play-by-play announcer Rene Giraldo, along with color commentator Edgar Lopez and sideline reporter Veronica Contreras. In addition to live action reporting, mun2 will air several custom segments showcasing the two teams, the NFL and the Thanksgiving tradition in a relatable way to the Hispanic audience.

The Thanksgiving night game is the second of five La NFL en mun2 broadcasts this NFL season. mun2 kicked off its coverage in September, broadcasting the Hispanic Heritage Game on Sept. 28, during which the Dallas Cowboys defeated the New Orleans Saints, 38-17, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. After the Thanksgiving night game, the network will broadcast two ‘win-or-go-home’ NFL match-ups: a Wild Card Playoff on Jan. 3 or 4, 2015, and a Divisional Playoff game on Jan. 10 or 11, 2015. The season will culminate on Feb. 1, 2015 – the day mun2 rebrands to become NBC UNIVERSO – and airs the exclusive Spanish-language telecast of Super Bowl XLIX, from Glendale, Arizona.

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Philadelphia Flyers Host New York Rangers In 2014 NHL Thanksgiving Showdown Friday at 1 P.M. ET on NBC

nhl_nbc_2Rangers Visit Flyers in 2014 NHL Thanksgiving Showdown Friday at 1 p.m. ET on NBC; NHL Live On-Site in Philadelphia

“I love playing hockey – I think I love watching my kids play hockey more than I love to play.” – Rangers Forward Martin St. Louis to Pierre McGuire

Boston Bruins Host Pittsburgh Penguins Tonight at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Detroit Red Wings Host Flyers Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. – Nov. 24, 2014 – NBC’s coverage of the 2014-15 NHL regular season begins this Friday at 1 p.m. ET, when Martin St. Louis, Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers travel to Philadelphia to face Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek and the Flyers in the 2014 NHL Thanksgiving Showdown. Coverage begins with NHL Live – NBC Sports Group’s NHL pre-game show – on-site from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa., hosted by Kathryn Tappen, alongside analysts Mike Milbury and Keith Jones.

This week’s NHL coverage begins tonight at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when Patrice Bergeron and the Boston Bruins host Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Coverage continues on Wednesday night, when Jimmy Howard and the Detroit Red Wings host the Flyers at 7:30 p.m. ET. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide live coverage of Penguins-Bruins, Flyers-Red Wings, and Rangers-Flyers.


The Flyers and Rangers face off in the NHL Thanksgiving Showdown this Friday on NBC following their Wednesday Night Rivalry showdown last week on NBCSN. Last Wednesday, goalie Cam Talbot stopped all 31 shots he faced, and Rangers leading scorer Rick Nash found the back of the net in a 2-0 victory in New York. The Flyers enter the week following a 4-2 victory on Saturday, and face the New York Islanders and Red Wings prior to Friday’s game. The Rangers travel to Tampa Bay on Wednesday to face the Lightning.

Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk, and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call from Philadelphia.


NBC’s coverage will feature a sit-down interview with Pierre McGuire and Rangers forward Martin St. Louis. St. Louis discussed the joy he gets from seeing his three young boys play hockey, while finding the balance between being a star hockey player, a husband and a father.

Following are excerpts from McGuire’s conversation with St. Louis:

St. Louis on the joy of watching his boys play hockey: “I love playing hockey – I think I love watching my kids play hockey more than I love to play. It’s great when they score, and for them, that’s the reward. Knowing the game the way I know the game, it’s the little things they do on the ice that nobody sees…but I see it, and that’s what makes me proud of how they play the game.”

St. Louis comparing his nerves on the ice to his nerves watching his boys on the ice: “I’m probably more on the edge of my seat watching them play than when I play, because when I play, I have control. When they’re out there, sometimes they get in a vulnerable position, and I tell them, ‘If you stay down, you better be hurt.’”

St. Louis on taking his boys to practice during early mornings after Rangers’ night games: “My dad (would take me to practice) at 6 a.m., 7 a.m.…it’s just part of being a dad. That’s the time that you can’t get back.”


This week’s NHL coverage kicks off tonight, when the Penguins travel to Boston to face the Bruins at 7 p.m. ET. Sidney Crosby is currently tied with Dallas’ Tyler Seguin for second in the NHL in points (26), behind Philadelphia’s Jakub Voracek (29), which has propelled Pittsburgh to the top spot in the Metropolitan Division (13-4-2), tied with the New York Islanders (14-6-0). Last year, the Bruins won two of three meetings against the Penguins, including both matchups in Boston.

Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will provide live commentary from TD Garden in Boston, Mass.


Coverage continues Wednesday when the Flyers travel to Detroit to face the Red Wings at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Detroit looks to rebound from a 4-1 loss on Saturday to Toronto. In their last meeting on Oct. 25, Detroit outshot Philadelphia 37-17, but Flyers goaltender Ray Emery stopped 35 shots en route to a 4-2 victory over the Red Wings.

Jim Jackson (play-by-play), Bill Clement (analyst), and Chris Therien (Inside-The-Glass analyst) will have the call from Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich.

This week’s pre-game coverage on NBCSN begins at 6:30 p.m. ET with NHL Live. Kathryn Tappen anchors tonight’s studio coverage with analysts Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter, and hosts Wednesday night’s coverage alongside Keith Jones and Bob McKenzie.

Note: Both Penguins-Bruins and Flyers-Red Wings games are subject to local blackouts.

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Mon., November 24 NHL Live NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Boston NBCSN 7p.m.
Wed., November 26 NHL Live NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Philadelphia at Detroit NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Fri., November 28 NHL Thanksgiving Showdown – N.Y. Rangers at Philadelphia NBCSN 1 p.m.


NBC Sports Group will deliver coverage of 103 NHL regular-season games during the 2014-15 season, featuring 14 games on NBC and 89 games on NBCSN. All games will be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra. Click here for more information on NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive NHL coverage this season.


NBC Sports Regional Networks, which serve top NHL markets such as Boston (Bruins), Philadelphia (Flyers), Washington D.C. (Capitals), Chicago (Blackhawks) and the Bay Area (Sharks), will air more than 300 live NHL games and surround the 2014-15 NHL season with in-depth news, analysis and original programming on the teams that matter most.


NBC Sports Group Presents 20 Premier League Matches In Five Days

nbc-sports-groupSecond-Place Southampton v. Third-Place Manchester City Sunday at 8:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN

Unbeaten Chelsea visit Sunderland Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC

THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW Mondays at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN

The 2 Robbies “Football” Show Expands Distribution to Terrestrial NBC Sports Radio Network

All Matches Available on NBC Sports Live Extra

STAMFORD, Conn. – November 25, 2014NBC Sports Group presents 20 Premier League matches in five days beginning this Saturday, November 29. Weekend coverage is highlighted by second-place Southampton facing third-place Manchester City and Premier League-leading scorer Sergio Aguero (12 goals) this Sunday, November 30, at 8:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN. NBC Sports Group’s Premier League lead play-by-play announcer Arlo White calls the match, joined by Lee Dixon at St. Mary’s Stadium.

Premier League coverage kicks off on Saturday, November 29, at 7 a.m. ET with Premier League Live on NBCSN, followed by West Bromwich Albion hosting Arsenal and their leading scorer Alexis Sanchez (eight goals, third-most in BPL) at 7:45 a.m. ET on NBCSN and mun2. Coming off a crucial 2-1 victory over Arsenal, Manchester United host Hull City Saturday at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and mun2.

NBC hosts coverage of first-place Chelsea visiting Sunderland at 12:30 p.m. ET this Saturday. Premier League powerhouse Chelsea won 2-0 over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, and are off to their second-best start in Premier League history (10-2-0). White calls the match joined by Dixon at the Stadium of Light.

Following the Saturday matches, The 2 Robbies “Football” Show, hosted by former Jamaica National Team Player Robbie Earle and former Premier League footballer Robbie Mustoe, airs at 5 p.m. ET. For the first time, the show will be available on the terrestrial NBC Sports Radio Network as well as on and the NBC Sports Radio mobile app. For more information, and to download the app, visit

Following Sunday’s Southampton v. Manchester City match, Tottenham host Everton and U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN.

THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW hosted by Michael Davies and Roger Bennett will air at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN each Monday throughout the Premier League season.

NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the first mid-week match day of the season begins Tuesday, December 2, at 2:45 p.m. ET on NBCSN with Manchester United v. Stoke City and continues Wednesday, December 3, at 2:45 p.m. ET with Chelsea v. Tottenham on NBCSN. White will be joined by Graeme Le Saux to call Chelsea v. Tottenham from Stamford Bridge.

The five additional matches this Saturday in the 10 a.m. ET slot as well as the five additional matches on Tuesday, December 3, in the 2:45 p.m. to 3:00 pm slot, and the three additional matches on Wednesday, December 3, in the 2:45 p.m. slot will be available on Premier League Extra Time, a bonus television package available to MVPDs at no extra cost for customers who receive NBCSN.

The Premier League Game Finder can be accessed at

All matches will be preceded and followed by Premier League Live pre- and post-match shows from the NBC Sports Group International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn. Rebecca Lowe hosts Premier League Live alongside Earle and Mustoe.

All Premier League games will be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets.

Below is the schedule for NBCUniversal’s soccer coverage through Wednesday, December 3 (all times ET):

Date Time Match Network
Sat., Nov. 29 6 a.m. Barclays Premier League Preview NBCSN
Sat., Nov. 29 7 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sat., Nov. 29 7:45 a.m. West Brom v. Arsenal NBCSN, mun2
Sat., Nov. 29 10 a.m. Manchester United v. Hull City NBCSN, mun2
Sat., Nov. 29 10 a.m. Liverpool v. Stoke City Extra Time
Sat., Nov. 29 10 a.m. West Ham v. Newcastle Extra Time
Sat., Nov. 29 10 a.m. Swansea City v. Crystal Palace Extra Time
Sat., Nov. 29 10 a.m. Burnley v. Aston Villa Extra Time
Sat., Nov. 29 10 a.m. Queens Park Rangers v. Leicester City Extra Time
Sat., Nov. 29 12:30 p.m. Sunderland v. Chelsea NBC
Sat., Nov. 29 3 p.m. MLS Cup Playoffs: New England Revolution vs New York Red Bulls NBCSN
Sat., Nov. 29 Midnight Match of the Day NBCSN
Sun., Nov. 30 6 a.m. Barclays Premier League World NBCSN
Sun., Nov. 30 6:30 a.m. Match of the Day NBCSN
Sun., Nov. 30 7:30 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sun., Nov. 30 8:30 a.m. Southampton v. Manchester City NBCSN
Sun., Nov. 30 11 a.m. Tottenham v. Everton NBCSN
Sun., Nov. 30 1 p.m. Goal Zone NBCSN
Sun., Nov. 30 2 p.m. Match of the Day II NBCSN
Mon., Dec. 1 12:30 a.m. Match of the Week NBCSN
Mon., Dec. 1 10:30 p.m. Barclays Premier League Review NBCSN
Tues., Dec. 2 12:30 a.m. Premier League Encore NBCSN
Tues., Dec. 2 2 p.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Tues., Dec. 2 2:45 p.m. Manchester United v. Stoke City NBCSN
Tues., Dec. 2 2:45 p.m. Leicester v. Liverpool Extra Time
Tues., Dec. 2 2:45 p.m. Burnley v. Newcastle Extra Time
Tues., Dec. 2 2:45 p.m. Swansea City v. Queens Park Rangers Extra Time
Tues., Dec. 2 3 p.m. Crystal Palace v. Aston Villa Extra Time
Tues., Dec. 2 3 p.m. West Brom v. West Ham Extra Time
Tues., Dec. 2 5 p.m. Goal Zone NBCSN
Wed., Dec. 3 1 a.m. Premier League Encore NBCSN
Wed., Dec. 3 1:30 p.m. Barclays Premier League News NBCSN
Wed., Dec. 3 2 p.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Wed., Dec. 3 2:45 p.m. Chelsea v. Tottenham NBCSN
Wed., Dec. 3 2:45 p.m. Arsenal v. Southampton Extra Time
Wed., Dec. 3 2:45 p.m. Sunderland v. Manchester City Extra Time
Wed., Dec. 3 2:45 p.m. Everton v. Hull City Extra Time
Wed., Dec. 3 5 p.m. Goal Zone NBCSN

NBC Sports Group will once again make all 380 games from the Premier League available in the United States on the networks of NBCUniversal, on the Premier League Extra Time bonus TV package, and streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra. Every MVPD has the option to carry every Premier League match on live television and via live streaming at no additional cost to consumers.


Notes & Quotes From NBC’s “Football Night In America” – Week 12

FNIA-nfl-nbc“They’re not just beating people, they are crushing people.” – Bob Costas on Patriots

I like Green Bay to win four of the next five games.” – Rodney Harrison

“They fired Lovie Smith but they got back to Lovie Smith philosophy today – run the ball and get takeaways on defense.” – Tony Dungy on Bears

“The Pro Football Hall of Fame tomorrow is going to announce the biggest gift in the 51-year history of the Hall.” – Peter King

STAMFORD, Conn. – November 23, 2014 – Following are highlights from NBC’s Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports. Bob Costas opened the show live from inside MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Costas was joined on site by Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth, sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, NBC NFL analyst Hines Ward, and NBC Sports’ Josh Elliott.

Dan Patrick co-hosted Football Night from NBC Sports Group’s Studio 1. He was joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy; two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk on, and NFL Insider Peter King. Alex Flanagan reported from CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash., on the Cardinals-Seahawks game.

In addition, Bob Costas interviewed New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr., and Josh Elliott spoke with Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo.

Following are highlights from Football Night in America:


Dungy: “I don’t think either one of these teams can catch Arizona. The winner of this game Thursday night is in good position for a Wild Card.”

Harrison on Seahawks: “If they can stop the run, they can win this football game.”

Flanagan on Marshawn Lynch: “As for Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch, he did speak to reporters. He was in his locker room after tonight’s game surrounded by reporters who threw him question after question. To each question he had a single word answer, “Yeah,” “No,” “Maybe,” but it’s enough to probably avoid another $100,000 fine.”


Costas: “There is no hotter team than the New England Patriots. Not that long ago, 2-2, the sky was falling in New England. Now they’ve reeled off seven straight wins. And they’re not just beating people, they are crushing people.”

Ward: “It’s hard to believe the AFC Championship Game won’t be in New England. The Patriots offense just ran through a tough Detroit defense with ease…I think (Brandon) Browner and (Darrelle) Revis are the best cornerback tandem in the NFL.”

Dungy on end-of-game play where Lions C Dominic Raiola dove at Patriots DT Zach Moore: “I was surprised the Patriots didn’t take a knee there at the end of the game and tried to score. That still doesn’t excuse going after a guy’s knee. There’s no place in the game for that.”

Harrison: “This is what Bill Belichick preaches from the very first day of training camp, playing 60 minutes. This is professional football. You’re getting paid millions and millions of dollars. This is not high school … (Bill Belichick) wants to lay a foundation for his younger players. That’s why he always finishes. It doesn’t matter if it’s Cincinnati, if it’s Indianapolis, if it’s the Denver Broncos, he’s preaching 60 minutes.”

Harrison on Belichick’s philosophy regarding Darrelle Revis: “He’s taken his best cornerback, Darrelle Revis, and he puts him on the number two wide receiver. And he completely shut Golden Tate down this week and last week he did the same thing to Reggie Wayne. What they’re doing is they’re taking Brandon Browner, they’re giving him help over the top, and he’s negating the number one receiver.”

Harrison: “The strength of this team might be the defense.”


Harrison: “I like Green Bay to win four of the next five games. They might struggle with the New England Patriots, but I look for them to win at least four of five.”


Dungy: “It was funny to me, they fired Lovie Smith but they got back to Lovie Smith philosophy today – run the ball and get takeaways on defense.”

Patrick on Jay Cutler’s post-game remarks: “I think we’re so used to hearing guys programmed when they go into those press conferences, all of a sudden Cutler went unscripted there.”

Harrison: “It’s easy for the fans to blame Marc Trestman, but when you’re paying a lot of superstars a lot of money, they have to perform. You saw Matt Forte. They got back to making him the number one priority on offense.”


Harrison: “I respect everything they’ve done, but I still think they’re the third- or fourth-best team in that division.”


Dungy: “The Cincinnati Bengals really impressed me — the second week in a row, going on the road, a tough opponent and winning a big road game.”

Harrison on how to stop A.J. Green: “Maybe if you have Darrelle Revis on your team…He’s a complete wide receiver. Very physical and he can make all the catches.”


Harrison on Shaun Hill’s late-game interception: “Jeff Fisher wanted the experience of a veteran quarterback. That’s why he put him in there and to avoid these types of mistakes. You just can’t throw this. You’re in perfect position for a field goal. Kick the field goal, go into overtime, trust your defense, but you can’t turn the ball over right there.”


Dungy on Falcons’ clock management: “They would have been better off letting Cleveland take the time out and then probably running the ball the next play, make them use another time out. You’ve got a great field goal kicker in Matt Bryant. You’re pretty sure you’re going to make it.”

Harrison on Falcons defense on final drive: “Keep it simple. Don’t bring out all these exotic plays.”


Costas on Romo: “One thing no one can say about him is that he is not tough.”

Dungy on impact of DeMarco Murray: “Teams are not going in and saying, ‘We’ve got to stop Tony Romo.’ They’ve got to stop that running game first and that makes it easier for him (Romo).”

Harrison: “Best offensive line in football and best running back in football. Run the ball.”


Ward: “It’s rare to have a rookie wide receiver be the best player on your team considering (he) missed all of training camp and the first four games. I like this kid’s will to want to compete…He gave it to Richard Sherman (a few weeks ago). He went after him and competed with him all day, and really gave Richard Sherman all that he could handle.”


King: “The Pro Football Hall of Fame tomorrow is going to announce the biggest gift in the 51-year history of the Hall. New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson will be giving the Hall a multi-million dollar donation. And the biggest thing, as far as I’m concerned, is he is providing some seed money for a residential village to be built on the Hall of Fame campus to help indigent and needy former players.”

Below are excerpts from Costas’ interview with Odell Beckham Jr., and Elliott’s interview with Romo.


Beckham Jr. on attending Isidore Newman High School (the alma mater of Beckham Jr., Eli Manning and Peyton Manning): “The bar is set high. Two of the best quarterbacks in the country. Isidore Newman has some high standards.”

Beckham Jr. on having the opportunity to take practice throws from Eli and Peyton Manning while he was still in high school: “I think my coach told me about it a couple days in advance. I remember going to buy new gloves and new cleats (laughing). I was ready to go.”

Beckham on his father Odell Beckham, Sr., who was a RB for LSU: “God has blessed me with some abilities and some great parents. Not just the athletic ability, but their mindsets. It has propelled me to where I am today.”

Beckham Jr. on his father being college roommates with Shaquille O’Neil: “My dad would take me to the LSU training facility and hold me up and let me dunk the ball. Shaq would hold me in the palm of his hand. His hands are huge. It was great to have that relationship with him. We text every now and then. He’s a converted Cowboys fan, so I’m trying to make him proud as a Giant.”

On already having lost the same number of games during his rookie season in the NFL (7), as he did during his entire college playing career at LSU (33-7): “I guess we can’t lose any more. Chances are you are going to have more losses than you did in college. You just have to take those loses and learn from them.”


Romo on how he feels after fracturing two bones in his back: “I’m getting better. It’s like anything. You have to let broken bones heal and get better.”

Elliott: “Broken bones in your back, as a quarterback especially, is an injury that the average NFL fan has a hard time wrapping their head around.”

Romo: “As a competitor, you ultimately just want to play and help your football team. You just suck it up and go do it, if you are able to in some capacity. Once you step on the field, no one actually cares. You have to go be good. That’s part of your job.”

Romo on his pre-season expectations for the team: “When you have played long enough, you start to recognize that this team that we have is pretty good. But until we go out and do it, I’m not really sure. Once you start to win, and start to do things a little better than you have as a team in the past, you start to recognize the abilities.”

Romo on his pre-season comments about fans seeing the best version of him this season: “There is no question. Just from a physical standpoint, I’ve never thrown it as well as I have this season. You are always trying to perfect your craft and get to a point that is exact. I felt like I was getting to a point where I was going to be able to do my job at a high level every day. Not just two-out-of-every-four games, or three-out-of-four games, but four-out-of-four days. When you get there, you feel very confident going out on the football field. Having a football team that gives you a chance is a game changer.”



FNIA-nfl-nbcI’ve seen enough. I don’t think he fits in the system. I think you have to get rid of him.” – Rodney Harrison on Robert Griffin III

“He’s the best all-around running back in the game.” — Hines Ward on Jamaal Charles

I really think it’s time the NFL starts to think about shrinking the goal posts a bit. There’s no drama to it. It’s just too easy.” – Cris Collinsworth on field goals

STAMFORD, Conn. – November 16, 2014 – Following are highlights from NBC’s Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports. Bob Costas opened the show live from inside Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. Costas was joined on site by Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth, sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, NBC NFL analyst Hines Ward, and NBC Sports’ Josh Elliott.

Dan Patrick co-hosted Football Night from NBC Sports Group’s Studio 1. He was joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy; two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk on, and NFL Insider Peter King. Carolyn Manno reported from Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., on the Eagles-Packers game.

In addition, Harrison spoke with New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski and received an on-field demonstration at Gillette Stadium on how Gronkowski derails defenders’ attempts to cover him. Elliott interviewed Indianapolis Colts WRs T. Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne.

Following are highlights from Football Night in America:


Collinsworth: “Be careful about the Kansas City Chiefs right now, too. They can play defense and run the ball — pretty good formula come a little cold weather.”

Ward on Jamaal Charles: “Right now, he’s the best all-around running back in the game. What was so impressive about that game: Kansas City has no wide receivers, so Seattle played eight guys in the box and they still couldn’t stop him.”

Dungy: “Kansas City is playing the best ball in that division (AFC West), and Denver still has to go to Kansas City.”


Dungy on loss to Chiefs: “They weren’t able to run the ball effectively when they needed to.”

Patrick on Earl Thomas: “You brought up the great point that with Earl Thomas, it’s feast or famine. He’s either going to force a fumble or, if he (the opposing player) gets behind you, it’s going to be a touchdown.”

Harrison on Thomas: “He’s the free safety for a reason. He’s the last line of defense. He has to make the sure tackle.”


Collinsworth: “It’s not a fluke. It’s time we all start paying attention to this football team.”

Dungy on Cardinals defense: “It is great.”


Dungy: “They do not have good pass protection. They do not have good coverage. They’re just struggling in all areas.”

Harrison: “They’ve surrounded him (Robert Griffin III) with great weapons. I just think it comes down to RGIII. I don’t think he can read coverages. The offensive line is really bad. Defensively they gave up a lot of plays. They have a lot of issues on this team.”

Harrison on RGIII: “He’s been in the league three years. If you need six more games to determine if he’s going to be your future quarterback, you need a new coach and a new scouting department. I’ve seen enough. I don’t think he fits in the system. I think you have to get rid of him.”


Dungy on Aldon Smith’s return: “He’s the one guy who can create his own rush on the 49ers…and this comes at just the right time. You talk about teams that need to get on a roll. San Francisco does, and Smith just might be the sparkplug for that.”

Harrison on Aldon Smith: “He had Eli (Manning) confused and worried about that rush all day.”


Harrison on Odell Beckham, Jr.: “He is going to be special.”


Harrison: “The one thing we know about the Rams – they can rush the passer. They played Peyton (Manning) exactly how you have to play him: you have to pressure him and you have to beat up the receivers, and they were very aggressive and physical.”


Dungy: “It’s not just another game.”

Harrison: “What it comes down to is home-field advantage, and that’s what Bill Belichick and the Patriots are thinking.”

Harrison on Rob Gronkowski: “He’s a silly guy. He likes to have fun. But the maturity level, early in his career, he had a lot of off-the-field issues. You don’t see those issues. I’ve gone through a lot of different injuries, and injuries have a way of giving you perspective and making you humble.”


Dungy: Usually you say, ‘One of these teams is going to get hot and get on a streak.’ I don’t see that happening. I think seven wins wins this division. First team to seven wins.”

Harrison on Falcons: “I don’t trust this team moving forward.”


King: “Adrian Peterson’s punishment under the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy will come as soon as tomorrow. I believe the NFL could come down hard. Two reasons: The NFL has no information or proof that similar corporal punishment will not happen again. Number two: The NFL does not believe that the nine games Peterson has missed constitute time served because he’s been paid.”

Florio: “There’s a separate track here because on Monday an arbitrator will hold a hearing on the question of whether Peterson should remain on the Commissioner Exempt list where he’s essentially suspended with pay. Now a ruling will be required by Saturday, which means Peterson could be eligible to play by next Sunday when the Vikings host the Packers. So if the league is going to suspend him under the Personal Conduct Policy, they need to move quickly. It needs to be resolved or Peterson could be back by next week.”


Collinsworth on field goals: “I really think it’s time the NFL starts to think about shrinking the goal posts a bit. There’s no drama to it. It’s just too easy. At least for the top guys it is. There is a point in time where you have to say, ‘We’ve got to change a little bit.’”

Below are excerpts from Harrison’s interview with New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski, and Elliott’s interview with Indianapolis Colts WRs T. Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne.


Harrison, a former New England Patriots safety, joined Gronkowski on the field at Gillette Stadium to discuss how he shakes off defenders who try to cover him. The two went through several scenarios, including when Gronkowski faced Broncos LB Von Miller during New England’s 43-21 victory over Denver in Week 9.

On his one-handed catch during the Broncos-Patriots game, which Patriots QB Tom Brady said was “the best” catch he has ever seen: “[Tom Brady] told me he was just throwing the ball to get rid of it so he didn’t get sacked. So, he just threw it up in the air and I was running that way. It was just a natural reaction. I wasn’t thinking ‘I’m going to one-hand that.’ I was just running and saw the ball and stuck my hand in the air and caught it.”


Wayne on having a teammate take his job for the greater good of the team: “That’s the way it goes. That’s part of the process. It’s my business to make it a hard decision. When guys come in, I don’t mind giving them my two cents. I don’t mind sharing the wealth. In my mind, I’m giving it everything. I’m practicing as hard as I possibly can, and if he [Hilton] is trying to top that, we’re going to be awesome.”

Hilton on how hard it was to see Wayne hurt last season: “It was very hard. Coach always said, ‘Prepare like you’re a starter.’ When he went down, all of that went out the window. I thought, ‘Oh, no. Oh, no. 87 is down!’ I saw him go into the locker room, and that’s when I grew up quick. I thought, ‘you’re prepared, you’re ready.’ But at the same time, that really hurt, to see your big brother go down. But, I had to step up and become a man.”

Wayne on watching Hilton start: “I enjoyed watching him progress. He made it exciting for me. That’s also one of the main reasons why I wanted to make sure I was on the sidelines for every game. I wanted T. Y. to see that, ‘I’m still here with you.’ If he needed to come to the sideline and ask a question, nothing changed. I’m still there.”

Hilton on Wayne: “I’m blessed to have him. A big brother like this, what more can I ask for? I’m not going to let him leave [laughs]… Whatever it takes, I need him with me.”



nbc-sports-groupFlutie Moves to Broadcast Booth Alongside Dan Hicks; Mayock to Provide In-Depth Xs-And-Os Analysis From Sidelines

Notre Dame Pre-Game Show Countdown To Kickoff Begins at 3 p.m. ET Live on NBC with Liam McHugh, Hines Ward and Mayock

James Madison at Richmond Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. – Nov. 12, 2014 – NBC Sports Group college football analysts Doug Flutie and Mike Mayock will swap broadcast positions this Saturday, when the No. 18 Notre Dame Fighting Irish return to Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind., to face the Northwestern Wildcats at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Coverage begins at 3 p.m. ET with Countdown to Kickoff, NBC’s Notre Dame pre-game show.

Flutie, who has served as a sideline analyst for NBC’s first five Notre Dame games this season, moves to the broadcast booth this weekend alongside NBC’s Notre Dame Football play-by-play commentator Dan Hicks. Mayock, who has manned the booth for all Fighting Irish home games since 2010, shifts to sideline analyst for Saturday’s game to provide in-depth Xs-and-Os commentary from field level. Kathryn Tappen continues as sideline reporter.

“Mike is one of the top Xs-and-Os commentators in football. The sideline analyst role will allow him to dissect the game from field level and present his findings to viewers at strategic times throughout the broadcast,” said Sam Flood, Executive Producer, NBC Sports & NBCSN. “Doug is synonymous with college football and is an experienced booth analyst. We’re excited to see how this new arrangement plays out on Saturday.”

The Fighting Irish (7-2) return to South Bend where they are a perfect 4-0 this season, and look to rebound following a 55-31 loss at No. 9 Arizona State last weekend. The Wildcats (3-6) boast wins over Big Ten foes Penn State and Wisconsin this season. This Saturday marks the 48th game between Notre Dame and Northwestern, but the first meeting since Sept. 2, 1995, when the Wildcats upset the Fighting Irish in the season opener. Notre Dame boasts a 37-8-2 advantage in the all-time series, dating back to 1889.

Liam McHugh will host Countdown To Kickoff at 3 p.m. ET on NBC, on-site at Notre Dame Stadium. He will be joined by Mayock and two-time Super Bowl champion Hines Ward. McHugh, Mayock and Ward will also manage halftime coverage, as well as the post-game show, which will air on NBCSN.


NBCSN will present Colonial Athletic Association showdown this weekend, when the No. 13 Richmond Spiders host the James Madison Dukes at 12:30 p.m. ET. Both teams enter Saturday’s game with identical 7-3 records overall, and 4-2 conference records. The Dukes have won five straight games, while Richmond dropped its most recent game at Maine to snap its own five-game winning streak.

Paul Burmeister (play-by-play) and Anthony Herron (analyst) will call the action from E. Claiborne Robins Stadium in Richmond, Va.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA ONLINE & APP: NBC Sports Live Extra — the NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream this weekend’s Notre Dame-North Carolina and William & Mary-New Hampshire college football games.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

NBC Sports Live Extra online will feature a simulcast of the broadcast feed in full HD quality plus one additional online-only bonus camera. The video player will include picture-in-picture capability and full DVR functionality, allowing the user to pause the live video and even review plays in “slo-mo.”

Sideline reporter Kathryn Tappen will provide live in-game tweets from the sideline from @NDonNBC on Twitter. Additionally, fans can watch in-game highlights, live coverage of the Notre Dame and visiting teams’ bands at halftime, as well as live postgame footage that will include head coach Brian Kelly’s press conference.


Following this Saturday’s game against Northwestern, NBC Sports Group’s presents its final Notre Dame football broadcast of the season on Saturday, Nov. 22, when the Fighting Irish host the Louisville Cardinals.

The following is the NBC Sports Group 2014 Notre Dame Football schedule (all times ET)

Date Opponent Pre-Game Network Game Time Network
Saturday, Nov 15 Northwestern 3 p.m. NBC 3:30 p.m. NBC
Saturday, Nov 22 Louisville 3 p.m. NBC 3:30 p.m. NBC will again continue its Notre Dame Football coverage though its Notre Dame Central section. Notre Dame will also be featured within NBC Sports Talk with its popular Inside The Irish blog written by Notre Dame Football insider Keith Arnold.


For the second-straight year, Comcast SportsNet Chicago will continue its expanded coverage of Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football via its partnership with NBC Sports by providing additional content to help power’s popular Notre Dame Central section (  Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s Notre Dame Football “Insider” JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) from, will serve as the primary beat reporter in providing up-to-the-minute Fighting Irish news and analysis, columns, game previews/recaps, interviews and much more.

SAME DAY HOME GAME REPLAYS –Comcast SportsNet Chicago will provide a same day replay of this Saturday’s Notre Dame home game against North Carolina. Additional replays include Northwestern (Nov. 15) and Louisville (Nov. 22). (NOTE: Replay airings to regularly take place on these Saturdays at 11 p.m.; fans are urged to consult for exact air times).

HEAD COACH BRIAN KELLY’s WEEKLY PRESS CONFERENCE – will provide a live stream of Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly’s weekly press conference, as he will address the prior weekend’s game, along with detailing his game plan against the team’s upcoming opponent.  Coach Kelly’s weekly press conference, which will take place from Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind., will be live streamed every Tuesday throughout the season at 11 a.m.

“INSIDE NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL” w/BRIAN KELLY – Once again, Comcast SportsNet will be the local TV home for “Inside Notre Dame Football” with Head Coach Brian Kelly this season.  The weekly, half-hour show will feature key highlights, along with detailed discussion & analysis regarding the team’s previous game and an X’s and O’s preview of their upcoming opponent. Fans can follow Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s @CSNIrish Twitter handle for the very latest Fighting Irish news and updates 24/7.

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NBCSN_LogoFormer UCLA Head Coach Makes National-Television Debut as Analyst on Nov. 28

Stamford, Conn – November 13, 2014 – Veteran college basketball head coach Ben Howland is joining NBCSN’s coverage of the 2014-15 college basketball season as an analyst. The announcement was made today by Dan Steir, SVP, Production, and Senior Coordinating Producer, NBC Sports and NBCSN.

Howland, who has spent more than three decades coaching and playing college basketball, brings a wealth of knowledge to his first-ever national-television assignment. Howland served as the men’s basketball head coach at UCLA (2003 -2013), Pittsburgh (1999 – 2003), and Northern Arizona (1994 -1999), and is among a handful of NCAA Division I coaches to take three different teams to the NCAA tournament. He led his teams to 10 NCAA Tournament appearances, five “Sweet 16” appearances, and is one of only 10 coaches to compete in three consecutive Final Fours (UCLA from 2006-2008).

“Ben’s long and successful career as a Division I head coach makes him a perfect fit for our coverage of college basketball,” said Steir. “His experience as a coach and player will allow Ben to provide valuable insight and analysis during our telecasts.”

Howland’s first assignment comes November 28 when Rutgers takes the court against Vanderbilt in the Barclays Center Classic at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. He will also serve as an analyst for the late game that evening, featuring Virginia – LaSalle at 9:30 p.m. ET.

“I’m looking forward to this new role with NBCSN, and the opportunity to communicate my experiences as both a player and coach to college basketball fans” said Howland.

The former Pac 12, Big East and Big Sky Coach of the Year amassed a 401-206 (.661) record as a head coach, and was named National Coach of the Year by the Associated Press in 2002. In addition, Howland enjoyed a standout career as a Division I basketball player. He played for Weber State where he led the Wildcats to two Big Sky championships and a pair of NCAA Tournament berths.

Click here for Howland’s bio.

Additional on-air analysts and play-by-play announcers for NBCSN’s coverage of the 2014-15 season will be announced soon.


NBCSN will present more than 45 college basketball games during the 2014-15 season, including 32 regular-season matchups featuring Atlantic 10 and Colonial Athletic Association schools, the Barclays Center Classic featuring Virginia, Vanderbilt, La Salle and Rutgers, and coverage of the Atlantic 10 Championship and Colonial Athletic Association conference tournament.



FNIA-nfl-nbcCoverage Begins with Football Night In America at 7 p.m. ET on NBC

NBC Sports Live Extra to Live Stream Patriots-Colts

“He’s treating this like it’s a playoff game.” – Rodney Harrison on Bill Belichick;  Transcript Available to Tony Dungy & Rodney Harrison Patriots-Colts Conference Call

NFL Turning Point Airs Thursday at 1 a.m. ET on NBCSN

Pro Football Talk Weekdays at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

NBCSN Sunday Sports Report Has Comprehensive Post-Game Coverage SundayNights at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Stamford, Conn. – Nov. 12, 2014 – Two of the NFL’s top quarterbacks and offenses take center stage this Sunday night on NBC when Tom Brady and the New England Patriots (7-2) visit Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts (6-3) on SundayNight Football. Sunday night’s coverage begins with Football Night In America at 7 p.m. ET.

The Patriots and Colts enter their Sunday Night Football showdown as division leaders in the AFC East and AFC South, respectively, led by two of the NFL’s most efficient quarterbacks. Luck currently leads the NFL in passing yards (3,085) with an offense that leads the league in scoring (32.2 points per game), ranks second in the NFL with 26 touchdown passes (Peyton Manning; 29), and has eclipsed 300 passing yards in seven straight games. Brady has dominated opposing defenses during the Patriots’ current five-game winning streak, boasting an 18-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio, as New England has averaged 40.2 points per game. The Patriots and Colts have each earned playoff berths in five of the last six seasons.

Calling Patriots-Colts is seven-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his 29th season as the voice of the NFL’s premier primetime package; 15-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth, who has won the Emmy for Outstanding Event Analyst in each of his five seasons in the Sunday Night Football booth; and two-time Emmy Award-winning sideline reporter Michele Tafoya.

NBC’s coverage of Sunday Night Football is led by Emmy Award-winning producer Fred Gaudelli and Emmy Award-winning director Drew EsocoffSunday Night Football has won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Sports Series for a record six consecutive years.

Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports, is hosted by 26-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas, who will report from Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday. Costas will be joined on site by Collinsworth, Tafoya, two-time Super Bowl winner Hines Ward, and NBC Sports commentator Josh Elliott.

Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from NBC Sports Group’s Studio 1 and will be joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN and, and Peter King of Sports Illustrated. Carolyn Manno will report from Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisc., on the Eagles-Packers game.


Football Night In America analysts Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison previewed this week’s Patriots-Colts Sunday Night Football matchup on a media conference call on Tuesday. Dungy spent seven seasons as the Colts’ head coach, leading Indianapolis to an 85-27 regular-season record during his tenure, and a Super Bowl XLI victory over Chicago in 2007. Harrison played six seasons with New England, and won back-to-back Super Bowls in 2004 and 2005 as a member of the Patriots.

Following are excerpts from Tuesday’s conference call:

Dungy on defenses creating turnovers: “It’s going to come down to pass rush.  I don’t think the secondary is going to create turnovers.  These quarterbacks are too accurate.  They’re too smart.  They’re not going to throw into covered guys.”

Harrison on Patriots’ and Bill Belichick’s approach to Sunday’s game: “He’s treating this like it’s a playoff game because it’s a very difficult place.  They play with a different speed when they’re on that turf, and it’s just something about the fans and just how excited they get when they’re playing against Belichick and Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. I wanted to have a conversation with Bill, and he declined to have a conversation with me. I know how important this game is because he’s really focused on this game.  So I think he approaches it like it’s a playoff game.”

Dungy on playoff implications of Patriots-Colts: “If (the Colts) win this game, both teams will have three losses.  The Colts will have the head‑to‑head tie breaker.  So the Patriots have to be feeling, ‘Hey, if we win this game, we’re not going to go to Indy again this year.’  That’s the way you’re looking at it.”

Click here for the full transcript of the call:


For the seventh consecutive season, Sunday Night Football will be streamed live online. NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product, will stream all SNF games to desktops and tablets. The full HD-quality video stream will come directly from NBC’s broadcast of SNF. For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available at the App Store for iPad and iPod touch, and on select tablet devices within Google Play.


SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ALL-ACCESS SNF All-Access includes exclusive photos and videos of the Sunday Night Football production team, look-ins on SNF production meetings, Michele Tafoya’s “Ten With Tafoya” interviews with NFL players, and conversations with SNF and FNIA talent.


NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive social media coverage includes the Sunday Night Football Facebook page, providing exclusive behind-the-scenes SNF content & digital content from NBCSports.comSNF All, and, @SNFonNBC, using tweets, photos, Vines and videos & real-time tweets from Michele Tafoya, and a look at SNF through the filters of Instagram.


NBC Sports Group’s Sunday Night Football bus returns this season to travel the country visiting the host cities of all 17 Sunday Night Football games and postseason games, including Super Bowl XLIX. The bus arrives in each city two to three days prior to the game and stops at local landmarks and events, where fans have the opportunity to interact with America’s most-watched primetime television show via exclusive memorabilia, and an interactive 55-inch touch screen housing social media elements, photos and video. Fans can digitally follow the Sunday Night Football bus at


For the third consecutive season NBC Sports presents “The Sunday Night Football,” a custom-made football from Wilson, which will travel with the SNF crew all season. Fans of SNF on Facebook and Twitter can keep up with “The Sunday Night Football” on the SNF Facebook page, and at the end of each SNF game, “The Sunday Night Football” will be signed by the player of the game.

For more information on Sunday Night Football’s comprehensive digital coverage, click here:


This week’s all new edition of NFL Turning Point, NBCSN’s Emmy Award-nominated weekly NFL show co-produced by NFL Films, will feature in-depth analysis of some of Week 10’s most compelling matchups, including Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers overtime victory on the road against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.

Airing Thursday morning at 1 a.m. ET / Wednesday night at 10 p.m. PT, the episode will also review the key moments that defined the Titans-Ravens, Dolphins-Lions and Cowboys–Jaguars contests. In addition, the show will feature in-game audio from select matchups, including wired-for-sound segments from Ravens QB Joe Flacco and head coach John Harbaugh, Lions WR Calvin Johnson, and Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett.

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Pro Football Talk, NBCSN’s daily NFL studio show co-hosted by Mike Florio and Paul Burmeister, airs at 5:30 p.m. ET every Monday through Friday. Pro Football Talk provides all-encompassing coverage of the NFL, and features a roster of NBC Sports football commentators who share a combined eight Super Bowl titles and 169 seasons of NFL experience, including Cris Collinsworth (Thursdays), Tony Dungy (Tuesdays), Hines Ward (Wednesdays), Doug Flutie (Fridays),Jason Taylor, Takeo Spikes, Brian Westbrook, Ross Tucker, Jon Ritchie, NFL coach Kevin Gilbride, and longtime NFL athletic trainer Mike Ryan.


Fantasy Football Live is a live and on-demand, multi-platform, fantasy football program that airs Tuesday through Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, combining the best fantasy football expertise from Yahoo! Sports and NBC Sports, including unique metrics from Yahoo! Sports’ leading fantasy football platform, and full integration with NBC Sports’ premier fantasy sports information site,

Hosted by NBC Sports’ Dave Briggs,  Fantasy Football Live features a roster of Yahoo Sports, NBC Sports and Rotoworld fantasy analysts, including Rotoworld’s Kay Adams, as well as Yahoo Sports’ Brad EvansBrandon Funston and Andy Behrens.


NBCSN Sunday Sports Report, a new, weekly, one-hour program that showcases the news and highlights of the sports properties that are carried by NBC Sports Group, airs every Sunday night at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Hosted by Liam McHugh, NBCSN Sunday Sports Report goes in-depth into the high-profile sports properties that primarily air on NBC and NBCSN, including the Olympics, NFL, NASCAR, NHL, Premier League, golf, Triple Crown horse racing, Notre Dame Football, Formula One, IndyCar and more.

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NBC Sports Radio will surround the 2014 NFL season with daily coverage on 439 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.

To listen to a live stream of NBC Sports Radio, or find your local affiliate, visit


NBC Sports Regional Networks, which serve top NFL markets such as New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Houston and San Francisco, will surround the 2014 NFL season with in-depth news, analysis and original programming on the teams that matter most in more than 43 million U.S. households.


NBC will broadcast 19 primetime NFL games during the 2014 regular season including NBC’s annual Thanksgiving night game, featuring the heated NFC West rivalry between the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.

*Sun. Nov. 16 Week 11  New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts
*Sun. Nov. 23 Week 12 Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants
**Thurs. Nov. 27 Week 13 Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers
*Sun. Nov. 30 Week 13 Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs
*Sun. Dec. 7 Week 14 New England Patriots at San Diego Chargers
*Sun. Dec. 14 Week 15 Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles
*Sun. Dec. 21 Week 16 Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals
*Sun. Dec. 28 Week 17 TBA

*Flex Week

** Thanksgiving Night Game

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Notes & Quotes From NBC’s “Football Night In America” – Week 9


“There is nothing like this the entire year. So exciting.” – Cris Collinsworth on Ravens-Steelers rivalry

“There was a genuine dislike for the Ravens in the Steelers organization.” – Hines Ward

 “He didn’t care about everyone else’s feelings about Mark Sanchez.” – Tony Dungy on Chip Kelly

“This defense is playing fabulous.” – Rodney Harrison on the Dolphins

STAMFORD, Conn. – November 2, 2014 – Following are highlights from NBC’s Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports. Bob Costas opened the show live from inside the Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa. Costas was joined on site by Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth, sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, and NBC NFL analyst Hines Ward.

Dan Patrick co-hosted Football Night from NBC Sports Group’s Studio 1. He was joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy; two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk on, and NFL Insider Peter King. Kathryn Tappen reported from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on the Broncos-Patriots game.

In addition, Costas interviewed Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, while Ward spoke with his former rival, Baltimore Ravens LB Terrell Suggs.

Following are highlights from Football Night in America:


Patrick on Patriots finish: “Extreme gamesmanship there towards the end. It looked like (Bill) Belichick wanted 50 points.”

Dungy: “He’s trying to put up points, John Fox is calling time outs, they’re throwing the ball at the end of the game. I’m not sure what all that was about.”

Harrison: “He preaches they play 60 minutes.”

Harrison: “This is a big win for the Patriots, not just to build confidence but…this is a win for home-field advantage. You don’t want to have to go to Denver in January.”

Click here for Tappen’s interview with Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski:


Harrison: “Seattle’s special teams have been really bad this year.”


Harrison: “Frank Gore had 14 rushes today. It’s not enough.”

Dungy: “The San Francisco 49ers are in trouble. I don’t know what’s wrong with them. They fall to 4-4, they’re three games behind Arizona, and they’re not playing good football.”


Dungy on Mark Sanchez: “I have to credit Chip Kelly. Chip played against Mark Sanchez in the Pac 12. He knew what he could do, and he didn’t care about everyone else’s feelings about Mark Sanchez. He did some things that Mark could do, and Sanchez played well today.”

Harrison on the Eagles being his winner of the day: “Winning on the road, winning with a backup quarterback. They’re now in first place.”


Dungy: “They used the formula they were using last year: solid offense and special teams to get the lead, then they’re turning some great pass rushers loose.”


Harrison: “This defense is playing fabulous.”


Patrick on RGIII not running for a potential first down: “Do you think we’ll ever get back to that RGIII or is that guy gone that would have run for the first down?”

Dungy: “Two knee surgeries, he may be gone.”


Dungy on Teddy Bridgewater: “Have to give him credit. We all focused on RGIII, but Bridgewater brought them back time after time. He really showed a lot of poise, and I think the Vikings have a keeper.”


Costas: “Every team in the division is over .500. The loser tonight will still be over .500, but will be in the basement in the division.”

Collinsworth: “It would not surprise me to see any of these teams win the division.”


Collinsworth on rivalry and cold weather: “There is nothing like this the entire year. So exciting, and we got a little hitting weather out here tonight.”

Ward: “This was one of those games you circled. No one in the building was allowed to wear purple. James Harrison, he pulled Mike Wallace’s (Air) Jordans off because they had purple and threw them in the cold tub…There was a genuine dislike for the Ravens in the Steelers organization.”

Ward on where the intensity of the rivalry started: “I really think it starts back with Tony Siragusa. When he said, ‘When you see a Steeler fan in the stands, beat the crap out of him,’ that just resonated with all the players and that began the rivalry.”

Dungy on Steelers retiring Joe Greene’s number: “I played with him. We had nine guys, Hall of Famers, on that team. He was unquestionably the leader; the best leader I’ve ever been around…He was Chuck Noll’s first draft choice and he changed the whole tenor of the organization.”


Florio: “Adrian Peterson can’t play until his pending felony child abuse charges are resolved, and they could be resolved fairly soon. There is a hearing on Tuesday, and I’m told that the lawyers are working on a potential plea bargain that would reduce the charges from a felony to a misdemeanor…And the question would be what punishment, if any, would the NFL impose on Adrian Peterson over and above the time he has already missed?”


Tafoya: “The investigation by former FBI Chief Robert Mueller into the NFL’s handling of the Ray Rice case is ongoing. I spoke with Steelers’ President Art Rooney II, who along with Giants’ owner John Mara is overseeing the investigation, and he told me those three men are meeting several times a month, either via conference call or face-to-face. While there is still no timeline for completion of the investigation, he hopes it will be finished by year’s end.

“Meanwhile, Rice’s appeal of his indefinite suspension will begin Wednesday in New York where his legal team is expected to argue that he was punished twice for the same incident. They will also seek immediate reinstatement, as well as back pay for the games that they believe Rice could have played.  Testifying at that hearing will be Ray and Janay Rice, Roger Goodell, Ravens’ President Dick Cass and GM Ozzie Newsome, along with four other people who were present for Rice’s disciplinary hearing before the Commissioner back in June.”

Following are Costas’ interview with Roethlisberger, and Ward’s interview with Suggs.


Note: NBC Sports commentator Hines Ward had a spirited on-field relationship with Ravens LB Terrell Suggs when Ward was a WR with Pittsburgh (1998-2011).

Ward: “Let’s get right to it…do you still hate me?”

Suggs: “Get back to me tomorrow after the game. I can’t answer that right now.”

Ward: “Even without the jersey on?”

Suggs: “Even without the jersey on. No matter what Peyton Manning is doing right now with Denver, he will always be a Colt. Tom Brady will always be a Patriot. You will always be a Steeler. I don’t know what it is, I can’t like you. You know what I mean? You seem like a real cool dude right now, but I just can’t.”

Ward: “Do you even know my name?”

Suggs: “Oh, I know your name. [Laughs] I have more than one for you, but I know it.”

Ward: “Is there someone on the team now that you hate just as much as you hated me when I was playing?”

Suggs: “Oh, there will never be another 86…because you didn’t just do it with your mouth, you did it with your pads and with your playing. You always did something to affect the emotion of the game, and a lot of times, it won the game for you. As your opponent, I had to hate you because it’s a rivalry, but I do respect it…you would have made one hell of a Raven.”

Ward: “How do Steelers fans treat 55?”

Suggs: “They do a good job of welcoming me in Heinz Field. It’s very vivid on not only what they would like to do to my team, but to myself. There’s no bigger stadium to me than Heinz Field. I love it every time I come here, and I love the opportunity that I have in front of me.”

Ward: “Is the Ravens-Steelers still the best rivalry in the NFL?”

Suggs: “Yeah, it still is. That’s why when the scheduling came out, they gave this the Sunday Night game. Ravens-Steelers, this one is going to stick to you not just the rest of the year, but I bet you can remember every time you beat us and every time you lost to us, too…how you felt walking off of the field. These games are kind of personal. Everything that goes on around you, your whole atmosphere, it’s like, don’t talk to me until after the game…it’s the biggest thing in the world.”


On his failed pooch punt against the Colts last week: “You know what, the crowd was getting extra loud because it was fourth down, and [Maurkice] Pouncey couldn’t hear me give him the snap count. We were a little late with the delay. I told [Kelvin] Beachum I was mad at him because he’s ruining my pooch punt average…he brought it way down…it’s killing me.”

On turning the season around after losses to Tampa Bay and Cleveland: “We don’t listen to ‘elevator music’ as Coach Mike Tomlin would call it. Those outside people talking, we have a lot of people comment and doubt. We just go out and give it everything we have every week and try and get wins.”

On whether he feels overlooked compared to QB match-ups such as Drew Brees vs. Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady: “Nah, it’s alright. I know what I mean to this team and the franchise and the organization. Joe Flacco and I will have our game this week.”

On what makes the Ravens-Steelers rivalry so special: “It probably started even before I got here, but I really felt like [it was guys like] Joey Porter, Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs…I’ve really tried to help carry that on and I think guys are understanding that this rivalry is something special. Two like-minded cities that are tough…it’s a fun rivalry.”