Notes & Quotes From “Football Night In America” – Week 17

FNIA-nfl-nbc“Packers fans are going to remember that…you’re going to remember where you were.” – Dan Patrick on Packers game-winning TD

“There are no outstanding defenses to play against. Peyton Manning at home is going to be the favorite.” – Tony Dungy on AFC playoffs

“You can’t forget about Carolina and what Cam Newton and that defense bring.” – Rodney Harrison on NFC playoffs

“If he chooses to come out, (Louisville’s Teddy) Bridgewater will be the favorite to be the No. 1 pick.” – Peter King on the NFL Draft

NEW YORK – Dec. 29, 2013 – Following are the highlights for Football Night in America, the most-watched pre-game show in sports. Bob Costas opened the show live from AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas, where the Dallas Cowboys are hosting the Philadelphia Eagles in a game that will decide the NFC East champion. Costas was joined on site by Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (analyst), and two-time Super Bowl winner and Super Bowl XL MVP Hines Ward.

Dan Patrick co-hosted Football Night from famous Studio 8H at NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza studios in New York City. He was 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 NBCSports.com; Peter King of Sports Illustrated; and former NFL Executive of the Year Scott Pioli. Alex Flanagan reported from Soldier Field in Chicago on the Packers-Bears game.

Costas interviewed Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten and Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy for tonight’s show. The program also included a feature that reviewed the Cowboys past two Week 17 games, both of which decided the NFC East and both of which the Cowboys lost, to the Giants and Redskins, respectively.

Following are highlights from Football Night in America:

ON PLAYOFFS

Dungy: “This is going to be a great NFC playoff race. I really think the two best teams are…Seattle and San Francisco.”

Harrison: “You can’t forget about Carolina and what Cam Newton and that defense bring.”

Harrison on the AFC: “The top two seeds (Denver and New England) are actually the two best teams in this league.”

Harrison on Saints: “If I’m the Saints, I’m rooting for the Dallas Cowboys because you get a chance to play in that dome, a nice comfortable environment, but also against that bad Cowboys defense. Drew Brees can take advantage of that.”

Dungy on Broncos: “They’ve got to be pretty comfortable because there are no outstanding defenses to play against. Peyton Manning at home is going to be the favorite against any of these defenses.”

Dungy on Colts: “Playing their best football now, these last three weeks. They know they’ve got a home game. They’ll be dangerous in the playoffs.”

Dungy on Bengals: “Cincinnati, I believe, was rooting for San Diego, (to) bring them east in some cold weather. They’ve already beaten San Diego one time. I’m sure they would much rather play them than Pittsburgh.”

ON PACKERS

Patrick on fourth-and-seven play: “Packers fans are going to remember that. Just say fourth-and-seven and you’re going to remember where you were.”

ON BEARS

Harrison on safety Chris Conte allowing game-winning TD: “He flat out blows his coverage…He lets his wide receiver go straight down the field.”

ON PATRIOTS

Harrison on Bill Belichick: “He’s done a wonderful job with all the different injuries, winning 12 games. The Patriots are never out (of a game).”

ON PANTHERS

Dungy: “I love Cam Newton, but it’s this defense that’s going to carry them.”

ON SEAHAWKS

Florio on Percy Harvin: “As soon as Monday, Harvin will be put on injured reserve due to a lingering hip problem.”

ON RAVENS

Harrison: “This team is a soft team.”

ON DOLPHINS

Harrison: “Just not ready to take that next step.”

ON COWBOYS

Collinsworth on Kyle Orton: “I can only believe what my eyes saw, and I watched him at practice the other day and he threw the ball really well, maybe even a little bit better than really well.”

Ward on Dez Bryant: “If he doesn’t get his opportunities, he could be a distraction on the sideline.”

Costas: “He’s been known to pout.”

Pioli on Orton, who was on Chiefs when Pioli was the team’s GM: “Great team player.”

Dungy: “Kyle Orton is not just any backup. He’s started many games in this league. He is a pro.”

ON EAGLES

Dungy on Nick Foles: “He has been dynamite, on target on the move.”

Costas on LeSean McCoy: “No one disputes that the best pure running back in the NFL is Adrian Peterson of the Vikings, but LeSean McCoy catches a whole lot of passes. He may be the best all-around back.”

Ward: “No question about it. He reminds me a lot of Marshall Faulk.”

ON COACHING CHANGES

Florio on Rob Chudzinski: “The Browns are considering meeting with Chudzinkski tonight and it is likely that he will be fired.”

King on Chudzinski: “Chudzinski struggled with team discipline and the Browns love of analytics…the other thing to watch for is Josh McDaniels, the offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots and a northeast Ohio native, to be a prime candidate.”

Florio and King reported that Mike Munchak (Titans), Jim Schwartz (Lions), Leslie Frazier (Vikings) and Mike Shanahan (Redskins) are expected to be fired.

ON NFL DRAFT

King on Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater: “If he chooses to come out, Bridgewater will be the favorite to be the No. 1 pick.”

King on the Rams, who have the No. 2 pick via the Redskins: “The Rams want to move down again…He’d (GM Les Snead) like to get another (first round) pick out of dealing the No. 2 pick in this draft.”

INTERVIEW: Below are highlights of Costas’ interviews with Witten and McCoy.

JASON WITTEN WITH BOB COSTAS

On saying ‘This can’t go on like this’ last year prior to Week 17: “Third time’s a charm. Obviously we find ourselves in this situation again. Hopefully those past experiences and those failures and coming up short make you better and you build on it, so that in this situation you can find a way to win this game.”

On Tony Romo being out: “That was a big blow, losing Tony. Anytime you lose a player like that, that’s just the star of your franchise and the leader of your franchise, it’s difficult. But the show’s got to go on. We believe in Kyle (Orton), with the experiences and the success that he’s had in this league that he can go and lead our football team. That’s what you hang your hat on is those past experiences.”

On what Orton does well: “He’s got a great demeanor. He’s had success in this league, had starts. He’s got an unbelievable confidence in himself and the people around him. I think he understands what winning football is and, playing the position of quarterback, what he has to do; just facilitate and allow his guys to make plays and help us win this game.”

On if he’s seen Jason Garrett’s demeanor change while being on the hot seat: “I haven’t. Jason Garrett’s got an unbelievable demeanor, just poise, just a great football coach. This is why you want to win games like this — obviously Tony for getting us into this situation, you want to win for him — but you want to win for Coach Garrett because we’re lucky to have him and you want him to have that type of success for a long time.”

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LESEAN MCCOY WITH BOB COSTAS

On the deck being stacked in the Eagles favor for tonight’s game: “That’s why we play the game. We’re approaching the game the same way, as if he (Tony Romo) was playing. We’re preparing and practicing hard. We like it like this. The stakes are up. One game, we’ve got to win to get in.”

On if he grew up a Steelers or Eagles fan having grown up in Pennsylvania: “Not really, just a fan of the game. I was a huge fan of Barry Sanders.”

On comparisons to Barry Sanders: “I’m confident in my game, but watching Barry for so long, the comparison’s crazy. He’s done so many amazing things with those type of runs that there’s even times before the game when I’ll watch some clips to just try and take some different things he did. You really can’t compare us. I’m nowhere near Barry Sanders, and I’m fine to say that.”

On playing for a long time given that he is only 25: “I want to. That’s kind of the reason why maybe I’m so elusive and don’t take those extra shots because I have dreams to play a long time. I think in this game, half the battle is just being healthy.”

On if the Eagles are peaking: “I think so. I think this season we’ve played so well for away games, and, late in the year, we’ve played very well at home. Right now, this is where we want to be, at the right time, peaking.”

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FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA

Cowboys Host Eagles In “NFC East Championship Game” On NBC’S “Sunday Night Football”

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

NBC Sports Live Extra to Live Stream Eagles-Cowboys

NFL Turning Point Wednesday Nights at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN

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

Stamford, Conn. – December 26, 2013 – The NFC East champion will be crowned on NBC this Sunday night when Nick Foles and the NFC East-leading Philadelphia Eagles (9-6) travel to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, to take on the second-place Dallas Cowboys (8-7) in a win-or-go-home contest on Sunday Night Football. Coverage begins with Football Night In America at 7 p.m. ET on NBC.

The final game of the regular season will decide the NFC East and which team will fill the last remaining spot in the 2013 playoffs. The Cowboys kept their season alive with a come-from-behind win against the Redskins last Sunday. A win against the Eagles will earn the Cowboys the division title and their first playoff appearance since 2009. The team has played “win-and-in” season finales the past two years against the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins, but lost both times. Sunday night’s game will be the eighth “win-or-go-home” game for the Cowboys in Week 17 or the playoffs, since Tony Romo became the team’s starting quarterback. The Cowboys have lost six of those seven games. Romo’s status for Sunday is uncertain due to a back injury.

The Eagles can clinch their first NFC East crown since 2010 with a win against the Cowboys on Sunday night. The Eagles scored 54 points and racked up 514 net yards of offense in their win against the Bears this past weekend (225 pass/289 rush).  The team has the NFL’s top rushing offense and rank second in the league in total offense. In addition, QB Nick Foles has the NFL’s best passer rating (118.7), and RB LeSean McCoy leads the league in rushing yards (1,476).

Calling Eagles-Cowboys 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 Sunday Night Football is led by Emmy Award-winning coordinating producer Fred Gaudelli and Emmy Award-winning director Drew EsocoffSunday Night Football has won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Sports Series for five consecutive years. In addition, NBC’s Sunday Night Football on air and production team have a combined 40 Emmy Awards.

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 AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Costas will be joined on-site by Michaels, Collinsworth, and two-time Super Bowl winner and Super Bowl XL MVP Hines Ward.

Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from NBC’s famed Studio 8H at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Patrick will be joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Peter King of Sports Illustrated, 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. Carolyn Manno will report from Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill., on the Packers-Bears game.

EAGLES-COWBOYS PREVIEW

“The Eagles played about as well as they possibly could have against the Bears. They got the tune-up that they were looking for going in to the showdown against the Cowboys, but we understand what the NFL is all about. You have a young man in Nick Foles who is going in to the lions den now. With close to 100,000 people probably watching this one, it is going to be very emotional. And now you begin to wonder, how is Tony Romo? How is the back? Is he going to be able to play at full speed? Here we go again.” – Cris Collinsworth

“The Cowboys have to take away the Eagles number one weapon, LeSean McCoy. You have to stop the run. He is so tremendous and versatile.” – Rodney Harrison

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.

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.

Each week @SNFonNBC will promote a guest player who will live tweet during the Sunday Night Football broadcast on NBC. On Sunday, December 29 @SNFonNBC will feature two guest players. Former Cowboys WR, Drew Pearson @DrewPearsonShow, and former Eagles RB, Brian Westbrook @36Westbrook, will be live tweeting about the game.

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.

NFL TURNING POINT – WEDNESDAY NIGHTS AT 11 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Hosted by Footbal Night In America’s Dan Patrick, Emmy-nominated NFL Turning Point airs every Wednesday night at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN, during the NFL season. NFL Turning Point is built around select NFL matchups from the previous weekend, and focuses on the crucial turning point moments that ultimately defined the outcome of each game. The show features anatomy-of-a-play type segments, and long form game-of-the-week style features, that include pregame and post-game access to the teams.

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.

VIEWERSHIP

Sunday Night Football is TV’s #1 primetime show, based on Live+Same Day viewing, averaging 21.5 million viewers – up 3% from last year at this time.

2013 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Sun. Dec. 29 Week 17 Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys

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Manchester City v. Crystal Palace to be Saturday 10 a.m. ET NBCSN Match

nbc-sports-groupMANCHESTER CITY V. CRYSTAL PALACE TO BE SATURDAY, DEC. 28, 10 A.M. ET NBCSN MATCH

NBCSN to Present Southampton v. Chelsea on New Year’s Day at 10 a.m. ET

Bonus New Year’s Day 90-Minute Match of the Day on NBCSN at 3:30 p.m. ET

Stamford, Conn. – December 27, 2013 – NBC Sports Group continues Premier League coverage with 20 matches through this weekend and New Year’s Day, Jan. 1. NBCSN’s 10 a.m. ET slot on Saturday, Dec. 28, will feature Manchester City v. Crystal Palace. The NBCSN 10 a.m. ET slot on Wednesday, New Year’s Day, will feature Southampton v. Chelsea.

Bonus New Year’s Day coverage includes an extended 90-minute, live Match of the Day on NBCSN at 3:30 p.m. ET as host Rebecca Lowe, former Jamaican National Team footballer Robbie Earle and former U.S. National Team midfielder Kyle Martino provide in-depth analysis, post-match interviews and reaction, plus extended highlights with the match commentators.

The additional matches in the 10 a.m. ET slots on Dec. 28 and New Year’s Day 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 interactive Premier League Game Finder can be accessed at http://www.nbcsports.com/ExtraTime.

Below is the NBCUniversal schedule for this weekend and New Year’s Day (all times ET, subject to change):

Date Time Home v. Away Network 
Sat., Dec. 28 7 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sat., Dec. 28 7:45 a.m. West Ham United v. West Bromwich Albion NBCSN
Sat., Dec. 28 10 a.m. Manchester City v. Crystal Palace NBCSN
Sat., Dec. 28 10 a.m. Hull City v. Fulham Extra Time
Sat., Dec. 28 10 a.m. Aston Villa v. Swansea City Extra Time
Sat., Dec. 28 10 a.m. Norwich City v. Manchester United Extra Time
Sat., Dec. 28 Noon Premier League Live NBCSN
Sat., Dec. 28 12:30 p.m. Cardiff City v. Sunderland NBC
Sat., Dec. 28 11 p.m. NBCSN’s Match of the Day NBCSN
Sun., Dec. 29 8 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sun., Dec. 29 8:30 a.m. Newcastle United v. Arsenal NBCSN, mun2
Sun., Dec. 29 8:30 a.m. Everton v. Southampton Extra Time
Sun., Dec. 29 10:30 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sun., Dec. 29 11 a.m. Chelsea v. Liverpool NBCSN, Telemundo
Sun., Dec. 29 11 a.m. Tottenham Hotspur v. Stoke City Extra Time
Sun., Dec. 29 11 p.m. NBCSN’s Match of the Day II NBCSN
Mon., Dec. 30 11 p.m. Barclays Premier League Review NBCSN
Tues., Dec. 31 12 a.m. Premier League Encore: Manchester Monday NBCSN
Tues., Dec. 31 11:30 p.m. Premier League Encore NBCSN
Wed., Jan. 1 7 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Wed., Jan. 1 7:45 a.m. Swansea City v. Manchester City NBCSN
Wed., Jan. 1 9:45 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Wed., Jan. 1 10 a.m. Southampton v. Chelsea NBCSN
Wed., Jan. 1 10 a.m. Crystal Palace v. Norwich City Extra Time
Wed., Jan. 1 10 a.m. Fulham v. West Ham United Extra Time
Wed., Jan. 1 10 a.m. Liverpool v. Hull City Extra Time
Wed., Jan. 1 10 a.m. Stoke City v. Everton Extra Time
Wed., Jan. 1 10 a.m. Sunderland v. Aston Villa Extra Time
Wed., Jan. 1 10 a.m. West Bromwich Albion v. Newcastle United Extra Time
Wed., Jan. 1 10 a.m. Arsenal v. Cardiff City Extra Time
Wed., Jan. 1 Noon Premier League Live NBCSN
Wed., Jan. 1 12:30 p.m. Manchester United v. Tottenham Hotspur NBCSN
Wed., Jan. 1 3:30 p.m. Match of the Day NBCSN

Lead play-by-play voice Arlo White joins Graeme Le Saux, the former Premier League star who played in 36 international matches for England, on NBCSN to call Chelsea v. Liverpool on Sun., Dec. 29 at 11 a.m. ET; and Manchester United v. Tottenham on New Year’s Day at 12:30 p.m. ET. White teams with former Premier League star and four-time league champion Lee Dixon to call Cardiff City v. Sunderland on NBC on Sat., Dec. 28 at 12:30 p.m. ET.

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. Lowe  hosts Premier League Live alongside Earle, Martino, and former English footballer Robbie 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. Games airing on NBC Sports Network will be live streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

To date, AT&T U-verse®, Bright House Networks, Cablevision’s Optimum, Comcast’s Xfinity TV, Cox, DIRECTV, Mediacom, Suddenlink, and Time Warner Cable have opted to carry the additional Premier League matches via the Premier League Extra Time package, and AT&T U-verse, Cablevision’s Optimum, Charter, Comcast’s Xfinity TV, Cox, DIRECTV, DISH, Suddenlink and Verizon FiOS will make all Premier League games available through TV Everywhere. Additionally, over 100 NCTC partners have either signed-on to the Premier League Extra Time package or have opted-in via TV Everywhere, including Blue Ridge Communications, Buckeye CableSystem, CenturyLink Prism, and RCN. In some cases, the Premier League Extra Time package will be available in select markets.

NBC Sports Group presents the most ambitious, extensive and comprehensive coverage of the Premier League available anywhere in the world with all 380 Premier League matches available live 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. In total, NBC Sports Group will present more than 1,600 hours of Premier League programming.

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Detroit Red Wings Host Toronto Maple Leafs Before 100,000+ Fans On New Year’s Day In 2014 NHL Winter Classic On NBC

nbc-sports-groupWorld-Record Crowd of 100,000+ Anticipated for Original Six Clash at Michigan Stadium on New Year’s Day

Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire to Call Action at Ice Level for First Time in NBC Sports Broadcast-Television History

Winter Classic Media Conference Call with Emrick, Olczyk, McGuire and Executive Producer Sam Flood Monday, Dec. 30 at 1 p.m. ET

NHL Live’s Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury, Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick On-Site From “The Big House”

Team USA Men’s and Women’s Hockey Rosters to Be Announced

STAMFORD, Conn. – Dec. 26, 2013 – Two storied NHL franchises will face off at one of college football’s most historic stadiums in front of more than 100,000 fans on New Year’s Day, when NBC presents the 2014 NHL Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday, Jan. 1 at 1 p.m. ET, from Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. In addition, NBCSN will present coverage of the Maple Leafs-Red Wings Alumni Games on New Year’s Eve, a pre-Olympic exhibition game in women’s hockey between Team USA and Team Canada on Saturday, Dec. 28, and a matchup of the previous two Stanley Cup winners on Monday night, when the Chicago Blackhawks host the Los Angeles Kings.

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 Winter Classic call rink-side from Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., home of the University of Michigan Wolverines football team. It will be the first time a full broadcast team has called an NHL regular-season game at ice level in NBC Sports broadcast-television history.

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NHL WINTER CLASSIC CONFERENCE CALL – MONDAY, DEC. 30 AT 1 P.M. ET

Emrick, Olczyk, McGuire and executive producer Sam Flood, will preview the upcoming NHL Winter Classic on a media conference call Monday, Dec. 30 at 1 p.m. ET. Media interested in participating should call 719-325-2458; Passcode: 7161389.

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NHL Live host Liam McHugh will be on-site at Michigan Stadium alongside former players and analysts Mike Milbury, Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick to provide pre-game and post-game analysis, as well as commentary during intermissions.

In addition, The Weather Channel on-camera meteorologist and storm tracker Jim Cantore will be on-site to provide weather updates and conduct interviews throughout the game, a role he has held at previous NHL Winter Classics.

The Red Wings will make their second appearance in the NHL Winter Classic, having defeated the Chicago Blackhawks, 6-4, in 2009 at Wrigley Field, while the Maple Leafs become the first Canadian team to appear in the annual New Year’s Day outdoor affair. The event will aim to set the Guinness World Record for highest attendance at a hockey game, which was set at Michigan Stadium in a college hockey game between Michigan and Michigan State in 2010 (104,073).

In advance of the NHL Winter Classic on New Year’s Day, NBCSN will provide live coverage of two alumni games between former members of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings, starting at 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Dec. 31, from Comerica Park in Detroit, Mich.

The NHL Winter Classic will also have an Olympic element, with less than 50 days remaining until the start of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. During the second intermission, NBC will provide live coverage of the final roster announcement for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women’s ice hockey team. Following the game, NBC will also provide coverage of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men’s ice hockey team roster announcement.

On Saturday, Dec. 28 at 4 p.m. ET, Team USA faces Team Canada in a pre-Olympic women’s exhibition game on NBCSN. Last Friday, Team USA defeated Team Canada, by a score of 4-1, for their second straight victory against their rivals to the north. Dave Strader will provide play-by-play action alongside former Team USA members A.J. Mlezcko (analyst) and Natalie Darwitz (analyst), from Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn.

NBC Sports Group’s NHL coverage next week begins Monday, Dec. 30 at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN with a matchup of the two previous Stanley Cup Champions, when Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks host Dustin Brown and the Los Angeles Kings. John Forslund (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (analyst) will provide live commentary from United Center in Chicago, Ill.

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream all 2013-14 NHL regular-season games televised on NBC and NBCSN, including this week’s Kings-Blackhawks matchup, the NHL Winter Classic, both alumni games and the Team USA-Team Canada pre-Olympic exhibition game.

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Sat., December 28 Team USA vs. Team Canada – Women’s Exhibition NBCSN 4 p.m.
Mon., December 30 NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
Los Angeles at Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tue., December 31 Winter Classic Alumni Game #1 NBCSN 1 p.m.
NHL Top 10 NBCSN 3 p.m.
NHL Top 10 NBCSN 3:30 p.m.
Winter Classic Alumni Game #2 NBCSN 4 p.m.
Wed., January 1 Toronto at Detroit – 2014 NHL Winter Classic NBC 1 p.m.
Return to Vancouver – 2010 Gold Medal Game NBCSN 8 p.m.

NHL WINTER CLASSIC PRODUCES MOST-WATCHED NHL REGULAR-SEASON GAMES

The Winter Classic, which was co-created by NBC Sports and the NHL and debuted in 2008, has produced five of the six most-watched NHL regular-season games in the past 38 years (average viewers).

Viewership Date Network Game
1.  4.5 million Jan. 1, 2011 NBC Capitals-Penguins
2.  4.4 million Jan. 1, 2009 NBC Red Wings-Blackhawks
3.  3.8 million Jan. 27, 1996 FOX Six-game regional coverage
4.  3.8 million Jan. 1, 2008 NBC Penguins-Sabres
5.  3.74 million Jan. 2, 2012 NBC Rangers-Flyers
6.  3.68 million Jan. 1, 2010 NBC Flyers-Bruins

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream NHL coverage via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. 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.

Games airing on:

  • NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
  • NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.

2013-14 REGULAR-SEASON COVERAGE ON NBC & NBCSN

NBC Sports Group will deliver coverage of 103 NHL regular-season games during the 2013-14 season, featuring 13 games on NBC and 90 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

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 2013-14 NHL season with in-depth news, analysis and original programming on the teams that matter most.

NBC SPORTS GROUP’S DIGITAL AND SOCIAL NHL COVERAGE

NBC Sports Group will continue to provide hockey fans with up-to-the-minute news, video, and information on the NHL and hockey from around the world via its digital and social properties, including NBCSports.com, Twitter and Facebook.

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Week 17 Flex Scheduling: Eagles-Cowboys to be NBC “SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” Game ON DEC 29

nbc-sundaynightfootballAs released by NFL:

WEEK 17 FLEX SCHEDULING:

EAGLES-COWBOYS TO BE NBC’S SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL GAME ON DEC. 29;

BILLS-PATRIOTS MOVES TO 4:25 PM ET ON CBS;

BUCCANEERS-SAINTS TO 4:25 PM ET ON FOX

The Week 17 Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys game on Sunday, December 29 will be played at 8:30 PM ET on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, the Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots at 4:25 PM ET on CBS and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints game at 4:25 PM ET on FOX, the NFL announced tonight.

The Week 17 Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears game will be scheduled based on the outcome of tonight’s Sunday Night Football game.  If the Bears lose to the Philadelphia Eagles tonight, the December 29 Packers-Bears game will be played at 4:25 PM ET on FOX.  If the Bears beat the Eagles tonight, the game stays at 1:00 PM ET as scheduled.

Most markets will see four Sunday afternoon games (two on CBS and two on FOX) plus the NBC Sunday night game with the NFL’s Week 17 double doubleheader schedule, which was introduced in 2006.

Following is the Week 17 NFL schedule (asterisk and bold/italics represents changed game time).  The schedule will be updated following the conclusion of tonight’s Chicago Bears-Philadelphia Eagles game.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29 (WEEK 17)

CAROLINA AT ATLANTA 1:00 PM (ET) FOX
GREEN BAY AT CHICAGO 12:00 PM (CT) FOX
BALTIMORE AT CINCINNATI 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
JACKSONVILLE AT INDIANAPOLIS 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
N.Y. JETS AT MIAMI 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
DETROIT AT MINNESOTA 12:00 PM (CT) FOX
WASHINGTON AT N.Y. GIANTS 1:00 PM (ET) FOX
CLEVELAND AT PITTSBURGH 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
HOUSTON AT TENNESSEE 12:00 PM (CT) CBS
SAN FRANCISCO AT ARIZONA 2:25 PM (MT) FOX
DENVER AT OAKLAND 1:25 PM (PT) CBS
KANSAS CITY AT SAN DIEGO 1:25 PM (PT) CBS
ST. LOUIS AT SEATTLE 1:25 PM (PT) FOX
BUFFALO AT NEW ENGLAND* 4:25 PM (ET) CBS
TAMPA BAY AT NEW ORLEANS* 3:25 PM (CT) FOX
      PHILADELPHIA AT DALLAS* 8:30 PM (ET) NBC

The NFL uses “flexible scheduling” on Sundays in Weeks 11-17 to ensure quality matchups in all NFL Sunday time slots.

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Notes & Quotes From “FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA” – Week 16

FNIA-nfl-nbc“It puts even more pressure on you to win a Super Bowl.” – Harrison on Peyton Manning’s TD-pass record

“We all assumed they were unbeatable at home and Arizona showed the formula today.” – Dungy on winning in Seattle

“You can’t make me believe in the Cincinnati Bengals.” – Harrison on the Bengals playoff prospects

NEW YORK – Dec. 22, 2013 – Following are the highlights for Football Night in America, the most-watched pre-game show in sports. Bob Costas opened the show live from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa., where the Philadelphia Eagles are hosting the Chicago Bears. Costas was joined on site by Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (analyst), and two-time Super Bowl winner and Super Bowl XL MVP Hines Ward.

Dan Patrick co-hosted Football Night from famous Studio 8H at NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza studios in New York City. He was 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 NBCSports.com; and Peter King of Sports Illustrated. Alex Flanagan reported from M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md., on the Patriots-Ravens game.

Costas interviewed Bears head coach Marc Trestman and Eagles QB Nick Foles for tonight’s show.

Following are highlights from Football Night in America:

ON SEAHAWKS-CARDINALS

Dungy on Cardinals win: “What happened today is you saw what you have to do to win. You’ve got to go up there with a great defense. You’ve got to be able to match Seattle’s defense, and Arizona did that today.”

Harrison on Cardinals defense: “They loaded up the box, they tried to stop the run and they played man-to-man coverage. They dared those wide receivers to try and beat them on the outside. They need Percy Harvin, if he can come back.”

Dungy on how to win in Seattle: “We all assumed they were unbeatable at home and Arizona showed the formula today.”

ON PANTHERS

Harrison (joking): “I told both of you guys that the Carolina Panthers would make the playoffs.”

Harrison: “I look at Carolina and that’s a team that can be really scary and dangerous in the playoffs.”

ON SAINTS

Costas: “With all due respect to the Saints, they are very, very good at home, and less than mediocre on the road.”

ON BRONCOS

Dungy on Peyton Manning’s record: “I think this does mean a lot…showing the world that he is back.”

Harrison: “When you break records, it’s a great achievement. But I think it puts even more pressure on you to win a Super Bowl.”

Dungy: “Von Miller getting hurt today, that is a big loss. Now, I’m not so afraid to go into Denver when they don’t have that pass rusher.”

ON COLTS

Patrick: “Are they back?”

Dungy: “Whenever they can protect Andrew Luck, they’re back.”

Dungy: “This was a huge win for them.”

ON TEXANS

Patrick on team’s 13th straight loss: “And you thought the Astros were bad.”

ON COWBOYS

Dungy: “This is what I care about, Dallas Cowboys needing a clutch drive, and they got one from Tony Romo. They’re alive to set up another win-or-go-home game next week with Philadelphia.”

Dungy: “They win next week, they’re in. They’ve got to be thrilled about that because they haven’t played great football, but they still have one game to do it and get it done next week.”

ON DOLPHINS

Harrison: “This offensive line today just got straight up dominated.”

Patrick on offensive line troubles: “It was a bad line and then you get rid of two starters (Incognito and Martin).”

ON BENGALS

Harrison: “You can’t make me believe in the Cincinnati Bengals.”

Dungy on the playoffs: “They can win at home…If they go to Denver without Von Miller, they’ve got a chance.”

ON LIONS

Dungy on loss to Giants: “You’ve got to win this game.”

Harrison: “It’s the same story each and every year…if you look at the talent level of this team, there’s no reason why this team shouldn’t vie for an NFC championship every year. Something’s wrong.”

ON GIANTS

Dungy on Eli Manning: “He wasn’t great all day, but he was great in the clutch.”

ON BEARS

Collinsworth on offense: “One of the most exciting teams in football right now.”

Collinsworth: “This team looks like an NBA team coming off the bus. They’re very tall.”

Costas: “I get the reference. I’m very sensitive to these height issues.”

Ward on Alshon Jeffrey: “This year, he’s a different ballplayer. He’s full of confidence, using his hands to catch the ball, and using his big body. He’s a great complement to Brandon Marshall.”

Ward on QB controversy: “I love how decisive Coach Trestman is.”

ON EAGLES

Dungy on playoff seeding and impact of tonight’s game: “You always want to be three rather than four.”

Dungy: “I think the running game is going to determine who wins this game.”

ON COACHES ON HOT SEAT

Coaches likely out next year

Florio: Mike Shanahan (Washington) and Dennis Allen (Oakland).

Coaches likely out next year if they don’t make the playoffs

King: Jason Garrett (Dallas) and Jim Schwartz (Detroit).

Coaches in trouble

King: Rex Ryan (Jets), Mike Munchak (Tennessee) and Leslie Frazier (Minnesota).

Coaches who will survive

King: Greg Schiano (Tampa Bay) and Tom Coughlin (Giants).

Florio: Joe Philbin (Miami) and Mike Smith (Atlanta).

ON COLLEGE COACHES

King: “With the top college coach, David Shaw, expected to stay at Stanford, look for Bill O’Brien at Penn State, who’s interested in NFL openings, to be the No. 1 college candidate to jump to the NFL.”

INTERVIEW: Below are highlights of Costas’ interviews with Trestman and Foles.

MARC TRESTMAN WITH BOB COSTAS

Trestman on continuing with Jay Cutler: “I knew right after he was injured that he was our quarterback, and when he was ready to play he would go back in and it was really as simple as that. I wanted everybody to know that when Jay was healthy he would be back in to play.  And once I said that I planned on sticking with it because I felt that it was in the best interest of the team.”

Trestman on his unusual journey to become a head coach: “I can only say that at the present time I look back and I see why it all happened the way it did. I’ve enjoyed every day since the day I got the job and able to use whatever skill sets that I have to help put our coaches and players in the best position to win on a daily basis.”

Click here to watch the video: http://www.nbcsports.com/football/nfl/trestman-cutler-our-quarterback

NICK FOLES WITH BOB COSTAS

On his ascent from backup to starter: “I’m very fortunate to be playing in the NFL, and that’s how I look at it. Every day is a blessing to be playing, tomorrow is not guaranteed for anyone. I’ve had many friends that had to stop playing … so I’m thankful every day.”

On being fined for an illegal block: “It doesn’t happen often. When I handed off the ball for the reverse, there was a lot of pressure so I did peek back around. The referee had the right call. It was an illegal block. I’ll remember that and be smarter.”

Click here to watch the video: http://www.nbcsports.com/football/nfl/foles-keeps-eagles-soaring-playoff-push

NFC North-Leading Bears Take On Nfc East-Leading Eagles On NBC’s “Sunday Night Football”

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

NBC Sports Live Extra to Live Stream Bears-Eagles

Dungy and Harrison Preview Bears-Eagles on FNIA Coach’s Clicker Tonight at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN

NFL Turning Point Tonight at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN

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

Stamford, Conn. – December 18, 2013 – Jay Cutler and the NFC North-leading Chicago Bears (8-6) travel to Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa., to take on Nick Foles and the NFC East-leading Eagles (8-6) on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. Coverage begins with Football Night In America at 7 p.m. ET on NBC.

The Bears control the NFC North and their division title chances. With a win against the Eagles on Sunday, and losses by both the Lions and Packers, Chicago will clinch their division. The Bears could also win the NFC North with a win over the Eagles on Sunday, and a victory against the Packers on December 29.

The Eagles are in control of the NFC East and can also wrap up their division on Sunday night. With a win against the Bears and a loss by the Cowboys, Philadelphia will clinch the NFC East. The Eagles can also win the NFC East with a victory on Sunday night, and a win against the Cowboys on December 29. The Eagles have the NFL’s top rushing offense and rank second in the league in total offense. In addition, QB Nick Foles has the NFL’s best passer rating (117.0), and RB LeSean McCoy leads the league in rushing yards (1,343).

Calling Bears-Eagles 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 Sunday Night Football is led by Emmy Award-winning coordinating producer Fred Gaudelli and Emmy Award-winning director Drew EsocoffSunday Night Football has won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Sports Series for five consecutive years. In addition, NBC’s Sunday Night Football on air and production team have a combined 40 Emmy Awards.

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 Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia  Pa. Costas will be joined on-site by Michaels, Collinsworth, and two-time Super Bowl winner and Super Bowl XL MVP Hines Ward.

Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from NBC’s famed Studio 8H at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Patrick will be joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Peter King of Sports Illustrated, 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. Alex Flanagan will report from M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD, on the Patriots-Ravens game.

BEARS-EAGLES PREVIEW

“This game is going to be about defense. Which one of these defenses is finally going to be able to stand up and make plays? Chicago has not been good about the run all year. The Eagles have LeSean McCoy, who can put up yards like mad if you are not tackling well.” – Tony Dungy

“The one advantage the Chicago Bears have is their big physical receivers. Cutler can just drop back, throw the ball up there and let those 6’4” and 6’5” guys go up and get the ball. I know Eagles QB Nick Foles has struggled, but I don’t really worry about him. He’s a quality quarterback, but I do worry about the Eagles defense.” – Rodney Harrison

Click here to watch a video of Dan Patrick, Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison previewing Bears-Eagles: http://www.nbcsports.com/football/nfl/snf-week-16-preview-eagles-vs-bears

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 NFL coverage breaks down the Packers’ stunning comeback in Dallas, analyzes how Ryan Tannehill outdueled Tom Brady, and previews a pivotal Sunday Night Football showdown between the Bears and Eagles, with new episodes tonight of FNIA Coach’s Clicker at 5 p.m. ET and NFL Turning Point at 11 p.m. ET.

FNIA Coach’s Clicker, hosted by Liam McHugh with Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy and two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, looks ahead to the weekend’s most compelling matchups, starting in Philadelphia, where the Eagles and Bears will aim to potentially clinch division titles on Sunday Night Football.

Dungy and Harrison will dissect how QB Nick Foles and RB LeSean McCoy have flourished in head coach Chip Kelly’s offense, and examine how the Philadelphia defense will attempt to stop the Bears’ offensive weapons, including RB Matt Forte and WRs Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. In addition, Scott Pioli of Football Night In America and Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk will discuss the Bears QB situation, deciphering how Chicago should proceed heading into the offseason.

FNIA Coach’s Clicker will preview this week’s Patriots-Ravens game, revisiting their matchup from the 2013 AFC Championship Game, and highlighting how Brady and QB Joe Flacco have performed in late-game situations. The episode will also break down a key NFC South contest between the Saints and Panthers, focusing on QB Drew Brees’ success against Carolina in Week 13, and how the New Orleans defense will defend QB Cam Newton.

NFL Turning Point, hosted by Football Night In America’s Dan Patrick, looks back at a wild Week 15, highlighted by last-minute victories by the Packers and Dolphins that kept both teams’ playoff hopes alive.

NFL Turning Point reviews Cowboys-Packers, and examines a tale of two halves for both teams, as Green Bay erased a 26-3 halftime deficit en route to a 37-36 win. The program reviews how QB Tony Romo had success in the first half against the Packers defense, but faltered in the game’s final two drives, throwing two interceptions to set up Green Bay’s go-ahead score and seal their victory.

The program will also break down last Sunday’s Patriots-Dolphins game, in which Tannehill outdueled Brady, focusing on the battle between the two quarterbacks after the teams were tied, 10-10, headed into the fourth quarter. Turning Point analyzes how Brady led the Patriots down the field on a touchdown drive, only to be matched by Tannehill’s pass to WR Marcus Thigpen with 1:15 left in the game. Miami’s final drive was kept alive by Tannehill’s fourth-down conversion to TE Charles Clay, his only reception of the game.

This week’s program will also feature audio from Cam Newton from the Panthers’ 30-20 victory over the Jets last Sunday.

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.

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.

VIEWERSHIP

NBC’s NFL games are averaging 21.6 million viewers per telecast – up 3% from last year – to rank as the #1 primetime show on TV, based on Live+Same Day viewing.

2013 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
*Sun. Dec. 22 Week 16 Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles
*Sun. Dec. 29 Week 17 TBA

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NBCUniversal To Provide Unprecedented Coverage Of 2014 Sochi Olympics

NBC-sochiNBCUniversal to Set Winter Olympics Record with 1,539+ Hours of Coverage

539 Televised Hours on NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, MSNBC and USA Network

1,000+ Hours of Live Streaming Coverage of All Winter Games Competition on NBCOlympics.com via NBC Sports Live Extra

NBC Begins 185 Hours of Coverage with Primetime Show on Thursday, Feb. 6

STAMFORD, Conn. – Dec. 19, 2013 – The biggest Winter Olympics in history, set to take place in the biggest country in the world, will receive the most U.S. coverage in Winter Games history. NBCUniversal will present more than 1,539 hours of coverage of the XXII Olympic Winter Games from Sochi, Russia, across NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, MSNBC, USA Network and NBCOlympics.com. The 1,539+ hours are the most ever for a Winter Olympics and more than the coverage of the previous two Winter Olympics combined.

NBC’s coverage of the 2014 Sochi Games begins in primetime on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 8 p.m. ET, one night before the network’s traditional coverage of the Opening Ceremony on Friday, Feb. 7, and continues until the Closing Ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 23. NBC’s schedule is divided into three dayparts – daytime, primetime and late night – for a total of 185 hours over 18 days.

Following is a breakdown of NBCUniversal’s coverage of the XXII Olympic Winter Games:

  • The six NBCUniversal platforms – NBC (185 hours), NBCSN (230), CNBC (36), MSNBC (45), USA Network (43) and NBCOlympics.com (1,000+) – will offer the most in-depth coverage in Winter Olympics history. The 1,539+ hours is more than Vancouver (835) and Torino (419) combined (1,254);
  • NBCUniversal’s 539 hours of television coverage is the most ever for a Winter Olympics, eclipsing Vancouver (436) in 2010;
  • Over the 18 days of the Sochi Games (Feb. 6 – 23), NBCUniversal’s coverage will average over 85 hours per day – nearly double the entire coverage of the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Olympics (43.5) on ABC;
  • NBCUniversal is presenting its 14th Olympic Games and eighth consecutive, both the most by any U.S. media company. ABC is second with 10 and four (twice), respectively;
  • Sochi marks the first time NBC will air Olympic primetime coverage before the Opening Ceremony. The primetime broadcast on Thursday, Feb. 6, is scheduled to include competition in the Olympic debuts of snowboard slopestyle (men’s and women’s), in which two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White may compete, and team figure skating, where the U.S. is expected to contend for a medal, as well as women’s freestyle moguls, where defending U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Hannah Kearney is scheduled to compete;
  • NBCSN, the NBC Sports Group’s Emmy Award-winning 24/7 sports network, will present more than 230 hours of coverage, including live figure skating for the first time, and serve as the home for Team USA;
  • MSNBC, NBCUniversal’s 24/7 cable news channel that is fully distributed in roughly 100 million homes, will telecast live hockey coverage on 11 of its 12 days, including medal round games;
  • USA Network, the #1 network in all of basic cable for an unprecedented seven straight years and seen in more than 100 million U.S. homes, will present medal round coverage of hockey and curling and three men’s hockey games featuring Team Canada;
  • CNBC, NBCUniversal’s fully distributed cable business channel, will serve as the home for curling during the 2014 Sochi Games, and present a daily curling program beginning on Feb. 10;
  • NBCOlympics.com will serve as the preeminent digital destination for Olympic content and the exclusive home of Olympic video coverage, featuring, for the first time, live streaming of all Winter Games competition, plus event rewinds and extensive video highlights.

A breakdown of platform-by-platform coverage follows:

NBC TO AIR 185 HOURS OF WINTER OLYMPICS COVERAGE FROM SOCHI

NBC will present 185 hours of 2014 Olympic Winter Games coverage from Sochi over 18 days, beginning with primetime coverage on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, and concluding with the Closing Ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 23. Coverage of the Opening Ceremony begins on Friday, Feb. 7 in primetime.

NBC’s 2014 Sochi Games coverage highlights:

  • NBC will begin its primetime coverage of the 2014 Sochi Olympics on Thursday, Feb. 6, one night before the broadcast network provides its traditional primetime coverage of the Opening Ceremony on Friday, Feb. 7;
  • Primetime coverage will include figure skating, short track, speed skating, alpine skiing, snowboarding/freestyle, and more;
  • Daytime coverage will include gold medal finals in 11 of the 15 Winter Olympic sports, including speed skating, short track, snowboarding and hockey;
  • All 12 new Olympic events, including disciplines in freeskiing, snowboarding and figure skating, will air on NBC;
  • NBC will present coverage of the men’s and women’s ice hockey gold medal games live across all time zones;
    • o   The women’s gold medal game airs on Thursday, Feb. 20 at Noon ET/9 am PT;
    • o   The men’s gold medal game airs on Sunday, Feb. 23, with coverage beginning at 6:30 a.m. ET/3:30 a.m. PT;
  • NBC’s coverage of the Sochi Games concludes with the Closing Ceremony, preceded by Sochi Gold, on Sunday, Feb. 23, beginning at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

In alpine skiing, reigning Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn, the most decorated skier in American history, is looking to recover from knee injuries suffered in 2013 and repeat her performance at the 2010 Vancouver Games, where she became the first American woman to take Olympic gold in the downhill. Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety, who won three world titles in 2013, is expected to make his debut in primetime on Sunday, Feb. 9. Eighteen-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin has the makings of the next great American ski racer. She won the world and World Cup titles in the slalom last season to establish herself as the Sochi favorite, and she is also rising fast in her other event, the giant slalom.

In snowboarding, Shaun White looks to become the first American man to win the same Winter Olympic event three times with a gold medal in the men’s halfpipe. White earned the gold medal in the halfpipe in Torino (2006) and Vancouver (2010). He should also contend for a medal in the new slopestyle event. American Jamie Anderson is a favorite to win the gold medal in women’s slopestyle.

NBC’s coverage of figure skating at the 2014 Sochi Games begins with the Olympic debut of team figure skating on Thursday, Feb. 6. The new event will include men, ladies, pairs and ice dance teams for each of 10 qualified countries, including the U.S., Canada, and host Russia. Reigning U.S. champion Ashley Wagner and 18-year-old Gracie Gold could challenge for medals in ladies’ singles, while two-time world champions and 2010 Olympic silver medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White have a slight edge over reigning Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir in ice dancing after defeating their Canadian counterparts at the 2013-14 Grand Prix Final.

In speed skating, Shani Davis looks to become the first American man to win titles in the same event at three Olympic Winter Games after earning gold in the 1000m in Torino (2006) and Vancouver (2010). Davis also took home silver medals in the 1500m in Torino (2006) and Vancouver (2010), and is the current world-record holder in both of those distances. Medals in both the 1000m and 1500m in Sochi would tie Davis with Bonnie Blair for the most Olympic medals by a U.S. speed skater. Davis became the first African-American athlete to win a Winter Games gold medal in an individual event, and is expected to make his primetime debut on NBC on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

In short track, J.R. Celski aims to build off of his double bronze medal performance in the 1500m and 5000m men’s relay at the Vancouver Winter Games. Celski should compete in all three individual men’s short track events – 500m, 1000m, and 1500m – and lead the U.S. men in the 5000m relay. Celski is the world record holder in the 500m, is the only skater to ever break the 40-second barrier in that event, and will debut on NBC in primetime on Monday, Feb. 10.

NBC will present live coverage of the men’s and women’s hockey gold medal games across all time zones. Live coverage of the women’s gold medal game will air on Thursday, Feb. 20 at Noon ET/9 a.m. PT, with coverage of the men’s gold medal game scheduled to begin on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 6:30 a.m. ET/3:30 a.m. PT. Team USA looks to build off of silver medals in men’s and women’s hockey at the 2010 Vancouver Games, after both teams fell to Canada in the gold medal contests. The U.S. men are expected to be led by numerous Stanley Cup champions. The women are led by Vancouver veteran and team captain Meghan Duggan.

NBCSN TO AIR MORE THAN 230 HOURS OF OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES COVERAGE

NBC Olympics will utilize NBCSN, the NBC Sports Group’s Emmy Award-winning 24/7 sports network that is distributed in more than 80 million homes, to present more than 230 hours of coverage of the XXII Olympic Winter Games from Sochi, Russia, this February. It will be the most Winter Olympic coverage ever on a cable network.

NBCSN’s 2014 Sochi Games coverage highlights include:

  • The most comprehensive live coverage of the Sochi competition day;
  • The network serving as the cable home for Team USA;
  • Starting Saturday, February 8, when NBCSN’s Olympic coverage begins, the network will feature complete, live coverage of figure skating;
  • In addition to its extensive figure skating coverage, the network will feature live coverage of 10 more sports, including speed skating, bobsled, ski jumping, Nordic combined, and more;
  • Team USA vs. Russia in men’s hockey on Saturday, Feb. 15.

NBCSN’s Olympic coverage begins Saturday, February 8 at 3 a.m. ET/Midnight PT, when Team USA faces Finland in women’s hockey, and concludes Sunday, February 23, the final day of the Sochi Games. NBCSN will air at least one gold medal final live each day through its 16 days of coverage. Most days, live coverage on NBCSN will begin at 3 a.m. ET and continue for 12 hours.

LIVE FIGURE SKATING

NBCSN’s complete live figure skating coverage begins Saturday, February 8 at 9:30 a.m. ET with the team event, which makes its Olympic debut in Sochi. The event will be featured prominently in NBCSN’s first weekend of coverage and pits countries against each other in every figure skating discipline.

Following coverage of the team event, NBCSN will show every performance and every skater of the pairs, men’s, ice dancing and ladies competitions. Reigning ice dancing world champions and 2010 Olympic silver medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White are expected to compete for Team USA in Sochi in the team event as well as ice dancing.

LIVE MEN’S HOCKEY

NBCSN will present 16 men’s live hockey games through the bronze medal game, including qualifying, playoff, quarterfinal and semifinal games. Live men’s hockey medal-round coverage begins Tuesday, February 18 at 3 a.m. ET. The network will air three Team USA qualifying-round games, including Team USA vs. Russia on Saturday, February 15 at 7:30 a.m. ET.

Russia’s Olympic hockey rivalry with the United States dates to the Soviet Union’s first appearance at the Winter Games in 1956, when the Soviets defeated the Americans en route to their first gold. From 1956-92, the Soviet Union and Unified Team won eight of the 10 Olympic hockey tournaments, with U.S. upsets of the Soviets in 1960 and 1980 the lone exceptions.  Since competing as Russia, however, Olympic hockey’s most successful nation has yet to win a gold medal. Team USA games beyond the qualifying round are TBD.

LIVE WOMEN’S HOCKEY

NBCSN’s women’s hockey coverage features seven live games through the semifinal round and the bronze medal game. Qualifying-round coverage is highlighted by three Team USA games, including Team USA vs. Canada on Wednesday, February 12 at 7:30 a.m. ET.

Since women’s hockey was added to the Olympic program at the 1998 Nagano Games, Team USA and Canada have won all four gold medals, with Canada winning three times (2002, 2006, 2010) and the U.S. once (1998). The rivals have met in the gold medal game at every tournament except 2006.

NBCSN’s Olympic coverage begins with Team USA facing Finland in women’s hockey on Saturday, February 8 at 3 a.m. ET. Team USA games beyond the qualifying round are TBD.

ADDITIONAL OLYMPIC SPORTS

NBCSN will present live coverage of 11 Olympic sports throughout the Games, including live gold medal coverage of events in bobsled, Nordic combined, cross-country skiing, speed skating, and ski jumping, including women’s ski jumping, which debuts as an event in Sochi.

CNBC, MSNBC & USA NETWORK TO CARRY 124 HOURS OF OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES COVERAGE

NBC Olympics will again utilize fully-distributed NBCUniversal cable channels CNBC, MSNBC, and USA Network to serve as Olympic platforms when they combine to televise 124 hours of live coverage of the XXII Olympic Winter Games this February from Sochi, Russia.

CNBC will serve 36 hours of curling coverage through a daily weekday show. MSNBC will host 45 hours of live hockey and curling coverage. USA Network will air live curling and hockey, including three Team Canada men’s hockey games, as part of its 43 hours of live programming.

CNBC

CNBC will present a daily curling program during the Sochi Olympics. The channel will televise 36 hours of curling coverage, including the men’s and women’s finals, over 12 days, beginning Monday, Feb. 10 and concluding Friday, Feb. 21. CNBC’s curling show will air daily from 5-8 p.m. ET from Feb. 10-21, except for Sunday, Feb. 16, when coverage will air from 4-7 p.m. ET.

MSNBC

MSNBC will carry 45 hours of live Olympic hockey and curling programming over 12 days. MSNBC’s 2014 Olympic Winter Games coverage from Sochi begins on Saturday, Feb. 8 with live women’s hockey featuring Canada-Switzerland at 8 a.m. ET, and concludes on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

MSNBC will telecast live hockey on 11 of its 12 days, including medal round games. The network will also feature curling coverage, highlighted by men’s and women’s semifinals on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

USA NETWORK

USA Network will present live hockey and live curling during the 2014 Sochi Games, including medal rounds of both sports and three men’s hockey games featuring Team Canada.

The channel will televise 43 hours of live coverage over nine days starting on Monday, Feb. 10 with live women’s curling featuring U.S.-Switzerland. Men’s hockey coverage includes three games featuring Team Canada, including a matchup on Sunday Feb. 16 between Canada-Finland, the gold and bronze medal-winning teams at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games.

Coverage will air on USA Network in the mornings and afternoons with exact times varying from day to day.

NBCOLYMPICS.COM

NBCOlympics.com will provide more than 1,000 hours of live event competition from Sochi. The site will serve as the preeminent destination for Olympic content and the exclusive home of Olympic video coverage, featuring, for the first time, live streaming coverage of all Winter Games competition, plus event rewinds and extensive video highlights. Like no other event to date, the Olympic Games have been, and continue to be, a watershed moment for “TV Everywhere” helping to drive awareness and usage. In addition, the site will offer more than 1,000 hours of on-demand access to full-event replays from broadcast and host-feed coverage of all 15 sports on the Winter Games program, as well as extensive highlights such as event recaps, best-of montages, commentator analysis and athlete-specific clips.

PRE-GAMES

Prior to the 2014 Sochi Games, NBCOlympics.com will provide in-depth coverage of Winter Olympic news, announcements and information. The site will profile key competitors, with a focus on many of the athletes likely to represent Team USA in Sochi, preview popular events across all 15 sports, and feature video highlights from memorable Winter Olympics moments. In addition, NBCOlympics.com will offer coverage of the U.S. Olympic Trials, and will feature a detailed viewing guide once those details are released.

IN-GAMES

During the Sochi Olympics, and for the first time in the history of the Winter Games, all competition across all 15 sports, including each medal-winning performance in all 98 events, will be live streamed on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports Live Extra app. The vast majority of live streaming will only be available to authenticated cable, satellite or telco customers via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home, and on multiple platforms. NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports Live Extra app are the exclusive places to consume Olympic live streaming. The site will also feature exclusive content, real-time results, medal standings, event highlights and analysis, athlete interviews and profiles, and rewinds of all event coverage.

ABOUT NBC OLYMPICS

A division of the NBC Sports Group, NBC Olympics is responsible for producing, programming and promoting NBCUniversal’s Olympic coverage. It is renowned for its unsurpassed Olympic heritage, award-winning production, and ability to aggregate the largest audiences in U.S. television history. For more information on NBC Olympics’ coverage of the Sochi Olympics, please visit: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/

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Notes & Quotes From “Football Night In America” – Week 15

FNIA-nfl-nbcI thought he played with tremendous heart.” – Rodney Harrison on Jay Cutler

 “That is something you just cannot do, if you want to be a leader on that team. – Tony Dungy on Dez Bryant walking off the field before the game was over

 “Drew Brees is a great quarterback, but you still have to at least try to run the football. There’s no reason why they’re passing the ball 56 times.” – Harrison on the Saints

Johnny Manziel is definitely going to be a first round pick.” – Peter King on reports that Manziel might stay in school if he’s not a first round pick

NEW YORK – Dec. 15, 2013 – Following are the highlights for Football Night in America, the most-watched pre-game show in sports. Bob Costas opened the show live from Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa., where the Pittsburgh Steelers are hosting the Cincinnati Bengals. Costas was joined on site by Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (analyst), and two-time Super Bowl winner and Super Bowl XL MVP Hines Ward.

Dan Patrick co-hosted Football Night from famous Studio 8H at NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza studios in New York City. He was 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 NBCSports.com; Peter King of Sports Illustrated; and former NFL Executive of the Year Scott Pioli. Alex Flanagan reported from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on the Packers-Cowboys game.

Costas interviewed Bengals LB James Harrison and Steelers DE Brett Keisel (inactive) for tonight’s show.

Following are highlights from Football Night in America:

ON BEARS

Harrison on Cutler: “He likes to throw the ball up and allow those guys to make plays. He was huge on third down. I thought he played with tremendous heart, and in the second half he played well.”

Dungy on Cutler: “In the long run, if he’s healthy and practiced all week, you’ve got to go with him. And he justified their faith.”

Patrick: “You think this decision was based on what’s going to happen in the future for the Bears?”

Dungy: “I think it is down the line and Marc Trestman’s thinking playoffs.  He’s not thinking just getting there, but winning in the playoffs.”

Patrick: “So (starting Jay Cutler this week) was based more on the future than it was right now?”

Pioli: “I think it’s a combination of the two things, because (Cutler’s) going to be an unrestricted free agent, and the Bears are going to have a big decision…are they going to stick with McCown? He’s a free agent as well. Are they going to go with Cutler? Or are they going to go with a draft pick? They married into Jay Cutler, talking about (Bears GM) Phil Emery and their head coach, so there’s going to be a big decision to be made.”

Patrick: “Would you give him that big contract, to keep Cutler?”

Pioli: “I would not give him a big contract right now, because I think you’ve got a whole team that you’ve got to put together. I would go with the lesser pick in McCown, in terms of his finances, spread the money around on the team, and pick a quarterback to go with in the future.”

ON COWBOYS

Dungy on Dez Bryant leaving the field before the end of the game: “You cannot do that. I’ve got a problem with that, as a coach, as a teammate. That is something you just cannot do if you want to be a leader on that team.”

Harrison: “I’m very disappointed. I love him as a player, but he’s got to grow up and be more accountable to his teammates.”

ON PACKERS

Dungy on Packers winning the division: “I like Green Bay right now.”

ON DOLPHINS

Dungy on Dolphins’ playoff chances: “I really think they will (make the playoffs). You look at the schedule, and they’ve got a shot. I think they win out and that forces Baltimore to sweep these last three games. I don’t know that Baltimore can do that.”

ON 49ERS

Dungy: “San Francisco can win on the road because of their defense and their running game with Frank Gore. When Colin Kaepernick plays like he played today, moving around, getting out of the pocket, getting everybody involved, putting pressure on the defense, and, more importantly, these deep balls…when he’s on target, they can go into Seattle and win.”

ON REDSKINS

Dungy on decision to go for two: “I like the call.”

Dungy: “I like Kirk Cousins, but we can’t get too excited. We have to remember he was playing against a patchwork secondary, and some of the same problems with the Redskins showed up today, all of the turnovers…but Cousins played well.”

Patrick: “Well (Washington head coach Mike) Shanahan says, ‘Maybe if we display him, we get a first-round draft pick that we gave away with RG III.”

Dungy: “I wouldn’t think first-round pick. I like Kirk Cousins right where he is, as the backup quarterback in Washington.”

ON SAINTS

Harrison: “Drew Brees is a great quarterback, but you still have to at least try to run the football. There’s no reason why they’re passing the ball 56 times. That’s a lot, even for Drew Brees.”

Dungy: “The New Orleans Saints are going to have to start playing some ball on the road. And you better start next week (vs. Panthers) or they may be on the road in the playoffs.”

ON PANTHERS

Harrison on Newton: “Cam Newton really was the difference today. The defense played great, but he got hurt and came back…made some good decisions, didn’t really turn the ball over…just good play from Cam Newton.”

ON SEAHAWKS

Patrick: “Hoping their next road game is at MetLife Stadium for Super Bowl XLVIII.”

ON BENGALS

Dungy on offense: “They’re young, they’re exciting and they’re explosive. I really like Andy Dalton. He’s coming into his own.”

Harrison on Andy Dalton: “There’s no more excuses for Andy Dalton. (The Bengals have a) Good defense, a lot of weapons, it’s on him now.”

Ward: “I don’t trust Andy Dalton. He’s just too inconsistent for me.”

ON STEELERS

Collinsworth on improved play: “The big difference is the play of Le’Veon Bell. He’s come in there and given them the running game they have not had all season. The story with this team really has been the big plays they’ve given up on the defensive side; very un-Dick LeBeau-like for this defense.”

ON INSTANT REPLAY

Florio on replay moving to a central location and out of stadiums: “Momentum has been building. I’m told it could now be in place as soon as 2014. A lot of people in the league hate the current system and want to see it changed.”

ON COLLEGE QUARTERBACKS

King on Johnny Manziel possibly staying in school if he’s not a first-round pick: “I’m not buying it. Johnny Manziel is definitely going to be a first round pick and, in fact, I think the best place for him is in the top 10 to Jacksonville with that imaginative offense.”

King: “The fastest rising quarterback in the first round, should he choose to come out, is fourth-year junior Blake Bortles of Central Florida. I’ve spoken to a team that’s likely to have a top 10 pick, and they like him better than any quarterback in this draft.”

INTERVIEW: Below are highlights of Costas’ interviews with Harrison and Keisel.

JAMES HARRISON WITH BOB COSTAS

On the reception he expects tonight: “To be honest, I don’t know. I’m hoping there’s not too much booing…I guess we’ll see.”

On if he’ll reminisce tonight and visit with former teammates: “There will be visiting after the game, but before the game and during the game, it’s all business.”

Costas: “Starting three years ago, the NFL started cracking down on hits to the head – began trying to change the culture within the game. How much have you been able to change your own style of play to accommodate that?”

Harrison: “All you’ve got to do is lower your target area. But, once you go lowering your target area, you get into areas where you see a lot of guys are getting knees hit, and blowing out knees.”

Costas: “Can you appreciate that the league, for all of its popularity, has some problems on its hands? It just settled a suit for nearly $800 million, they face the possibility that moms and dads of upcoming generations will be reluctant to let their kids play…can you appreciate their concerns?”

Harrison: “Oh, yeah. I definitely understand what they’re going through. They need to protect themselves and protect their players. When you play this game, there’s a certain amount of risk that comes along with playing football. Just as if a guy goes out and he’s a police officer or a firefighter, there’s a certain amount of risk that goes along with…”

Costas: “I understand your own mom was actually reluctant to let you play football. True?”

Harrison: “Very. Very reluctant. My dad, he had to sit down and talk to her. I had to sit down and talk to her; my friends had to talk to her. Even when I got into high school, they wanted me to play varsity my freshman year, and she wouldn’t let me do it. If you ask my mom, none of this would have ever happened.”

Costas: “You have two young boys of your own. Will you encourage them to play football?”

Harrison: “I won’t discourage them; if that’s something they want to do. As far as allowing them to do contact football, I probably wouldn’t allow them to do that until maybe high school.”

On good timing in leaving the Steelers to go to the Bengals: “Definitely. My thought process was to go to a team that could contend to win a championship, and I feel like, right now, we’re putting ourselves in that position to where we can do that.”

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BRETT KEISEL WITH BOB COSTAS

Keisel on if he could ever see himself with another team: “I really can’t, but at the same time, I never thought I would see James Harrison in a different uniform. That was a big deal, but I really can’t (see playing for another team). I’ve been so lucky to be here my entire career, something that doesn’t happen a lot. Playing for the Rooney family and this city, and having as much success as we’ve had, it’s really been an incredible ride.”

Keisel on finding motivation every week despite this season’s struggles: “We have a lot of pride in this building. There’s a reason we have six Lombardi trophies, more than any other NFL team – it’s because of the way we play. Things haven’t gone the way we wanted this year. You’ve got a job to do, and when you strap up that helmet and the national anthem rings, you’ve got to go out and do it.”

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FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA

Jay Glazer Unveils Video Showing Dolphins Special Teams Coach Darren Rizzi In Play During Stee[ers Return Last Week & No Penalty Was Called

Jay Glazer Unveils Video Showing Dolphins Special Teams Coach Darren Rizzi In Play During Steelers Return Last Week

& No Penalty Was Called

Jimmy Johnson On The Redskins & Mike Shanahan: “He Can Bench The Whole Team As Far As I’m Concerned”

Terry Bradshaw Says Bears Made Wrong Decision To Start Jay Cutler

Howie Long: This Season Might Be Bill Belichick’s Best Coaching Job

Michael Strahan: Seahawks Are Playing A Super Bowl Dress Rehearsal Today

Ndamukong Suh Tells Curt Menefee He Doesn’t Care To Understand His Reputation As A Dirty Player

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NFL Insider Jay Glazer unveiled another exclusive video this week, this time showing Miami Dolphins special teams coach Darren Rizzi on the field of play during last week’s game as the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Troy Polamalu returned a short field goal attempt. This occurred just one week after Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was fined for interfering with a play on the sideline and the NFL put out a strong warning to teams and officials: “If there’s ever a game where this rule would be enforced and the officials make sure they call it right, you’d think it would be in Mike Tomlin’s next game. Steelers against the Dolphins last week in the last play of the first half, the Dolphins are going for a field goal. It’s short, and Troy Polamalu gets it. Now, watch the Dolphins sideline. That is special teams coach Darren Rizzi – he’s on the field. He’s not on the white, he’s on the field. He runs into the official and the official never calls it. If there’s a game you’re going to call it, that would be the game. Had he properly thrown the flag, the Steelers would’ve had an untimed play from the Dolphins’ 25-yard line to go for a touchdown or field goal, and remember, the game ended by six points.

“Mike Tomlin said this happens all the time. The NFL fined him $100,000 – they didn’t think it happened all the time. Well, it happened in their next game, and the NFL, I’ve learned, has fined Darren Rizzi in the $10,000 range.”

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Analyst Jimmy Johnson said head coach Mike Shanahan has the right to bench the entire team:  “This team has won three games. He can bench the whole team as far as I’m concerned. As far as RGIII goes – 11 fumbles, 12 interceptions, 38 sacks – let’s be honest, he hasn’t played very well, and so their whole team is struggling. One thing Shanahan’s looking at, these backup quarterbacks around the league are not turning it over and winning games. He wants to see what Kirk Cousins can do and he wants to make a point to RGIII – you’ve got to play better.”

 Analyst Howie Long said if Robert Griffin III is healthy, he should play:  “My question is, is it a performance based decision, is it a power play, or is it a health decision? If RGIII is healthy, RGIII should play. For an example, I go no further than Cam Newton. How did the Carolina Panthers finish the year last year? Cam Newton, with nothing left to play for, wins four straight, and in many ways sets up the season that they’re having this year.”

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Glazer reported that Washington head coach Mike Shanahan is trying to get fired:  “He’s trying to get fired. And he’s trying to get fired with all of his pay. One of the misconceptions out there is Dan Snyder doesn’t want to fire him because he doesn’t want to pay him – Dan Snyder doesn’t care about that, and this week the two of them have been working together and Shanahan is now trying to put out word that he’s going to be fine, he wants to actually come back there. No. This right now is just one big game of chicken between Shanahan and Snyder.”

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Co-Host Terry Bradshaw said the Bears are wrong to start Jay Cutler over Josh McCown:  “I would leave McCown right in there and let him quarterback. He and Alshon Jeffery have hooked up, their rhythm is perfect. He is playing as good of football at quarterback as anybody in the NFL. Leave him. If he struggles today against Cleveland, it’s easy to bring in Cutler off the bench. Not a problem, everybody’s happy. On the other hand, if you start Cutler, what if he has a couple of picks? You’re trying to get in the playoffs. What if he throws two interceptions? Are you going to bench him?”

Analyst Michael Strahan added that benching a healthy Jay Cutler may create a bigger controversy:  “If you’re a head coach, this is really a tough decision to make. It’s a gutsy move to make to put Cutler in that spot because if he struggles, do you replace him? That creates a bigger controversy. But, is it a bigger controversy to have him in that locker room knowing he’s healthy and not on the field? I think there’s a little bit of fear of Jay Cutler in that locker room.”

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Glazer said that everyone he talked to in the Bears organization disagreed with the decision to start Cutler: “Everybody you talk to inside the Bears, they were against this decision. McCown, right now obviously he’s the hot hand, but he’s also like a coach in that huddle, he’s a coach in that meeting room, he’s even the guy that got Jay Cutler more involved with some of the younger players at the team hotel. I’ve talked to several people on several different levels inside the Bears, and not one of them agreed with this decision at this point in time.”

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Long said that given the circumstances of the season, this year might be New England head coach Bill Belichick’s best coaching season:  “The job that Belichick and [Tom] Brady have done this year with the cast of characters they have, it may be his best job yet.”

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Strahan said that the Seattle Seahawks are using today’s game against the Giants as preparation for Super Bowl XLVIII: “I think the Seattle Seahawks are going to use this day today at MetLife Stadium as a dress rehearsal for the Super Bowl.”

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Host Curt Menefee sat down for a 1-on-1 interview with Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh this week. After the interview, the analysts weighed in on Suh’s reputation and what kind of player they believe he is.

Strahan said he understands where Suh’s reputation comes from and hopes the public will give him the chance to change it:  “He’s played well enough to be in the Defensive Player of the Year conversation, but most people remember him for his bad transgressions on the field more so than his big play ability. If I didn’t know him, I wouldn’t like him either. I would think this guy is the worst guy ever to play in the league as far as these penalties and the stomping, but I do know him. I do think he’s an aggressive player, I do think he’s trying to make that change with his attitude and the decisions he makes because he realizes now they affect everyone on the team. I just hope that publicly, people give him the opportunity to change their perceptions of him.”

Long added that he hopes people can see the entire package of who Suh is: “It’s a shame because I think that has become the narrative. He’s an enigma. What we saw there in that interview to me is a good guy who has a social conscience, who gives back to his community, articulate, smart – he’s the kind of guy you want on your football team. And then there are the moments he has like on Thanksgiving a couple years ago and you say, I don’t get that. And we’ve all done things as players – I know I have – that we would like to have back. My thing with him is, own what you do, move forward and learn from it. I think he’s a great player, and I think it’s unfortunate that’s the label that he has. Hopefully people will start to see him for who he is – a dominant, disruptive player.

Bradshaw said that all Suh needs is the right ad campaign: “All he needs is a Coca Cola commercial like Mean Joe Greene got. The minute he threw that jersey to that little boy, America fell in love with him.”

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Johnson said several teams would take Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston with the first overall draft pick if he were eligible, but personally thinks the quarterback needs more time to develop:  “Physically, without question, there would be teams that would draft him with the first pick. Personally, I’d like to know him a little bit more, and see if he is going to be mentally ready to be the face of the franchise.”      

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Menefee asked the analysts who their picks were for the season’s best rookie coach.

Johnson:  “Chip Kelly.”

Long: “Chip Kelly and Marc Trestman.”