Andy Dalton and Bengals Travel To Pittsburgh To Take On Ben Roethlisberger and Steelers 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 Bengals-Steelers

Dungy and Harrison Preview Bengals-Steelers 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 11, 2013 – Andy Dalton and the AFC North-leading Cincinnati Bengals (9-4) travel to Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa., to take on Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers (5-8) on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. Coverage begins with Football Night In America at 7 p.m. ET on NBC.

The Bengals beat the Colts last week, and are one win away from making the playoffs for the fourth time in the last five years. If the Bengals win in Pittsburgh on Sunday night, and the Ravens lose on Monday night to the Lions, the Bengals will clinch the AFC North title for the first time since 2009. The Steelers, coming off a loss to the Dolphins, aim to stay in the playoff chase.

Calling Bengals-Steelers 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.

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 Heinz Field in Pittsburgh  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 AT&T Stadium inArlington,Texas, on the Packers-Cowboys game.

BENGALS-STEELERS PREVIEW

“The Cincinnati Bengals are looking good with Andy Dalton, A.J. Green, and rookie Giovani Bernard, who has added an element coming out of the backfield. They have to keep that two-game lead against Baltimore because the Ravens have the head-to-head win and the teams play in the last game of the season.” – Cris Collinsworth

“If the Bengals keep winning, they can catch New England and have the same record at the end of the season and tie the Patriots, and the Bengals would get the tiebreaker and get a bye.” – Al Michaels

Click here to watch a video of Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth previewing Bengals-Steelers: http://www.nbcsports.com/football/nfl/new-orleans-protects-home-field

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

For the sixth consecutive season, the entire Sunday Night Football schedule will be streamed live online. NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops and tablets, will stream all SNF games televised on NBC. The video stream will come directly from NBC’s broadcast of SNF, and will include additional camera angles and interactive features.

NBC Sports Live Extra employs a full HD-quality player, which includes a draggable picture-in-picture feature for any of the online-only cameras, plus full DVR functionality, allowing the user to pause, scroll back-and-forth, and review plays in slo-motion.

In addition, online coverage features in-game analysis from the Sunday Night Football and Football Night In America teams as well as fantasy tips from Rotoworld fantasy experts.

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

In addition to Sunday Night Football and Football Night In America, NBC Sports Group’s NFL coverage also includes digital content and social media extensions that are available online, as well as NFL-related shoulder programming on NBCSN.

NEW EPISODES OF FNIA COACH’S CLICKER AND NFL TURNING POINT AIR TONIGHT ON NBCSN

NBCSN’s in-depth coverage of the 2013 NFL season continues tonight with new episodes of FNIA Coach’s Clicker at 5 p.m. ET and NFL Turning Point at 11 p.m. ET.

FNIA Coach’s Clicker, NBCSN’s weekly half-hour NFL studio show hosted by Liam McHugh with Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy and two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, will preview and examine the pivotal matchups in Week 15, including Packers-Cowboys, Ravens-Lions, and the Bengals-Steelers showdown on Sunday Night Football.

FNIA Coach’s Clicker will break down this weekend’s Sunday Night Football game between the Bengals and Steelers, as Cincinnati looks to solidify its lead atop the AFC North. Dungy and Harrison will take an in-depth look at the play of Bengals QB Andy Dalton, and the key roles Bengals RB Giovani Bernard and Steelers WR Antonio Brown will play in the outcome of the game. The program will analyze how the Cowboys’ and Packers’ rushing attacks will attempt to take pressure off their quarterbacks. FNIA Coach’s Clicker also previews Ravens-Lions, and will examine how Ravens QB Joe Flacco can carry Baltimore into the playoffs, and what makes Lions WR Calvin Johnson so difficult to defend.

NFL Turning Point, hosted by Football Night In America’s Dan Patrick, will look back at Week 14 in the NFL and focus on the crucial “turning point” moments that ultimately defined the outcome of some of the week’s most-watched contests.

This week’s episode of NFL Turning Point reviews last week’s game between the Lions and Eagles that was played in blizzard conditions. The program analyzes how the poor weather affected slowed the Eagles’ hurry-up offense, and led to the Lions’ seven fumbles. Turning Point highlights Eagles RB LeSean McCoy’s team-record performance, and dissects howPhiladelphia’s halftime adjustments led to 34 second-half points.

The program also breaks down Sunday’s Seahawks-49ers game. Turning Point will study how the 49ers defense contained Seattle QB Russell Wilson, and how the return of 49ers WR Michael Crabtree has boosted their offense. The episode also examines San Francisco’s game-winning drive, highlighted by RB Frank Gore’s 51-yard run, which led to K Phil Dawson’s game-winning field goal.

This week’s program will also feature audio from Baltimorehead coach John Harbaugh during the fourth quarter of the Ravens’ wild 29-26 win over the Vikings, as well as audio from Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano during the Bucs’ 27-6 win against Buffalo.

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 21.9 million viewers per telecast – up 5% from last year – to rank as the #1 primetime show on TV, based on Live+Same Day viewing. The 21.9 million is the highest average for the NFL broadcast primetime package at this point in a season in 17 years (Monday Night Football on ABC, 1996).

2013 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
*Sun. Dec. 15 Week 15 CincinnatiBengals atPittsburghSteelers
*Sun. Dec. 22 Week 16 ChicagoBears atPhiladelphiaEagles
*Sun. Dec. 29 Week 17 TBA

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NBCSN To Present 13 IndyCar Races During 2014 Season

NBCSN_LogoRace Coverage Begins with Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 13 & Includes Houston and Toronto Doubleheaders, Season Finale at Fontana

STAMFORD, Conn. – December 3, 2013 – NBCSN will deliver comprehensive coverage of the 2014 IndyCar season, beginning with the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 12-13. All 13 races, which include the final 11 races of the season, will also be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets.

Following NBCSN’s coverage of the Grand Prix of Long Beach, the series shifts to Barber Motorsports Park for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. NBCSN will then present live coverage of the final 11 races on the IndyCar schedule, including the Firestone 600 from Texas Motor Speedway on June 7 in primetime, followed by the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston doubleheader on June 28-29.

NBCSN’s remaining coverage features the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on July 19-20, the GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma from Sonoma Raceway on Aug. 24, and the season-finale MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships from Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. on Aug. 30 in primetime.

In addition, NBCSN will present coverage of Carb Day from the Indy 500 on Friday, May 23 starting at 11 a.m. ET.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream coverage of the 2014 IndyCar season 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.

Coverage airing on 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.

Click here for the participating cable/satellite/telco companies offering NBC Sports Live Extra:

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2014 INDYCAR RACE COVERAGE

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Sun,, April 13 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach NBCSN 4 p.m.
Sun., April 27 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama NBCSN 2:30 p.m.
Sat., June 7 Firestone 600 NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sat., June 28 Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston – Race 1 NBCSN 3 p.m.
Sun., June 29 Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston – Race 2 NBCSN 3 p.m.
Sun., July 6 Pocono IndyCar 500 NBCSN Noon
Sat, July 12 Iowa Corn Indy 300 NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sat., July 19 Honda Indy Toronto – Race 1 NBCSN 3 p.m.
Sun, July 20 Honda Indy Toronto – Race 2 NBCSN 3 p.m.
Sun., August 3 Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio NBCSN 3 p.m.
Sun., August 17 ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 NBCSN 3 p.m.
Sun., August 24 GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma NBCSN 4 p.m.
Sat., August 30 MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships NBCSN 9 p.m.

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Claude Giroux And Philadelphia Flyers Visit Henrik Zetterberg And Detroit Red Wings On Wednesday Night Rivalry

nhl-nbc-rivalryGame Coverage Begins with Flyers-Wild Monday at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Coverage Continues on NBCSN with Stars-Blackhawks Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET

No. 11 Notre Dame Hosts Massachusetts in College Hockey Doubleheader Beginning Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. – Dec. 2, 2013 – NBCSN’s NHL regular-season coverage continues this week with three matchups, highlighted by a Wednesday Night Rivalry showdown between the Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Coverage begins on NBCSN tonight at 8 p.m. ET, when the Flyers visit the Minnesota Wild, and continues with Stars-Blackhawks on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET.

Wednesday night’s matchup between the Flyers and Red Wings marks Philadelphia’s second visit to Detroit this season. Henrik Zetterberg scored twice and added an assist, and Pavel Datsyuk and Niklas Kronwall each added a goal and two assists, as the Red Wings beat the Flyers 5-2 on Oct. 13. The Flyers have recorded at least a point in nine of their last 11 games, while the Red Wings enter Wednesday’s action riding a four-game winning streak.

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 Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich.

This week’s NHL coverage on NBCSN begins Monday at 8 p.m. ET when Zach Parise and the Minnesota Wild host the Flyers. Emrick and McGuire will provide live commentary from Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn.

Coverage continues on Tuesday when Tyler Seguin and the Dallas Stars travel to Chicago to face Patrick Kane and the Blackhawks at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Gord Miller (play-by-play) and McGuire will have the call from the United Center in Chicago, Ill.

NHL Live, NBC Sports Group live NHL pre-game and post-game studio show, begins one hour prior to this week’s games on NBCSN. Liam McHugh will host NHL Live with former players and analysts Mike Milbury and Keith Jones prior to Flyers-Red Wings on Wednesday Night Rivalry. Russ Thaler will host NHL Live with Milbury and Jones on Monday and Tuesday.

In addition to its NHL coverage, NBCSN will present a college hockey doubleheader this weekend when No. 11 Notre Dame hosts Massachusetts on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET, and again on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. ET. Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Anson Carter (analyst) will provide commentary from the Compton Family Ice Arena in South Bend, Ind.

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 Flyers-Wild, Stars-Blackhawks, Flyers-Red Wings matchups, as well as both Notre Dame-Massachusetts games.

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Mon., December 2 NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
Philadelphia at Minnesota NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tue., December 3 NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
Dallas at Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m.
NHL Top 10 NBCSN 11 p.m.
NHL Top 10 NBCSN 11:30 p.m.
Wed., December 4 NHL Top 10 NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
Philadelphia at Detroit NBCSN 8 p.m.
Fri., December 6 Massachusetts at No. 11 Notre Dame NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Sat., December 7 NHL Top 10 NBCSN 6 p.m.
Massachusetts at No. 11 Notre Dame NBCSN 6:30 p.m.

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.

In addition to its coverage of the opening week of the NHL’s 2013-14 regular season, NBC Sports Group will present comprehensive pre-game and post-game coverage, the NHL Winter Classic, the NHL Stadium Series, and new shoulder programming.

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. Click here for more information on NBC Sports Group’s Digital and Social NHL coverage.

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

FNIA-nfl-nbc“This team reminds me so much of our 2006 Super Bowl team in Indy.” – Dungy on the Patriots

“San Francisco is a very dangerous team because they have all their weapons back.” – Harrison

“He needs to focus on football.” – Pioli on RG III

“The NFL has formed a committee to promote minority hiring.” – King

NEW YORK – Dec. 1, 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 inside FedExField in Landover, Md., where the Washington Redskins are hosting the New York Giants. 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. Carolyn Manno reported from Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., on the Broncos-Chiefs game.

Costas interviewed Giants head coach Tom Coughlin and narrated an essay about Robert Griffin III.

Following are highlights from Football Night in America:

ON BRONCOS-CHIEFS

Dungy: “Kansas City’s game plan was to play man-to-man, but they didn’t have a matchup for (Eric) Decker.”

Harrison on Decker: “He is a tremendous wide receiver.”

ON CHARGERS

Harrison: “The San Diego Chargers had the perfect opportunity to put themselves in a position where they can make the playoffs. This is a very disappointing loss, turning the ball over and playing the way they played.”

ON 49ERS

Patrick: “They’re starting to hit their form now.”

Harrison: “San Francisco is a very dangerous team because they have all their weapons back. They’re healthy.”

Patrick: “They seem to be a different team.”

ON PATRIOTS

Dungy: “This team reminds me so much of our 2006 Super Bowl team in Indy. They’re decimated on defense, but they’ve got a great quarterback who’s making plays and keeping them in every game. Tom Brady is the reason they’re winning.”

ON EAGLES

Dungy: “We know about that offense, but Trent Cole and that defense got my attention today.”

Dungy: “I like where Philadelphia is. Even though they are out of the (playoffs) right now, that defense is playing really well. They’re not in that sixth spot, but watch out for the Eagles.”

ON PANTHERS

Harrison on Cam Newton: “He puts so much pressure on the defense because of his ability to get outside the pocket.”

ON COLTS

Dungy: “I am concerned.”

Harrison: “The biggest issue for me outside of the offensive line is the absence of Reggie Wayne. He is a tremendous leader.”

ON BEARS & CARDINALS

Harrison: “They won’t make the playoffs.”

Dungy on Bears: “The real reason they struggled today was that run defense.”

ON STEELERS

King on Mike Tomlin’s action Thanksgiving night: “I believe…Tomlin will get a heavy fine.”

ON REDSKINS

Costas: “After winning the division a year ago and reaching the playoffs for the first time in five seasons, the follow up for Robert Griffin III has been a disappointment. The quarterback did make it back from major knee surgery, but not at the same dynamic level.”

Michaels on RG III: “They’ve never recaptured the magic that he exhibited last season.”

Dungy on RG III: “They had pass protection problems last year, but he was able to really erase that with his athleticism. This year, he can’t get away from those sacks.”

Harrison on RG III’s injury: “I believe he came back too soon.”

Pioli on RG III: “I loved this guy coming out. I saw a high-energy guy with lots of integrity, very thoughtful, very smart, just a born leader. However, over the last year, I’ve seen things change a little bit and some of it has become… he just looks different, he’s acting different.  We’ve seen him taking some veiled shots or unveiled shots at his coaches, at his teammates. You also see this celebrity element that’s part him, part the organization, but something’s not the RG III that I saw coming out.”

Dungy on RG III: “I don’t blame that all on RG III. That is the landscape of Washington with Daniel Snyder. He tries to create the celebrity status. You go back to Deion Sanders, Bruce Smith all the big name guys he’s brought in there; they put that around RG III.”

Patrick on RG III: “But, there is drama though that follows him.”

Pioli on RG III: “They’ve both got to do something. The organization and RG III need to decide that they’re going to move forward, work on relationships and not have documentaries about injury rehab, not have all these commercials. He needs to focus on football.”

Patrick on RG III: “It’s also tough to be a normal player when the owner treats you differently. He wants to be your buddy.”

Dungy: “You have to build a team, not build a collection of stars.”

Harrison: “That’s what happens when you lose.”

Patrick: “Yes. If they’re winning, no one has a problem with this.”

Ward on RG III facing adversity: “Having gone through some adversity helped Ben (Roethlisberger) develop as a quarterback and I think for RG III it will help him in the long run.”

ON GIANTS

Costas on interceptions by Giants Eli Manning and Jets Geno Smith: “The Meadowlands are kind of the interception capital of the NFL this season.”

Ward: “The Giants have a running game now with Andre Brown.”

ON MINORITY HIRING

King: “The NFL has formed a committee to promote minority hiring. This week, the eight-man committee finalized its diverse head coach and general manager list. For the first time, the NFL will offer an in-house, head hunter-type aid for teams to use, if they choose.”

King on most likely coaching vacancies: “I believe the two leading candidates are in Houston and Minnesota.”

INTERVIEW: Below are excerpts from Costas’ interviews with Coughlin.

TOM COUGHLIN WITH BOB COSTAS

On bounding back after last week’s defeat: “It’s difficult. It’s not an easy thing. We really did want that very badly, and we put an awful lot into it. The word relevance came up many times. We were relevant again and we were in a big game that, if we won, we were in second place in the division, etc., etc. It took the wind out of our sails. Even though our emotions were down, the thing that I had to do, in my job, is encourage them to get back up off the floor. They got themselves back up off the floor and we started looking towards this big game with the Washington Redskins.”

On trash talking/taunting: “I don’t believe in any of that and I never have. Talk is cheap, play the game. You need to do your talking on Sunday night on the field in your performance. The rest of it is all wasted. We’ve been the beneficiary, quite frankly, over the years of lots of bulletin board material provided by the opponent. Why in the world would you provide for someone else?”

On getting over tough losses: “Whatever it is, I’m not going to sit here and tell you that it’s not hard. It’s harder for me now at this age than it was, say, 10 years ago. The losses are very difficult to deal with. There are a lot of nights where I might be sitting there by myself in the dark with my wife sitting next to me and not much conversation going on. But, again, you have to talk to yourself about getting back up because it’s not about me, it’s about our team. I really do have to be strong for our team.”

On if there’s a difference for next year finishing 8-8 instead of 7-9 this year: “You bet your life it does. It makes all the difference in the world. This playoff situation, we know it’s remote. Nevertheless, we continue to try to win game in and game out just like we have from the first game on.”

Click here to watch the interview: http://www.nbcsports.com/football/nfl/coughlin-giants-look-remain-relevant

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Programming note: Harrison will appear on Big Break NFL Puerto Rico this Tuesday night on Golf Channel.

FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA

Ben Roethlisberger And Steelers Travel To Baltimore To Take On Joe Flacco And Ravens Thanksgiving Night On NBC

nbc-sundaynightfootballREDSKINS HOST GIANTS ON SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

Thursday’s Thanksgiving Game Coverage Begins at 8 p.m. ET

Sunday’s Coverage Begins with Football Night In America at 7 p.m. ET

Thanksgiving Night Show Open Features Jimmy Fallon

NBC to Present 2nd Annual “Madden Thanksgiving Player of the Game” on Thursday Night

STAMFORD, Conn. – November 27, 2013 – On Thursday night, NBC will continue the network’s new holiday tradition with its second NFL primetime Thanksgiving game. Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-6) will travel to M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, M.D. to take on Joe Flacco and the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens (5-6) in an important AFC North matchup. Both clubs are tied among many teams for a final playoff spot.

Thursday’s game broadcast will begin with a Thanksgiving-themed musical feature starring Jimmy Fallon and The Roots. NBC will wrap up the night by presenting the second annual “Madden Thanksgiving Player-of-the-Game” award. Coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

NBC’s Thanksgiving weekend coverage continues on Sunday night when Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins host Eli Manning and the New York Giants, on Sunday Night Football. Coverage begins with Football Night in America at 7 p.m. ET on NBC.

Calling Steelers-Ravens and Giants-Redskins is seven-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his 28th season as the voice of the NFL’s premier primetime package; 14-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth, who has won the Emmy for Outstanding Event Analyst in each of his four seasons in the Sunday Night Football booth; and Emmy Award-winning sideline reporter Michele Tafoya.

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

Football Night in America, the most-watched pre-game show in sports, is hosted by 25-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas, who will report from the stadium, and will be joined on-site by Michaels and Collinsworth.

On Thursday night, Costas will host a special Thanksgiving edition of Football Night In America from M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, M.D., and will be joined on-site by co-host Dan Patrick, Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, and former Pittsburgh Steeler and two-time Super Bowl winner Hines Ward.

On Sunday night, Costas will report from FedEx Field in Landover M.D., and will be joined on-site by Ward.

Dan Patrick will co-host Football Night from NBC’s famed Studio 8H at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Patrick will be joined in studio by DungyHarrisonPeter King of Sports Illustrated, and Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN and NBCSports.com, and longtime NFL front office veteran and former NFL Executive of the Year Scott Pioli.

STEELERS – RAVENS PREVIEW:

“It’s going to be a war. This is the rival game that players circle on their calendar. It’s pure hatred.” – Hines Ward

“It’s going to come down to those quarterbacks making plays. Flacco or Roethlisberger, we will see who makes the plays. – Tony Dungy

“They have to at least attempt to try to run the ball. You have to give Ray Rice at least 25 or 30 touches and stick with the run game.” – Rodney Harrison on Ravens

Click here to watch a video of Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth previewing Steelers-Ravens:

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Click here to watch a video of Dan Patrick, Hines Ward, Tony Dungy, and Rodney Harrison previewing Steelers-Ravens:

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NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

For the sixth consecutive season, the entire Sunday Night Football schedule will be streamed live online. NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops and tablets, will stream all SNF games televised on NBC. The video stream will come directly from NBC’s broadcast of SNF, and will include additional camera angles and interactive features.

NBC Sports Live Extra employs a full HD-quality player, which includes a draggable picture-in-picture feature for any of the online-only cameras, plus full DVR functionality allowing the user to pause, scroll back-and-forth, and review plays in slo-motion.

In addition, online coverage features in-game analysis from the Sunday Night Football and Football Night In America teams as well as fantasy tips from Rotoworld fantasy experts.

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

In addition to Sunday Night Football and Football Night In America, NBC Sports Group’s NFL coverage also includes digital content and social media extensions that are available online, as well as NFL-related shoulder programming on NBCSN.

NEW EPISODES OF FNIA COACH’S CLICKER AND NFL TURNING POINT AIR TONIGHT ON NBCSN

NBCSN’s in-depth coverage of the 2013 NFL season continues tonight with new episodes of FNIA Coach’s Clicker at 5 p.m. ET and NFL Turning Point at 11 p.m. ET.

FNIA Coach’s Clicker, NBCSN’s weekly half-hour NFL studio show hosted by Liam McHugh with Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy and two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, will examine the pivotal matchups in Week 13, including Saints-Seahawks, Broncos-Chiefs, Cardinals-Eagles, and the Giants-Redskins showdown on Sunday Night Football.

FNIA Coach’s Clicker will study the play of New Orleans QB Drew Brees and Seattle QB Russell Wilson, and analyze how both defenses will look to limit the opposing quarterback. Dungy and Harrison will break down the AFC West clash between the Broncos and Chiefs, and will compare how Denver QB Peyton Manning and Kansas City QB Alex Smith have performed in the red zone this season. The episode will also look at the play of New York QB Eli Manning and Washington QB Robert Griffin III prior to the Giants-Redskins Sunday Night Football matchup.

NFL Turning Point, hosted by Football Night In America’s Dan Patrick, will look back at Week 12 in the NFL and focus on the crucial “turning point” moments that ultimately defined the outcome of some of the week’s most-watched contests.

This week’s episode of NFL Turning Point reviews the Broncos-Patriots overtime thriller on Sunday Night Football, examining New England’s comeback from a 24-0 halftime deficit. The program will analyze Denver’s commitment to running the football in the first half, and how the Patriots defense took away the middle of the field in the passing game, limiting Manning to 150 passing yards. The episode will break down Patriots S Nate Ebner’s fumble recovery late in overtime after Broncos P Britton Colquitt’s punt deflected off of teammate DB Tony Carter, setting New England up for the game-winning field goal.

The program also looks back at Sunday’s Chargers-Chiefs game. Turning Point will study Alex Smith’s success throwing the ball downfield against the Chargers defense, and how Kansas City tried to shut down San Diego TE Antonio Gates. In addition, the episode highlights Chargers RB Danny Woodhead’s two-touchdown performance, and QB Philip Rivers’ game-winning drive late in regulation.

This week’s program will also feature audio from Ravens QB Joe Flacco, who was wired for sound during Baltimore’s 19-3 victory against the Jets.

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL DIGITAL AND SOCIAL COVERAGE

This season, NBC Sports Group is utilizing its wide array of digital and social assets to provide fans with more behind-the-scenes content of Sunday Night Football than ever before. New additions to NBC Sports Group’s SNF coverage include Sunday Night Football-All Access and The Sunday Night Football, as well as continued comprehensive coverage via NBC Sports Group’s social media channels. Click here for full details of NBC Sports Group’s SNF digital and social coverage.

As part of NBC’s Thanksgiving Day #WhyImThankful campaign, tweets using the hashtag will be pulled into the SNF Extra Player during the game on Thursday night. Fans are encouraged to use the hashtag and tweet a message about something they are thankful for.

Each week @SNFonNBC will promote a guest player who will live tweet during the Sunday Night Football broadcast. On Sunday, former Redskins and Giants LB LaVar Arrington (@LaVarArrington) will be the guest player. Arrington was drafted by the Redskins in the first round (2nd overall) of the 2000 Draft. He played six seasons with the Redskins and was a three-time Pro Bowler before signing with the Giants in 2006.  The tweets from the guest player will automatically be pulled into the SNF Extra Player.

NBC SPORTS GROUP NFL PROGRAMMING

In addition to NFL Turning Point and FNIA Coach’s Clicker, NBC Sports Group boasts a wide array of NFL programming each week that will highlight topical NFL news, provide in-depth coverage of each week’s biggest games, and deliver expert analysis of the fantasy football world.

PRO FOOTBALL TALK – WEEKNIGHTS AT 5:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Pro Football Talk, NBCSN’s daily NFL studio show co-hosted by Mike Florio and Erik Kuselias, provides all-encompassing coverage of the NFL, including the most current news and analysis, engaging features, thought-provoking debates, and interviews with a wide array of NFL newsmakers. The show regularly features a roster of NBC Sports football commentators, including Rodney HarrisonHines WardDoug FlutieRoss TuckerPeter 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.comClick here for more information on Fantasy Football Live.

NBC SPORTS RADIO

NBC Sports Radio will surround the 2013 NFL season with daily coverage on 339 radio affiliates, highlighted by McNabb and Malone; an all-sports show that leverages the unique perspective of two former NFL quarterbacks, and Safety Blitz with Rodney Harrison; featuring three-time All Pro and two-time Super Bowl-winner Rodney Harrison.

NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS

NBC Sports Regional Networks, which serve top NFL markets such as New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, Atlanta, Chicago, Houston and San Francisco, will surround the 2013 NFL season with in-depth news, analysis and original programming on the teams that matter most in more than 50 million U.S. households.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL THIS WEEKEND ON NBC

BAYOU CLASSIC ON NBC: The NBC Sports Group concludes its 2013 college football coverage this Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC with Southern University and Grambling State facing off in the annual Bayou Classic from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Paul Burmeister will serve as the play-by-play announcer, joined in the booth by Anthony Herron and Shaun KingLewis Johnson will report from the sidelines. Additionally, the halftime show for the Bayou Classic features the marching bands of both teams putting on an exciting display of talent for the fans which includes a drum line battle between the bands. This marks the 23rd year NBC will present the Bayou Classic.

VIEWERSHIP

Last weekend’s thrilling Sunday Night Football contest, in which Tom Brady led the New England Patriots back from a 24-0 deficit to defeat Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, 34-31, in overtime, was the most-watched primetime show of the week, averaging 26.5 million viewers and drawing 28.1 million viewers for the telecast’s final 26 minutes from midnight-12:26 a.m. ET, according to official live plus same day national data released by The Nielsen Company.

Coupled with the 26.9 million viewers for Kansas City-Denver on Nov. 17, NBC’s back-to-back SNF contests are the first consecutive primetime games in 20 seasons to post at least 26.5 million average viewers (not including NFL Kickoff games).

Sunday’s “Manning-Brady XIV” matchup is the fifth NBC NFL telecast this season to average at least 25 million viewers – the most in a season since the SNF package debuted on NBC in 2006 and up from two telecasts averaging 25 million viewers in all of ’12.   The 14th matchup between the future Hall of Fame quarterbacks is also the sixth-most watched Sunday night game in the network’s eight-year SNF history.

NBC NFL games are averaging a 13.2 HH rating and 22.5 million viewers per telecast – the network’s best 12-week start since acquiring the SNF package in 2006.  In addition, SNF tops primetime in Adults, Men and Women 18-34 and 18-49 demos and Adults and Men 25-54.  SNF is also on record pace in the Women’s 18-49 and 25-54 demos.

For more info, click here: Week 12 SNF Ratings

2013 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
**Thurs. Nov. 28 Week 13 Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens
*Sun. Dec. 1 Week 13 New York Giants at Washington Redskins
*Sun. Dec. 8 Week 14 Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints
*Sun. Dec. 15 Week 15 Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers
*Sun. Dec. 22 Week 16 New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens
*Sun. Dec. 29 Week 17 TBA

*Flex Week

**Thanksgiving Night Game

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

FNIA-nbc-nfl“Amazing how this relationship has evolved over the years.” – Scott Pioli on Peyton Manning and Tom Brady occasionally exchanging information

I had no idea we would be doing the NHL New Year’s Day Winter Classic. I feel like (Boston Bruins goalie) Tuukka Rask right now.” – Al Michaels on the cold

“Arizona and Carolina…they’re as hot as anybody.” – Tony Dungy

“You have to blame the coach in this situation.” – Rodney Harrison on Chiefs allowing game-winning TD vs. Chargers

“The Jets are done. They will not make the playoffs.” – Hines Ward

NEW YORK – Nov. 24, 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 inside Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., where the AFC East-leading New England Patriots (7-3) are hosting the AFC West-leading Denver Broncos (9-1). Costas was joined on site by Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (analyst), and Scott Pioli, who served as Director and then Vice President of Player Personnel for the Patriots from 2000 to 2008.

Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from famous Studio 8H at NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza studios in New York City. He is joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy; two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison; two-time Super Bowl winner and Super Bowl XL MVP Hines Ward; Peter King of Sports Illustrated; and Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN and NBCSports.com. Carolyn Manno reported from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. on the Cowboys-Giants game.

Costas interviewed Broncos WR Wes Welker and narrated an essay that explored the Manning-Brady rivalry. “We’re again about to watch the two best quarterbacks of their generation — and two of the best ever — go at it again tonight,” Costas says. He adds, “they are still among the most compelling figures in all of sports.”

Following are highlights from Football Night in America:

ON WEATHER

Costas: “A truly frigid night in New England.”

Michaels: “I had no idea we would be doing the NHL New Year’s Day Winter Classic. I feel like (Boston Bruins goalie) Tuukka Rask right now.”

Collinsworth: “I truly think the cold will be a bit of factor here. I think the wind will be a much bigger factor.”

ON PATRIOTS-BRONCOS

Pioli on Patriots: “First thing they are going to have to do is slow down this illegal pick play that they (Broncos) have. So, I wouldn’t be surprised if Bill Belichick and his assistant Ernie Adams are in there talking to the officials right now, and talking to them about looking out for this pick play because the offense under Peyton Manning is a little bit different than it used to be. He is throwing more shorter passes. He’s doing a lot of things underneath. So, I think they will be trying to slow those things down.”

Pioli on if all the pick plays are illegal: “There’s a lot that are definitely illegal that aren’t being called.”

Collinsworth: “They can do it because they know how to do it legally. They are very good at it and very seldom do they see physical contact. It’s more just sort of rubbing as they go by.”

Pioli on why Patriots didn’t re-sign Welker: “I can only speculate, but my understanding would be that our business model, when I was here, was that you don’t want to pay in the future for past performance. Wes had done some great things, but he’s also getting a little bit older, and with his style of play, his chance of being durable over the years; there’s probably not a lot of longevity when you play as hard and as tough as he does, and as physical as he does.”

Dungy: “It’s going to come down to who performs in the red zone.”

Pioli: “It’s difficult sometimes for people to have close relationships and friendships when they are this high a level of competitors, but a lot of that changed when Tom Brady was hurt. The first call he got, or one of the first calls he got, was from Peyton Manning.  Peyton Manning called several times after that. It kind of changed Tommy’s thoughts toward Peyton. And then when Peyton got hurt, Tommy reached out to him. The injury and the realization that their football mortality someday would end really changed the two and how they approach one another. They started sharing more information. And Tommy told me this week that one of the most interesting things was when Peyton Manning was getting ready to make a decision as to who he was going to sign with, he reached out to Tommy and wanted to exchange information, and he wanted to know what Tom thought would be a good idea for him to do.  Amazing how this relationship has evolved over the years from two top competitors.”

Dungy: “I can’t tell you how many times Peyton would come in on Tuesday and tell me, ‘Yea, I talked to Tom and he says we can get this against this defense. We just played these guys; you can run this play on them.’ So, they did share a lot of information.”

ON CARDINALS

Dungy on NFC playoff picture: “The big thing is Arizona sneaking up on people. People didn’t realize how good this defense is. They’re playing well. Arizona and Carolina, those two Wild Card teams, they’re as hot as anybody.”

Patrick: “You can’t stop the Cardinals; you can only hope to contain them.”

Dungy: “They’re hot.”

ON CHIEFS

Harrison on allowing game-winning TD: “I was livid because everyone wants to look at the tape and blame the players, but you have to blame the coach in this situation.”

Dungy: “Why are they in bump-and-run?…Make them catch it in front of you.”

ON CHARGERS

Ward on Phillip Rivers: “He recognized coverage, he exploited a weak link on the defense and he threw an amazing ball. For me, it was Manning-Brady like.”

ON PACKERS

Dungy: “Detroit and Chicago to me are giving Green Bay life letting them hang in there. When they do get Aaron Rodgers back, they’re going to get a big lift.”

ON BEARS

Harrison on Bears defense: “This is the first time in years I can look at this defense and say they straight played soft.”

ON LIONS

Ward: “They’re in a must-win game on Thanksgiving Day against Green Bay.”

Dungy: “They are just making too many mistakes at the wrong time. Their big play guys, their leaders aren’t making the plays when it counts.”

Harrison: “And it starts with Matthew Stafford. When you watch him on tape, he makes some great plays but he also makes some careless plays.”

Ward: “When you are the best receiver in the NFL, you can’t have too many drops. And this play right here, you have to make this play.”

Dungy: “When you’re down three, you know they’re coming to you. You’ve got to convert.”

Hines on who will win the NFC North: “I like Detroit.”

Dungy: “I like Detroit, too. I think they’re the most talented but, they have got to play better.”

ON STEELERS

Harrison on Troy Polamalu’s strip: “It was the play of the game.”

Ward: “Pittsburgh and Baltimore. I can’t wait for Thursday night.”

ON RAVENS

Patrick: “Joe Flacco picking on Ed Reed!”

ON GIANTS

Harrison: “Antrel Rolle had trouble all day trying to defend these underneath receivers.”

ON JETS

Ward: “The Jets are done. They will not make the playoffs. I’m not sold on Geno Smith.”

INTERVIEW: Below are excerpts from Costas’ interviews with Welker.

WES WELKER WITH BOB COSTAS

On if he circled this game when the schedule came out: “At the time, I didn’t pay much attention to it. I knew we would see them eventually, and definitely a game to look forward to.”

On how long it took to be in sync with Peyton: “It didn’t take too long. I think a lot of times when you play in the league for a long time and have success with it; you kind of see the same things. You understand coverages. At the end of the day, it’s whatever he sees is what I need to do. For the most part, it came pretty quickly.”

On being familiar with the Patriots: “It goes both ways there. Obviously I’m familiar with a lot of those guys, and their scheme and what they will do. At the same time, they saw me every day in practice, so they have a good idea on me too.”

On if he was motivated by being undrafted: “I think so. At first coming in, I just wanted to make a team. It’s something that kind of gives you that edge, and makes you want to go out there and compete and prove everybody wrong. It’s funny, the thing about Tom (Brady, who was drafted in the sixth round), I’m like, ‘Dude, you got drafted. You make a big deal about the sixth round, but you got drafted.’ But we have fun with that and everything else.”

FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA

Bob Costas Interviews Wes Welker

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“Definitely a game to look forward to.” – Welker to Costas on facing his former team

Costas Narrates Manning-Brady XIV Essay

“They are still amongst the most compelling figures in all of sports.” — Costas

NEW YORK – November 24, 2013 – Bob Costas interviewed Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker for tonight’s Week 12 edition of Football Night In America, which will preview Broncos-Patriots, and include highlights, analysis and reaction to earlier Week 12 games. Welker, in his first season with the Broncos after spending six years with the Patriots, has caught passes from both Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, who meet as opposing quarterbacks for the 14th time tonight.

Costas also narrates an essay that examines the Manning-Brady rivalry though the years. “We’re again about to watch the two best quarterbacks of their generation — and two of the best ever — go at it again tonight,” Costas says. He adds, “they are still amongst the most compelling figures in all of sports.”

Football Night, the most-watched pre-game show in sports, airs each Sunday at 7 p.m. ET on NBC with Costas hosting the program live from inside the stadium. He will be joined on site by Sunday Night Football commentators Al Michaels (play-by-play) and Cris Collinsworth (analyst), as well as former NFL Executive of the Year Scott Pioli, who served as Director, and later as Vice President of Player Personnel for the Patriots from 2000 to 2008.

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, two-time Super Bowl winner and Super Bowl XL MVP Hines Ward, Peter King of Sports Illustrated, and Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN and NBCSports.com. Carolyn Manno will report from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. on the Cowboys-Giants game.

INTERVIEW: Below are excerpts from Costas’ interview with Welker. If used, please note the mandatory credit: “In an exclusive interview airing tonight on Football Night In America.”

WES WELKER WITH BOB COSTAS

On if he circled this game when the schedule came out: “At the time, I didn’t pay much attention to it. I knew we would see them eventually, and definitely a game to look forward to.”

On how long it took to be in sync with Peyton: “It didn’t take too long. I think a lot of times when you play in the league for a long time and have success with it; you kind of see the same things. You understand coverages. At the end of the day, it’s whatever he sees is what I need to do. For the most part, it came pretty quickly.”

On being familiar with the Patriots: “It goes both ways there. Obviously I’m familiar with a lot of those guys, and their scheme and what they will do. At the same time, they saw me every day in practice, so they have a good idea on me too.”

On if he was motivated by being undrafted: “I think so. At first coming in, I just wanted to make a team. It’s something that kind of gives you that edge, and makes you want to go out there and compete and prove everybody wrong. It’s funny, the thing about Tom (Brady, who was drafted in the sixth round), I’m like, ‘Dude, you got drafted. You make a big deal about the sixth round, but you got drafted.’ But we have fun with that and everything else.”

FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA

NBC Sports Group Presents Final Formula One™ Grand Prix Of Season From Brazil Across NBC, NBCSN And CNBC This Weekend

NBC-sports-groupRace Coverage of Brazilian Grand Prix Begins Sunday at 11 a.m. ET on NBC

Four-Time World Champion Sebastian Vettel Aims to Tie Formula One Record with Ninth Consecutive Victory

Live Coverage Begins with Practice on Friday at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN; Qualifying Airs at Saturday at 11 a.m. ET on CNBC

STAMFORD, Conn. – November 21, 2013Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) aims to tie a Formula One™ record this week with his ninth consecutive victory, when NBC Sports Group’s 2013 F1 race coverage concludes with the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday at 11 a.m. ET on NBC. Coverage of the Brazilian Grand Prix will air across NBC, NBCSN and CNBC, beginning Friday with practice at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN.

Vettel recorded his eighth straight victory this past weekend at the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. A victory in Brazil would tie Alberto Ascari’s F1-record nine straight victories spanning the 1952-53 seasons. A win in Brazil would also give Vettel 13 victories this year, tying Michael Schumacher’s F1 record for most wins in one season.

Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix is the final race on the 2013 F1 schedule, and the fourth F1 race to air live on NBC this year. NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the Brazilian Grand Prix begins Friday at 11 a.m. ET with practice on NBCSN. CNBC will carry live coverage of qualifying on Saturday at 11 a.m. ET, leading into Sunday’s race coverage on NBC at 11 a.m. ET.

NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will provide live comprehensive streaming coverage of the Brazilian Grand Prix, as well as practice and qualifying in the days preceding the race.

In addition to coverage of the Brazilian Grand Prix, NBC will present coverage of the Red Bull Hare Scramble on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET.

 

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Fri., November 22 F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Practice NBCSN 11 a.m.
Sat., November 23 F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Practice (Encore) NBCSN 12 a.m.
F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Qualifying CNBC 11 a.m.
Red Bull Signature Series – Hare Scramble NBC 2:30 p.m.
Sun., November 24 F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Qualifying (Encore) NBCSN 1 a.m.
F1 Brazilian Grand Prix   NBC 11 a.m.
F1 Brazilian Grand Prix (Encore) NBCSN 3 p.m.

COMMENTATORS: Lead F1 announcer Leigh Diffey will call the Brazilian Grand Prix, and will be joined by veteran analyst and former racecar driver David Hobbs, and analyst and former race mechanic for the Benetton F1 team Steve Matchett. F1 insider Will Buxton will serve as the team’s on-site reporter from Interlagos in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

Todd Harris (play-by-play) and Tes Sewell (analyst) will provide live commentary of the Red Bull Hare Scramble in Erzberg, Austria.

FORMULA ONE™ ON NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA: NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will provide live comprehensive streaming coverage of the Brazilian Grand Prix, as well as practice and qualifying in the days preceding the race . Coverage will be streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of 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.

Coverage 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.

MOTORSPORTSTALK: MotorSportsTalk (@MotorSportsTalk) on NBCSports.com brings racing fans up-to-the-minute news, video and information on the IZOD IndyCar Series, Formula One, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and all other motorsports racing from around the world. The site also serves as the destination for all news, analysis and video from NBC and NBCSN productions of IndyCar and F1, including contributions from on-air commentators.

MotorSportsTalk’s content is provided by top racing journalists and expert analysts, including:

  • Keith Collantine (@KeithCollantine), editor and creator of the F1Fanatic blog;
  • Luke Smith (@LukeSmithF1) creator of the F1 site RichlandF1.com;
  • Tony DiZinno (@TonyDiZinno), who has written for RACER Magazine and has covered IndyCar and NASCAR since 2006;
  • Writer Christopher Estrada (@estradawriting) who has written for the Boston Globe, FoxSports.com, created the Indy Racing Revolution blog and is a contributor to IndyCar’s IndyCar Nation blog.

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NBC To Air Coverage Of 2013 Grand Prix Of Russia Sunday At 2 P.M. ET

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Stamford, Conn. – November 20, 2013 – NBC continues its coverage of the 2013 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating with the Grand Prix of Russia on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET. Coverage will feature the men’s and ladies’ free skate competition from Moscow, Russia.

The Grand Prix of Russia is the last of six international events in an aggregate point-scoring format. The top six cumulative point-earners in each discipline qualify for the 2013 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, set for Dec. 5-8, in Fukoka, Japan.

Highlighting the field for the U.S. are 2011 U.S. silver medalist Richard Dornbush, 2013 World junior champion Joshua Farris, 2010 Olympian and two-time U.S. champion Mirai Nagasu, and 2013 U.S. bronze medalist Agnes Zawadzki. In addition, 2013 European champion Javier Fernandez from Spain, and 2012 World champion and five-time World medalist Carolina Kostner of Italy will compete.

COMMENTATORS: Steve Schlanger will call the action alongside analysts Johnny Weir, a two-time Olympian and three-time U.S. champion, and Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski.

The Grand Prix Series, now in its 19th season, consists of six international events in a cumulative point-scoring format. Approximately 300 athletes from 30 countries are expected to participate in the series. Each athlete is eligible to score points in up to two of the six scheduled events.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets, will stream NBC’s coverage of the Grand Prix of Russia. 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.

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“Manning – Brady XIV” On NBC’S “Sunday Night Football”

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Coverage Begins with Football Night In America at 7 p.m. ET on NBC

NBC Sports Live Extra to Live Stream Broncos-Patriots

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

NFL Turning Point Tonight at Midnight ET on NBCSN

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

Stamford, Conn. – November 20, 2013 – Peyton Manning and the AFC West-leading Denver Broncos (9-1) travel to Foxborough, Mass. to take on Tom Brady and the AFC East-leading Patriots (7-3), in Manning – Brady XIV, on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. Coverage begins with Football Night In America at 7 p.m. ET on NBC.

Sunday night’s game will mark the 14th time Manning and Brady have faced each other in their careers, including two AFC Championship Games. Brady has won nine of the previous 13 meetings, but Manning has won four of the past seven. Last year the Patriots beat the Broncos 31-21, since that game the Broncos have a record of 20-1 in the regular season. Collectively the two quarterbacks have combined for more than 100,000 passing yards, 800 touchdowns, and four Super Bowl titles.

Calling Broncos-Patriots 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.

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 Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Costas will be joined on-site by Michaels, Collinsworth, and longtime NFL front office veteran and former NFL Executive of the Year Scott Pioli, who served as Director, and later Vice President of Player Personnel for the Patriots from 2001 to 2008.

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, two-time Super Bowl winner and Super Bowl XL MVP Hines Ward, Peter King of Sports Illustrated, and Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN and NBCSports.com. Carolyn Manno will report from Met Life Stadium, in East Rutherford, N.J., on the Cowboys-Giants game.

CAREER STATS FOR TOM BRADY AND PEYTON MANNING

PLAYER PASSING YARDS TD SUPER BOWL TITLES MVP AWARDS INT
BRADY 47,358 348 3 2 130
MANNING 63,059 470 1 4 215

BRONCOS-PATRIOTS PREVIEW

“This is one of those games that you treasure because you know that the end of this string is coming. But it’s amazing now this is the 14th time they’ve played and every one of them feels like it’s been significant. That’s quite a tribute to these two guys and their careers.” - CrisCollinsworth on NBC Sports Radio

“Can the Patriots defend Wes Welker? I think that is going to be the key. Welker coming back, making some plays out of the slot, look out for him.” – Tony Dungy

“Belichick and the Patriots coaching staff know how to defend Manning. They have had a lot of success against him. It’s the same basic formula, and they know exactly what they are doing.” – Rodney Harrison

“This is a game you don’t want to miss. It’s the marquee matchup between the top two quarterbacks in this game.” – Hines Ward

Click here to watch a video of Dan Patrick, Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison and Hines Ward previewing Broncos-Patriots:

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

For the sixth consecutive season, the entire Sunday Night Football schedule will be streamed live online. NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops and tablets, will stream all SNF games televised on NBC. The video stream will come directly from NBC’s broadcast of SNF, and will include additional camera angles and interactive features.

NBC Sports Live Extra employs a full HD-quality player, which includes a draggable picture-in-picture feature for any of the online-only cameras, plus full DVR functionality allowing the user to pause, scroll back-and-forth, and review plays in slo-motion.

In addition, online coverage features in-game analysis from the Sunday Night Football and Football Night In America teams as well as fantasy tips from Rotoworld fantasy experts.

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

In addition to Sunday Night Football and Football Night In America, NBC Sports Group’s NFL coverage also includes digital content and social media extensions that are available online, as well as NFL-related shoulder programming on NBCSN.

NEW EPISODES OF FNIA COACH’S CLICKER AND NFL TURNING POINT AIR TONIGHT ON NBCSN

NBCSN’s in-depth coverage of the 2013 NFL season continues tonight with new episodes of FNIA Coach’s Clicker at 5 p.m. ET and NFL Turning Point at midnight ET.

FNIA Coach’s Clicker, NBCSN’s weekly half-hour NFL studio show hosted by Liam McHugh with Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy and two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, will examine the upcoming Sunday Night Football showdown between Broncos QB Peyton Manning and Patriots QB Tom Brady, who will face each other for the 14th time in their careers. Dungy and Harrison will also discuss the impact of Broncos WR Wes Welker, and the chemistry he has developed in his first season with Manning after spending six seasons as Brady’s favorite target.

FNIA Coach’s Clicker will study Cowboys-Giants, and look at how New York’s defense has flourished, while Dallas’ defense has struggled the past few weeks. In addition, the episode will look ahead to the upcoming Redskins-49ers matchup, featuring San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick and Washington QB Robert Griffin III.

NFL Turning Point, hosted by Football Night In America’s Dan Patrick, will look back at Week 11 in the NFL and focus on the crucial “turning point” moments that ultimately defined the outcome of some of the week’s most watched contests.

This week’s episode of NFL Turning Point breaks down the 49ers-Saints game, examining how the New Orleans defense consistently stopped San Francisco on third down and stifled the 49ers running game. The show dissects 49ers LB Ahmad Brooks’ personal foul penalty from his hit on Saints QB Drew Brees in the fourth quarter, and how the play negated 49ers LB Patrick Willis’ fumble recovery, giving the Saints new life on the drive that resulted in a game-tying field goal.

The program also reviews Sunday night’s Chiefs-Broncos game. Turning Point will analyze how the Broncos offensive line shut down the Chiefs pass rush, which did not register a hit on Peyton Manning in the game. The program also examines Kansas City QB Alex Smith, and whether he can make big plays down the stretch to win games for the Chiefs.

This week’s episode will spotlight Eagles QB Nick Foles and head coach Chip Kelly, who were both wired for sound during Sunday’s win against Washington.

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.

CFL GREY CUP

NBCSN will air the CFL Grey Cup live this Sunday at 6 p.m. ET from Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field, in Regina, Saskatchewan. Darian Durant and the West Division champion Saskatchewan Roughriders (11-7, regular season) take on Henry Burris and the East Division champion Hamilton Tiger-Cats (10-8, regular season).

Calling the Grey Cup will be veteran TSN play-by-play announcer Chris Cuthbert. Three-time CFL All-Star Glen Suitor will join Cuthbert as game analyst for the telecast, with Sara Orlesky and Farhan Lalji serving as sideline reporters for the game.

NBCSN aired 14 CFL regular-season games in 2013, in addition to the CFL Semifinals and Sunday’s Grey Cup. The 2013 schedule included the 2012 Grey Cup Champion Toronto Argonauts, BC Lions, Calgary Stampeders, Edmonton Eskimos, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Montreal Alouettes, Saskatchewan Rough riders and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

VIEWERSHIP

Last week’s Sunday Night Football game, featuring Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos defeating the previously unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs, 27-17, averaged 26.9 million viewers – marking the best primetime viewership for a November game in 17 years and a 48% increase over last season’s Week 11 SNF game (18.2 million viewers for Baltimore-Pittsburgh).

The Chiefs-Broncos SNF matchup easily won the week as TV’s most-watched primetime show, topping the No. 2 show by 39% (“NCIS,” 19.4 million), according to official live plus same day national data from The Nielsen Company.  Chiefs-Broncos is the most-watched SNF game this season (including the Thursday night opener), edging out the Oct. 20 Broncos-Colts game featuring Manning’s return to Indianapolis.

The broadcast (8:31-11:59 PM ET) also posted the week’s highest primetime rating (15.5/25) and a 9.9 rating in the Adult 18-49 demographic.

NBC NFL games are averaging a 13.0 HH rating and 22.0 million viewers per telecast – the network’s best 11-week start since acquiring the SNF package in 2006.  In addition, SNF tops primetime in Adults, Men and Women 18-34 and 18-49 demos and Adults and Men 25-54.  SNF is also on record pace in the Women’s 18-49 and 25-54 demos.

For more info, click here: Week 11 SNF ratings release.

2013 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

NBC will broadcast 19 primetime NFL games during the 2013 season, including NBC’s annual Thanksgiving night game, featuring the heated AFC North rivalry Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens.

2013 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
*Sun. Nov. 24 Week 12 Denver Broncos at New England Patriots
**Thurs. Nov. 28 Week 13 Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens
*Sun. Dec. 1 Week 13 New York Giants at Washington Redskins
*Sun. Dec. 8 Week 14 Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers
*Sun. Dec. 15 Week 15 Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers
*Sun. Dec. 22 Week 16 New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens
*Sun. Dec. 29 Week 17 TBA

*Flex Week

**Thanksgiving Night Game

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“SUPER BOWL MVP MONTH” CONTINUES ON NBC’s SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: PEYTON MANNING AND 9-1 BRONCOS VISIT TOM BRADY AND 7-3 PATRIOTS

Broncos-Patriots 3rd of NFL-First 5 Consecutive Broadcast Primetime Games

Featuring Super Bowl MVP Quarterback

STAMFORD, Conn. – November 21, 2013 – When NFL passing yardage leader and Super Bowl XLI MVP Peyton Manning and the 9-1 Denver Broncos visit Tom Brady, MVP of Super Bowls XXXVI and XXXVIII, and the 7-3 New England Patriots this weekend on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, it will mark the third of five consecutive SNF games featuring a Super Bowl MVP quarterback – a first for NFL broadcast primetime (which dates to 1970).

The contest is also the first in NFL history in which both starting quarterbacks are at least 90 games over .500 in the regular season. In their careers, Brady is +101 (143-42) and Manning is +92 (163-71).

“This is one of those games that you treasure because you know that the end of this string is coming,” SNF analyst Cris Collinsworth said on NBC Sports Radio. “But it’s amazing now this is the 14th time they’ve played and every one of them feels like it’s been significant. That’s quite a tribute to these two guys and their careers.”

Following is a look at the broadcast primetime first – five consecutive SNF games with a Super Bowl MVP quarterback:

  • November 10, 2013 – Super Bowl XLIV MVP Drew Brees passed for 392 yards and four touchdowns to lead the first-place New Orleans Saints to a 49-17 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.
  • November 17, 2013Peyton Manning threw for 323 yards and one touchdown as the Denver Broncos defeat the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs 27-17 in the first matchup in 44 years between clubs with 9-0 and 8-1-or-better records.
  • November 24, 2013 – The matchup between first-place teams from the AFC West and AFC East is “Manning-Brady XIV.”  Brady has won nine of the previous 13 meetings. This marks the second time in NFL history that two starting quarterbacks with 140+ career regular-season wins each meet in a game (first: Elway-147 wins vs. Marino-141 wins on Dec. 21, 1998).
  • November 28, 2013Joe Flacco, the most recent Super Bowl MVP, leads Baltimore against AFC North-rival Pittsburgh on Thanksgiving night.
  • December 1, 2013 – Two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning (XLII and XLVI) and the New York Giants, winners of four consecutive games to date, visit division rival Washington.

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