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

FNIA-nfl-nbcI can’t believe in the Cincinnati Bengals. I try each and every week. I just can’t believe in them.” – Rodney Harrison

The Colts are not an elite team. They are the best team in the AFC South, but they are not elite.” – Tony Dungy

“The whole Aaron Rodgers MVP thing is now a little up in the air.” – Cris Collinsworth

Stamford, Conn. – December 14, 2014 – Following are highlights from NBC’s Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports. Bob Costas opened the show live from inside Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa., to preview Cowboys-Eagles. Costas was joined on site by Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth, sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, NBC NFL analyst Hines Ward, and NBC Sports’ Josh Elliott.

Dan Patrick co-hosted Football Night from NBC Sports Group’s Studio 1. He was joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy; two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney HarrisonMike Florio of ProFootballTalk on NBCSports.com, and NFL Insider Peter KingAlex Flanagan reported from Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif., on the Broncos-Chargers game.

In addition, Costas interviewed Eagles RB LeSean McCoy, and Elliott spoke with Cowboys WR Dez Bryant.

Following are highlights from Football Night in America:

ON PACKERS

Ward: “The team was sloppy. Aaron Rodgers had an off day, but the wide receivers had way too many dropped passes. Jordy Nelson dropped a huge touchdown pass. I give credit to Buffalo’s defense.”

Collinsworth: “The whole Aaron Rodgers MVP thing is now a little up in the air. I had already cast my ballot. I was going to vote for him. It was over, but now it’s a little shaky.”

Harrison on Packers: “I don’t think we need to panic with Green Bay. They played one bad game and they were red hot the last five weeks.  I do believe that this team will win the division. They will bounce back next week and they will beat Detroit in Week 17.”

ON SEAHAWKS

Collinsworth: “Seattle is back. Seattle could end up with home field advantage throughout the playoffs.”

ON COLTS

Dungy: “The Colts are not an elite team. They are the best team in the AFC South division, but they are not elite. They have some holes in their run defense. They have some skilled position players, but they are not a great team.”

Harrison: “They win a lot of close games. This is a very resilient team, but their offensive line is not very good. They are going to have problems in the playoffs.”

ON BENGALS

Harrison: “I can’t believe in the Cincinnati Bengals. I try each and every week. They gave up 42 points to the Pittsburgh Steelers and they come back and they beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by one point. I just can’t believe in them.”

King on Bengals’ defensive approach to Manziel: “The Cincinnati Bengals did something really bright in the game against Johnny Manziel. They looked back at his college career and saw that the worst game he played in college was against LSU last year. The key in that game, don’t let Manziel go left. They forced him to the right. The biggest play in this game, he throws a terrible interception. Give credit to Bengals’ defensive coordinator Paul Guenther, for finding that.”

ON VIKINGS

Florio on Adrian Peterson:  “Despite talking about retiring and making a run at the Olympics, Adrian Peterson intends to play football in 2015. One of the primary goals of the lawsuit to be filed as soon as Monday, is to secure his reinstatement as soon as possible in the 2015 offseason, so that he can plan his next move. And that next move could include a new team.”

ON CARDINALS

King on Cardinals next Sunday: “One of the things that you’re going to see, or that you could see, is a relief pitcher at quarterback, for the new starter Ryan Lindley. Head coach Bruce Arians told me that he could have a package of plays ready for Logan Thomas, the rookie from Virginia Tech.”

ON GIANTS

Dungy on Odell Beckham Jr.: “He has put the “O” back in the New York offense.”

Dungy on Giants’ offense: “Maybe they don’t need a new quarterback. Maybe it’s just receivers. If Eli had Beckham and Cruz the whole year, I think he’d be doing alright.”

Harrison on Odell Beckham Jr.: “As long as Eli can avoid those interceptions, he’ll be fine. When I look at Odell Beckham, he’s one of those receivers. He’s so irritating to try to defend, because he plays with so much energy and he plays for four quarters. He’s amazing. He can do everything on the football field.”

ON STEELERS

Dungy: “They are not great, but now they have two home games. All they have to do is win their last two home games and they win the division.”

Patrick on Le’Veon Bell’s second touchdown: “That has got to make A.C. Slater, Screech, and Mr. Belding happy.”

ON RAVENS

Harrison: “I like Baltimore. I think they will make the playoffs, whether it is by winning the division or by Wild Card.”

ON BROWNS

Dungy on Manziel: “He hung in there, but I don’t know what people expected to see. This is what rookie quarterbacks look like. It’s not college. There are some good defenders out there.”

ON CHIEFS

Dungy on De’Anthony Thomas: “I’ve seen him live. He’s fast, fast.”

ON COWBOYS

Tafoya on Tony Romo in the team’s previous matchup with the Eagles: “Romo told me before that Thanksgiving day game, he didn’t take his usual painkilling shot for his back. He thought he was feeling pretty good. Afterwards, he had serious regrets about that and he assures me that tonight he will be getting that shot before the game.”

Collinsworth on Romo’s pregame painkilling procedure: “He comes out for pregame warm-up, goes all the way through warm-up, goes back in, takes off his pads, gets the shot and then comes back out on the field. We asked him, ‘How long does it take?,’ and he said, ‘About 30 minutes or so.’”

Dungy on Tony Romo: “I think he will be better tonight and will have a big game.”

Harrison on playing on the road: “A lot of players like going on the road. I used to love going on the road. You have less distractions. You have quality time to yourself. When you walked in to that stadium and saw 70,000 people, it was like us against 70,000 people. It definitely motivates you.”

ON AFC NORTH

Harrison on Ravens: “I like Baltimore and I think they will make the playoffs, whether it’s they win the division or by a wildcard…That front seven. I love the experience of the coaching staff as well as the players. ”

Harrison on Steelers: “They have two tough games: Cincinnati, Kansas City. I think they will lose at least one of them.”

ON NFC SOUTH

Dungy: “I think it’s going to come down to Carolina and New Orleans. The winner of that game is going to win.”

Harrison: “I like the Saints. I like the experience of Drew Brees and I don’t trust Matt Ryan, nor do I trust Derek Anderson or Cam Newton.”

ON NFC WEST

Dungy: “Seattle is coming on. Arizona doesn’t have the quarterback, and might not have Drew Stanton. This game next week is going to be for the division title, and probably now, for the number one seed.”

ON NFLPA STATEMENT

Florio on NFLPA: “The NFL and the NFL Players’ Association continue to agree to disagree, and they’re disagreeing sharply on the new Personal Conduct Policy that was unveiled this week. In a statement issued by NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith to NBC Sports, Smith accuses the NFL of embarrassing missteps, says the Commissioner repeatedly abused his discretion in handling player misconduct cases and engaged in egregious management. Ultimately, accusing the owners of missing the opportunity to bridge the credibility gap with players that is nearing the point of no return.”

DeMaurice Smith’s statement to NBC on the NFL’s new Personal Conduct Policy: “The NFL owners had an opportunity to show leadership and vision in the wake of the embarrassing missteps by the league office. Limiting a commissioner’s power who has repeatedly abused his discretion is a good start, but in light of the NFL’s wild inconsistencies and egregious mismanagement, it does not go far enough. If the only goal of this policy was to appease our sponsors in the short-term to get through this crisis, then they succeeded, but they missed an opportunity to bridge the credibility gap with players that is nearing the point of no return.”

ON DICK ENBERG

Costas on Dick Enberg’s election into the Baseball Hall of Fame: “We at NBC salute a longtime colleague and friend, Dick Enberg, who for so many years was the voice of so many sports on NBC. This past week, Dick was elected to the broadcasters’ wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame. The ceremony is next summer in Cooperstown. For now, congratulations Dick. Oh, my. What a well-deserved honor.”

ON MARCUS MARIOTA

Dungy: “I think those teams at the top of that list (worst NFL record this season), including Tampa Bay, they are loving Marcus Mariota right now. He is a great young man. I know him well. Everybody loves Marcus, including me.”

Below are excerpts from Costas’ interview with McCoy, and Elliott’s interview with Bryant.

LESEAN MCCOY WITH BOB COSTAS

McCoy on matching up against Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray: “I’ll make sure if he wins the (rushing) title, I’ll send him the belt. Any competitive player looks across the field and wants to beat your position out, and feel like you can give your team the edge.”

McCoy on his unique cutback ability: “It’s just something I feel. I never predetermine if I’m going to do it or not. It’s my gift and curse. I’ve been blessed to do it and be successful with it for so long, that sometimes I try to do it and get a big loss.  Then Chip (Kelly) is pissed.”

McCoy on the Eagles’ high-speed offense: “I feel like the whole game is like that. People don’t think we get tired, but I get tired. The mindset is that the defense is a lot more tired than we are, and that’s our advantage. The only difference is that the referees kind of slow us down.”

McCoy to Costas on his career success playing on Sunday Night Football: “It’s all about you. I don’t want to disappoint you (laughing). I think good players show up in big games, and I think Sunday night is one of the biggest stages to play on.”

DEZ BRYANT WITH JOSH ELLIOTT

Bryant on his chemistry with Cowboys QB Tony Romo: “Off the field, it’s not just about football. We know one another, we talk family with one another, we go out to eat with one another. I think that’s how you build that chemistry.”

Elliott to Bryant on his animated nature on the sideline: “Tony (Romo) has said that when we watch you on TV, one might think you’re ripping into a teammate. But when we hear you, when you’re mic’d for sound, it’s actually exactly the opposite.”

Bryant: “I want those guys to know that you’ve got a fan here on the sideline. As soon as you make that stop, as soon as you do something good, I want to be around and congratulate you. I want you to see that I’ve got your back and I’m here 100 percent.”

Bryant on the Cowboys’ 33-10 loss to the Eagles on Thanksgiving Day: “They were ready. They were more prepared. We watched the film. We saw a lot of things that we could have done differently. We’re going to fix those things, and it should be a very different ballgame.”

Bryant on importance of tonight’s game: “We just have to take advantage of the opportunity. We’ve got to stay together, work hard, and if we do what we need to do, I think we’ll come out on top.”

FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA

Tony Romo, Demarco Murray And Dallas Cowboys Visit Mark Sanchez, LeSean Mccoy And Philadelphia Eagles On NBC’s Sunday Night Football

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STAMFORD, Conn. – Dec. 10, 2014 – NBC’s Sunday Night Football presents a battle for first place in the NFC East, when Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray and the Dallas Cowboys (9-4) square off against Mark Sanchez, LeSean McCoy and the Philadelphia Eagles (9-4). Sunday night’s coverage begins with Football Night In America at 7 p.m. ET.

The last time the Cowboys and Eagles met this late in the season with at least a .690 winning percentage was more than three decades ago, on Dec. 21, 1980 (Dallas 11-4; Philadelphia 12-3). In addition, the Cowboys bring the NFL’s only undefeated road record (6-0) to Philadelphia on Sunday night, where the Eagles have posted a 6-1 record this season.

Sunday night’s showdown between the Cowboys and Eagles marks the second meeting between the two teams in an 18-day span. On Thanksgiving Day, McCoy rushed for 159 yards and a touchdown, and Sanchez passed for 217 yards and totaled two touchdowns in a 33-10 win over the Cowboys in Dallas.

The Cowboys rebounded last Thursday night with a 41-28 win over the Chicago Bears, led by Murray’s season-high 179 rushing yards, and three touchdown passes from Romo. The Eagles lost 24-14 to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, as Seattle’s defense held Philadelphia to 139 yards of total offense. Murray currently leads the NFL with 1,606 rushing yards, while McCoy ranks fourth (1,068).

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

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

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

Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from NBC Sports Group’s Studio 1 and will be joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN and NBCSports.com, and Peter King of Sports Illustrated. Alex Flanagan will report from Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif., on the Broncos-Chargers game.

TONY DUNGY AND RODNEY HARRISON ON COWBOYS-EAGLES

Dungy on playoff implications of Cowboys-Eagles: “This game is going to be for the NFC East division title. The loser may not make the playoffs, even at 11-5. Nobody wants to play the Seahawks in the playoffs, especially in Seattle. That’s why the pressure is on Philadelphia, Dallas, and all of the NFC teams to keep winning, so that if they do have to play the Seahawks, it won’t have to be out in Seattle. ”

Harrison on Sanchez: “I’m interested to see how Mark Sanchez responds. He played well against Dallas and came back down to earth (against Seattle).”

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NOTES & QUOTES FROM NBC’S “FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA” – WEEK 14

FNIA-nfl-nbc“I believe the Ravens will win the division.” – Rodney Harrison on AFC North

“Bobby Wagner has brought the swagger back to that Seattle defense.” – Tony Dungy

“They have the weaponry to beat Indianapolis…but they’ve got a mental block. None of those guys have ever won up there.” – Dungy on Texans at Colts next week

“There’s a chance we’re going to see Robert Griffin III back under center sooner rather than later.” – Mike Florio

STAMFORD, Conn. – December 7, 2014 – Following are highlights from NBC’s Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports. Bob Costas opened the show live from inside Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif., to preview Patriots-Chargers. Costas was joined on site by Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth, sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, NBC NFL analyst Hines Ward, and NBC Sports’ Josh Elliott.

Dan Patrick co-hosted Football Night from NBC Sports Group’s Studio 1. He was joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy; two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk on NBCSports.com, and NFL Insider Peter King. Kathryn Tappen reported from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa., on the Seahawks-Eagles game.

In addition, Costas interviewed Patriots DT Vince Wilfork, and Elliott spoke with Chargers QB Philip Rivers.

Following are highlights from Football Night in America:

ON AFC NORTH

Dungy: “Cincinnati had a chance to get some distance and take control, but Pittsburgh, as inconsistent as they’ve been playing, they won the game today. And now, if they win out, they win the North.”

Harrison: “I believe the Ravens will win the division. They play against Jacksonville, Houston, and Cleveland. I don’t trust the Bengals. I see them each and every week and I’m always shaking my head. I just can’t believe they continue to win football games.”

Ward on Steelers: “Today was a must-win for the Steelers. Big Ben continues to show to everyone that he is still an elite quarterback…Offensively, I love what they’re doing…Running back Le’Veon Bell is a superstar. He can do so many different things. But I think in order for them to make a serious push at the playoffs, they have to play better in the secondary because they got torched today.”

Collinsworth on Bengals: “I still have to remind everyone, and myself, that the Bengals are still in first place in that division…(laughing about how their tie may help their playoff chances) We’re hanging on every thread at this moment right now. We love ties in Cincy.”

Patrick on Ravens: “You don’t have Haloti Ngata for the rest of the regular season and Elvis Dumervil stepped up.”

Harrison on Ravens: “You’re talking about somebody that’s overshadowed — Elvis Dumervil. He’s been overshadowed because of all the attention we pay to J.J. Watt.”

ON SEAHAWKS

Dungy: “Bobby Wagner has brought the swagger back to that Seattle defense.”

Harrison: “You talk about Bobby Wagner and Richard Sherman, but Byron Maxwell, he’s been playing excellent cornerback.”

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ON TEXANS

Dungy on upcoming game at Indianapolis: “They have the weaponry to beat Indianapolis. They’ve got a great pass rush. They’ve got a good running game. That’s how you beat Indy…but they’ve got a mental block. None of those guys have ever won up there.”

Harrison: “It seems like every week I’m watching the same tape of J.J. Watt. It’s unbelievable. Indy has a banged up offensive line. J.J. Watt should have a big game.”

ON BRONCOS

Patrick: “What a difference-maker C.J. Anderson has been.”

ON CARDINALS

Dungy: “I thought defensive coordinator Todd Bowles called a great game.  He put the pressure on Alex Smith, lowered the box and made Alex Smith (try to) win it…Arizona’s defense came up big all day.”

Harrison on Todd Bowles: “He wasn’t afraid of Alex Smith.”

ON CHIEFS

Harrison: “My biggest concern with Kansas City going into this game, and to the entire season, is their inability to throw the ball down the field. You can’t just rely on Jamaal Charles.”

ON REDSKINS

Florio: “Washington quarterback Colt McCoy has that neck strain, but even if he’s healthy, there’s a chance we’re going to see Robert Griffin III back under center sooner rather than later as the starting quarterback. There’s been so much talk out of Washington that coach Jay Gruden is done with Griffin, but the truth is the organization still believes in Griffin, that they can get him back in the right mindset, and that, in the off-season with the draft picks back and with salary cap space, they can make the team better around him.”

King on Jay Gruden: “The Washington Post reported this weekend that Jay Gruden, the coach of Washington, could be quote ‘one-and-done,’ meaning out after his first season as a head coach. After the game, NBC Washington reported that Bruce Allen, general manager of the team, has told Gruden, ‘You will not be one and done. You’ll be back next year.’”

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ON 49ERS

Dungy on if 49ers are done: “Yes. I thought they were after (the Thanksgiving night game). Now it’s official.”

Harrison: “Colin Kaepernick, no confidence. And they miss those veteran linebackers.”

ON VIKINGS

Patrick: “If you add Adrian Peterson, are you looking at a playoff team here in Minnesota?”

Dungy: “Possibly. They rode Adrian Peterson to the playoffs a couple of years ago and Teddy Bridgewater’s giving them better quarterbacking than they had then.”

Harrison: “They have the potential of being a playoff team.”

ON PANTHERS

Patrick: “You can’t stop Fozzy Whittaker.”

ON SAINTS

Harrison: “I still have the Saints winning the division…I trust Drew Brees in the big moment.”

Patrick: “As long as they’re not playing at home, they’ve got a chance to win.”

ON PATRIOTS

Collinsworth: “The margin of error for New England is now gone…If the Chargers don’t get them, I think the Patriots will run the table.”

ON CHARGERS

Ward on Philip Rivers: “That’s why it’s hard to put him in that elite category, because he hasn’t had a lot of success in the big games. He’s going to put up a lot of big numbers, but often you find him making the crucial mistake that costs this team. But I love his cockiness and his will to compete.”

ON MOVING TO LOS ANGELES

Florio: “Do not overlook the San Diego Chargers. There’s thinking in League circles that because the Chargers have been trying for so long to get a new stadium in San Diego they’re in a better position to satisfy the relocation policy than the other two teams (Oakland and St. Louis). Also, the owners would be inclined to allow a team to move just a fairly short distance, more inclined to do that than have a team move across the country. As for the Chargers, publicly they’re saying nothing, but privately they’re keeping all options open.”

Below are excerpts from Costas’ interview with Wilfork, and Elliott’s interview with Rivers.

VINCE WILFORK WITH BOB COSTAS

On bandwagon fans: “We’ve been great, we’ve sucked, we were this, and we were that. The only thing we have is our fans and what we have in that locker room. When we were down, we were kicked a lot. Now we’re up, all of the sudden it’s the Patriots this, the Patriots that. I told our guys, ‘We don’t have time for that.’ The only thing we’re concentrating on is what we have in here.”

On whether he wishes he had more chances to get in the end zone: “Early in my career, I used to talk about it a lot. But now, it is what it is. If it happens, I’ll be prepared for it. I play catch a lot, so they know the ability that I have, and it’s possible I could do it. We just have so many great options on offense that they don’t need me over there.”

On coach Bill Belichick: “He’s a great person. A lot of people don’t understand that because they just see him on Sundays or in the media. But, we have a chance to be around him every day. He’ll come into the locker room and talk with us; in the weight room he’ll come talk and joke. I was just talking with him the other day about my son’s state football game…when I first came up here, [my son] was 6, and now he’s 17. Just being around him every day you get the coach Bill Belichick, and you get the person Bill Belichick, where you can step into his office and talk about anything.”

On the importance of tonight’s game: “Every game is a big game. [Tonight] it happens to be the Chargers – a great football team led by a great quarterback. I love playing against [Philip Rivers] because he is so competitive, he is so fiery. You can just tell how he just gets his guys going. I like to see that in a player, especially coming from a quarterback. You’ll hit him, and he’ll get up and laugh at you and say, ‘That’s all you have?’ It’s an enjoyment to play against somebody like that, who has the passion he has for the game. Philip Rivers got those guys rolling, but we know what we have to do. We have to walk away with a W. It’s going to be tough.”

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On his game-winning touchdown pass with 38 seconds remaining against Baltimore last week: “It’s either going to end in a touchdown to win or an interception to lose…it was big. All that comes with winning that game. Now it gets no easier for us.”

On hard late-season schedule: “They’re all hard in this league. You see it every week, anybody can beat anybody. The good news for us in the last four [games], we don’t have to play them all in the same day. They give us a break between each of them, which is good.”

On his respect for Tom Brady: “Growing up, I wasn’t as much a fan of the NFL as I was a fan of quarterbacks. Marino, Favre, Elway, Aikman, Montana – all of those guys’ posters were on my wall as a kid. To think, ‘Hey, shoot, you’re getting to play a Tom Brady-led Patriots team.’ That really is special, to get him on Sunday night at our place. If you would have told us Week 1 that this was what it’s going to be, we would have said ‘deal.’”

On his attitude every Sunday: “It’s just passion. My dad is a football coach, and there are times when I see some of his mannerisms, his passion, the way he coached…I’m doing the exact same thing. I hate that sometimes it’s viewed the wrong way, but it’s just like, golly, I hope that when it’s all said and done they’ll be like, ‘That guy loves to play football.’”

FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA

PREMIER LEAGUE MATCHES CONTINUE ON mun2

NBCUNIVERSAL LOGOS -- Pictured: "mun2" Black Logo  -- (Photo by: mun2)LOS ANGELES – Dec. 4, 2014 – NBCUniversal’s Hispanic cable network mun2 continues its coverage of the 2014/2015 season of the Premier League with two stellar matchups. The network will air Newcastle United vs. Chelsea on Sat., Dec. 6, at 7:40 a.m. ET / 4:40 a.m. PT; followed by Southampton vs. Manchester United on Mon., Dec. 8, at 2:55 p.m. ET / 11:55 a.m. PT.

mun2 continues its unprecedented coverage across multiple platforms which includes streaming through select pay-TV providers and on Video on Demand (VOD).

Newcastle United sits with twenty points on the table after tying Burnley 1-1 on Tuesday. The Magpies have only lost once in their last eight premier league encounters. League leader Chelsea continues undefeated this season and in first place with 36 points, after a 3-0 drubbing of Tottenham on Wednesday. The Blues got a goal from veteran forward Didier Drogba who started in place of suspended Diego Costa.

This seasons surprise Southampton, has lost their last two consecutive matches in league play and have dropped to third on the table. The Saints were defeated by Arsenal on Tuesday 1-0, giving up an 89th minute goal to Alexis Sanchez in a hard fought match. Manchester United has won their last four in a row, including a 2-1 victory vs. Stoke City on Tuesday. The Red Devils sit fourth on the table and have a great opportunity to seize third place with a victory on Monday at St. Mary’s Stadium.

Legendary commentator Andres Cantor and former Mexican National Team player Manuel Sol will call both matches.

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NBC Sports Group Welcomes Kyle Petty To NASCAR Broadcast Team

nbc-sports-groupPopular and Experienced NASCAR Analyst Joins Krista Voda on Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series Pre- and Post-race Coverage on NBC and NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. — December 4, 2014 — NBC Sports Group welcomes one of the most-liked personalities in motorsports to its multiplatform NASCAR coverage as Kyle Petty joins its upcoming race day broadcast team on NBC and NBCSN.  Petty will work alongside host Krista Voda as an analyst during pre- and post-race shows surrounding Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series race coverage, which launches this July. In addition, Petty will continue his role as a regular contributor to NASCAR AMERICA on NBCSN.  The announcement was made today by Sam Flood, Executive Producer, NBC Sports and NBCSN.

“Kyle Petty brings a lifetime of experience to our team that is unmatched,” said Flood. “As a driver, team owner, philanthropist, and multigenerational observer of the sport, he has seen it all, and has great perspectives across NASCAR’s full spectrum.”

“I learned the history of this sport from my grandfather, I saw the history made by my father, and I was a competitor to some of the greatest drivers in the history of NASCAR,” said Petty.  “I’m excited to be a part of NBC’s return to NASCAR.  During this past year as a guest analyst on NASCAR AMERICA, I saw firsthand the commitment, energy and excitement that this team has for the sport that I love.  I can’t wait for the fans to see the same.”

The appointment of Petty follows previous NBC Sports NASCAR on-air announcements for analysts Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte, race announcer Rick Allen, pre- and post-race host Krista Voda, and reporters Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Mike Massaro and Dave Burns.

Petty is as much a product of racing as he is of his famous forebears: his grandfather, Lee Petty, and his father, Richard Petty, also known as “the King.”  He grew up in Level Cross, N.C., and places like Daytona, Charlotte and Talladega. For more than three decades as a driver, owner and media commentator, Kyle Petty has earned a reputation as a classy competitor and one of the greatest philanthropists that NASCAR has ever known.

Inspired by the vision of his late son Adam, Kyle and the Petty family partnered with the NASCAR community and corporate sponsors to create Victory Junction, a camp where more than 20,000 children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses have found hope, laughter and relief. For more than 20 years, Petty has hosted hundreds of NASCAR fans, drivers and motorcycle enthusiasts on his annual Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America – raising more than $15 million for Victory Junction and children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses.

Over the course of a 30-year racing career, Petty amassed 173 Top-10 finishes. Throughout his racing years and since retirement in 2008, he has worked as an on-air commentator for several networks, including TNT, SPEED, ESPN, Turner, Fox Sports 1 and the Performance Racing Network.

On July 23, 2013, NASCAR and NBC Sports Group reached a comprehensive agreement that grants NBCUniversal exclusive rights to the final 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, final 19 NASCAR XFINITY Series events, select NASCAR Regional & Touring Series events and other live content, beginning in 2015.

With this partnership, NBC’s 20 Sprint Cup race schedule includes a designation as the exclusive home to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, when the elite national series races through its final 10 events of the season.  The Chase culminates with the season-ending championship event, which returns to network television in 2015 for the first time since 2009. Of NBC Sports Group’s 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events, seven will be carried on NBC annually, with 13 airing on NBCSN. Four of NBC Sports Group’s 19 NASCAR XFINITY Series races will air on NBC, with 15 airing on NBCSN.

NASCAR AMERICA premiered in February, following Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Daytona 500 victory and NBC Sports Group’s multi-platform coverage of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. The weekday 30-minute news and highlights program is hosted primarily by NASCAR on NBC lead race announcer Rick Allen and features regular appearances by NBC Sports NASCAR analysts Jeff Burton, Kyle Petty, reporters Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, as well as guest analysts such as Bobby Labonte, Wally Dallenbach and Frank Stoddard.

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Tom Brady And New England Patriots Visit Philip Rivers And San Diego Chargers This Weekend 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 Patriots-Chargers

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

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

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

Stamford, Conn. – Dec. 3, 2014 – Tom Brady and the AFC East-leading New England Patriots (9-3) visit Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers (8-4) at Qualcomm Stadium this Sunday, Dec. 7, on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.  Sunday night’s coverage begins with Football Night In America at 7 p.m. ET.

The Patriots, tied with Denver for the best record in the AFC, look to rebound after their seven-game winning streak was broken by a 26-21 loss at Green Bay last Sunday. The Chargers, a game behind Denver, look to keep pace in the AFC West and keep their playoff hopes alive. Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is first among tight ends in receiving yards (910), and Brady is averaging 306.5 passing yards per game. The Chargers come off a 34-33 win against the Baltimore Ravens, where Rivers threw for 383 yards, and connected with WR Eddie Royal for the game-winning touchdown pass with 38 seconds remaining. Rivers and Brady hold the first and second spots, respectively, for winning percentage in the final four games of the regular season since 1970 (Rivers .906, Brady .833).

The two teams meet on Sunday for the first time since the Patriots’ 35-21 win over the Chargers on Sept. 18, 2011, at Gillette Stadium.

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

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

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

Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from NBC Sports Group’s Studio 1 and will be joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN and NBCSports.com, and Peter King of Sports Illustrated. Kathryn Tappen will report from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa., on the Seahawks-Eagles game.

VIDEO: TONY DUNGY AND RODNEY HARRISON PREVIEW PATRIOTS-CHARGERS

Dungy on the Chargers: “The win against the Ravens was huge. They hadn’t played well on the road. They were down in Baltimore, and got a big comeback win. Philip Rivers got them going with the passing game.”

Harrison on Patriots traveling to San Diego for the week: “I would like that as a player, 70-degree weather. You don’t have to worry about traveling, and can get acclimated to the time change.”

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

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

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL DIGITAL COVERAGE

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

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SOCIAL MEDIA:

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

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL BUS

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

“THE SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL”

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

For more information on Sunday Night Football’s comprehensive digital coverage, click here: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2014/08/28/nbc-sports-group-surrounds-week-1-of-2014-nfl-season-with-nfl-kickoff-2014-and-sunday-night-football/

NFL TURNING POINT – TONIGHT AT 11 PM ET ON NBCSN

Tonight’s all new edition of NFL Turning Point, NBCSN’s Emmy Award-nominated weekly NFL show co-produced by NFL Films, will feature in-depth analysis of Week 13’s high-profile matchup between Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers and Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

Airing at 11 p.m. ETNFL Turning Point will also include a look at the San Diego Chargers comeback against the Baltimore Ravens, a wired-for-sound segment featuring DE J.J. Watt in the Houston Texans game against the Tennessee Titans, as well as an exclusive film study session with Seattle Seahawks S Kam Chancellor.

Hosted by Football Night In America’s Dan Patrick, the hour-long program will air throughout the entire NFL season, including the playoffs and Super Bowl.

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

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

FANTASY FOOTBALL LIVE ON NBCSN TUESDAY – THURSDAY NIGHTS, 6:30 P.M. ET

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

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

NBCSN SUNDAY SPORTS REPORT SUNDAY NIGHTS, 11:30 P.M. ET

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

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

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NBC SPORTS RADIO

NBC Sports Radio will surround the 2014 NFL season with daily coverage on 439 radio affiliates, highlighted by McNabb and Malone; an all-sports show that leverages the unique perspective of two former NFL quarterbacks, and Safety Blitz with Rodney Harrison; featuring three-time All Pro and two-time Super Bowl-winner Rodney Harrison.

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

NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS

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

2014 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

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

2014 NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
DATE WEEK MATCHUP
*Sun. Dec. 7 Week 14 New England Patriots at San Diego Chargers
*Sun. Dec. 14 Week 15 Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles
*Sun. Dec. 21 Week 16 Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals
*Sun. Dec. 28 Week 17 TBA
   

*Flex Week

** Thanksgiving Night Game

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Follow “Sunday Night Football” on Instagram @snfonnbc

Visit SNF All-Access at: http://snfallaccess.nbcsports.com/

For more information about NBC Sports Group shows and properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

NBC Sports And FOX Sports Join Forces To Unleash New Era In NASCAR Television

nbc-sports-groupfox-sports-logoNetwork Sports Marketing Teams Unite to Craft Co-Branded NASCAR Creative to Air on FOX, FOX Sports 1, NBC and NBCSN in Advance of 2015 Season

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — December 3, 2014 — On the heels of one of the most exciting NASCAR seasons in recent memory, the award-winning marketing teams at FOX Sports and NBC Sports have co-created an adrenaline-charged on-air promotion that is set to unfold on multiple network platforms. The announcement was made today as part of a panel featuring NBC Sports Group Chairman Mark Lazarus and FOX Sports President, COO and Executive Producer Eric Shanks at the 2014 Sports Business Journal Motorsports Marketing Forum in Las Vegas.

Overseen by NBC Sports Group’s CMO John Miller and Robert Gottlieb, EVP of Marketing, FOX Sports, the collaboration is designed to promote the 2015 season and further the momentum NASCAR has been enjoying since the thrilling conclusion of the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.  In February, the green flag waves over a new 10-year broadcasting partnership in which FOX Sports and FOX Sports 1 handle the Daytona 500 and first half of the Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series seasons, before turning over the keys to NBC and NBCSN for the seasons’ second half and the reinvigorated Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

“It’s no secret that we compete rather fiercely in most other areas of our business, but given all of the excitement surrounding the sport, we felt the time was right to come together and celebrate our new broadcast partnership,” said Miller. “Our collective competitive spirit yielded a piece that turned out extremely well, and we’re looking forward to future collaborations as we build on NASCAR’s momentum.”

“This approach simply makes sense,” Gottlieb added. “The new distribution of NASCAR programming across FOX and NBC lends itself to a co-branded effort. We’re excited to tell NASCAR Nation about how great the 2015 season is going to be. Having FOX carry the first half, and having NBC carry the second half, is a clean and simple schedule that lets fans know where to go each weekend to get the NASCAR action they love.”

To view and/or download the NBC Sports and FOX Sports 2015 NASCAR on-air promotion video, please click here.

“As we crown a first-time Champion and celebrate what has been an exciting year for NASCAR in 2014, it’s great to see that NBC and FOX have already created a spirit of collaboration and synergy that will propel the sport forward,” said Brent Dewar, NASCAR’s chief operating officer. “Two of the world’s largest media companies collaborating on NASCAR-themed creative months before a new season begins demonstrates the level of commitment the industry and our fans can expect from NASCAR and our television broadcast partners in 2015 and beyond.”

On July 23, 2013, NASCAR and NBC Sports Group reached a comprehensive agreement that grants NBCUniversal exclusive rights to the final 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, final 19 NASCAR XFINITY Series events, select NASCAR Regional & Touring Series events and other live content beginning in 2015.

The NASCAR on FOX relationship opened with the 2001 Daytona 500, adding the full NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES schedule in 2003 and, as part of the most recent television agreement, additional NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES races and 14 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES events beginning in 2015. Over the years, FOX Sports has delivered a wide variety of NASCAR programming across the broadcast network and its cable television properties, recently making programming available online through FOX Sports GO, the app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content. Many of the NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES races, including the Daytona 500, also are available in Spanish through FOX Deportes.

– NBC SPORTS GROUP // FOX SPORTS –

Jonathan Toews And Chicago Blackhawks Host David Backes And St. Louis Blues On Wednesday Night Rivalry On NBCSN

nhl-nbc-rivalryBlues-Blackhawks on Wednesday Night RivalryWednesday at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN

NHL Doubleheader Tomorrow Night on NBCSN – Lightning-Sabres at 7:30 p.m. ET, Followed by Flyers-Sharks at 10 p.m. ET

College Hockey on NBCSN – No. 17 Boston College-New Hampshire Friday at 8 p.m. ET, Maine-No. 7 UMass Lowell Saturday at 8 p.m. ET

STAMFORD, Conn. – Dec. 1, 2014 – NBCSN presents a Central Division showdown on Wednesday Night Rivalry this week, when Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks host David Backes and the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET. Coverage begins on NBCSN with NHL Live at 7 p.m. ET.

This week’s hockey coverage on NBCSN starts with a doubleheader tomorrow night, starting at 7:30 p.m. ET when Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning visit Tyler Ennis and the Buffalo Sabres. The second game of NBCSN’s Tuesday night NHL doubleheader features Claude Giroux and the Philadelphia Flyers against Logan Couture and the San Jose Sharks at 10 p.m. ET.

NBCSN will present two Hockey East matchups this weekend as NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2014-15 college hockey season continues. The New Hampshire Wildcats host the No. 17 Boston College Eagles on Friday night at 8 p.m. ET, followed by a matchup between the Maine Black Bears and the No. 7 UMass-Lowell River Hawks on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide live coverage of this week’s Blues-Blackhawks, Lightning-Sabres, Flyers-Sharks, New Hampshire-Boston College, and Maine-UMass-Lowell matchups.

This week’s NHL pre-game coverage on NBCSN begins at 7 p.m. ET with NHL Live. Kathryn Tappen anchors tomorrow night’s studio coverage with analysts Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick. Liam McHugh hosts Wednesday night’s coverage alongside Milbury, Roenick and Bob McKenzie, who joins NBC Sports Group this year with more than 35 years of hockey reporting experience.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY: BLUES-BLACKHAWKS – WEDNESDAY AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

St. Louis and Chicago renew their bitter Central Division rivalry on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, in the Blues’ first trip to United Center since their Game 6 loss to the Blackhawks in the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, ending their 2014 campaign with four straight losses.

The Blues enter this Wednesday Night Rivalry matchup with wins in four of their last five games, including a 3-2 shootout victory against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday. Captain David Backes had the tying goal in the win, while leading scorer Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and tallied the shootout winner. The Blackhawks have won six of their last seven games, including back-to-back 4-1 wins in Los Angeles and Anaheim last weekend. In their previous meeting this season, St. Louis overcame goals by Patrick Sharp and Kris Versteeg to defeat Chicago 3-2 on Oct. 25.

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 Chicago.

LIGHTNING-SABRES – TOMORROW NIGHT AT 7:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Steven Stamkos and the Atlantic Division-leading Tampa Bay Lightning travel to Buffalo to face the Sabres tomorrow night on NBCSN. Stamkos ranks fifth in the NHL in points (28) and third in goals (15) for the Lightning, who lead the NHL in goals scored (84). The Sabres have won five of their last six games, including a home-and-home sweep of the Montreal Canadiens last weekend. Tampa Bay looks to earn a season sweep of the New York Rangers tonight, and could move to the top of the NHL standings with a victory.

Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will provide live commentary from the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y.

FLYERS-SHARKS – TOMORROW NIGHT AT 10 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Tomorrow’s NHL doubleheader on NBCSN continues at 10 p.m. ET, when Logan Couture and the San Jose Sharks host Claude Giroux and the Philadelphia Flyers. The Sharks look to build off a 6-4 win over Anaheim on Saturday night, led by two goals from Couture. In the Flyers’ most recent visit to San Jose last February, Giroux notched one goal and two assists in a 5-2 win over the Sharks.

Randy Hahn (play-by-play) and Jamie Baker (analyst) will call the action from the SAP Center at San Jose in San Jose, Calif.

COLLEGE HOCKEY – NO. 17 BOSTON COLLEGE AT NEW HAMPSHIRE FRIDAY AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

NBCSN presents two college hockey matchups this weekend featuring Hockey East teams, beginning on Friday night at 8 p.m. ET, when the New Hampshire Wildcats host the No. 17 Boston College Eagles. The Eagles look to rebound from a 1-0 loss to Providence College last Saturday, despite 37 saves from goaltender Thatcher Demko.

Dan Parkhurst (play-by-play) and Ken Hodge (analyst) will provide live commentary the Whittemore Center Arena in Durham, N.H.

COLLEGE HOCKEY – MAINE AT NO. 7 UMASS-LOWELL SATURDAY AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

The No. 7 UMass-Lowell River Hawks host the Maine Black Bears Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET in this weekend’s second Hockey East matchup on NBCSN. The River Hawks are unbeaten in conference play (5-0-2), and will host UConn on Wednesday night prior to Saturday night’s game against the Black Bears.

Dave Strader (play-by-play) and AJ Mleczko (analyst) will have the call from Tsongas Center in Lowell, Mass.

Note: Tomorrow night’s Flyers-Sharks game is subject to local blackouts.

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Tues., December 2 NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Buffalo NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Philadelphia at San Jose NBCSN 10 p.m.
Wed., December 3 NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
Wednesday Night Rivalry – St. Louis at Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m.
Fri., December 5 College Hockey – No. 17 Boston College at New Hampshire NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sat., December 6 College Hockey – Maine at No. 7 UMass-Lowell NBCSN 8 p.m.

2014-15 REGULAR SEASON COVERAGE ON NBC & NBCSN

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

NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS

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

-NBC SPORTS GROUP-

Packers Showdown Against Patriots Examined In New Episode Of “NFL Turning Point” Wednesday Night 11 P.M. ET On NBCSN

NFL-Turning-PointEpisode to Include:

In-Depth Analysis of QB Duel Between Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady

J.J. Watt Wired-For-Sound In Texans Win Over Titans

Exclusive Film Study with Seahawks S Kam Chancellor

NFL Turning Point Hosted by Football Night In America’s Dan Patrick

Stamford, Conn. – December 2, 2014 – Wednesday night’s all new edition of NFL Turning Point, NBCSN’s Emmy Award-nominated weekly NFL show co-produced by NFL Films, will feature in-depth analysis of Week 13’s high-profile matchup between Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers and Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

Airing at 11 p.m. ET, NFL Turning Point will also include a look at the San Diego Chargers comeback against the Baltimore Ravens, a wired-for-sound segment featuring DE J.J. Watt in the Houston Texans game against the Tennessee Titans, as well as an exclusive film study session with Seattle Seahawks S Kam Chancellor.

Hosted by Football Night In America’s Dan Patrick, the hour-long program will air throughout the entire NFL season, including the playoffs and Super Bowl.

This week’s episode features:

  • Patriots – Packers: NFL Turning Point studies the matchup between Rodgers and Brady. The segment reviews how the Packers defense was able to cover Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski, and examines the game-saving play Packers S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix made to prevent Gronkowski from scoring in the final minutes of the fourth-quarter. NFL Turning Point also highlights the ability of the Packers offensive line to protect Rodgers, and shines a spotlight on the play of Packers WRs Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson.
  • Chargers – Ravens: NFL Films breaks down the final six minutes of the Chargers game against the Ravens. It reviews how QB Philip Rivers was able to lead a comeback for San Diego, including the game-winning touchdown pass to WR Eddie Royal.
  • J.J. Watt: Wednesday night’s episode will also include a wired-for-sound segment with J.J. Watt, featuring in-game audio from the Texans win over the Titans. NFL Films cameras and microphones capture Watt as he draws inspiration and enthusiasm from 21-time world wrestling champion Ric Flair. The segment also features in-game-audio of Watt catching his third thouchdown pass this season as a receiver.
  • Kam Chancellor: NFL Films conducts an exclusive film study session with Seattle Seahawks S Kam Chancellor, in which Chancellor discusses his play and position.

Each week Emmy-nominated 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 also features anatomy-of-a-play type segments and long form, Game-of-the-Week style narratives that include the pre-game and post-game access, sideline sounds, jaw-dropping cinematography and incredible storytelling that is synonymous with NFL Films.

In 2014 NBCSN will air a total of 22 episodes, running throughout the entire NFL season, including the playoffs and Super Bowl. The season finale, scheduled to air on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, will look back at the turning point of Super Bowl XLIX.

-NBC Sports Group-

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Following are highlights from Football Night in America:

ON GIANTS

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

Dungy: “It really is.”

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

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

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

ON CARDINALS

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

PACKERS

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

ON COLTS

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

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

ON CHARGERS

Harrison: “They saved their season.”

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

ON BENGALS

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

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

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

ON BROWNS

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

Dungy: “I think you probably do.”

ON SAINTS

Dungy: “Huge win for the Saints.”

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

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

ON RAVENS

Harrison: “Baltimore blew a perfect opportunity.”

ON TEXANS

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

ON PANTHERS

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

ON CHIEFS

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

ON PERSONAL CONDUCT POLICY

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

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

http://www.nbcsports.com/football/nfl/new-nfl-personal-conduct-policy-expected-december-10th

ON RAY RICE DECISION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EMMANUEL SANDERS WITH BOB COSTAS

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

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

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

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

http://www.nbcsports.com/football/nfl/emmanuel-sanders-peyton-all-about-timing

ALEX SMITH WITH JOSH ELLIOTT

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

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

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

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

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

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