NFL Media Programming Notes: February 24 – March 1

NFL_Network_2012_LogoNFL Network Shows and Scheduled Guests

For a full description of each show, please click the show’s link

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung on Friday, February 27

  • NFL.com Content

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Path to the Draft – TONIGHT at 6:00 PM ET

With the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine in the books, the journey to Chicago and the 2015 NFL Draft continues with the return of NFL Network’s series Path to the Draft.

Starting tonight at 6:00 PM ET and airing Monday-Friday on NFL Network, Path to the Draft provides in-depth analysis of all the top prospects, live coverage from Pro Days around the country, in-studio appearances and live interviews, and more leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft in Chicago.

NFL Network analysts Daniel Jeremiah, Charles Davis, Curtis Conway, Brian Baldinger and Charley Casserly join host Andrew Siciliano to delve into all 32 NFL team needs, break down which players can help each team and discuss where in the draft teams can select the players to help them next season.

Additionally, NFL Network’s draft expert Mike Mayock travels to each of the top Pro Days to provide on-location analysis and interviews.

NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers Week on NFL Network

Throughout the week, NFL Network celebrates the NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers by replaying some of his best games from throughout the season.

Here is the remaining schedule for the week:

Today

  • 8:00 PM ET: Week 10 Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers
  • 8:30 PM ET: Week 11 Philadelphia Eagles vs. Green Bay Packers

Wednesday, February 25

  • 8:00 PM ET: Week 13 New England Patriots vs. Green Bay Packers

Thursday, February 26

  • 8:00 PM ET: Week 17 Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers

Friday, February 27

  • 8:00 PM ET: Divisional Round Dallas Cowboys vs. Green Bay Packers

Saturday, February 28

  • 1:00 PM ET: Week 10 Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers
  • 1:30 PM ET: Week 11 Philadelphia Eagles vs. Green Bay Packers
  • 2:00 PM ET: Week 13 New England Patriots vs. Green Bay Packers
  • 3:00 PM ET: Week 17 Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers
  • 4:00 PM ET: Divisional Round Dallas Cowboys vs. Green Bay Packers

NFL Total AccessMonday-Friday at 7:00 PM ET

NFL Total Access airs at 7:00 PM ET MondayFriday on NFL Network.

Tuesday, February 24

  • Hosts: Dan Hellie & Amber Theoharis
  • Analysts: LaDainian Tomlinson, Heath Evans

Wednesday, February 25

  • Hosts: Amber Theoharis
  • Analysts: LaDainian Tomlinson, Heath Evans

Thursday, February 26 

  • Hosts: Dan Hellie & Lindsay Rhodes
  • Analysts: Willie McGinest, Heath Evans

Friday, February 27

  • Hosts: Dan Hellie & Lindsay Rhodes
  • Analysts: Willie McGinest, Heath Evans
  • Guest: New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung

A Football Life Marathon – Starting Sunday, March 1 at 8:00 AM ET

Starting Sunday, March 1 at 8:00 AM ET NFL Network airs back-to-back episodes of A Football Life all day on NFL Network. The following episodes will be shown:

  • Earl Campbell: A Football Life
  • Brandon Marshall: A Football Life
  • Warren Moon: A Football Life
  • Eric Dickerson: A Football Life
  • The Perfect Backfield: A Football Life
  • Terrell Davis: A Football Life
  • Sean Taylor: A Football Life
  • Ricky Williams: A Football Life
  • Joe Greene: A Football Life
  • Doug Flutie: A Football Life
  • McCardell & Smith: A Football Life
  • Butkus & Sayers: A Football Life
  • Roger Staubach: A Football Life
  • Lyle Alzado: A Football Life
  • The 2006 Rose Bowl: A Football Life
  • Joe Namath Pt. I: A Football Life
  • Joe Namath Pt. II: A Football Life
  • Bill Walsh: A Football Life

NFL Now

NFL Now is the League’s next-generation video service, providing fans access to the largest digital library of NFL video anywhere, accessible through apps and browsers across an array of Internet-connected devices. Offered for free with a premium tier, NFL Now allows fans to customize their own video stream of short-form videos and highlights from NFL Media and all 32 NFL clubs.

The NFL…Personalized: Fans can select their favorite NFL teams and players and upload their NFL.com Fantasy roster, and NFL Now dynamically personalizes each fan’s viewing experience. The customization grows over time, as the content engine learns each fan’s preferences and fine tunes the video stream, to the point where no two registered fans will have the same experience on NFL Now.

Provided below is a weekly schedule of NFL Now content:

  • Live streaming events and select news conferences
  • Michael Fabiano personalized fantasy analysis
  • Daily, personalized NFL analysis from Brian Billick, Charles Davis, Daniel Jeremiah, Brian Baldinger, Bucky Brooks and others
  • Instant in-game highlights for every game as wells as a personalized highlight Game Center for NFL.com fantasy leagues
  • In-depth analysis for all 32 teams every day
  • 1,200 new NFL Club-produced segments available per week
  • Over 1,000 NFL Films titles available on NFL Now Plus

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NFL Editorial Content – Daily on NFL.com

  • Michael Silver

o    To read his columns: http://on.nfl.com/1lwmZ3q

  • Judy Battista

o   To read her other columns: http://on.nfl.com/17S17El

  • Elliot Harrison’s Weekly Power Rankings

o   Every Tuesday, Elliott Harrison ranks NFL teams from No. 1 through No. 32 in his weekly power rankings. His power rankings will be a staple on NFL Network and NFL Digital Media’s programming throughout the week.

o   To view the weekly power rankings: http://on.nfl.com/17CaPue

  • NFL.com’s Around the NFL Blog

o    Get the latest news & information from around the league with NFL.com’s Around the NFL blog

o    Follow on Twitter: @AroundTheNFL

Catch all of NFL Media’s writers work here:  http://www.nfl.com/news

NFL.com’s College Football 24/7

Get all of the latest news and analysis leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft with NFL Media’s College Football 24/7 online, on Twitter and on the podcast.

NFL.com/CFB247 provides the latest Mock Drafts, analysis and news from NFL Media’s stable of analysts, including Mike Mayock, Charles Davis, Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks and Lance Zierlein.

Additionally, @NFL_CFB on Twitter provides the latest insight leading up to the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine and Draft.

Download the College Football 24/7 Podcast on NFL.com and iTunes for more news and analysis.

NFL.com Presents Six Weekly Podcasts

  • Dave Dameshek Football Program
  • Around the NFL
  • The Coaches Show   
  • College Football 24/7
  • NFL Fantasy Live
  • Move The Sticks

To listen to all six of NFL.com’s podcasts, visit:

http://www.nfl.com/podcast

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NFL Network Programming Schedule

Day-by-Day Programming Schedule:

To view the entire NFL Network programming schedule, please visit: http://www.nfl.com/nflnetwork/networkschedule

NFL Mobile from Verizon

With NFL Mobile from Verizon watch every post season game including the 2015 Pro Bowl & Super Bowl XLIX live right on your smartphone, included with the MORE Everything Plan or an NFL Mobile premium subscription at $5/month. Learn more at NFL.com/mobile or download NFL Mobile from VZW at the Windows, iOS, Android, and Blackberry app stores.

NFL Network Live Streaming

Watch NFL Network anytime, anywhere at NFL.com/Watch.  Live streaming is accessible on PCs, tablets and Xbox for authenticated NFL Network subscribers via AT&T U-verse, Charter, Cox, DirecTV, Dish, Optimum, Verizon FiOS and many more distributors.  In addition, Verizon Wireless customers can access live streaming on smartphones via NFL Mobile.  Learn more by going to www.NFL.com/watch

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NFL Media Offers Expansive Coverage of the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine

nfl-mediaLive Coverage of Combine Drills Begins Friday, February 20 at 9:00 AM ET

Coverage of Combine Press Conferences Live at 2:00 PM ET on Wednesday & Thursday February 18-19

‘NFL Scouting Combine LIVE’ Streams on NFL.com, NFL Now & NFL Mobile Friday, February 20 – Monday, February 23 at 9:00 AM ET

‘NFL AM’ & ‘NFL Total Access’ Live From Indianapolis

For the 11th year, NFL Media provides exclusive multi-platform coverage of the league’s next generation of talent with more than 45 hours of live coverage of the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine Presented by Under Armour. Beginning Wednesday, February  18, NFL Network, NFL.com, NFL Now and NFL Mobile broadcast live from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, providing an up-close look at Heisman Trophy Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston and the rest of the more than 330 NFL prospects looking to take the next step in their careers.

NFL Media features a 26-man roster of talent to cover the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine, including NFL Draft experts Mike Mayock, Charles Davis and Daniel Jeremiah. Additionally, former NFL head coaches Steve Mariucci and Brian Billick, and former NFL scout Bucky Brooks each lend their insight into the Combine process gained from several years of experience in the field.

This year for the first time, live coverage of on-field workouts will begin on Friday, February 20 with the offensive linemen and tight ends rather than Saturday as in years past. Live coverage continues with the running backs, quarterbacks and wide receivers on Saturday, February 21, linebackers and defensive linemen on Sunday, February 22 and defensive backs on Monday, February 23. Coverage of workouts begins each day at 9:00 AM ET.

Rich Eisen anchors NFL Network’s coverage of the on-field workouts, joined by Mayock and NFL Network’s team of analysts. Expert commentary includes Shaun O’Hara on offensive linemen (Friday), Kurt Warner on quarterbacks (Saturday), Michael Irvin on wide receivers (Saturday), Marshall Faulk on running backs (Saturday), Willie McGinest on linebackers (Sunday), and Deion Sanders on defensive backs (Monday). Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Taylor Lewan joins NFL Network’s coverage of the offensive linemen drills Friday, February 20 and Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall joins on Monday, February 23 for coverage of the defensive back drills. Additionally, running back Chris Johnson joins NFL Network’s coverage on Saturday, February 21 via Skype before prospects aim to break his 40-yard dash record.

Throughout the week, Davis, Jeremiah, Mariucci, Billick and host Chris Rose provide further analysis, while NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network reporter Kimberly Jones are on the scene in Indianapolis with the latest news reports from around the league. Additionally, Rhett Lewis and LaVar Arrington provide live reports from Indianapolis for NFL AM on beginning Wednesday at 6:00 AM ET, and Dan Hellie and Brian Baldinger check in from Indianapolis for NFL Total Access Friday, February 20Sunday, February 22 at 7:00 PM ET.

Coverage of the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine begins Wednesday, February 18 and Thursday, February 19 at 2:00 PM ET with NFL Total Access Scouting Combine Press Conferences from Lucas Oil Stadium.

NFL Network’s live coverage of the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine can also be accessed on mobile phones and tablets exclusively through NFL Mobile From Verizon, as well as other digital platforms such as Watch NFL Network (tablet + PC), NFL on Xbox (Xbox One & Windows 8 devices) and NFL.com/Watch.

For the 11th year, the Combine will conclude with Rich Eisen’s annual 40-yard dash in his trademark suit and Under Armour shoes. This year, he will be looking to best his Personal Record of 5.98 seconds, which he clocked at last year’s Combine. Also, this year’s ‘Run Rich Run’ will benefit the NFL PLAY 60 relationship with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Fans can participate and show their support while flexing their own creativity by submitting videos of themselves running the 40-yard dash. Along with their submissions, fans will be encouraged to donate money to help support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, ensuring families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food, and can focus on what matters most – helping their child live.

To submit videos of themselves running the 40 and to support NFL PLAY’s collaboration 60 along with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, fans can visit: NFL.com/RunRichRun. Fans can also submit ‘Run Rich Run’ videos via Twitter using the following hashtags: #RunRichRun #StJude.

NFL Network’s coverage of the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine features the following technological enhancements:

  • NFLN-Focus Camera Technology: A high-speed camera that allows moving targets to stay in the camera frame longer, highlighting the smallest details. It will have a tremendous presence in coverage of the 40-yard dash, both at the start and finish line, and will also be used in other events including the vertical and broad jumps, three-cone and position drills
  • Simulcam Camera Technology: For the seventh year at the NFL Scouting Combine, the Simulcam provides an unparalleled, in-depth comparison and analysis of the position, style, speed and trajectory of competitors through the use of background recognition and camera-matching technology. Simulcam will be a key contributor to NFL Network’s 40-yard dash coverage
  • Cablecam Technology: The Cablecam returns to offer a unique overhead view which gives viewers a new way of following each drill and a more intimate feeling that they are present in Indianapolis
  • New Comparative Analytics Technology: For the first in NFL history, viewers will be able to see how draft prospects measure up against established NFL players. With the help of Reality Check Systems (RCS), NFL Media’s coverage of the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine will feature cutting-edge graphics, transforming player attributes and performance data into comparative analytics graphics that illustrate which NFL players most closely resemble draft players – from physical characteristics to performance. Through a unique algorithm, NFL Media’s coverage of the Combine will generate the NFL player with the statistics that best match the prospect and then display the results as graphics

Located on NFL Media’s digital properties, fans can follow all of the action of NFL Scouting Combine LIVE on any of their connected devices. Each day, fans can get wall-to-wall coverage of NFL Scouting Combine LIVE on NFL.com, NFL Now and NFL Mobile. NFL Scouting Combine LIVE features a single broadcast spread across three different desks. Matt “Money” Smith and Bucky Brooks provide coverage off all the drills and workouts, along with Akbar Gbajabiamila providing interviews with the players and more on-site analysis. Marc Istook, Solomon Wilcots and Lance Zierlein provide context of the top prospects with player comparisons, mock drafts and team needs. Molly Qerim rounds out the Combine with an eye on social media, providing the pulse of the Combine from participant tweets, current player reactions and fan commentary. NFL Scouting Combine LIVE streams Friday, February 20Monday, February 20 starting each day at 9:00 AM ET.

 

NFL.com and NFL Mobile’s coverage of the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine includes the following features:

  • Social Integration: NFL.com will utilize real-time social monitoring, analysis and trending tools, offering fans the opportunity to be part of a social community by answering poll questions, following social media conversations and submit questions to NFL Media analysts
  • Updated VOD packages of top prospects: For the first time, NFL.com’s Combine coverage features updated video-on-demand packages of the top prospects. From bench presses, to 40-yard dashes, to positional drills, NFL.com will allow fans to instantly access updated workout summaries of the prospects they may have missed

NFL Now will also offer free live streams of every NFL head coach and general manager press conference from the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine starting Wednesday, February 18, as well as select prospect press conferences.

MOBILE APPLICATIONS: For fans on the go, NFL Digital Media has multiple mobile applications available, allowing fans to get all the latest 2015 NFL Scouting Combine coverage on their smartphone.

  • Live Streaming on NFL Mobile from Verizon:NFL Mobile from Verizon features the latest news, Combine participant profiles, results trackers and video on-demand. Verizon customers can access live, streaming video of NFL Network’s 2015 NFL Scouting Combine coverage on their smartphone. Verizon customers on the MORE Everything plan have access the NFL Network live stream at no extra charge. All other Verizon users can access live streaming video by upgrading to Premium for $5/month. For more information, visit vzw.com/nfl. Data usage applies for app download and use
  • NFL Mobile: Featuring live stats, news articles, tweets, photos and video highlights, NFL Mobile provides fans extensive coverage leading up to and during the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine. Available on iOS, Android, Windows 8 and Blackberry devices
  • Watch NFL Network: Live streaming of NFL Network’s coverage of the 2015 Scouting Combine is available on Watch NFL Network on tablets, PCs and the NFL on Xbox application. Go to NFL.com/Watch for more information

 

NFL Network & NFL.com 2015 NFL Scouting Combine Talent

LaVar Arrington (@LaVarArrington)               Analyst

Brian Baldinger                                               Analyst

Brian Billick (@CoachBillick)                          Analyst

Bucky Brooks (@BuckyBrooks)                    Analyst

Charles Davis (@CFD22)                              Analyst

Rich Eisen (@RichEisen)                               Host

Marshall Faulk            (@MarshallFaulk)                  Analyst

Akbar Gbajabiamila (@Akbar_Gbaja)           Analyst

Dan Hellie (@DanHellie)                                Host

Michael Irvin (@MichaelIrvin88)                    Analyst

Marc Istook (@MarcIstookNFL)                    Host

Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks)             Analyst

Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports)             Reporter

Rhett Lewis (@RhettNFL)                              Host

Steve Mariucci (@SteveMariucci)                 Analyst

Mike Mayock                                                  Analyst

Willie McGinest (@WillieMcGinest)               Analyst

Shaun O’Hara (@ShaunOHara60)                Analyst

Molly Qerim (@MollyQerim)                          Host

Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet)                            NFL Media Insider

Chris Rose (@ChrisRose)                              Host

Deion Sanders (@DeionSanders)                  Analyst

Matt “Money” Smith (@MattMoneySmith)    Host

Kurt Warner (@Kurt13Warner)                      Analyst

Solomon Wilcots (@SolomonsWisdom_)      Analyst

Lance Zierlein (@LanceZierlein)                    Analyst

Following is the NFL Network and NFL.com day-by-day Combine coverage schedule (all times listed in ET):

Wednesday, February 18

6:00 AMNFL AM – LIVE

10:00 AMNFL AM – Re-Air

12 NoonNFL’s Top 10: Draft Steals

1:00 PMNFL’s Top 10: Draft Classes

2:00 PMNFL Total Access Scouting Combine Press Conferences LIVE COVERAGE

4:00 PMNFL’s Top 10: Draft Classes

5:00 PMA Football Life: Randall Cunningham

6:00 PMA Football Life: Houston ‘93

7:00 PMNFL Total Access – LIVE

8:00 PM2014 Super Bowl Champion Player Stunt

9:00 PMFinding Giants: Episode #1

9:30 PMFinding Giants: Episode #2

10:00 PMFinding Giants: Episode #3

10:30 PMFinding Giants: Episode #4

11:00 PMNFL Total Access

12 MidnightNFL’s Top 10: Draft Classes

1:00 PMNFL’s Top 10: Draft Day Moments

Thursday, February 19

6:00 AMNFL AM – LIVE

10:00 AMNFL AM – Re-Air

12 NoonNFL’s Top 10: Undrafted Players

1:00 PMNFL’s Top 10: Draft Busts

2:00 PMNFL Total Access Scouting Combine Press Conferences LIVE COVERAGE

4:00 PMNFL’s Top 10: Heisman Winners in the NFL

5:00 PMA Football Life: Bill Belichick – Part 1

6:00 PMA Football Life: Bill Belichick – Part 2

7:00 PMNFL Total Access – LIVE

8:00 PM2014 Super Bowl Champion Player Stunt

9:00 PMBrady 6

10:00 PMNFL’s Top 10: Draft Steals

11:00 PMNFL Total Access

12 MidnightBrady 6

1:00 AMNFL’s Top 10: Draft Steals

 

Friday, February 20

6:00 AMNFL AM – LIVE

9:00 AM2015 NFL Scouting Combine: Kickers, Offensive Linemen & Tight Ends LIVE COVERAGE

  • Encores with cut down versions at 4:00 PM, 8:00 PM & 12 Midnight ET

7:00 AMNFL Total Access – LIVE

  • Encores at 11:00 PM ET

ALL DAY – NFL.com:  Exclusive daily video clips available

Saturday, February 21

9:00 AM2015 NFL Scouting Combine: Running Backs, Quarterbacks & Wide Receivers LIVE COVERAGE

  • Encores with cut down versions at 4:00 PM, 8:00 PM & 12 Midnight ET

7:00 PMNFL Total Access – LIVE

  • Encores at 11:00 PM ET

ALL DAY – NFL.com:  Exclusive daily video clips available

Sunday, February 22

9:00 AM2015 NFL Scouting Combine: Defensive Linemen & Linebackers LIVE COVERAGE

  • Encores with cut down versions at 4:00 PM, 8:00 PM & 12 Midnight ET

7:00 PMNFL Total Access – LIVE

  • Encores at 11:00 PM ET

ALL DAY – NFL.com:  Exclusive daily video clips available

Monday, February 23

6:00 AMNFL AM – LIVE

9:00 AM2015 NFL Scouting Combine: Defensive Backs LIVE COVERAGE

  • Encores with cut down versions at 2:00 PM, 8:00 PM & 12 Midnight ET

7:00 PMNFL Total Access – LIVE

  • Encores at 11:00 PM ET

ALL DAY – NFL.com:  Exclusive daily video clips available

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Quotes From Super Bowl XLIX Editions of NFL Network’s ‘NFL GameDay First’ & ‘NFL GameDay Morning’

superbowl-xlix-49-logo-nfl-nbcQuick Quotes from NFL GameDay First & NFL GameDay Morning

“I think if [Tom Brady] wins this game, he’s the best quarterback to have ever played this game.” – Shaun O’Hara on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady

“If he wins a fourth [Super Bowl], he’s the greatest ever in my book.” – Michael Irvin on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady

“[Bill Belichick] is the best professional football coach I think ever lived. I’m upset that I played for a plethora of teams and never got an opportunity to play for Bill Belichick.” – Deion Sanders on New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick

“I think it’s relatively easy to play defense against a team that can only do one thing. Unfortunately, that’s not what we’re talking about here with Seattle.” – New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on the Seattle Seahawks

“You just never know with contract situations and the whole business side of it. I’m here now and I’m happy to be here now. The future will take care of itself.” – New England Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis on what next year holds

“It’s not just back-to-back Super Bowls – it’s back-to-back Super Bowls in his first three years, it’s back-to-back Super Bowls climbing over the backs of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning…If Russell Wilson wins back-to-back Super Bowls, there is no doubt it puts him amongst the top.” – Michael Irvin on Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson

“They don’t just want to just win one championship – they want to win three or four. They want to be a dynasty. They want to be known forever.” – Michael Robinson on the Seattle Seahawks

“I think [Marshawn Lynch] is the most important player in this football game.” – Kurt Warner on Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch

“These [Seattle Seahawks wide receivers] have been called pedestrian, they’ve been called no-namers, but they always come up with the big play.” – Nate Burleson on the Seattle Seahawks wide receivers

“Marshawn Lynch is going to get paid. I’m told the Seattle Seahawks have made him a monster contract extension offer that would keep him in a Seahawks uniform for the rest of his career.” – Ian Rapoport on Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch

***For complete quotes from ‘NFL GameDay First’ & ‘NFL GameDay Morning,’ see below***

Quotes from NFL GameDay First

“I think if [Tom Brady] wins this game, he’s the best quarterback to have ever played this game.” – Shaun O’Hara on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady

“If Russell Wilson gets outside of the protection [and] can scramble around, New England loses. If [the Patriots] keep him in the pocket, New England wins.” – Brian Billick on Super Bowl XLIX

“Luke Willson…I believe will have as many catches and more yards than Rob Gronkowski.” – Sterling Sharpe on Seattle Seahawks tight end Luke Willson

“What Pete Carroll and John Schneider did a great job of was collecting a group of players – core players – that were outliers. These guys, they don’t just want to just win one championship – they want to win three or four. They want to be a dynasty. They want to be known forever.” – Michael Robinson on what fuels the Seattle Seahawks

“I told my team before we walked out on to the field in Tampa, I wanted them to stop and look each other in the eye – I mean really look each other in the eye because 10 minutes after we we’re done beating the New York Giants, I knew that world would change; free agency, the business side of the business. I wanted them to appreciate this doesn’t come very often. It may be the last time you have that opportunity.” – Brian Billick on the mindset of players and coaches on Super Bowl Sunday

“I expect what you’ve seen from Marshawn Lynch all season long: fast, physical, aggressive Beast Mode running.” – Michael Robinson on what he expects from Seattle Seahawks Marshawn Lynch

“[Rob Gronkowski] is a beast. I don’t know what else to say, I don’t know what other word to use. He dictates coverage, he’s a great run blocker and he’s a mismatch for anybody in the passing game.” – Michael Robinson on Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski

Quotes from NFL GameDay Morning

“I think [Marshawn Lynch] is the most important player in this football game.” – Kurt Warner on Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch

“Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are the masters of finding something that you didn’t suspect.” – Deion Sanders on what he expects from the New England Patriots today

“These [Seattle Seahawks wide receivers] have been called pedestrian, they’ve been called no-namers but they always come up with the big play.” – Nate Burleson on the Seattle Seahawks wide receivers

“[Rob Gronkowski] is different. He dictates coverage. He sets the tone for your entire team. But you can’t stop this guy; let’s just be honest you can’t stop him. You can only hope to contain him.” – Michael Robinson on how the Seattle Seahawks stop Rob Gronkowski

“It’s not just back-to-back Super Bowls – it’s back-to-back Super Bowls in his first three years, it’s back-to-back Super Bowls climbing over the backs of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning…If Russell Wilson wins back-to-back Super Bowls, there is no doubt it puts him amongst the top and right where he belongs because he hasn’t gotten all of the credit he deserves for the kind of quarterback [he is].” – Michael Irvin on what a win in this game would mean for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson

“If [Russell Wilson] wins this game…He starts to creep into the conversation of how we talk about Tom Brady, how we talk about Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, [and] Aaron Rodgers.” – Marshall Faulk on Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson

“Marshawn Lynch is the heart of this team. If he’s not going, [the Seahawks] aren’t going.” – Deion Sanders on Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch

“I don’t think anybody in the game over the last several years has made more plays than Richard Sherman.” – Deion Sanders on Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman

“If he wins a fourth [Super Bowl], he’s the greatest ever in my book.” – Michael Irvin on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady

“I think he supersedes Peyton Manning but let’s not throw [Tom Brady] in the category with Joe Montana, who was 4-for-4. He’s royalty.” – Deion Sanders on the impact of a fourth Super Bowl win or a third straight Super Bowl loss on Tom Brady’s legacy

“[Bill Belichick] is the best professional football coach I think ever lived. I’m upset that I played for a plethora of teams and never got an opportunity to play for Bill Belichick.” – Deion Sanders on New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick

“Why do we always have to put running dual-threat quarterback next to [Russell Wilson’s] name? Why can’t he just be one of the greatest quarterbacks?” – Terrell Davis on Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport

On Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s contract status:

“There have been no negotiations yet between Seattle and Russell Wilson’s agent Mark Rodgers, a baseball agent. No one wants any distractions as the Seahawks make another Super Bowl run but as soon as the Super Bowl ends, negotiations are set to begin. They are expected to make Russell Wilson the highest-paid player in NFL history. If you’re wondering the ballpark figure, Aaron Rodgers makes about $22 million per year. That is where negotiations will begin for Russell Wilson…He is among the winningest young quarterbacks out there. That’s going to be one of his big talking points. Everything the Seahawks have done this offseason has been to build for this Russell Wilson extension; they traded Percy Harvin, they got Cliff Avril done, [and] they got K.J. Wright done all to set up a deal for Russell Wilson this offseason.”

On Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch:

“Marshawn Lynch is going to get paid. I’m told the Seattle Seahawks have made him a monster contract extension offer that would keep him in a Seahawks uniform for the rest of his career. This is the culmination of several weeks of negotiations between Doug Hendrickson, his agent, and the Seattle Seahawks. As far as some specifics on his looming contract extension, I’m told that in 2015 Lynch would earn more than $10 million. This would pay him as much as any running back not named Adrian Peterson. A huge extension and a stunning turnaround. We know earlier this year, the Seahawks were ready to get rid of Marshawn Lynch; move on because of his age, because of his attitude and his hefty salary so I asked a member of the Seahawks, ‘Why are you making this commitment?’ What I was told simply, ‘He has earned it with his play.’”

On the deflated footballs:

“There is video evidence of an elderly game day operator – someone employed by the Patriots only on game day – walking into the bathroom with two bags of balls: 12 from the Patriots and 12 from the Colts, spending 98 seconds in there and then heading back onto the field. This was discovered by the Patriots and handed over to Ted Wells very quickly. I spoke with someone who was with Tom Brady when he found out about these allegations and Brady seemed confused and a little miffed and said he works on the balls all week but does not know what happened to them on game day. As far as the 11 footballs that I’m told were below the 12.5 PSI, one was about two pounds under – that’s the one that is in the league’s possession – several were about a pound under and several more were just a tick below 12.5 PSI. By the way, the Patriots still have most of those footballs. They were put back into circulation before the investigation started.”

New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick with NFL Media’s Melissa Stark

NFL Media’s Melissa Stark sat down with New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick for an interview on NFL Network’s NFL GameDay First and NFL GameDay Morning.

On how much having his integrity questioned this week has bothered him:

“Well this week’s all about Seattle, so we’ve been doing our best to prepare for the Seahawks. I’m doing that, our team’s doing that and we’ll be ready to go Sunday. That’s our focus.”

On how he plans on shutting down Marshawn Lynch:

“I think it’s relatively easy to play defense against a team that can only do one thing. Unfortunately, that’s not what we’re talking about here with Seattle. They have a great running back – they have a great group of running backs – but [Marshawn] Lynch obviously is really kind of in a class by himself. The quarterback’s a problem, the receivers are a problem, they have a good offensive line.”

To view the entire interview with Belichick, visit:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000466369/Belichick-revealed

Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson with NFL Network’s Kurt Warner

NFL Network’s Kurt Warner sat down with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson for an interview on NFL Network’s NFL GameDay First and NFL GameDay Morning.

On whether or not there was a moment where he said, ‘That’s where it changed’ during the season trying to repeat as Super Bowl champions:

“We were 6-4 and everybody doubted us. We lost to the Kansas City Chiefs and that week we had a players meeting and really talked about where we really want to go. It’s not about the record. At the end of the day it comes down to are we going to keep focusing on each other and are we going to keep getting better day by day? We ignored the noise, we ignored all the talk from the outside.”

On playing against Peyton Manning in last year’s Super Bowl and Tom Brady in this year’s Super Bowl:

“Well you always want to play against the best. That’s what you’re going to get in the Super Bowl. To go against guys like Peyton Manning and Tom Brady who I have tons of respect for; I watch their games, I study their games, I try to learn from them. It gets you excited, but hopefully not too excited. Just focus on the game. Then when my career is done then I can look back at it.”

On his vision:

“In terms of professionally what I want to do, I want to play 15-plus more years, get to the Hall of Fame, and win a lot of championships and all that. I’d love to be the owner of a team one day. But it’s way bigger than that. For me, my vision is how can I affect somebody positively every day? When you focus on other people, somehow good things happen to you. I think that’s my goal. That’s my vision.”

To view the entire interview with Wilson, visit:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000466365/Kurt-Warner-s-one-on-one-with-Russell-Wilson

Seattle Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll with NFL Media’s Michael Silver

NFL Media’s Michael Silver sat down with Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll for an interview on NFL Network’s NFL GameDay Morning.

On how important the year off from coaching after he was fired by the New England Patriots was to him:

“I had no plan for that year but it wound up being one of the most important years of my football coaching career. It hit me along the way that I needed to really get at the heart of what’s really true to myself. And then I was able to mold it and shape it in the years at SC to become the approach and the concept and the culture that we try to create here at Seattle.”

On the success of the New England Patriots:

“I really admire the job that not just coach Belichick has done but that Robert Kraft and his family have done, and the decisions that they made to let Bill do what he’s capable of doing. I think it’s a great illustration of a way to structure an NFL organization when you let the coach really run the thing.”

To view the entire interview with Carroll, visit:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000466799/The-return-of-Pete-Carroll

New England Patriots Cornerback Darrelle Revis with NFL Media’s Andrea Kremer

NFL Media’s Andrea Kremer sat down with New England Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis for an interview on NFL Network’s NFL GameDay Morning.

On what went through his mind when he realized he was finally going to the Super Bowl:

“Just relief of trying to get there for eight years. It’s finally here and I’m very excited. It’s just great. It’s been a long ride.”

On how he evaluates his play now:

“Actually I feel I’m a better player; more mentally. I guess you get better with age people say. You have a lot more wisdom.”

On ways in which he feels a greater appreciation for where he is:

“I’ve always been humble and this even humbled me even more to definitely get a second chance at my career. There are still chapters I’m writing in this legacy.”

On what next year holds:

“You just never know with contract situations and the whole business side of it. I’m here now and I’m happy to be here now. The future will take care of itself.”

To view the entire interview, visit:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000466821/Revis-gets-a-second-chance

New England Patriots Chairman & CEO Robert Kraft with NFL Media’s Melissa Stark

NFL Media’s Melissa Stark sat down with New England Patriots Chairman & CEO Robert Kraft for an interview on NFL Network’s NFL GameDay Morning.

On what he learned from firing Pete Carroll and what needed to change within the organization to support the head coach:

“To be fair to Pete [Carroll], I had just come off a very difficult owner relationship with my then head coach and I was looking for a different style. So I didn’t give Pete all the power he should have had. I don’t think there’s any exact formula for how it’s done. It’s really what fits each individual system.”

On if he thought Bill Belichick was capable of this when he hired him:

“The greatest decisions I’ve made in my life are by instinct. I remember when I hired Bill I had a lot of people telling me it was a mistake. But he and I had established a rapport in ’96 when he coached the secondary. You need a coach that understands economics, that understands the impact of the salary cap and how to make those difficult decisions that allow you to sustain success over the long term. I don’t think there’s anyone better than Bill at doing that.”

On where his passionate speech he gave Monday in Arizona came from:

“I just didn’t like the way we were, in my opinion, being unfairly attacked. I just decided to do what was right for our family.”

On what the Patriot family stands for:

“We play by the rules, we play hard and we prepare hard. The work ethic of our team and preparation is like no other in my opinion and we try to make our fans in America proud.”

To view the entire interview, visit:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000466955/Kraft-opens-up-about-late-wife-Myra-Pete-Carroll

On NFL.com the following video clips from NFL GameDay First & NFL GameDay Morning are available for viewing:

- Super Bowl XLIX Bold Predictions NFL GameDay Morning provides Super Bowl XLIX Bold Predictions:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000466793/Super-Bowl-XLIX-bold-predictions

- Marshawn Lynch’s Oakland Roots – NFL Media’s Michael Silver travels to Oakland to profile Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch’s roots:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000466951/Marshawn-Lynch-s-Oakland-roots

- The Evolution of Gronk – NFL Media’s Andrea Kremer sat down with New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-super-bowl/0ap3000000466371/The-evolution-of-Gronk

- Adriana Lima Joins NFL GameDay Morning – Model Adriana Lima joined the NFL GameDay Morning set at the University of Phoenix Stadium:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000466927/Adriana-Lima-joins-NFL-GameDay-Morning

- NFL GameDay Morning: Super Bowl Shout-Outs – The NFL GameDay Morning crew gives the Super Bowl shout-outs:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000466771/NFL-GameDay-Morning-Super-Bowl-shout-outs

- Seattle Sound – Notable Seattle residents discuss the city and its football team:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000466801/Seattle-Sound

- Compton Seahawks – NFL Media’s Mark Kriegel visits Compton, California for a feature on Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000466797/Compton-s-Seahawks

- The Good Luck Barber NFL GameDay Morning profiles the Seattle Seahawks’ lucky barber:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-super-bowl/0ap3000000466832/The-good-luck-barber

- The Quarterback-Head Coach Relationship – NFL Media’s Andrea Kremer speaks with quarterbacks and coaches to analyze the quarterback-head coach relationship:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000466368/The-QB-and-Coach-relationship

- NFL GameDay Morning: Breaking Down the 2015 Hall of Fame Class – The NFL GameDay Morning crew discuss this year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame class:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000466780/NFL-GameDay-Morning-Breaking-down-the-2015-Hall-of-Fame-class

- What Would Back-To-Back Super Bowls Mean for Russell Wilson? – Host Rich Eisen and analysts Steve Mariucci, Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner, Warren Sapp and Michael Irvin talk about the legacy of Russell Wilson if he wins Super Bowl XLIX:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000466786/What-would-back-to-back-Super-Bowls-mean-for-Wilson

- More Important Today, Marshawn Lynch or LeGarrette Blount? – Who is more important today: Marshawn Lynch or LeGarrette Blount? LaDainian Tomlinson and Terrell Davis discuss:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000466800/More-Important-Today-Lynch-or-Blount

- Who Could be the Surprise Super Bowl MVP? NFL GameDay Morning discusses which players could be the surprise Super Bowl MVP:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000466863/Who-could-be-the-surprise-Super-Bowl-MVP

- Ian Rapoport: ‘Lynch is Going to Get Paid’ – NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport provides the latest on Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000466773/Rapoport-Lynch-is-going-to-get-paid

- Ian Rapoport on the Latest Regarding the Deflated Footballs – NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport with the latest on the deflated footballs:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000466798/Rapoport-on-the-latest-from-DeflateGate

- Dan Quinn Expected to be Named Atlanta Falcons Head Coach Monday – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is expected to be named Atlanta Falcons head coach on Monday:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000466878/Dan-Quinn-expected-to-be-named-Falcons-head-coach-Monday

- Best of Mini Mooch 2014 – The best from Mini Mooch throughout the season:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000466811/Best-of-Mini-Mooch-2014

 

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SUPER BOWL XLIX ON NBC IS MOST-WATCHED SHOW IN U.S. TELEVISION HISTORY

superbowl_nbc-nfl114.4 Million Watched Patriots-Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX on NBC, Tops Last Year’s Super Bowl by 2.2 Million

47.5 Household Rating is Best in 30 Seasons, Since Super Bowl XX in January 1986

NBC Sports Live Extra Sets Super Bowl Record Averaging 800,000 Viewers per Minute

Post-Super Bowl Episodes of “The Blacklist” and “Tonight Show” Post Big Numbers

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Feb. 2, 2015 Super Bowl XLIX on NBC, featuring the New England Patriots’ history-making comeback from 10 points behind in the fourth quarter to defeat the Seattle Seahawks 28-24, is the most-watched television program in U.S. history and the highest-rated Super Bowl in 30 seasons, according to fast national data released today by The Nielsen Company.

The game was seen by a record 114.4 million viewers (6:31-10:10 p.m. ET), topping by 2.2 million viewers last year’s Super Bowl XLVIII on FOX and is the biggest audience to watch a television program in U.S. history.

“Last night’s Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl ranks among the most exciting sporting events in U.S. history,” said Mark Lazarus, Chairman, NBC Sports Group. “Super Bowl XLIX delivered for all of our partners, proving once again that the Super Bowl is the most dominant and consistent property on television.”

MOST-WATCHED PROGRAMS IN U.S. TELEVISION HISTORY*

1. 114.4 Million – Super Bowl XLIX, NBC (Last Night’s Game)

2. 112.2 Million – Super Bowl XLVIII, FOX (Feb. 2014)

3. 111.3 Million – Super Bowl XLVI, NBC (Feb. 2012)

4. 111.0 Million – Super Bowl XLV, FOX (Feb. 2011)

5. 108.7 Million – Super Bowl XLVII, CBS (Feb. 2013)

6. 106.5 Million – Super Bowl XLIV, CBS (Feb. 2010)

7. 106.0 Million – M.A.S.H. Finale, CBS (Feb. 1983)

8. 98.7 Million – Super Bowl XLIII, NBC (Feb. 2009)

*for Super Bowls, includes only full game telecasts

HIGHEST-RATED SUPER BOWL IN 30 SEASONS: The game earned a 47.5 rating and a 71 share, a gain of two percent from last year’s 46.7/69 for Super Bowl XLVIII and is the highest-rated Super Bowl since 1986 (Bears-Patriots, Super Bowl XX, 48.3/70). The 47.5 rating is the 4th highest in Super Bowl history and ranks as 9th highest rated program in television history.

HIGEST-RATED SUPER BOWLS:

1. 49.1/73 – Super Bowl XVI, CBS (Jan. 1982)

2. 48.6/69 – Super Bowl XVII, NBC (Jan. 1983)

3. 48.3/70 – Super Bowl XX, NBC (Jan. 1986)

4. 47.5/71 – Super Bowl XLIX, NBC (Last Night’s Game)

5. 47.2/67 – Super Bowl XII, CBS (Jan. 1978)

6. 47.1/74 – Super Bowl XIII, NBC (Jan. 1979)

7. 47.0/71 – Super Bowl XLVI, NBC (Feb. 2012)

8. 46.7/69 – Super Bowl XLVIII, FOX (Feb. 2014)

T9. 46.4/71 – Super Bowl XVIII, CBS (Jan. 1984)

T9. 46.4/63 – Super Bowl XIX, ABC (Jan. 1985)

T9. 46.4/69 – Super Bowl XLVII, CBS (Feb. 2013)

VIEWERSHIP PEAKS DURING PATRIOTS’ GAME-WINNING DRIVE: The viewership peaked at 120.8 million viewers from9:45-10 p.m. ET during the fourth quarter, when Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady completed 13 of 15 pass attempts for 124 yards and two touchdowns.

HALF HOUR VIEWERSHIP (Times ET):

6:31-7, 99.5 million

7-7:30, 109.7 million

7:30-8, 116.6 million

8-8:30, 118.5 million

8:30-9, 118.1 million

9-9:30, 116.9 million

9:30-10, 119.2 million

10-10:10, 120.3 million

HALF HOUR RATINGS (Times ET):

6:31-7, 42.7/68

7-7:30, 45.9/71

7:30-8, 48.0/72

8-8:30, 48.2/72

8:30-9, 48.2/71

9-9:30, 48.2/70

9:30-10, 50.2/72

10-10:10, 51.3/74

FINAL HALF HOUR OF PRE-GAME SHOW MOST-WATCHED ON RECORD: From 6-6:30 p.m. ET, the Super Bowl XLIX Pre-Game show averaged 72.7 million viewers, ranking as the most watched pre-kickoff segment on record (since the advent of the People Meter in 1988), and a six percent increase from the similar time period last year (68.6 million).

  • The Super Bowl XLIX Post-Game Show (10:10-10:38) averaged 72.5 million viewers – up 10% from last year’s 65.8 million viewers for Super Bowl XLVIII on FOX.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA SETS SUPER BOWL RECORD: NBC Sports Live Extra’s live stream of Super Bowl XLIX to desktops and tablets delivered record traffic and a high-quality experience for consumers. The live stream of the game set Super Bowl records for average viewers per minute (800,000), concurrent users (1.3 million) and total minutes (213 million), according to Adobe Analytics.

In addition to the record traffic, NBC Sports Live Extra delivered a high-quality stream with a long engagement of 84.2 minute per viewer. According to Akamai, the live stream was the highest quality throughput for any Super Bowl.

“The Super Bowl stream on the NBC Sports Live Extra platform went fantastically well,” said Rick Cordella, SVP and General Manager, Digital Media, NBC Sports Group. “We were excited, not only by the record-breaking consumption, but also the quality of the streams we delivered to football fans.”

The 800,000 average viewers per minute was up 52% when compared to FOX’s stream of Super Bowl XLVIII last year, which was believed to be the previous record and averaged 528,000 viewers per minute. Concurrent users peaked at 1.3 million at the moment when Patriots CB Malcolm Butler made his game-winning interception in the final seconds, and is up 18% vs. FOX last year (1.1 million).

Viewers of the live stream consumed 213 million minutes, besting by 86% the previous Super Bowl record set by CBS for Super Bowl XLVII in 2013 (114.4 million minutes). The live stream also produced 2.5 million uniques, up 9% vs. FOX last year and up 19% compared to NBC’s live stream in 2012 (2.1 million), which was the first-ever live stream of a Super Bowl.

NOTE: NBC Sports Digital does not have NFL mobile streaming rights. It streams its NFL content through NBC Sports Live Extra to desktops and tablets only.

HALFTIME SHOW FEATURING KATY PERRY IS MOST-WATCHED & HIGHEST RATED EVER: The halftime performance by Katy Perry during the 8-8:30 p.m. ET half hour, was seen by 118.5 million viewers, 3 million+ viewers more than last year’s halftime featuring Bruno Mars (115.3 million), and is the most-watched Super Bowl halftime show featuring entertainment ever (dating back to 1991).

  • The halftime show earned a 48.2/72 household rating, two percent higher than last year (47.2/70) and is the highest-rated halftime show featuring entertainment ever.

“THE BLACKLIST” AND “TONIGHT SHOW” DELIVER DOMINANT NUMBERS: NBC’s post-Super Bowl telecast of “The Blacklist” set series records of 26.5 million viewers overall and an 8.7 rating in adults 18-49, making it the highest-scoring primetime entertainment telecast on the Big 4 networks in both measures since the Academy Awards last March.  It was also NBC’s most-watched scripted program in more than 10 years, since “ER” averaged 28.3 million viewers on May 6, 2004, the night of the “Friends” finale.

Last night’s special post-Super Bowl edition of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” delivered 9.8 million viewers overall and a 3.6 rating in adults 18-49, the show’s second-best results to date behind only last February’s series premiere following an Olympics telecast. The 9.8 million viewers makes it the most-watched post-Super Bowl late-night talk show in the history of People Meters (dating back to September 1987).

Note that these preliminary “Blacklist” and “Tonight” ratings are subject to slight change with official nationals to adjust for late starts in the Boston market due to local post-game coverage.

In preliminary results for the night, NBC averaged 104.0 million viewers in primetime (7-11 p.m.) and a 35.8 rating in adults 18-49, making it NBC’s most-watched night in the history of People Meters.

NBC UNIVERSO DEBUTS & TELEVISES ITS FIRST SUPER BOWL: The newly relaunched NBC UNIVERSO (formerly mun2), which debuted yesterday, peaked at 457,000 viewers (with 368,000 average viewers throughout the telecast) for its exclusive Spanish-language telecast of Super Bowl XLIX. This marks its most-viewed program outside of soccer in the channel’s history.

BOSTON & HOST MARKET PHOENIX SET LOCAL MARKET RECORDS: The rating in Boston was the best ever for a Super Bowl in the market (61.0/85), topping the previous high of 56.7/81 for the N.Y. Giants-Patriots Super Bowl XLVI on NBC.

  • The host market of Phoenix registered a 55.6/82 rating, the highest for a Super Bowl in the market, topping the prior Phoenix mark of 51.1 for Packers-Steelers in Super Bowl XLV in Feb. 2011.

TOP 10 METERED MARKETS FOR SUPER BOWL XLIX:

1. Boston, 61.0/85

2. New Orleans, 55.7/72

3. Phoenix, 55.6/82

T4. Detroit, 55.0/71

T4. Norfolk, 55.0/76

6. Chicago, 54.9/72

7. Kansas City, 54.5/75

T8. Denver, 53.7/79

T8. Indianapolis, 53.7/74

10. Buffalo, 53.6/75

*Seattle tied for 17th with a 52.1/89

–SUPER BOWL XLIX–

ESPN’s Postseason NFL Countdown Super Bowl XLIX Features

Sunday NFL Countdown logo

  • Chris Berman and Analysts Live at Scottsdale Fashion Square for Special Four-Hour Show;
  • Suzy Kolber with Super Bowl Champions Trent Dilfer, Ray Lewis and Steve Young at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale
  • Reporters Sal Paolantonio (Patriots) and Ed Werder (Seahawks) with Team Reports
 
ESPN will present a special four-hour edition of Postseason NFL Countdown on Sunday, Feb. 1, at 10 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. MT, previewing Super Bowl XLIX from two primary locations in Arizona – Scottsdale Fashion Square (main set), and University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.
Host Chris Berman, covering his 33rd Super Bowl, will be joined by analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson and Keyshawn Johnson on the main set in Scottsdale, along with NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter, and segment host Wendi Nix. Suzy Kolber will host coverage from the stadium with a trio of Super Bowl champions: Trent Dilfer, Ray Lewis and Steve Young. Reporters Sal Paolantonio (covering the Patriots) and Ed Werder (Seahawks) will also provide live team updates throughout the program.
 
ESPN’s roster of Countdown analysts – with a combined 10 Super Bowl rings in 15 appearances in the NFL’s biggest game – will preview the New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl XLIX game, analyzing the players, teams, key matchups and more.
Planned Countdown features, in order of timing by quarter-hour (all times subject to change):
 
Opening Tease: The Drive (10 a.m. ET)
Actor Michael Madsen voices Countdown’s opening tease about “The Drive” – a metaphor for the hard-fought journey to Super Bowl XLIX for the teams and the players.
 
Russell Wilson Visualization (10:30)
On Sunday, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will be the youngest quarterback in league history to take a team to back-to-back Super Bowl games, about four months younger than Tom Brady was when he led the Patriots to consecutive Super Bowls a decade ago. Wilson also has the most wins in the first three seasons of any quarterback – regular or postseason. Countdown’s Chris Berman highlights how Wilson’s success on the field is a byproduct of his ability to visualize every situation of a game in his mind before the first snap.
 
Depression in the NFL (10:30)
Beyond the glitz and glamor of the National Football League are former players who struggle daily to cope with life as the cheering stops and the demands of a regimented professional career slowly turn into a distant memory. Some become depressed. On the 20th anniversary of Junior Seau’s first Super Bowl appearance, ESPN’s Jim Trotter offers in-depth piece on how former pro football players cope with depression and the impact on their family members. Seau’s wife, Gina Seau, former players Boo Williams, Eddie George and George’s wife, Taj, were interviewed for the story.
 
Bobby Wagner’s Motivation (11:00)
Coming out of Colony High School in Ontario, Calif., in 2008, Bobby Wagner was underrated by recruiters. He was deemed too slight of frame for a linebacker and unrefined in his play to be recruited by any major college football program. Utah State University was the only program willing to grant him a scholarship. Four years later, when Seattle selected Wagner with the 47th pick of the 2012 NFL Draft, many draft experts questioned the team’s choice. Countdown’s Michelle Beisner reports how the young Pro Bowl linebacker uses the doubts about his ability to play in the NFL as a motivation to excel.
 
Frank Caliendo on Bill Belichick’s Legacy (11:30)
In a faux SC Featured, ESPN’s long-form feature segment that airs on SportsCenter, Countdown comedian and impersonator Frank Caliendo delves into the legacy of Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. In the piece, Caliendo plays several characters including quarterback Andrew Luck, ESPN’s Lou Holtz, Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells and ESPN’s Chris Berman, while comedian Aries Spears plays the role of Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs.
 
The Kansas City Turning Point (11:30)
The defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks lost 20-24 to the Chiefs in Kansas City in week 11 on November 16, 2014, falling to a 6-4 record. The team called a players-only meeting where an impassioned Kam Chancellor addressed the team. Since that meeting, Seattle has yet to lose another game and is now playing in its second straight Super Bowl. Countdown’s Chris Berman travelled to Seattle ahead of the team’s NFC Championship Game to hear more about Chancellor’s speech, which became the turning point for the ’Hawks season.
 
Julian Edelman (12:00)
SportsCenter anchor Jade McCarthy travelled to Woodside, Calif., Julian Edelman’s hometown, to tell the story of how Edelman developed from an undersized high school quarterback to a diminutive, go-to NFL wide receiver on the cusp of becoming a Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots. McCarthy interviewed Edelman’s former coaches and parents who offered insight on the upbringing that helped shape the receivers career in the NFL after the Patriots selected him with the 232nd overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. 
 
Gronk’s Spikes (12:00)
ESPN.com senior writer Greg Garber takes a closer look at the ground-shaking, on-field celebrations that occur every time Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski scores a touchdown.
 
Marysville-Pilchuck (12:30)
A shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in October 2014 that killed two students and severely wounded four others rocked a small, close-knit community an hour outside Seattle. After the tragic event, the Seahawks organization offered the school’s football team a momentary respite from its grief. Head coach Pete Carroll invited them to practice at the Seahawks facility and several Seattle players – running back Marshawn Lynch, linebacker Bobby Wagner and tight end Luke Wilson – attended the school’s pep rallies. At the Seahawks’ home game on Nov. 2, the Seahawks wore “MP” decals on their helmets in support of the Marysville-Pilchuck community. Countdown’s Beisner story focuses on the special bond forged between the Seahawks and Marysville-Pilchuck High School in the aftermath of this tragedy.
 
The Bill Belichick-Tom Brady Marriage (12:30)
In their 15th season together as the New England Patriots coach and quarterback, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have won 160 regular-season and 20 postseason games – the most wins in each category by a coach-quarterback team in the NFL. As the head coach and quarterback prepare to play in a record sixth Super Bowl together, Patriots owner Robert Kraft narrates the story of the relationship between the tutor and his pupil, and highlights reasons for their success.
 
I am Confetti (1:00)
A first-person narrative of what it feels like to be a piece of confetti in the postgame Super Bowl celebration, written by Countdown producer Johann Castillo.
Additional Content on ESPN’s Super Bowl XLIX Sunday Shows:
NFL Matchup – Super Bowl XLIX Edition
In a special Super Bowl XLIX edition, ESPN’s NFL Matchup (ESPN2, 7 a.m. ET) with host Trey Wingo and analysts Merril Hoge and Ron Jaworski will preview the Patriots-Seahawks game. Highlights:
 
  • Factor Back – Marshawn Lynch Read Option Run: Hoge breaks down the Seahawks running game, which goes through running back Marshawn Lynch in a zone-read.
  • X and O Files – Russell Wilson Read Option: Hoge continues the breakdown of the Seahawks run game, describing the option Russell Wilson has as a runner when the defense overcommits to stopping Lynch.
  • Hoge Breakdown – Seahawks Foundational ‘Cover 3’: Hoge takes a deep dive at the Seahawks defense, and shows how and why their simple “Cover 3” scheme is so effective against opposing offenses.
  • Passing Thought – Antonio Gates’ Success vs. Seattle: Jaworski shows how the Chargers used tight end Antonio Gates for some successful plays in week 2 against the Seahawks, and says the offensive scheme from that matchup bodes well for a big day from Patriots Rob Gronkowski.
  • Let’s See it Hoge – Eddie Royal Beats Richard Sherman: Staying with the week 2 game vs. the Chargers, Hoge walks the viewer through a play where Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was exploited by a great play design and argues the Patriots will look to replicate the play same offensive scheme in Super Bowl XLIX.
  • Money Down – Doug Baldwin’s Third Down Efficiency: Hoge explains why wide receiver Doug Baldwin is quarterback Russell Wilson’s favorite target in the most critical down and distance situations for the Seahawks offense.
  • Jaworski Covers the Field – The Gronkowski Threat: Jaworski describes a staple play from the Patriots offense that puts opposing defenses in a bind as they attempt to account for tight end Rob Gronkowski.
  • Game Within the Game – Attacking the Seahawks ‘Cover 3’: Jaworski explains a play the Eagles offense used against the Seahawks base coverage that resulted in a touchdown and argues it is one example of a successful scheme against the tough Seattle defense.
  • Eye in the Sky – Patriots Spy Defense: Hoge details how the Patriots defense will try to account for quarterback Russell Wilson’s threat as a scrambling quarterback by assigning a player to spy him on all passing downs.
 
ESPN’s Super Bowl Sunday coverage:
Sun, Feb 1 1-1:30 a.m. NFL Matchup ESPN2
7-7:30 a.m. NFL Matchup ESPN2
8-10 a.m. SportsCenter (from Arizona) ESPN
8-8:30 a.m. Outside the Lines ESPN2
8:30-9 a.m. The Sports Reporters (Arizona) ESPN2
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Postseason NFL Countdown (Arizona) ESPN
10:30-11:30 p.m. NFL PrimeTime (Arizona) ESPN
11:30 p.m.-1 a.m. SportsCenter (Arizona) ESPN
11:30 p.m.-12 a.m. NFL Countdown: Best of Countdown ESPN2
 
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Quotes From NFL Network’s ‘Super Bowl Live,’ ‘NFL Total Access’ & ‘Super Bowl Tonight’ — Thursday, January 29

NFL_Network_2012_LogoQuotes from Thursday’s Editions of Super Bowl Live, NFL Total Access & Super Bowl Tonight

“[Seahawks GM John Schneider] said the moment they traded Percy Harvin was really something that galvanized this team…So they took a leap and they admitted a bigtime mistake: the trade of Percy Harvin giving up a first rounder, paying him all that money and they decided to simply move on.” – Ian Rapoport on how the Percy Harvin trade changed the season for the Seattle Seahawks

“If [the Seattle Seahawks] don’t get pressure on [Tom] Brady, it’s going to be a long day because you just can’t matchup with [Rob Gronkowski] if Tom has time.” – Heath Evans on the Seattle Seahawks matching up with New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski

“[The Seattle Seahawks] go out there and they play hard and they finish. That’s what this team does is they finish.” – Michael Robinson on the Seattle Seahawks

“If [Marshawn Lynch] talked to the media, he wouldn’t be the back that he is today.” – Michael Robinson on Marshawn Lynch

“[Marshawn Lynch] is a fantastic performer and I guess he has to do what’s right for him. There are a lot of fans, including myself, we’d love to hear what he has to say. Until then we’ll just hope that he comes around.” – Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders on Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch

“Tom [Brady] is one of the best in this era, no question about it.” – Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady

“[Matt] Forte is the best running back in the league.” – Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett on Matt Forte

“We’re very close. Our relationship is never going to change. That’s my little brother right there. I think the world of him and he thinks the world of me. We’ve been doing a lot of great things together over the course of the time we were at LSU, and now that we are in the NFL the sky is the limit for us.” – Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson on teammate Tyrann Mathieu

“I know my talents, I know how hard I play and I know what I bring to the table so I’m not worried about it and I don’t hear it.” – Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray on the rumors of the Cowboys bringing in a different running back and assuming he’ll have the same success

“If you ask me, I feel like [Peyton Manning] could still come back and play another year.” – Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas on Peyton Manning

“I would love to be back in Denver.” – Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas on his contract situation

“The only thing I listen to is what Chip [Kelly] decides and that’s all I care about.” – Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles on the trade rumors

On NFL.com the following video clips from NFL AM, Super Bowl Live, NFL Total Access & Super Bowl Tonight are available for viewing:

- Terrell Davis Surprises Katy Perry with Girl Scout Cookies – NFL Network’s Terrell Davis surprises Katy Perry on Super Bowl Live:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/super-bowl-live/0ap3000000465437/Terrell-Davis-surprises-Katy-Perry-with-Girl-Scout-cookies?icampaign=nflcom-cs-homepage-videoswap_generic_nfl

- How Can the Seahawks Stop Gronk? – Host Amber Theoharis and analysts Heath Evans and Willie McGinest analyze what the Seahawks will need to do to stop Rob Gronkowski:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/super-bowl-live/0ap3000000465545/How-can-the-Seahawks-stop-Gronk

- Robinson: If Lynch Had Talked, He’d be a Different Back – Host Scott Hanson and analysts Steve Mariucci and Michael Robinson discuss Marshawn Lynch:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/super-bowl-live/0ap3000000465490/Robinson-If-Lynch-talked-he-d-be-different-back

- Ryan Tannehill Joins Super Bowl Live – Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill joined Matt “Money” Smith and Dave Dameshek on Super Bowl Live:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/super-bowl-live/0ap3000000465344/Ryan-Tannehill-talks-Texas-A-M-fans-handsome-quarterbacks

- Sanders on Lynch: ‘He Has to do What he Believes is Best’ – Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders joined Michael Irvin on Super Bowl Live:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/super-bowl-live/0ap3000000465340/Sanders-on-Lynch-He-has-to-do-what-he-believes-is-best

- Moon: Seattle Can Be Good For a Long Time – Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon joined Michael Irvin on Super Bowl Live:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/super-bowl-live/0ap3000000465335/Moon-Seattle-can-be-good-for-a-long-time

- Bennett on Forte: ‘Best Running Back in the League’ – Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett joined Super Bowl Live:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/super-bowl-live/0ap3000000465330/Bennett-on-Forte-Best-running-back-in-the-league

- Is the Seahawks Defense the Best of All Time? – Host Marc Istook and analysts Jamie Dukes and Curtis Conway discuss the best defense of all time from the Social Media Command Center:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/super-bowl-live/0ap3000000465307/Is-the-Seahawks-defense-the-greatest-of-all-time

- Peterson on Mathieu: He’s My Little Brother – Arizona Cardinals Patrick Peterson joined Super Bowl Live:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/super-bowl-live/0ap3000000465321/Peterson-on-Mathieu-He-s-my-little-brother

- Murray: ‘I Know What I Bring to the Table’ – Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray joins Michael Irvin on Super Bowl Live:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/super-bowl-live/0ap3000000465320/Murray-I-know-what-I-bring-to-the-table

- Aikman: I’m a Big Fan of Lynch and Wilson – NFL Hall of Fame member Troy Aikman joins Michael Irvin on Super Bowl Live:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/super-bowl-live/0ap3000000465284/Aikman-I-m-a-big-fan-of-Lynch-and-Wilson

- Montana: I’ve Liked Wilson from the Beginning – NFL Hall of Fame member Joe Montana joins Michael Irvin on Super Bowl Live:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/super-bowl-live/0ap3000000465226/Montana-I-ve-liked-Wilson-from-the-beginning

- Thomas: ‘I Would Love to be Back in Denver’ – Denver Broncos wide receiver DeMaryius Thomas joins Michael Irvin on Super Bowl Live:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/super-bowl-live/0ap3000000465223/Thomas-I-would-love-to-be-back-in-Denver

- Brees Joins the Social Media Command Center – New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees joins the Social Media Command Center:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/super-bowl-live/0ap3000000465216/Brees-joins-the-social-media-command-center

- Green: Dalton Can’t Win by Himself – Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver AJ Green joins Michael Irvin on Super Bowl Live:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/super-bowl-live/0ap3000000465187/Green-Dalton-can-t-win-by-himself

- Foles: My Teammates Believe in Me – Philadelphia Eagles Nick Foles joins Michael Irvin on Super Bowl Live:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/super-bowl-live/0ap3000000465175/Foles-My-teammates-believe-in-me

- Snoop Dogg Joins NFL Total Access – Rapper Snoop Dogg joined NFL Total Access to preview Super Bowl XLIX:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-super-bowl-total-access/0ap3000000465550/Snoop-Dogg-Seahawks-may-pull-it-off?icampaign=nflcom-cs-homepage-videoswap_generic_nfl

- Drew Brees Joins NFL AM – New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees joins NFL AM:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-am/0ap3000000465038/Brees-This-game-will-be-one-for-the-ages

- Blake Bortles Joins NFL AM – Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles joins NFL AM in Arizona:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-am/0ap3000000465045/Bortles-on-how-Jaguars-build-in-2015

Coming up on Friday, January 30

– The following guests will appear on NFL AM at 6:00 AM ET:

  • Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera
  • Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett
  • Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach
  • Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks
  • Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings
  • Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers
  • Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis
  • San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin
  • Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan
  • Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith

–  Super Bowl Live provides live coverage on NFL Network from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM ET. The following guests will appear:

  • San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York
  • Former St. Louis Rams wide receiver Torry Holt
  • New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson
  • Former New England Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch
  • Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett
  • New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham
  • Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton
  • Pittsburgh Steelers safety Will Allen
  • Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas
  • Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater
  • Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders

– From 1:00 – 4:00 PM ET, Super Bowl Live airs from the Fan Gallery at the Super Bowl Media Center in Arizona on NFL.com, hosted by Matt “Money” Smith along with Dave Dameshek, Adam Rank and Molly Qerim. The following guests will appear:

  • Houston Texans running back Arian Foster
  • Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings
  • Former UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley
  • New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham
  • Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett
  • Former New England Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch
  • Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas
  • Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton
  • Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater

– At 7:00 PM ET, NFL Total Access airs from the NFL Experience and Super Bowl Central in Arizona with hosts Dan Hellie and Amber Theoharis, and analysts Willie McGinest, Heath Evans, LaDainian Tomlinson and Michael Robinson, and NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy joins the show

– Break down Super Bowl XLIX between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks with Playbook Primetime: Super Bowl XLIX Preview at 8:00 PM ET. Sterling Sharpe, Shaun O’Hara and Brian Billick take viewers inside the matchup and lets you know who will win Super Bowl XLIX

– NFL Network’s series A Football Life continues with a two-part edition on Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath starting at 9:00 PM ET

ESPN’s Super Bowl XLIX Coverage for Friday

espn-nfl-liveHouston Texans’ J.J. Watt Joins Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic as Co-Host of ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike; Cardinals QB Carson Palmer and Musician Lenny Kravitz on Early SportsCenter

ESPN’s coverage of Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona continues Friday, Jan. 30, from set locations at Scottsdale Fashion Square (7014-590 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale) and The McCormick Hotel in Scottsdale, site of the two-hour First Take (ESPN2, 8-10 a.m. MT) and His & Hers (ESPN2, 10-11 a.m.) programs.

Texans Pro Bowl defensive end J.J. Watt will join Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic as guest host at Scottsdale Fashion Square in the 6 a.m. MT hour of tomorrow’s Mike & Mike morning show (ESPN Radio and ESPN2).

The early SportsCenter will welcome Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (8:40 a.m.) and musician Lenny Kravitz (10:40), who will perform with Katy Perry during this weekend’s Super Bowl halftime, and ESPN’s Ron Jaworski will join Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon on Pardon the Interruption’s (3:30 p.m. MT, ESPN) Five Good Minutes segment for a Xs and Os preview of Super Bowl XLIX.

ESPN television and radio shows at Scottsdale Fashion Square are open for public viewing all week. Friday’s schedule:

Time (MT) Show Network(s)
4-8 a.m. Mike & Mike

Hosts: Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic

Guests: Texans DE J.J. Watt (6:00) and Fox Sports announcer Joe Buck (7:00)

ESPN Radio, ESPN2
8-11 a.m. SportsCenter

Hosts: Hannah Storm and Jay Crawford

ESPN Analysts: Herm Edwards; Ryan Clark (Redskins S); Merril Hoge; Ron Jaworski and NFL Insider Adam Schefter

Guests: Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (8:40); Saints TE Jimmy Graham (9:20); Eagles RB LeSean McCoy (9:40) and Musician Lenny Kravitz (10:40)

ESPN
8-10 a.m. First Take (The McCormick Hotel in Scottsdale)

Host: Cari Champion; Lead Commentators: Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith

Guests: Bears TE Martellus Bennett (8:15); McCoy (8:30) and Hall of Fame NFL RB Eric Dickerson (9:00)

ESPN2
10-11 a.m. His & Hers (The McCormick Hotel in Scottsdale)

Hosts: Michael Smith and Jemele Hill

Guest: Graham (10:20)

ESPN2
8-11 a.m. The Herd with Colin Cowherd

Host: Colin Cowherd

Guests: Buffalo Bills new HC Rex Ryan (8:30); Palmer (9:15); ESPN’s Trent Dilfer (9:45); NFL Live’s Trey Wingo and Mark Schlereth (10:15)

ESPN Radio, ESPNU
11 a.m.-2 p.m. SVP & Russillo

Hosts: Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Russillo

Guests: ESPN’s Tedy Bruschi (12:30) and Fox Sports NFL Analyst John Lynch (1:00)

ESPN Radio, ESPNEWS
1-2 p.m. NFL Insiders

Host: Suzy Kolber. Insiders: Adam Schefter, Mortensen and Bill Polian.

ESPN
2-3 p.m. NFL Live presented by Golden Corral

Host: Trey Wingo. Analysts: Mark Schlereth and Tedy Bruschi.

ESPN
3-3:30 p.m. Around the Horn

Panelist (from Scottsdale): ESPN.com’s Jackie MacMullan

ESPN
3:30-4 p.m. PTI

Hosts: Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon.

“Five Good Minutes” Guest: ESPN NFL analyst Ron Jaworski

ESPN
4-5 p.m. SportsCenter

Hosts: John Anderson and Lindsay Czarniak.

Analysts: Steve Young and Trent Dilfer

ESPN
4-5 p.m. NFL Semanal

Hosts: Ciro Procuna. Analysts: Alvaro Martin, Raul Allegre, John Sutcliffe, Mauricio Pedroza and Pablo Viruega

ESPN in Latin America
5-8 p.m. Sedano & Stink

Hosts: Jorge Sedano and Schlereth.

ESPN Radio

Note: Commentator and guest schedules subject to change

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Tom Brady & AFC Champion New England Patriots Face Russell Wilson & NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks In Super Bowl XLIX This Sun. on NBC

superbowl_nbc-nflSunday’s Coverage Begins With NBC’s Super Bowl XLIX Pre-Game Show at Noon ET

Live Stream of Super Bowl XLIX Coverage Available as Part of “Super Stream Sunday

NBC UNIVERSO to Air Super Bowl XLIX to Spanish-Language Homes Across America

STAMFORD, Conn. – Jan. 29, 2015 – NBC presents coverage of Super Bowl XLIX this Sunday, Feb. 1, with Tom Brady and the AFC champion New England Patriots facing Russell Wilson and the NFC champion Seattle Seahawks at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Super Bowl Sunday coverage begins at Noon ET with NBC Sports’ six-hour Super Bowl XLIX Pre-Game Show.

In defeating Indianapolis, 45-7, in the AFC Championship Game, New England advanced to its eighth Super Bowl – tying for the most in NFL history (Dallas, Pittsburgh). Brady will start in his sixth Super Bowl on Sunday, the most by any quarterback, while Bill Belichick has more postseason wins than any coach in NFL history (21).

Seattle, last year’s Super Bowl champions, won the NFC Championship Game, 28-22, in overtime against Green Bay. The Seahawks are aiming to become the ninth back-to-back Super Bowl champions in NFL history and the first to do so since Brady and the Patriots did it in 2003-04.

New England and Seattle led the NFL in point differential during the regular season, with +155 and +140, respectively.

Al Michaels (play-by-play) calls his ninth Super Bowl alongside 15-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth (analyst), in the Super Bowl booth for the third time. Two-time Emmy Award-winner Michele Tafoya reports from the Super Bowl sidelines for the third time, her second for NBC.

NBC’s coverage of Super Bowl XLIX is led by Emmy Award-winning producer Fred Gaudelli and Emmy Award-winning director Drew Esocoff.

NBC’s Super Bowl XLIX Pre-Game Show is hosted by 26-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas, who will be joined by NBC Sports’ Football Night in America team of Dan Patrick, Josh Elliott, Tony DungyRodney HarrisonHines WardMike Florio and Peter King, and Sunday Night Football’s Michaels, Collinsworth, and Tafoya, contributing to the pre-game coverage with interviews, features, and live on-site commentary and analysis. Liam McHugh will serve as an on-site host at the stadium, Carolyn Manno and Randy Moss will report from the team hotels, and Doug Flutie will appear in on-field segments. Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh will join NBC Sports’ Super Bowl XLIX coverage as a guest analyst.

The Super Bowl XLIX Pre-Game Show will also feature the events surrounding the Super Bowl, including an interview with halftime headliner Katy Perry; live musical performances from the NFL Experience; reports and interviews by NBC Sports’ popular figure skating analysts Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski with celebrities attending the game; reports from the festive atmosphere at the NFL Experience and Super Bowl XLIX Tailgate Party; and much more.

NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie will interview President Barack Obama as part of the Super Bowl XLIX Pre-Game Show airing late Sunday afternoon.

Click here for more information on the Super Bowl XLIX Pre-Game Show: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2015/01/27/nbc-sports-presents-six-hours-of-super-bowl-xlix-pre-game-coverage/

NBC UNIVERSO TO AIR SUPER BOWL XLIX TO SPANISH-LANGUAGE HOMES ACROSS AMERICA

NBCUniversal’s Hispanic cable network NBC UNIVERSO, debuts on Sun., Feb. 1, as the home of the exclusive Spanish-language telecast of Super Bowl XLIX. The network will offer comprehensive football coverage and nine consecutive hours of exciting football action and related entertainment beginning at 2 p.m. ET. NBC UNIVERSO is the evolution of the cable channel mun2.

Click here for more information: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2015/01/27/nbc-universo-to-air-the-exclusive-spanish-language-telecast-of-super-bowl-xlix-for-millions-of-viewers-on-multiple-platforms/

“SUPER STREAM SUNDAY

Following the launch of NBCUniversal’s first ever TV Everywhere consumer campaign titled “Watch TV Without The TV,” NBCUniversal is creating “Super Stream Sunday” on Feb. 1, providing consumers with an unprecedented ability to enjoy 11 continuous hours of NBC streaming content without having to log-in, designed as a way for consumers to trial NBC’s TV Everywhere content offering. “Super Stream Sunday” content will include NBC’s presentation of Super Bowl XLIX, Katy Perry headlining the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX halftime show, the Super Bowl XLIX pre- and post-game shows, and NBC’s post-game presentation of The Blacklist.

Click here for more information: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2015/01/20/nbcuniversal-creates-super-stream-sunday-to-promote-tv-everywhere/

DIGITAL & SOCIAL COVERAGE

NBC Sports Digital’s unprecedented coverage of Super Bowl XLIX includes more than 10 hours of live stream programming on Super Bowl Sunday, 24/7 news and analysis on NBCSports.com and ProFootballTalk.com, long-form reporting on NBCSportsWorld.com, and NBC Sports Group’s most comprehensive social media campaign ever across a plethora of platforms.

Click here for more information: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2015/01/26/nbc-sports-digital-surrounds-super-bowl-xlix-with-robust-collection-of-digital-and-social-media-extensions/

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL BUS

The Sunday Night Football bus makes its last stops of the season, returning to Arizona for Super Bowl XLIX this weekend after its Week 16 SNF visit. The Sunday Night Football bus gives fans the opportunity to interact with America’s most-watched primetime television show with exclusive activities, memorabilia and an interactive 55-inch touch screen housing social media elements, photos and video.

Click here for more information and for a schedule of the Sunday Night Football bus’ stops during Super Bowl week: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2015/01/26/sunday-night-football-bus-returns-to-arizona-for-super-bowl-xlix/

NBC SPORTS GROUP AND NBCUNIVERSAL PROGRAMMING

NBC Sports Group and NBCUniversal will surround Super Bowl XLIX with their most comprehensive Super Bowl promotional effort ever. Using the “Big Event Strategy,” NBC Sports Group will leverage NBCUniversal’s robust collection of broadcast and cable networks, websites, radio and social media platforms, and additional promotional assets to drive further awareness of the game.

NBC Sports Group’s cross-channel promotional campaign for Super Bowl XLIX will include advertising and editorial support on television, radio, online and on-site, and will include NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, MSNBC, USA, E!, Bravo, Telemundo, Mun2, Golf Channel, Esquire, Oxygen, SyFy, The Weather Channel and the collection of NBCUniversal television, radio and digital networks.

Click here for a full list of programming: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2015/01/21/nbc-sports-group-and-nbcuniversal-surround-super-bowl-xlix-with-their-most-comprehensive-super-bowl-promotional-effort-ever/

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

Pro Football Talk, which will air weekdays at 5:30 p.m. ET during Super Bowl week, is co-hosted by Mike Florio and Paul Burmeister. They will be joined by PFT contributors Jason TaylorKevin Gilbride, and Ross Tucker on-site at “Super Bowl Central,” NBC Sports Group’s primary home for studio programing during Super Bowl week, located in downtown Phoenix.

Click here for more information: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2015/01/06/nbcsns-pro-football-talk-to-present-comprehensive-coverage-from-phoenix-throughout-super-bowl-week/

NBC SPORTS SUPER BOWL FAN CHALLENGE

NBC Sports is sending two lucky fans to Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Ariz., with the NBC Sports Super Bowl Fan Challenge, as part of its multi-platform promotion leading up to the game on Sunday, Feb. 1, on NBC.

Through Jan. 6, fans visited the NBC Sports Super Bowl Fan Challenge and completed weekly challenges for a chance to win the grand prize – VIP access and two (2) tickets to Super Bowl XLIX, as well as hotel and airfare accommodations.

Click here for more information: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2014/12/17/two-lucky-fans-will-win-trip-to-super-bowl-xlix-by-entering-nbc-sports-super-bowl-fan-challenge/

NBCSN SUNDAY SPORTS REPORT SUNDAY NIGHT AT 10:30 P.M. ET

NBCSN Sunday Sports Report, a weekly, one-hour program that showcases the news and highlights of the sports properties that are carried by NBC Sports Group, will air Sunday night at 10:30 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.

Click here for more information: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2014/07/14/nbcsn-sunday-sports-report-premieres-august-17/

NBC SPORTS RADIO

NBC Sports Radio travels to Arizona during Super Bowl week to provide insight and analysis throughout the week leading up to Super Bowl XLIX. ProFootballTalk Live with Mike Florio, Voices of the Game with Newy Scruggs, Under Center with McNabb & Malone, The Jon Stashower Show, and Going Deep with Amani & Dan will broadcast on-site at “Radio Row,” from the Super Bowl XLIX Media Center in Phoenix, Ariz.

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

Click here for more information: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2015/01/08/nbc-sports-radio-to-present-comprehensive-coverage-from-arizona-throughout-super-bowl-week/

NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS

COMCAST SPORTSNET NEW ENGLAND: Comcast SportsNet New England will bring Patriots fans all the excitement of Super Bowl XLIX from Arizona, with 13 of its shows originating from Phoenix. Coverage includes Sports SundaySportsNet CentralEarly Edition, Sports Tonight, Felger & MazzQuick SlantsPatriots Wednesday LiveNew England TailgatePatriots Football WeeklyMonday Night Patriots, Pre-Game and Post-Game Live, and signature hockey program Cross-Check with Felger & Milbury.  Talent on-site for Comcast SportsNet will include Ty LawTroy BrownDan KoppenMichael FelgerTom E. CurranMike GiardiKevin WalshKay AdamsFred Smerlas and Steve DeOssie.

COMCAST SPORTSNET NORTHWEST: Comcast SportsNet Northwest will air Hawks Talk Nightly, a half hour special originating from Phoenix each night though Saturday, January 31. The on-site talent consists of legendary Northwest sportswriter Dwight Jaynes, former University of Oregon football star and former Seattle Seahawk Jordan Kent, CSNNW.com football insider Aaron Fentress, and a host of additional guests.

Follow “Sunday Night Football” on Twitter @SNFonNBC

Become a fan of “Sunday Night Football” on Facebook at: Facebook.com/SNFonNBC

Follow “Sunday Night Football” on Instagram @snfonnbc

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

For more information about NBC Sports Group’s coverage of Super Bowl XLIX, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit the Super Bowl XLIX media guide NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com /super-bowl/.

–SUPER BOWL XLIX–

INSIDE THE NFL Super Bowl XLIX Edition From University Of Phoenix Stadium on SHOWTIME

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Can the Patriots’ Offense break the Seahawks’ Defense?

Plus, A Timely Feature On How Wilson Footballs Are Made

Click on the link below to watch video tease on The Final Stich: The Making of Super Bowl’s Footballs http://s.sho.com/15QqnjB

INSIDE THE NFL Premieres Tonight, Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME®

NEW YORK (Jan. 27, 2015) – INSIDE THE NFL Super Bowl Edition premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.  Host Greg Gumbel is joined by expert analysts Phil Simms, Boomer Esiason and Ed Reed along with Chicago Bears Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., to discuss what lies ahead on Super Bowl Sunday.

Also featured on this week’s installment of INSIDE THE NFL are an analysis of last Saturday’s Bill Belichick press conference, a timely feature on the making of Super Bowl footballs, Seattle’s chances against an offense that averages 29 points per game and Hall of Famer Michael Irvin coaching his team to victory in the Pro Bowl last Sunday.

For limited time only, this week’s episode will also be available on SHOWTIME ANYTIME® and SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® after it airs.

INSIDE THE NFL is produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films. The executive producers are Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports, Ross Ketover and Pat Kelleher of NFL Films.  Pete Radovich Jr., the Emmy Award-winning Creative Director for CBS Sports, serves as coordinating producer.

BELOW ARE SELECT HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS WEEK’S EDITION

On Deflate-Gate…

Boomer Esiason– “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing on Saturday, when Bill Belichick held a press conference and he basically refuted everything that’s been out there in the news. He said … that nobody on the Patriots’ staff was deliberately tampering with the footballs. Now, what I take out of that is that he’s put his legacy on the line.  He’s put Tom Brady’s legacy on the line.  And he’s put the reputation of Robert Kraft on the line. He is “ALL IN” as they say.”

Brandon Marshall – “The reason why [tampering with the balls issue] this is so important is because of the conditions. When it’s wet outside, or if it’s snowing, that’s when you want a lighter ball so you can grip it … I think it’s important to note the process of how the officials come into the locker room, they look at the balls.  They check them out … They mark them and then, it’s the honor system.”

On Rob Gronkowski…

Phil Simms – “When you look at Seattle’s defense, I think they have three-to-four guys that can cover him. It’s not like most teams that can’t find one guy that matches up. You know, we looked at these linebackers, we talked about them. The corners can match up. The safeties can cover him…”

On the Seattle Seahawks…

Boomer Esiason – “They are going to be aggressive. They are not going to be moving all over the place with these formations … They are right in your face … You do not want to accelerate your thinking. I think Tom Brady has been around a long time. He trusts his offense his line…“

On Seattle and its Boot Passes…

Brandon Marshall – “You are not the No. 1 run offense in the League all year and then  get to the Super Bowl and that’s gone. So, when you have that ability to run the ball … that creates one-on-one matchups and that creates big plays …”

On The Patriots’ Strategy…

Brandon Marshall – “We know that Bill Belichick is going to do his best to take away their No. 1 option, and that’s Marshawn Lynch.”

Ed Reed – “New England’s defense is going to have to play disciplined football for 60 minutes, just like everyone else has to play that way against Seattle. If you don’t, Russell Wilson is going to get those plays.”

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NBC Sports Presents Six Hours Of Super Bowl XLIX Pre-Game Coverage

superbowl_nbc-nflNBC Super Bowl XLIX Pre-Game Show Begins on NBC at Noon ET on Sunday, Feb. 1

Dan Patrick, Josh Elliott, Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison, Hines Ward, Mike Florio, Peter King, Bob Costas, Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya Preview Super Bowl XLIX with Analysis and Commentary

Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh Serves As Guest Analyst

NBC Sports Commentators Have Combined to Win 7 Super Bowls

NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie Interviews President Barack Obama

Josh Elliott Interviews Katy Perry

Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski To Report From Super Bowl Tailgate Party

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Jan. 27, 2015Bob Costas will open NBC Sports’ six-hour Super Bowl XLIX Pre-Game Show with a live report from Arizona at Noon ET on Sunday, Feb. 1, on NBC. In the hours leading up to the game, NBC Sports will surround the Super Bowl with live reports from the team hotels and the stadium, in-depth features and interviews with players and coaches from the Seahawks and Patriots, and X’s and O’s analysis from its roster of expert commentators.

In addition to Costas, NBC Sports’ Football Night in America team of Dan Patrick, Josh Elliott, Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison, Hines Ward, Mike Florio and Peter King, and NBC Sports’ Sunday Night Football team of Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya, will contribute to the pre-game coverage with interviews, features, and live on-site commentary and analysis. Liam McHugh will serve as an on-site host at the stadium, Carolyn Manno and Randy Moss will report from the team hotels, and Doug Flutie will appear in on-field segments.

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh will join NBC Sports’ Super Bowl XLIX coverage as a guest analyst. Harbaugh led the Ravens to a win in Super Bowl XLVII in 2013, has reached the postseason in five of his six seasons as Baltimore’s head coach, including twice defeating the Patriots in postseason play.

NBC Sports’ Super Bowl XLIX commentator roster has combined to win seven Super Bowls (Dungy-2, Harbaugh-1, Harrison-2, Ward-2) and one Super Bowl MVP award (Ward, Super Bowl XL).

Coverage will also feature the events surrounding the Super Bowl, including an interview with halftime headliner Katy Perry; live musical performances from the NFL Experience; reports and interviews by NBC Sports’ popular figure skating analysts Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski with celebrities attending the game; reports from the festive atmosphere at the NFL Experience and Super Bowl XLIX Tailgate Party; and much more.

NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie will interview President Barack Obama as part of the Super Bowl XLIX Pre-Game Show airing late Sunday afternoon.

Following is a summary of NBC Sports’ Super Bowl XLIX pre-game coverage:


THE GAME

Football America: Our Teams: Inspired by the season-long “Together We Make Football” campaign, NBC and NFL Films kick off the NBC Super Bowl XLIX Pre-Game Show with Football America: Our Teams at Noon ET. The film will feature “Together We Make Football” winners Christian Osterhout and the Boron Bobcats High School Football Team, telling their stories of how football has played an integral role in their lives and communities.

Interviews: During the two weeks leading up to the game, NBC Sports conducted extensive interviews with Super Bowl XLIX players and coaches, including:

  • Bob Costas with Patriots QB Tom Brady
  • Dan Patrick with Seahawks QB Russell Wilson
  • Josh Elliott with Seahawks WRs Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse
  • Tony Dungy with Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, and with Seahawks CB Richard Sherman and FS Earl Thomas
  • Rodney Harrison interviews Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski and DT Vince Wilfork, and conducts an on-field session with Patriots CB Darrelle Revis

Hotel & Arrival Reports: Randy Moss will provide updates from the Seahawks’ team hotel, while Carolyn Manno will report from the Patriots’ team hotel. They will also report on their respective teams’ arrivals at the stadium.

On-Field X’s and O’s: Hosted by Liam McHugh, former NFL QB Doug Flutie and Tony Dungy will be on-field at University of Phoenix Stadium to walk through different offensive plays, and demonstrate how those plays are executed.

Hometown Hero: How does a player get to the Super Bowl? NBC Sports will visit the hometowns of six of Sunday’s featured players – Tom Brady, Jamie Collins and Patrick Chung of the Patriots, and Russell Wilson, Earl Thomas and Jon Ryan of the Seahawks. The visits include the people who made an early impact on their lives, including former coaches, teachers and neighborhood friends.

Coach’s Clicker: Throughout the NBC Super Bowl XLIX Pre-Game Show, John Harbaugh will join Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison and Dan Patrick for Coach’s Clicker segments, breaking down specific elements and schemes from both teams. Segments focus on Marshawn Lynch, and Tom Brady and the Patriots offense. In addition, Harbaugh will illustrate how he would attempt to stop New England as coach of the Seahawks, while Dungy will assume the role of Patriots head coach and discuss how to limit the Seattle offense.

Pat Tillman’s Legacy: NBC Sports presents a feature on the legacy of former Arizona Cardinals S Pat Tillman, who left the Cardinals to join the U.S. Army Rangers, and was killed in Afghanistan in 2004. Josh Elliott sits down with Ed Woodward, a recipient of the Pat Tillman Scholarship who was forced to retire from the Air Force due to a medical condition, but has persevered to live out his twin brother’s dream of becoming a doctor.

Great Super Bowl Moments: NBC Sports reviews some of the most memorable moments in recent Super Bowl history. Flashback segments will include a look back at Super Bowl XL with game MVP Hines Ward, a review of former Giants WR David Tyree’s miraculous catch in Super Bowl XLII with Rodney Harrison, which took place at University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona, and a conversation with Seahawks LB and Super Bowl XLVIII Malcolm Smith about what it will take to repeat as Super Bowl champions.

Super Bowl Super Fans: NBC Sports’ Jimmy Roberts tells the story of the only three fans in the world known to have attended every Super Bowl to date. Patriots fan Don Crisman, San Francisco 49ers fan Larry Jacobson, and Pittsburgh Steelers fan Tom Henschel sit with Roberts to discuss their favorite Super Bowl memories and devotion to one of sports’ biggest spectacles.

Dude Perfect: NBC Sports Group has teamed with trick-shot experts and comedy stars Dude Perfect to create a trick-shot video that will debut during the pre-game show. Participating in the video will be Giants rookie WR Odell Beckham Jr. and two-time Super Bowl winner, Super Bowl XL MVP, and NBC NFL analyst Hines Ward. The content will be pushed out on NBC Sports’ social media platforms, and the trick-shot video will be available on NBCSports.com/dudeperfect following its release.

Super Bowl Wives: Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski will spend a day with wives of Patriots and Seahawks players during Super Bowl week to get a glimpse of spouses of Super Bowl players prepare for Super Bowl XLIX.

NASCAR Gridiron Challenge: NBC News anchor and NASCAR enthusiast Brian Williams and Hines Ward take fans behind the wheel by introducing them to a segment of the NASCAR Gridiron Challenge. The event paired NASCAR drivers, including Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth, with former NFL greats, including Ward and Flutie, as they raced around Charlotte Motor Speedway at speeds upwards of 180 mph.


INTERVIEWS

President Barack Obama: NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie will conduct a live interview with President Barack Obama from The White House late in the NBC Super Bowl XLIX Pre-Game Show.

Thomas Bach: Bob Costas sits down for a one-on-one conversation with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, about the upcoming 2016 Summer Games in Rio, and Boston’s bid for the 2024 Games.

Katy Perry: Josh Elliott interviews global superstar Katy Perry, who will headline Sunday’s Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show. Perry cemented her status as a best-selling superstar with the global success of three multi-platinum studio albums. She is currently touring the world on the Prismatic World Tour, which continues to be a hugely successful global spectacle, with 17 sold out arenas in the UK, 66 sold out arenas in North America and 25 sold out arenas in Australia/New Zealand during this year. Click here for more information: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2015/01/10/katy-perry-invites-lenny-kravitz-to-join-her-during-pepsi-super-bowl-xlix-halftime-show-february-1-on-nbc/


ENTERTAINMENT 

The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon: Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon will present special Super Bowl editions of his “Superlatives” segment with Patriots and Seahawks players and NBC on-camera personalities, as well as his “Puppy Predictors” segment to predict the winner of Super Bowl XLIX.

Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski: “Johnny and Tara” will be based at the Super Bowl XLIX Tailgate Party, the official NFL pre-game party for VIP guests. They will be joined by Josh Elliott to interview celebrities who annually attend the NFL’s championship game and will also provide their own Super Bowl observations. Celebrity interviews will include:

  • Elizabeth Banks, who is starring in the upcoming NBCUniversal picture Pitch Perfect 2;
  • Chris Pratt of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, who is starring in the upcoming NBCUniversal film Jurassic World, and;
  • Adriana Lima, internationally recognized model and actress best known for her work with Victoria’s Secret

Men In Blazers and Premier League: Michael Davies and Roger Bennett of THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW on NBCSN will be featured in a segment of the Super Bowl XLIX Pre-Game Show. In addition, Premier League host Rebecca Lowe will join Dan Patrick and Tony Dungy for a quick recap of scores and highlights from “football across the pond.”


COMCAST SPORTSNET REGIONAL COVERAGE

Comcast SportsNet New England, part of the NBC Sports Group, will bring Patriots fans back home all the excitement of Super Bowl XLIX from Arizona with thirteen (13) of its shows originating from Phoenix beginning Sunday, Jan. 25, including: Sports Sunday, SportsNet Central, Early Edition, Sports Tonight, Felger & Mazz, Quick Slants, Patriots Wednesday Live, New England Tailgate, Patriots Football Weekly, Monday Night Patriots, Pre-Game and Post-Game Live, and signature hockey program Cross-Check with Felger & Milbury.

On-site commentators for Comcast SportsNet will include Ty Law, Troy Brown, Dan Koppen, Michael Felger, Tom E. Curran, Mike Giardi, Kevin Walsh, Kay Adams, Fred Smerlas and Steve DeOssie, who will bring regional viewers all the information in the week leading up to the game.

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