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


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

NBC Sports Live Extra to Live Stream Broncos-Patriots

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

NFL Turning Point Tonight at Midnight ET on NBCSN

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

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

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

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

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

Football Night In America, the most-watched pre-game show in sports, is hosted by 25-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas, who will report from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Costas will be joined on-site by Michaels, Collinsworth, and longtime NFL front office veteran and former NFL Executive of the Year Scott Pioli, who served as Director, and later Vice President of Player Personnel for the Patriots from 2001 to 2008.

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


BRADY 47,358 348 3 2 130
MANNING 63,059 470 1 4 215


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


Pro Football Talk, NBCSN’s daily NFL studio show co-hosted by Mike Florio and Erik Kuselias, provides all-encompassing coverage of the NFL, including the most current news and analysis, engaging features, thought-provoking debates, and interviews with a wide array of NFL newsmakers. The show regularly features a roster of NBC Sports football commentators, including Rodney Harrison, Hines Ward, Doug Flutie, Ross Tucker, Peter King, and Scott Pioli.


Building off of Yahoo! Sports’ popular Sunday live streaming show, Fantasy Football Live on NBCSN combines the best fantasy football expertise from Yahoo! Sports and NBC Sports. Hosted by NBC Sports’ Erik Kuselias, Fantasy Football Live features a mix of Yahoo! Sports, NBC Sports, and Rotoworld fantasy experts, including NBC Sports’ Shaun King, and Yahoo! Sports’ Brad Evans and Brandon Funston. Yahoo! Sports’ Melanie Collins will host the digital show. Rotoworld’s Kay Adams will be a regular contributor for the show across both platforms. A subsequent, digital-only version of Fantasy Football Live is available from 7-7:30 p.m. ET through video-on-demand across web and mobile devices on both Yahoo! Sports and NBCSports.com. Click here for more information on Fantasy Football Live.


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


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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

*Flex Week

**Thanksgiving Night Game

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

Featuring Super Bowl MVP Quarterback

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

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

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

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

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


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