MICHAELS AND COLLINSWORTH PREVIEW
HALL OF FAME GAME & NFL SEASON ON CONFERENCE CALL TOMORROW, NOON ET
NEW YORK – Aug. 4, 2009 – “NBC Sunday Night Football” kicks off the 2009 NFL preseason with the Hall of Fame Game from Canton, Ohio this Sunday, Aug. 9 with Terrell Owens making his debut with the Buffalo Bills as they take on the Tennessee Titans who had an NFL-best 13-3 record last season.
Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth, making their debut as the new “Sunday Night Football” announce duo will have the call from Canton, with Andrea Kremer handling the reporting duties. For Michaels and Collinsworth, this will be their third game together in the booth having previously called last year’s Pro Bowl and the Seahawks-Bucs regular season game.
Michaels and Collinsworth along with producer Fred Gaudelli will be available on a conference call Tomorrow (Wednesday) at Noon ET to preview the Hall of Fame game and discuss the NFL season.
“NBC Sunday Night Football” preseason continues on Sunday, Aug. 30 as the Denver Broncos hosting their former quarterback Jay Cutler and his new team the Chicago Bears. Coverage for both games begins at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
The “NBC Sunday Night Football” regular season begins Thursday, Sept. 10 with the Super Bowl Champion Steelers hosting the AFC South champion Titans. In the first “NBC Sunday Night Football” contest of the season, on Sept. 13, the Green Bay Packers will host their longtime rival the Bears.
“NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” 2009 SEASON: The 2009 “Sunday Night Football” schedule includes three appearances each by marquee NFL teams, the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears and the defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers; the much-anticipated opening of the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Week 2; all 12 of last season’s playoff teams; and storied rivalries including Patriots-Colts, four NFC East games, Chicago-Green Bay at Lambeau, Pittsburgh-Baltimore and New England-Miami highlight the “NBC Sunday Night Football” schedule as the league today announced its 2009 slate of games.
Highlights of “NBC Sunday Night Football” schedule:
- All 12 NFL playoff teams from last season are featured.
- Fourteen of NBC’s 16 scheduled games involve at least one playoff team from last season.
- Giants at Cowboys opens the $1.2 billion Dallas Cowboys Stadium, “the 8th Wonder of the World.” It’s a rematch of the most viewed game ever on “Sunday Night Football.”
- Three appearances a piece from six marquee teams: this year’s Super Bowl champion Steelers, last year’s Super Bowl champion Giants plus Dallas, Indianapolis, Chicago and Philadelphia.
- Six games involving one of the Manning brothers, Peyton and Eli.
- Quarterback duels between Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, Peyton and Kurt Warner, Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger and Donovan McNabb and Jay Cutler.
- Four matchups among bitter NFC East rivals: Giants-Cowboys, Cowboys-Eagles, Eagles-Giants and Cowboys-Redskins.
- A rematch of last year’s hard-hitting AFC Championship game between Pittsburgh and Baltimore and last year’s AFC divisional playoff game between the Steelers and the Chargers.
2009 “NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” SCHEDULE
Sun. Aug. 9 – Hall of Fame Game: Buffalo Bills vs. Tennessee Titans, Canton, Ohio, 8 p.m.
Sun. Aug. 30 – Chicago Bears at Denver Broncos, 8 p.m.
Regular Season – Football Night in America begins every Sunday at 7 p.m. ET
Thurs. Sept. 10 NFL Kickoff Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers
Sun. Sept. 13 Week 1 Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
Sun. Sept. 20 Week 2 New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys
Sun. Sept. 27 Week 3 Indianapolis Colts at Arizona Cardinals
Sun. Oct. 4 Week 4 San Diego Chargers at Pittsburgh Steelers
Sun. Oct. 11 Week 5 Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans
Sun. Oct. 18 Week 6 Chicago Bears at Atlanta Falcons
Sun. Oct. 25 Week 7 Arizona Cardinals at New York Giants
Sun. Nov. 1 Week 8 NO SNF GAME (Football Night airs 7-8 p.m.)
Sun. Nov. 8 Week 9 Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles
Sun. Nov. 15 Week 10 New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts
Sun. Nov. 22 *Week 11 Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears
Sun. Nov. 29 *Week 12 Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens
Sun. Dec. 6 *Week 13 New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins
Sun. Dec. 13 *Week 14 Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants
Sun. Dec. 20 *Week 15 Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers
Sun. Dec. 27 *Week 16 Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins
Sun. Jan. 3 *Week 17 TBA