“THE NFL TODAY” PREVIEWS DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF GAMES ON
SATURDAY, JAN. 10 AND SUNDAY, JAN. 11 ON CBS
Sam Ryan Visits with Tennessee Titans Quarterback Kerry Collins; and “THE NFL TODAY” Features a Look at How Philadelphia Turned Its Season Around; Reports from Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf from Tennessee, and Jim Nantz and Phil Simms from Pittsburgh;
Lesley Visser Reports Live from Carolina on Arizona-Panthers NFC Divisional Playoff Game on Saturday
THE NFL TODAY Also Features San Diego Quarterback Philip Rivers;
Sam Ryan Reports Live From Philadelphia-New York Giants NFC Divisional Playoff Game On Sunday
THE NFL ON CBS continues its coverage of the 2009 American Football Conference Playoffs with the national broadcasts of the AFC Divisional Playoff games on Saturday, Jan. 10 (4:30 PM, ET) and Sunday, Jan. 11 (4:30 PM, ET) live on the CBS Television Network. AFC South champions and No. 1-seeded TENNESSEE TITANS (13-3) host the No. 6-seeded BALTIMORE RAVENS (12-5) on Saturday, while the AFC North champions and No. 2-seeded PITTSBURGH STEELERS (12-4) host the AFC West champions and No. 4-seeded SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (9-8).
AFC Divisional Playoff action kicks off live on the CBS Television Network beginning with THE NFL TODAY, the Network’s pre-game studio show, on Saturday (3:30-4:30 PM, ET) and on Sunday (4:00-4:40 PM, ET), with host James Brown and analysts Dan Marino, Boomer Esiason, Shannon Sharpe and Bill Cowher, along with NFL TODAY “General Manager” Charley Casserly, as well as reporters Lesley Visser and Sam Ryan, live from THE NFL TODAY studio at the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City.
Sam Ryan sits down with Tennessee Titans quarterback Kerry Collins, looking back at his unexpected role this season in leading his team to the best record in football, and his chance to lead the Titans to Tampa, where he led the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV eight years ago. Jeff St. Arromand produces.
THE NFL TODAY also previews the NFC Divisional Playoffs by featuring the Philadelphia Eagles, looking at how they turned their season around by winning five of their last six games after the benching of quarterback Donovan McNabb in Week 12. Charlie Bloom produces.
Live reports will be given with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms reporting from Pittsburgh; and Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf from Nashville. Lesley Visser will report live from Carolina on the Arizona Cardinals-Carolina Panthers NFC Divisional Playoff game.
Sunday’s NFL TODAY previews the Chargers-Steelers game with a feature on San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers and whether he will make it back to the AFC Championship Game and whether he will become the third quarterback of the Class of 2004 (Ben Roethlisberger and Eli Manning) to win a Super Bowl. Deb Gelman produces.
And Sam Ryan also reports live from East Rutherford, N.J. on the other NFC Divisional Playoff game, Philadelphia vs. New York Giants.
Eric Mann is senior producer and Bob Matina is director of THE NFL TODAY.
CBS Sports’ coverage of the AFC Playoff games is in HDTV, the highest definition television format – 1080i lines of picture resolution – along with 5.1 digital audio.
Sean McManus is President, CBS News & Sports and serves as executive producer of CBS Sports’ coverage of THE NFL ON CBS. Harold Bryant is Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.
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