SNF’S Cris Collinsworth: “If There Is A Next Peyton Manning Or Tom Brady, [Andrew Luck] Is A Pretty Good Candidate.”

FNIA-nbc-nflAndrew Luck and Indianapolis Colts Travel to Houston to take on J.J. Watt and Texans 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 Colts-Texans

FNIA Coach’s Clicker Tonight at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN

NFL Turning Point Tomorrow at 12:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN

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

Stamford, Conn. – October 30, 2013 – Andrew Luck and the division-leading Indianapolis Colts travel to Houston, Texas, to take on J.J. Watt and the Texans on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. Coverage begins with Football Night In America at 7 p.m. ET on NBC.

After playing just one divisional game through the first two months of the season, Indianapolis  will face division rival Houston in an important AFC South matchup. The Colts and Texans have combined to win the past four AFC South titles. Sunday night’s game will be a contest between Andrew Luck, who ranks fifth in the NFL in passer rating, and the Texans’ league-leading defense.

Calling Colts-Texans 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 Reliant Stadium  in Houston, Texas Costas will be joined on-site by Michaels, Collinsworth and two-time Super Bowl winner Hines Ward.

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 HarrisonPeter King of Sports Illustrated, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN and NBCSports.com, and longtime NFL front office veteran and former NFL Executive of the Year Scott Pioli. Carolyn Manno will report from Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. on the Steelers-Patriots game.

COLTS-TEXANS PREVIEW

Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth preview Colts-Texans here:

http://www.nbcsports.com/football/nfl/snf-week-9-preview-colts-texans

“J.J. Watt will be fired up for this game against the Indianapolis Colts. If Houston’s going to get back into it, they’re going to have to knock off the front runner.  If they do win, they’re still in it; if not, we say ‘goodbye’ to them.” – Cris Collinsworth

“If there is a next Peyton Manning or Tom Brady, [Andrew Luck] is a pretty good candidate.” - Cris Collinsworth, Tuesday night on NBC Sports Radio

“Both teams have question marks. For the Texans, who’s going to be your quarterback? For that second wild card spot in the AFC, it might only take eight wins, so the Texans need to get this. For the Colts, who replaces Reggie Wayne? You lost not only a great player, but a leader, and so that becomes a big question. The leadership role will be more on Andrew Luck.” – Tony Dungy

Dan Patrick, Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison preview Colts-Texans here:

http://www.nbcsports.com/football/nfl/snf-week-9-preview-colts-texans

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

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.

NEW EPISODES OF FNIA COACH’S CLICKER AND NFL TURNING POINT AIR THIS WEEK ON NBCSN

NBCSN’s in-depth coverage of the 2013 NFL season continues tonight at 5 p.m. ET, with a new episode of FNIA Coach’s Clicker, and tomorrow morning at 12:30 a.m. ET, with a new episode of NFL Turning Point.

FNIA Coach’s Clicker, NBCSN’s weekly half-hour NFL studio show that dovetails off of Football Night In America, will provide an in-depth X’s-and-O’s preview of the biggest games coming up in Week 9 of the season. FNIA Coach’s Clicker host Liam McHugh will be joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy and two-time Super Bowl champion Rodney Harrison, who will preview this week’s Sunday Night Football matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and the Houston Texans, who have combined to win the past four AFC South titles. In addition, Dungy and Harrison will look ahead to the Steelers-Patriots, Saints-Jets, Steelers-Patriots and Chargers-Redskins.

NFL Turning Point, hosted by Football Night In America’s Dan Patrick, will take a look back at Week 8 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 Cowboys-Lions game, and the offensive contest between two of the NFL’s top wide receivers. The show will give viewers an in-depth look at Detroit’s Calvin Johnson, who had 329 receiving yards – just seven yards shy of the NFL record – and Dallas’ Dez Bryant, who scored on two of his three receptions. The episode highlights the back-and-forth battle between the two teams, and analyzes the Lions’ dramatic comeback with seconds left in the fourth quarter. In addition, the segment features in-game audio from Lions QB Matthew Stafford, who was wired for sound during the game.

NFL Turning Point will also include two spotlight features. The first looks at the Patriots defense, and how New England continues to win, despite suffering significant player injuries that have left the team without three defensive starters.  The episode also takes an in-depth look at the New Orleans Saints, and how defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has turned the defensive unit around, after it finished last in the NFL in 2012.

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL DIGITAL AND SOCIAL COVERAGE

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.

SNF ON TWITTER

Each week @SNFonNBC will promote a guest player who will live tweet during the Sunday Night Football broadcast on NBC. On Sunday, October 27, former Colts offensive lineman Ryan Diem @ryandiem will be the guest player. Diem played his entire 11-year NFL career with the Colts and was a starter on the Colts Super Bowl XLI championship team.

NBC SPORTS GROUP NFL PROGRAMMING

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 – WEEKNIGHTS AT 5:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

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.

FANTASY FOOTBALL LIVE – TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS AT 6:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

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

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

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.

RATINGS

The Green Bay Packers’ 13-point victory against the Minnesota Vikings on NBC’s Sunday Night Football averaged 16.9 million viewers – marking the third time in four years that SNF topped World Series Game 4 (16.0 million viewers for Red Sox-Cardinals on Fox).

NBC’s Sunday Night Football – primetime television’s #1 show – is averaging 22.1 million viewers, marking the best eight-week start for an NFL primetime package in 17 years (23.9 million in 1996 for Monday Night Football) and up 4% from last year (21.2 million average).

In addition, SNF tops primetime TV in season-to-date live plus same day household rating (13.1 – best in 14 years for NFL primetime package after eight weeks).

Sunday’s game, in which Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers completed 24 of 29 pass attempts for 285 yards and two touchdowns in the Packers’ 44-31 victory, drew a 9.8 rating/15 share (8:31-11:06 p.m. ET).

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2013 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

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.

2013 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Sun. Nov. 3 Week 9 Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans
Sun. Nov. 10 Week 10 Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints
*Sun. Nov. 17 Week 11 Green Bay Packers at New York Giants
*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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