Coverage Begins with Football Night in America at 7 p.m. ET
Sunday Night Football Extra to Live Stream Steelers-Bengals on NBCSports.com
NEW YORK – October 17, 2012 – Two-time Super Bowl champion Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers (2-3) travel to Cincinnati to take on Andy Dalton and the Bengals (3-3) in a crucial AFC North matchup on Sunday Night Football. Coverage begins with Football Night in America at 7 p.m. ET on NBC.
Calling Steelers-Bengals is six-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his 27th season as the voice of the NFL’s premier primetime package; 13-time Emmy Award-winner and former Bengals wide receiver Cris Collinsworth, who has won the Emmy for Outstanding Event Analyst in each of his three seasons in the Sunday Night Football booth; and sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, who, last year in her first season with SNF, won the inaugural Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Reporter.
Football Night in America is hosted by 23-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas, who will report from Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. Costas will be joined on site by Michaels, Collinsworth and Hines Ward, the former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver, Super Bowl MVP and newest addition to NBC Sports’ NFL team.
Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from NBC’s Studio 8G at 30 Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday night. Patrick is joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Peter King of Sports Illustrated, and Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network and NBCSports.com. Alex Flanagan will report from Gillette Stadium in New England on the Patriots-Jets game.
Patrick, Dungy and Harrison on Steelers vs. Bengals:
In addition to the weekly Sunday Night Football and Football Night in America broadcasts, 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 available on NBC Sports Network.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL EXTRA
SNF EXTRA: For the fifth consecutive season, the entire Sunday Night Football schedule is streamed live on NBCSports.com. The video stream originates directly from NBC’s broadcast of SNF, and will include additional camera angles and interactive features.
Sunday Night Football 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.
SNF Extra includes expert analysis, including fantasy tips from Rotoworld fantasy experts as well as in-game chats and analysis from Mike Florio. Additionally SNF Extra employs online-only in-game analysis from the Sunday Night Football and Football Night in America teams.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ALL-ACCESS. ALL SEASON LONG: For the third straight season, NBCSports.com is providing a destination for fans dedicated to behind-the-scenes content of Sunday Night Football. SNF All-Access includes exclusive photos of the Sunday Night Football production, look-ins on SNF production meetings, Michele Tafoya interviews with key NFL players and a weekly notebook and conversations with SNF talent.
Visit SNF All-Access at: http://snfallaccess.nbcsports.com/
“THE SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL”: This season NBC Sports introduced “The Sunday Night Football”, a custom made football from Wilson, which travels with the SNF crew all season long. Fans of SNF on Facebook and Twitter can keep up with “The Sunday Night Football” on the SNF Facebook page, follow its path through each city and recommend where it should visit while in town. At the end of each SNF game, “The Sunday Night Football” is signed by the player(s) of the game. Photos, video and stories around “The Sunday Night Football” and its travels live on Facebook, Twitter and SNFAllAccess.com all season long.
|1||Peyton Manning||Steelers at Broncos||Sun., Sept. 9|
|2||Alex Smith, Michael Crabtree, Justin Smith||Lions at 49ers||Sun., Sept. 16|
|3||Joe Flacco, Torrey Smith, Ray Rice||Patriots at Ravens||Sun., Sept 23|
|4||Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy||Giants at Eagles||Sun., Sept 30|
|5||Drew Brees||Chargers at Saints||Sun., Oct 7|
|6||Aaron Rodgers, Ron Woodson||Packers at Texans||Sun., Oct. 14|
SNF ON FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SNFonNBC – The Sunday Night Football Facebook page provides links, photos and videos exclusive to behind-the-scenes at SNF every week. The page aggregates all SNF-related content found within the NBC Sports digital network, including NBCSports.com, SNF Extra, ProFootballTalk.com, and Rotoworld.com.
SNF ON TWITTER: twitter.com/SNFonNBC – For the first time ever, Michele Tafoya will be doing live video tweets from @SNFonNBC on the sideline exclusively for the SNF social media platforms, providing fans extended real-time content from Michele’s unique sideline perspective. Using tweets, twitpics and twitvids @SNFonNBC provides unique content with SNF talent, production crew and NFL players.
Each week @SNFonNBC will promote a guest player who will live tweet during the Sunday Night Football broadcast. On Sunday, October 21, NFL Hall of Famer and former Bengals offensive tackle Anthony Munoz, @AnthonyMunozHOF will be the guest player. The tweets from the guest player will automatically be pulled into the SNF Extra Player.
SNF ON INSTAGRAM: Going into its second season, Sunday Night Football gives the SNF fan a look at photos through the filters of Instagram. Fans get a look inside the production trucks, the locker rooms, on the field and around the city. Fans also have the opportunity to submit photos through Instagram using #SNF that will automatically be curated into a special Instagram tab on the Sunday Night Football Facebook page.
SNF ON GETGLUE: For the second season in a row, fans can check into each SNF game on GetGlue. Fans watching Sunday Night Football at home have the opportunity to win weekly SNF-themed stickers and chances at real-world prizes by checking into SNF on GetGlue every Sunday night.
NFL TURNING POINT WEDNESDAY NIGHTS,
10 P.M. ET ON NBC SPORTS NETWORK
Emmy-nominated NFL Turning Point, NBC Sports Network’s weekly NFL show co-produced by NFL Films, airs tonight at 10 p.m. ET. In this week’s episode: NFL Turning Point examines Sunday’s Seahawks-Patriots game, and how rookie QB Russell Wilson was able to out duel Tom Brady and the Patriots; Joe Flacco and the Ravens victory over the Cowboys, including Dallas’ questionable management of the game clock; and a spotlight look at the first six weeks of Robert Griffin III’s rookie season. In addition, Football Night In America’s Rodney Harrison and Tony Dungy will breakdown the keys to this Sunday’s Bengals-Steelers game.
Hosted by Football Night In America’s Dan Patrick, the hour-long program will air throughout the entire NFL season, including the playoffs and Super Bowl.
PRO FOOTBALL TALK ON NBC SPORTS NETWORK
WEEKNIGHTS, 5 P.M. ET
Mike Florio, who created the innovative, NFL-focused web destination ProFootballTalk.com, hosts the new NBC Sports Network television program Pro Football Talk. The one-hour show airs weeknights at 5 p.m. ET every Monday through Friday. Pro Football Talk is co-hosted by Erik Kuselias.
Pro Football Talk features concentrated NFL insight from Florio and other experts from around the league. Florio and Kuselias will regularly welcome a roster of NBC Sports football commentators, including Rodney Harrison, Hines Ward, Doug Flutie, Ross Tucker, Amani Toomer, and Peter King, among others. In addition to deep diving on the most topical NFL stories of the day, Pro Football Talk will also touch on injuries, fantasy football and officiating.
SNF OFF TO HIGHEST-RATED START IN
SNF is the No. 1 primetime program of the 2012-2013 television season. NBC’s seven-game household rating of 13.4/21 is the best start in the seven-year history of Sunday Night Football, and the highest-rated start to a season for an NFL primetime package in 13 years (13.5/21 household rating for ABC in 1996).
The six-week viewership for seven games (22.1 million) is down slightly from 2011 (22.2 million) and is the second most-watched start to a season for a primetime package in 16 years (24.5 million in 1996 on ABC).
PACKERS-TEXANS DOMINATE: Last Sunday’s game on NBC, in which the Packers blew out the Texans, 42-24, drew 19.9 million viewers, up 13% from last year’s Week 6 SNF game (16.6 million for Vikings-Bears). It is the most-watched Week 6 game in SNF history, and the most-watched Week 6 primetime game in 12 years (22.0 million for Bucs-Vikings, 10/9/00 on ABC).
· The household rating of 11.8/18 for Sunday’s Packers-Texans game is up 17% from last year’s Week 6 SNF game (10.1/16 for Vikings-Bears) and is the highest-rated Week 6 primetime game in 12 years.
· Sunday’s game went head-to-head with Game 1 of the National League Championship Series on Fox. It is the most-watched and highest-rated NFL primetime game vs. MLB LCS playoffs in 16 years (26.5 million for 49ers-Packers on 10/14/96).
· Every Week 6 Sunday Night Football game in its seven-year history faced MLB LCS playoffs.
2012 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
NBC will broadcast 19 primetime NFL games during the 2012 season, highlighted by: the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants hosting their division rivals the Dallas Cowboys on NFL Kickoff 2012; storied rivalries such as Steelers-Ravens, Eagles-Cowboys, and Giants-Eagles; two games featuring Peyton Manning with his new team the Denver Broncos – hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers on the first SNF game of the season, and the New Orleans Saints in Week 8; and NBC’s first Thanksgiving night game, featuring New England Patriots at the New York Jets.
2012 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL REMAINING SCHEDULE
Sun. Oct. 21 Week 7 Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals
Sun. Oct. 28 Week 8 New Orleans Saints at Denver Broncos
Sun. Nov. 4 Week 9 Dallas Cowboys at Atlanta Falcons
Sun. Nov. 11 Week 10 Houston Texans at Chicago Bears
Sun. Nov. 18 *Week 11 Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
Thurs. Nov. 22 *Week 12 New England Patriots at New York Jets
Sun. Nov. 25 **Week 12 Green Bay Packers at New York Giants
Sun. Dec. 2 *Week 13 Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys
Sun. Dec. 9 *Week 14 Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers
Sun. Dec. 16 *Week 15 San Francisco 49ers at New England Patriots
Sun. Dec. 23 *Week 16 San Diego Chargers at New York Jets
Sun. Dec. 30 *Week 17 TBA
**Thanksgiving Night Game
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