“If they lose this one at home, there will be a ton of pressure going to New York at the end of the year. I think this is a must win for Dallas.” – Dungy
TONIGHT on NFL Turning Point (10 p.m. ET on VERSUS): Falcons-Texans; Packers remain undefeated against Giants; Tebow leads Broncos past Vikings
NBC SportsTalk Focuses on NFL Each Monday and Friday at 6 p.m. ET on VERSUS
NEW YORK – December 7, 2011 – Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys (7-5) host Eli Manning and the New York Giants (6-6) in a battle for first place in the NFC East on Sunday Night Football.
Calling Giants-Cowboys will be six-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his 26th season as the voice of the NFL’s premier primetime package; 12-time Emmy Award-winner Collinsworth, who won the Emmy for outstanding event analyst in both of his seasons in the Sunday Night Football booth; and sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, in her first season on SNF.
Coverage begins Sunday with Football Night in America at 7 p.m. ET with 22-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas hosting the program live from inside Dallas Cowboys Stadium. Costas is joined on site by Michaels and Collinsworth for reaction to the afternoon games.
Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from Studio 8G at NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza studios and 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 ProFootballTalk on NBCSports.com. Alex Flanagan will report from Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colo., on the Bears-Broncos game.
DUNGY AND HARRISON BREAK DOWN GIANTS-COWBOYS:
Dungy: “This game is going to hinge on which quarterback plays the best, but these Cowboys receivers are tough matchups. I like the big receivers of the Cowboys. I think they can get going against the Giant’s secondary.”
Harrison: “Even though the Giants lost to the Green Bay Packers, they gained a lot of confidence. They felt like they should’ve beat the best team in football.”
Dungy: “Dallas has an edge right now, they’ve got a one game lead. All they have to do is win one of these games against the Giants. But if they lose this one at home, there will be a ton of pressure going to New York at the end of the year. I think this is a must win for Dallas.”
Harrison: “The Cowboys took the pressure off Romo then but it back on Romo. They used to run the ball and now they’re trying pass the ball.”
Dungy: “But they feel like Tony’s their best player.”
Harrison: “No, you have to get back to the formula that gave you success earlier on in the year and that was running the football.”
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NFL TURNING POINT TONIGHT AT 10 P.M. ON VERSUS
NFL Turning Point, VERSUS’ weekly show co-produced by NFL Films and the NBC Sports Group, has moved to Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. ET. The weekly show focuses on the crucial ‘turning point’ in several games for football fans each week in a more in-depth way than ever before by utilizing NFL Films’ unmatched cinematography and sideline and on-field audio.
Tonight’s episode includes:
- Highlights and sound from Falcons-Texans.
- Highlights and sound from Packers-Giants, as Packers remain undefeated.
- A look at Tim Tebow as he leads the Broncos past the Vikings.
- Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison of Football Night in America previewing the Giants-Cowboys Sunday Night Football game.
NFL Turning Point will continue to air a new episode every Wednesday night at 10 p.m. ET.
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NBC SPORTSTALK ON VERSUS FOCUSES ON FOOTBALL ON MONDAY AND FRIDAY, 6 p.m. ET
Hosted by Russ Thaler, NBC SportsTalk, the new daily studio show on VERSUS, previews the NFL weekend on Friday at 6 p.m. ET with two of the most knowledgeable and respected NFL insiders, Peter King of Sports Illustrated and Football Night in America and Mike Florio of PreFootballTalk on NBCSports.com and Football Night. Additionally, Gregg Rosenthal of Rotoworld and ProFootballTalk on NBCSports.com will contribute a fantasy segment each Friday.
Monday’s NBC SportsTalk program hosted by Thaler and Florio (6 p.m. ET) will recap the week in the NFL.
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SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL EXPANDS DIGITAL COVERAGE
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ALL-ACCESS. ALL SEASON LONG: For the second 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 behind-the-scenes photos of the Sunday Night Football production, look-ins on SNF production meetings, Michele Tafoya interviews and conversations with SNF talent.
Visit SNF All-Access at: http://snfallaccess.nbcsports.com/
SNF EXTRA: For the fourth consecutive season, the entire Sunday Night Football schedule is streamed live on NBCSports.com, which comes from NBC Sports’ broadcast of Sunday Night Football, plus four additional camera angles and several new interactive features. Sunday Night Football Extra features the broadcast from NBC’s Sunday Night Football team: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya.
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 and scroll back-and-forth – even review plays in “slo-mo.”
New for the 2011 season, Sunday Night Football Extra features online-only sideline updates and tweets from Tafoya, plus behind-the-scenes notes and images thanks to Sunday Night Football All-Access. Users can also share direct links to any play in the game via Twitter and Facebook, and participate in a Twitter Tug of War with fans of the opposing team.
Sunday Night Football Extra includes expert analysis, including fantasy tips from Rotoworld fantasy experts as well as in-game chats and analysis from ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio. Additionally Sunday Night Football Extra employs online-only in-game analysis from the Sunday Night Football and Football Night in America teams.
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.
This season, Sunday Night Football on Facebook is looking for the Ultimate Sunday Night Football fan. Facebook fans of SNF can enter for a chance to win a VIP trip to Super Bowl XLVI by telling why they are the Ultimate Sunday Night Football fan. Each week, 14 winners will be chosen to receive a SNF Prize Pack. During Wild Card Saturday, the weekly winner with the most votes will be announced and awarded a VIP trip and tickets to Super Bowl XLVI. The contest began on September 8 and contunies throughout the season.
SNF ON TWITTER: twitter.com/SNFonNBC – At @SNFonNBC this year, Sunday Night Football sideline reporter Michele Tafoya is tweeting from the sideline giving her perspective on injury reports to exclusive real-time game updates. Using tweets, twitpics and twitvids @SNFonNBC provides unique content with SNF talent, production crew and NFL players. The Twitter feed also alerts followers about upcoming interviews and features that will appear on Football Night in America and Sunday Night Football broadcasts.
SOCIAL CHECK-INS: Sunday Night Football is new this season on GetGlue and foursquare. 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. Through foursquare, fans check-in to stadiums and venues around the country and receive tips and tune-in information from SNF as Sunday Night Football rolls into their town.
REMAINING 2011 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Sun. Dec. 11 *Week 14 New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys
Sun. Dec. 18 *Week 15 Baltimore Ravens at San Diego Chargers
Sun. Dec. 25 Week 16 Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
Sun. Jan. 1 *Week 17 TBA
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