“I can’t even repeat what they say. They hate the Raiders. I enjoy that, though – it’s all part of the rivalry.” – Carr on Chiefs fans at Arrowhead Stadium
“It was insane. I’ve broken bones. I’ve torn muscles. That little pinky finger was the worst.” – Carr on pinky dislocation vs. Carolina in Week 12
Mike Tirico, Tony Dungy & Rodney Harrison on Location for Football Night in Kansas City Pregame Show Tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC
STAMFORD, Conn. – December 8, 2016 – Thursday Night Football on NBC continues tonight when the Kansas City Chiefs (9-3) host the Oakland Raiders (10-2) with first place at stake in the AFC West. Pre-game coverage starts at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC with Football Night in Kansas City, and will include a conversation between Raiders QB Derek Carr and NFL Insider Peter King, which took place in Carr’s car en route to Raiders practice earlier this week.
Mike Tirico serves as the host of the Football Night in Kansas City pregame show from Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. He will be joined on-site by Hall of Fame head coach Tony Dungy and two-time Super Bowl champion Rodney Harrison.
INTERVIEW: Below are excerpts from Carr’s conversation with King. If used, please note the mandatory credit: “In an exclusive interview airing tonight on Football Night in Kansas City.”
DEREK CARR WITH PETER KING
Carr on the status of his pinky injury: “It’s great now. Then, it wasn’t too good.”
King: “What’s that pain like?”
Carr: “It was insane. I’ve broken bones. I’ve torn muscles. I’ve done all of those things. That little pinky finger was the worst.”
Carr on the Raiders vying for the top spot in the AFC: “It’s exciting. It’s nice to be playing games that matter. My first year, we didn’t play too many games that mattered past Week 8. When you start 0-10, you kind of put yourself in a hole.”
Carr on Chiefs fans and playing at Arrowhead Stadium: “The Chiefs fans that sit behind (the bench) are very obnoxious. I can’t even repeat what they say. They hate the Raiders, oh my goodness, they hate us. It doesn’t stop either. It doesn’t stop from kickoff until the end of the game. I enjoy that, though – it’s all part of the rivalry.”
Carr on what it means to lead the Raiders: “It’s a blessing. These were dreams I had in my heart, of being that leader, being someone that kids and grown-ups could look to and say, ‘He does it a little different. I’m okay with my kids watching him or buying his jersey.’”
King: “What would Al Davis be thinking this week?
Carr: “Win. Just win, baby. Treat them all big, because when you’re playing for this organization, they are all big. It’s starting to turn into that, and it’s pretty cool.”
Coverage of tonight’s game will also be simulcast on NFL Network and live streamed on NBCSports.com (desktops), the NBC Sports app (tablets and connected TVs), Twitter, NFL Mobile from Verizon, Watch NFL Network, and NFL Game Pass (International).
–FOOTBALL NIGHT IN KANSAS CITY–