Packers Travel to Philadelphia for Showdown with the Eagles
NFL ON FOX: WILDCARD WEEKEND – FOX Sports’ coverage of its 17th NFL postseason begins Sunday, Jan. 9 (4:00 PM ET) when Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers travel to Philly to take on Michael Vick and the Eagles. NFL on FOX’s lead broadcast team of Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver are joined by Chris Myers to call this matchup from Lincoln Financial Field. The winner moves on to the divisional round to face either the Falcons or the Bears next week on FOX.
Coverage begins at 4:00 PM ET with America’s most-watched pregame show, FOX NFL SUNDAY. Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee co-host the Emmy Award-winning program and are joined by analysts Howie Long, Michael Strahan and Jimmy Johnson. NFL Insider Jay Glazer presents the latest league news and scoops and comedic prognosticator Frank Caliendo contributes his weekly “Frank’s Picks” segment. NFL rules analyst Mike Pereira is also on hand. This week, Oliver sits down with Rodgers and Packers head coach Mike McCarthy to discuss how this injury-riddled group has played so well this season.
GAME PLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYST/SIDELINE TIME
Green Bay Packers at Philadelphia Eagles Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, 4:30PM
Pam Oliver & Chris Myers
Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia, PA
PEREIRA: I LIKE OVERTIME RULE CHANGE IN PLAYOFFS – As the NFL postseason is upon us, a new rule change goes into effect. If a game goes into overtime, a team can no longer win on a field goal on the very first possession. The only way a team can win on the first possession is to score a touchdown. NFL on FOX rules analyst Mike Pereira discussed his feelings on the new rule. “I like this change,” said Pereira. “Basically, it’s still sudden death. If you score a touchdown on the first possession, you win the game. This overtime system guarantees two possessions if one team doesn’t score a touchdown. It makes you earn it to a degree. I think fans will like it too because we won’t have the 60 or 70-yard kickoff return and two plays later a field goal to win it. That’s a cheap victory in a lot of people’s minds.”
LONG, JOHNSON & STRAHAN LOOK AT WILD CAR WEEKEND – The NFL postseason kicks off on Saturday and FOX NFL SUNDAY analysts Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson & Michael Strahan offered thoughts on this weekend’s Wild Card action:
Long: “Looking at all four Wild Card teams in the NFC and AFC with the Saints, Packers, Jets and Ravens this might be the best Wild Card grouping that I can ever remember.”
Johnson: “As disappointing Philadelphia was in their last outing, they’ve got to be wondering can they take on this Green Bay team and be successful even though they’ll be at home.”
Strahan: “The Eagles are going against a Green Bay team that knows how to get after the quarterback. If you’re facing a team that’s as fast as the Packers defense is and can get after Michael Vick you’re going to have trouble.”
NFL ON FOX SCORE BACK-TO-BACK RECORD-SETTING SEASONS – The 2010 NFL ON FOX regular season goes down in the record books as the most-watched in FOX history and for the third consecutive year FOX Sports holds the distinction of being home to the No. 1 television program in the country and the NFL’s top pregame and postgame shows. The season averaged 20.1 million viewers for all games, smashing the previous NFL on FOX record of 19.1 million set in 2009 by more than a million viewers. AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK, FOX’s national broadcast window on doubleheader Sundays, is far and away television’s highest-rated and most-watched program in any day-part, season-to-date with a 15.2/29. FOX NFL SUNDAY also had a remarkable season, finishing 2010 averaging a 3.5/9 rating/share and 5.4 million viewers. Ratings-wise, that’s a +9% improvement over 2009, the best average rating since 2004 and its highest viewership since 2001.
FOX SPORTS TURNS ON FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: AT&T COTTON BOWL CLASSIC MAKES PRIME TIME DEBUT – FOX Sports presents one of college football most prestigious bowl games this Friday Jan. 7 at 8:00 PM ET when the LSU Tigers invade Cowboys Stadium to take on the Texas A&M Aggies at the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic. This marks the first time ever that the Cotton Bowl is being played under the prime-time lights. Legendary broadcaster Pat Summerall lends his renowned voice to the game’s pregame coverage and offers his most memorable moments in bowl game’s storied history as part of FOX Sports’ expanded pregame coverage. FOX Sports’ Chris Rose hosts pregame coverage live from field level at Cowboys Stadium and is joined by analysts John Lynch, a former All-America safety at Stanford and future NFL Hall-of-Famer, and former University of Tennessee defensive back Charles Davis. FOX Sports’ rules analyst Mike Pereira joins veteran play-by-play announcer Kenny Albert and former Dallas Cowboys great Daryl Johnston in the booth to offer his unique perspective of the game. Best known for his expertise from his tenure as VP of officiating for the NFL, Pereira spent 14 years officiating college football. He worked nine years in the Big West Conference (1982-91) followed by five years in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) (1992-96). During that time, Pereira officiated eight postseason Bowl Games including the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic and Aloha Bowl twice each, Citrus Bowl, Gator Bowl, Holiday Bowl and Freedom Bowl. FOX Sports has been the television home of the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic since 1999.
BIG TEN NETWORK’S “THE JOURNEY” TAKES FLIGHT – The Big Ten Network’s first original series and its highest rated last year, The Journey franchise returns for a fourth consecutive season. The debut episode airs Sunday, Jan 9 (9:00 PM ET). The popular, documentary-style program takes viewers deep inside Big Ten basketball programs, spending consecutive days with different Big Ten teams on a rotating basis during the 10-week march toward the Big Ten Tournament.
The program was named the 2010 co-winner of the best sports show/series by CableFAX magazine, along with ESPN’s 30 for 30. New in 2011, fans of the show are invited to “Experience The Journey” on Twitter (@BTNJourney) to get daily updates and bonus content from show producers and editors. The show’s open can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/journey-open.
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