“Neither one of these teams can really afford to let one slip.” – SNF’s Cris Collinsworth
“As we get closer to the end, they all sort of become little, mini playoff games.” – Collinsworth
NEW YORK – November 24, 2010 – Peyton Manning and Phillip Rivers, the league’s top two leaders in passing yards, meet on “Sunday Night Football” when the Indianapolis Colts (6-4) host the San Diego Chargers (5-5) in a game neither team can afford to let slip, according to SNF analyst Cris Collinsworth. Through 10 games, Rivers has passed for 3,177 yards and is on pace for 5,083, which would leave him a yard short of Dan Marino’s NFL single-season record of 5,084 set in 1984. Manning is second in the league with 3,059 yards and is on pace for 4,894, which would rank third all time.
Calling Chargers-Colts will be six-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), who is in his 25th season as the voice of the NFL’s premier primetime package; 11-time Emmy Award-winner Collinsworth, who last year, his first in the SNF booth, won the Emmy for outstanding event analyst; and sideline reporter Andrea Kremer about whom TV Guide said is “one of TV’s best sports correspondents.”
Coverage begins with “Football Night in America” at 7 p.m. ET Sunday with Bob Costas, who won the outstanding studio host Emmy last year, hosting live from inside the stadium. Dan Patrick will co-host “Football Night” from NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza studios joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach and Emmy-nominated Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, and Sports Illustrated’s Peter King. Alex Flanagan will report from Soldier Field in Chicago on the Eagles-Bears game.
“Football Night” (7:30-8:15 pm) is averaging 8.3 million viewers through its first 11 weeks, its most ever for that time frame and up 11 percent vs. 2009’s 7.5 million viewers.
COLLINSWORTH: “It becomes a really big game because the Colts are now, sort of, on the brink of the playoffs. The Chargers are trying to fight their way back in a division that most people still feel like they have the most talent in. But neither one of these teams can really afford to let one slip at this point. As we get closer to the end, they all sort of become little, mini playoff games.”
DUNGY ON THE CHARGERS: “San Diego has had two things going for them in the past against the Colts. The first is a great pass rush from their outside linebacker. They put a lot of pressure on Peyton without having to send extra guys. The second thing is they always presented tough matchups with their big receivers against the smaller Colts defensive backs. Rivers has had two big days in the playoffs (against the Colts).”
HARRISON ON THE COLTS: “They have guys who are really fast on turf and who play with a tremendous amount of confidence. The most important thing is after that loss to New England, the Colts are coming back home and will be playing with a sense of urgency knowing that they have to win this game against a San Diego team that is, quite frankly, not intimidated by the Colts. But the Colts play different at home.”
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EMBED NBC SPORTS VIDEO: Video from NBC Sports’ NFL coverage, including select clips from “Sunday Night Football” and “Football Night in America,” is available to be embedded on media websites at NBCSports.com.
Current clips include:
- Tony & Rodney previewing Chargers-Colts
- NFL coaches press conferences
- Mike Florio’s PFTV
- Rotoworld’s Fantasy Fix
SNF EXTRA: For the third straight season, the entire Sunday Night Football schedule is streamed live on NBCSports.com. The live coverage on NBCSports.com comes from NBC Sports’ broadcast of Sunday Night Football plus four additional camera angles and several new interactive features.
Sunday Night Football Extra employs a full HD-quality player using Microsoft Silverlight and Smooth Streaming that sets new benchmarks for live streaming video cross-platform. The video player includes full DVR and functionality allowing the user to pause and scroll back-and-forth – even review plays in “slo-mo” — all while watching live video.
New for the 2010 season, Sunday Night Football Extra has a draggable picture-in-picture feature for any of the online-only cameras, and greatly enhanced social functionality including a Twitter Tug of War between fans of the two teams and the ability for users to share direct links to any play in the game via Twitter and Facebook.
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 NBC Sunday Night Football and Football Night in America teams.
Sunday Night Football Extra features the broadcast from NBC’s Sunday Night Football team: Michaels, Collinsworth and Kremer.
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SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL VIEWERSHIP NOTES
SNF IS 11 FOR 11: With 23.2 million viewers, “Sunday Night Football” featuring the Eagles win over the Giants this past Sunday was the most-watched primetime show on Sunday night for the 11th straight week this season (100 percent). Last season, SNF was the most-watched Sunday night primetime broadcast in a record 15 of 16 (94 percent) weeks. In 2008, SNF won 13 of 16 (81 percent) Sunday nights after winning 11 of 16 in 2007 (69 percent) and nine of 16 in 2006 (56 percent).
- The 23.2 million is nearly six million more and 34 percent higher than the Eagles-Bears Week 11 game last season (17.3 million). Sunday night’s household rating of 13.9/22 is more than three rating points and 31 percent higher than last year’s Eagles-Bears game.
- Sunday’s game was the seventh game this season to earn a 12.5 household rating or better, the most through 11 weeks in NBC’s five-year “Sunday Night Football” history.
NBC PRIMETIME GAMES WITH 20 MILLION OR MORE VIEWERS
(Through 11 weeks)
2010 – 7
2009 – 5
2008 – 1
2007 – 0
2006 – 2
NO. 1 SHOW OF THE WEEK: Sunday’s game was the most-watched and highest-rated primetime program of the week and, for the 11th straight week, “Sunday Night Football” was the No. 1 regularly-scheduled primetime broadcast of the week by a wide margin among Adults 18-49, the coveted advertiser demographic. SNF was also the No. 1 show this week among Adults 18-34, Adults 25-54, Men 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54.
- For the week, “Sunday Night Football” had a 76-percent margin of victory over the No. 2 show in Adults 18-49 (8.8 for SNF vs. 5.0 for Glee on Fox).
- “Sunday Night Football” stands as the most-watched primetime show on television (based on Nielsen live + same day data), and the No. 1 regularly scheduled primetime show in all key adult and male demos.
- SNF is also the No. 3 show since the beginning of the football season among Women 18-34 and 18-49.
THROUGH 11 WEEKS, SNF BEST IN 14 YEARS: Through the first 11 weeks of the NFL season, “Sunday Night Football” is averaging 21.5 million viewers, the most through this point in the season for a primetime NFL package in 14 years (23.0 million in 1996 on ABC).
SNF AVERAGE VIEWERSHIP THROUGH 11 WEEKS:
1. 2010, 21.5 million
2. 2009, 19.6 million
3. 2006, 17.7 million
4. 2008, 16.4 million
5. 2007, 16.1 million
The 11-week average household rating of 12.9/21 is nine-percent higher than last year’s 11.8/19 and 28 percent ahead of 2008 (10.1/16) through the same point in the season.
REMAINING 2010 “SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” SCHEDULE
Regular Season – “Football Night in America” begins every Sunday at 7 p.m. ET
Sun. Nov. 28 *Week 12 Chargers at Colts (no change)
Sun. Dec. 5 *Week 13 Steelers at Ravens (no change)
Sun. Dec. 12 *Week 14 Eagles at Cowboys
Sun. Dec. 19 *Week 15 Packers at Patriots
Sun. Dec. 26 *Week 16 Chargers at Bengals
Sun. Jan. 2 *Week 17 TBA
ABOUT FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING: The NFL will utilize “flexible scheduling” on Sundays in Weeks 11-17. Flexible scheduling will ensure quality matchups in all NFL Sunday time slots in those weeks and give teams a chance to play their way onto primetime and into the late-afternoon 4:15 PM ET time slot on CBS and FOX.
For each of the flexible scheduling weeks with the exception of Week 17, the NFL will announce the start times of games on Sundays no later than 12 days prior to that weekend. To ensure a Sunday night game and doubleheader games with playoff implications in Week 17, the flexible scheduling decision for that Sunday may be made on six days notice.
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