“Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson are not magicians. They’re quarterbacks. At least we think they are.” – Penn
STAMFORD, Conn. – December 23, 2018 – Renowned magicians Penn & Teller ponder whether Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson are masters of misdirection or simply two of the league’s most entertaining quarterbacks as part of a feature that will air during tonight’s Week 16 edition of Football Night in America, beginning at 7 p.m. ET on NBC.
Coverage leads into Mahomes and the AFC-leading Chiefs (11-3) visiting Wilson and the Seahawks (8-6) in a critical clash for playoff positioning on NBC’s Sunday Night Football at 8:20 p.m. ET.
Mike Tirico will host Football Night in America alongside Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, NFL insider Mike Florio and PFT Live co-host Chris Simms from NBC Sports’ International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn. Liam McHugh will co-host Football Night in America on-site from CenturyLink Field, and will be joined by the SNF team of Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, and Michele Tafoya.
Below are excerpts from the Penn & Teller feature. If used, please note the mandatory credit: “In an exclusive interview airing on Football Night in America.”
PENN & TELLER FEATURE
“Trust us – it’s not magic. We’re experts on this kind of thing. We know how magic is done. We understand how it’s done. We appreciate how it’s done.”
“And so like you, we watch these two quarterbacks every week, and we watch it again on the highlights on this very show. And then we assure ourselves they’re not doing magic. It can’t be, even when they pull a veritable rabbit out of a hat. Even when they show masterful control of misdirection, of the sleight of hand, even when you can swear reality looks like an illusion.”
“Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson are not magicians. They’re quarterbacks. At least we think they are. We assume they are. We hope they are, because if they were practicing magic, we don’t need the competition. So, sorry Patrick, Russell, there’s already a two-man act accounted for here. Stick to football.”
—FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA—