FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 12th, 2012
TOM BRADY AND AFC EAST CHAMPION NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS HOST COLIN KAEPERNICK AND NFC WEST LEADING SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS ON SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
NEW YORK – December 12, 2012 – Tom Brady and the New England Patriots (10-3), who have locked up the AFC East for the 10th time in 12 years, host Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers (9-3-1), who are currently leading the NFC West, on Sunday Night Football. Coverage begins with Football Night in America at 7 p.m. ET on NBC.
Calling 49ers-Patriots is six-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his 27th season as the voice of the NFL’s premier primetime package; 13-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth, who has won the Emmy for Outstanding Event Analyst in each of his three seasons in the Sunday Night Football booth; and sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, who, last year in her first season with SNF, won the inaugural Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Reporter.
Football Night in America is hosted by 24-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas, who will report from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Costas will be joined on site by Michaels, Collinsworth and Hines Ward, the former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver and Super Bowl MVP.
Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from NBC’s Studio 8G at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Patrick 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 Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network and NBCSports.com. Alex Flanagan will report on Steelers–Cowboys, from Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
“49ers-Patriots, this was almost the Super Bowl last year. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady going up against the 49ers defense is about as good a matchup as you can hope for in the National Football League, and 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick now is going to be in ‘one of those kind of games.’ And is he ready? This is a big moment for him.” – Cris Collinsworth on 49ers-Patriots
Michaels and Collinsworth on 49ers vs. Patriots:
“The 49ers are a very good football team when the game is played how they want to play it – low scoring, tight, physical. But they are going to have some problems this week because they are going to a place (New England) where the Patriots are going to try to outscore them. How will Colin Kaepernick respond in a game where he may have to put up 24-28 points?” – Tony Dungy on 49ers-Patriots
Patrick, Dungy and Harrison on 49ers vs. Patriots:
In addition to the weekly Sunday Night Football and Football Night in America broadcasts, NBC Sports Group’s NFL coverage also includes digital content and social media extensions that are available online, as well as NFL-related shoulder programming available on NBC Sports Network.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL EXTRA
SNF EXTRA: For the fifth consecutive season, the entire Sunday Night Football schedule is streamed live on NBCSports.com. The video stream originates directly from NBC’s broadcast of SNF, and will include additional camera angles and interactive features.
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, scroll back-and-forth, and review plays in slo-motion.
SNF Extra includes expert analysis, including fantasy tips from Rotoworld fantasy experts as well as in-game chats and analysis from Mike Florio. Additionally SNF Extra employs online-only in-game analysis from the Sunday Night Football and Football Night in America teams.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ALL-ACCESS. ALL SEASON LONG: For the third straight season, NBCSports.com is providing a destination for fans dedicated to behind-the-scenes content of Sunday Night Football. SNF All-Access includesexclusive photos of the Sunday Night Football production, look-ins on SNF production meetings, Michele Tafoya interviews with key NFL players and a weekly notebook and conversations with SNF talent.
Visit SNF All-Access at:http://snfallaccess.nbcsports.com/
“THE SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL”: This season NBC Sports introduced “The Sunday Night Football”, a custom made football from Wilson, which travels with the SNF crew all season long. Fans of SNF on Facebook and Twitter can keep up with “The Sunday Night Football” on the SNF Facebook page, follow its path through each city and recommend where it should visit while in town. At the end of each SNF game, “The Sunday Night Football” is signed by the player(s) of the game. Photos, video and stories around “The Sunday Night Football” and its travels live on Facebook, Twitter and SNFAllAccess.com all season long.
|Peyton Manning||Steelers at Broncos||Sun., Sept. 9|
|Alex Smith, Michael Crabtree, Justin Smith||Lions at 49ers||Sun., Sept. 16|
|Joe Flacco, Torrey Smith, Ray Rice||Patriots at Ravens||Sun., Sept 23|
|Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy||Giants at Eagles||Sun., Sept 30|
|Drew Brees||Chargers at Saints||Sun., Oct 7|
|Aaron Rodgers, Charles Woodson||Packers at Texans||Sun., Oct. 14|
|Ben Roethlisberger, Ryan Clark||Steelers at Bengals||Sun., Oct. 21|
|Peyton Manning, Champ Bailey, Demaryius Thomas||Saints at Broncos||Sun., Oct 28|
|Matt Ryan, Roddy White, Julio Jones||Cowboys at Falcons||Sun., Nov 4|
|Arian Foster, Danieal Manning||Texans at Bears||Sun., Nov 11|
|Jacoby Jones, Corey Graham||Ravens at Steelers||Sun., Nov 18|
|Eli Manning, Osi Umenyiora||Packers at Giants||Sun., Nov 25|
|Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray||Eagles at Cowboys||Sun,. Dec 2|
|Aaron Rodgers, Tramon Williams||Lions at Packers||Sun. Dec 9|
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.
SNF ON TWITTER: twitter.com/SNFonNBC – For the first time ever, Michele Tafoya will be doing live video tweets from@SNFonNBC on the sideline exclusively for the SNF social media platforms, providing fans extended real-time content from Michele’s unique sideline perspective. Using tweets, twitpics and twitvids @SNFonNBC provides unique content with SNF talent, production crew and NFL players.
Each week @SNFonNBC will promote a guest player who will live tweet during the Sunday Night Football broadcast. On Sunday, December 16, former Patriots Safety and member of the Patriots’ Super Bowl XXXVI championship team, Lawyer Milloy @LawyerMilloy will be the guest player. The tweets from the guest player will automatically be pulled into the SNF Extra Player.
SNF ON INSTAGRAM: Going into its second season, Sunday Night Football gives the SNF fan a look at photos through the filters of Instagram. Fans get a look inside the production trucks, the locker rooms, on the field and around the city. Fans also have the opportunity to submit photos through Instagram using #SNF that will automatically be curated into a special Instagram tab on the Sunday Night Football Facebook page.
SNF ON GETGLUE: For the second season in a row, fans can check into each SNF game onGetGlue. 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.
NFL TUNRNING POINT ON NBC SPORTS NETWORK
TONIGHT AT 10 P.M. ET
Emmy-nominated NFL Turning Point, NBC Sports Network’s weekly NFL show co-produced by NFL Films, airs tonight at 10 p.m. ET. In this week’s episode: NFL Turning Point examines the Washington Redskins overtime victory against the Baltimore Ravens; Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys come-from-behindwin over the Cincinnati Bengals; and a spotlight look at Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson and the potential record-breaking season he is having, post knee surgery.
In addition, Football Night In America’s Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison will break down the keys to this Sunday night’s 49ers – Patriots matchup, airing on NBC.
Hosted by Football Night In America’s Dan Patrick, the hour-long program airs throughout the entire NFL season, including the playoffs and Super Bowl.
PRO FOOTBALL TALK ON NBC SPORTS NETWORK
WEEKNIGHTS, 5 P.M. ET
Mike Florio, who created the innovative, NFL-focused web destination ProFootballTalk.com, hosts the new NBC Sports Network television program Pro Football Talk. The one-hour show airs weeknights at 5 p.m. ET every Monday through Friday. Pro Football Talk is co-hosted by Erik Kuselias.
Pro Football Talk features concentrated NFL insight from Florio and other experts from around the league. Florio and Kuselias will regularly welcome a roster of NBC Sports football commentators, including Rodney Harrison, Hines Ward, Doug Flutie, Ross Tucker, Amani Toomer, and Peter King, among others. In addition to deep diving on the most topical NFL stories of the day, Pro Football Talk will also touch on injuries, fantasy football and officiating.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBAL IS PRIMETIME TELEVISION’S NO. 1 SHOW
Sunday Night Football remains the No. 1 show of the primetime television season among viewers, households and all key adult and male demographics. Additionally, SNF ranks No. 2 among all primetime programs for women 18-34. This marks the second consecutive season that Sunday Night Football is the No. 1 show of the primetime television season. Last season marked the first time a sports series was the No.1 show of the primetime television season.
2012 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
NBC will broadcast 19 primetime NFL games during the 2012 season, highlighted by storied rivalries such as Steelers-Ravens, Eagles-Cowboys, and Giants-Eagles; two games featuring Peyton Manning with his new team the Denver Broncos – hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers on the first SNF game of the season, and the New Orleans Saints in Week 8; and NBC’s first Thanksgiving night game, featuring New England Patriots at the New York Jets.
2012 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL REMAINING SCHEDULE
Sun. Dec. 16 *Week 15 San Francisco 49ers at New England Patriots
Sun. Dec. 23 *Week 16 San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks (flex)
Sun. Dec. 30 *Week 17 TBA
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