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Wednesday, December 26th, 2012
REDSKINS HOST COWBOYS TO DETERMINE NFC EAST CHAMPION IN FINAL “SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” GAME OF 2012 SEASON
|NEW YORK – December 26, 2012 – The Dallas Cowboys travel to FedExField in Landover, Md., to take on the Washington Redskins on Sunday Night Football in a game that will determine the NFC East champion. Coverage begins with Football Night in America at 7 p.m. ET on NBC.
The victor of the Dallas-Washington matchup will win the division title and move into the playoffs. The Cowboys can only advance to the postseason as the NFC East champion. The Redskins can advance as either a division winner or as a Wild Card team, if both the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings lose in their respective Sunday afternoon games.
Calling Cowboys-Redskins is six-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his 27thseason 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 FedExField in Landover, Md. Costas will be joined on site by Michaels, Collinsworth andHines 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. Carolyn Manno will report on Eagles-Giants, from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., and Alex Flanagan will report on Packers-Vikings, from Mall of America Field at the H.H.H. Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn.
Florio, Dungy and Harrison on Cowboys-Redskins:
NBC will broadcast three NFL postseason games — the Wild Card Saturday doubleheader and the 2013 Pro Bowl. Those games will also be streamed live at NBCSports.com and NFL.com.
NBC will air two Wild Card games on Saturday, January 5, a late afternoon game at 4:30 p.m. ET, and a primetime game at 8 p.m. ET. Coverage begins with Football Night in America at 4 p.m. ET.
Calling the primetime game will be NBC’s Sunday Night Football team of Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (analyst), and Michele Tafoya (sideline reporter). Calling the afternoon game will be Dan Hicks (play-by-play), Mike Mayock (analyst) and Alex Flanagan (sideline reporter). Hicks, renowned for his golf and Olympic work, called NBC’s Colts-Steelers preseason game earlier this year, as well as the 2012 Pro Bowl in January. He has also worked play-by-play for various Notre Dame Football games in recent years. Mayock and Flanagan, a Football Nightreporter, both work on NBC’s Notre Dame Football broadcasts.
The Pro Bowl returns to NBC in primetime at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 27. Michaels, Collinsworth and Tafoya will call the 2013 iteration of the game, and will be joined by a second sideline reporter, former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie. This is the second of three consecutive years that the game will air on NBC.
NBC Postseason Extra will kick off on Saturday, January 5 with NBC’s Wild Card Saturday doubleheader. Coverage will continue on Sunday, January 27 for the 2013 Pro Bowl live from Hawaii. NFL.com and NBCSports.com will stream all three games live.
Complementing the streams will be a number of extra features to enrich the viewing experience including additional camera angles, in-game highlights, live statistics and other interactive elements.
Last year’s first-ever live stream of a Super Bowl in the United States attracted 2.1 million users, making it the most-watched, single-game sports event ever online, according to data provided by Omniture and mDialog, surpassing any previously reported record. The live game stream was available on both NBCSports.com and NFL.com as well as NFL Mobile from Verizon.
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 ofSNF, 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 ofSunday Night Football. SNF All-Access includes exclusive photos of the Sunday Night Footballproduction, 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.
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, includingNBCSports.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 23, former Seahawks Tackle Walter Jones @BigWalt71 will be the guest 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 theSunday 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.
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, andPeter 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.
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