FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 16th, 2013
PEYTON MANNING RETURNS TO INDIANAPOLIS AS THE DENVER BRONCOS TAKE ON THE COLTS ON “SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL”
Coverage Begins with Football Night In America at 7 p.m. ET on NBC
NBC Sports Live Extra to Live Stream Broncos-Colts
FNIA Coach’s Clicker Tonight at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN
NFL Turning Point Tonight at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Pro Football Talk Weeknights at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Stamford, Conn. – October 16, 2013 – Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos travel to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., to take on Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts as Manning, who spent 13 years as the Colts quarterback, returns to Indianapolis for the first time on Sunday Night Football.
On Sunday, Manning will play his first game as a visiting quarterback in Indianapolis after setting all major Colts passing records, earning 11 playoff berths and winning a Super Bowl in 13 seasons with the club (1998-2010).
Tony Dungy on Manning: “I never thought I would see him in a different uniform and certainly wouldn’t think he would be coming back playing maybe the best football of his career — undefeated and putting up such gaudy numbers. But it’s going to be an emotional night, a fun night and a night where we’re going to see great quarterbacking I think on both sides of the field.”
Cris Collinsworth on Luck: “There’s going to be a great tribute [to Peyton Manning], but there’s also going to be a great passing of the torch. Andrew Luck, if you watched him play at all, you know what a fantastic player he is — his mobility, his brainpower, his ability to do so many other things that Peyton did early in his career, and arguably even at a better level.”
Rodney Harrison on Manning: “He is truly the best quarterback that I’ve faced in my career and I’ve had the privilege of going against so many great Hall of Fame quarterbacks. But Peyton Manning is something special. You can’t game plan around Peyton Manning. You just kind of hold your breath, try to do a few things right and hopefully you don’t get beat. Just to see the type of football that he’s playing at this stage of his career is absolutely amazing.”
Calling Broncos-Colts is seven-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his 28th season as the voice of the NFL’s premier primetime package; 14-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth, who has won the Emmy for Outstanding Event Analyst in each of his four seasons in the Sunday Night Football booth; and Emmy Award-winning sideline reporter Michele Tafoya.
NBC’s coverage of Sunday Night Football is led by Emmy Award-winning coordinating producer Fred Gaudelli and Emmy Award-winning director Drew Esocoff. Sunday Night Football has won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Sports Series for five consecutive years.
Football Night In America, the most-watched pre-game show in sports, is hosted by 25-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas, who will report from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. Costas will be joined on-site by Michaels, Collinsworth and two-time Super Bowl winner Hines Ward.
Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from NBC’s famed Studio 8H at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Patrick will be joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Peter King of Sports Illustrated, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN and NBCSports.com, and longtime NFL front office veteran and former NFL Executive of the Year Scott Pioli. Carolyn Manno will report from Arrow Head Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., on the Texans-Chiefs game.
In a media conference yesterday, Cris Collinsworth, Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison previewed Broncos-Colts. For a transcript, click here: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2013/10/15/nbc-sports-conference-call-with-cris-collinsworth-tony-dungy-rodney-harrison-to-preview-broncos-colts-on-sunday-night-football/
Dan Patrick, Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison preview Broncos-Colts here: http://www.nbcsports.com/football/nfl/fnia-week-7-preview-peytons-homecoming
NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA
For the sixth consecutive season, the entire Sunday Night Football schedule will be streamed live online. NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops and tablets, will stream all SNF games televised on NBC. The video stream will come directly from NBC’s broadcast of SNF, and will include additional camera angles and interactive features.
NBC Sports Live 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.
In addition, online coverage features in-game analysis from the Sunday Night Football and Football Night In America teams as well as fantasy tips from Rotoworld fantasy experts.
For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for tablets is available at the App Store for iPad and iPod touch, and on select tablet devices within Google Play.
In addition to Sunday Night Football and Football Night In America, 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 on NBCSN.
NEW EPISODES OF FNIA COACH’S CLICKER AND NFL TURNING POINT AIR TONIGHT ON NBCSN
NBCSN’s in-depth coverage of the 2013 NFL season continues on Wednesday night with new episodes of FNIA Coach’s Clicker at 5 p.m. ET and NFL Turning Point at 11 p.m. ET.
FNIA Coach’s Clicker, NBCSN’s new weekly half-hour NFL studio show that dovetails off of Football Night in America, will provide an in-depth Xs-and-Os preview of the biggest games coming up in Week 7 of the season. FNIA Coach’s Clicker host Liam McHugh will be joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy and two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, who will preview this week’s Sunday Night Football matchup between the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts, as QB Peyton Manning makes his long-awaited return to Indianapolis. In addition, Dungy and Harrison will look ahead to Patriots-Jets, Ravens-Steelers, 49ers-Titans, and Texans-Chiefs.
FNIA Coach’s Clicker analyzes how Manning will handle his emotional return to Indianapolis. Dungy and Harrison will also compare and contrast the styles of Manning and current Colts QB Andrew Luck, and examine the impacts of two of their favorite targets, Broncos WR Wes Welker and Colts WR Reggie Wayne.
NFL Turning Point, hosted by Football Night In America’s Dan Patrick, will take a look back at Week 6 in the NFL and focus on the crucial “turning point” moments that ultimately defined the outcome of the Saints-Patriots and Packers-Ravens.
This week’s episode of NFL Turning Point breaks down the conclusion to a wild second half between the Saints and Patriots, as QB Tom Brady found WR Kenbrell Thompkins in the end zone in the game’s final seconds to win the game for New England.
NFL Turning Point also studies the defensive battle between the Packers and Ravens, and how Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers struggled in the first half against a stingy Baltimore defense, before finding his rhythm and icing the game with a 52-yard pass to TE Jermichael Finley on Packers’ final drive.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL DIGITAL AND SOCIAL COVERAGE
This season, NBC Sports Group is utilizing its wide array of digital and social assets to provide fans with more behind-the-scenes content of Sunday Night Football than ever before. New additions to NBC Sports Group’s SNF coverage include Sunday Night Football-All Access and The Sunday Night Football, as well as continued comprehensive coverage via NBC Sports Group’s social media channels. Click here for full details of NBC Sports Group’s SNF digital and social coverage.
NBC SPORTS GROUP NFL PROGRAMMING
In addition to NFL Turning Point and FNIA Coach’s Clicker, NBC Sports Group boasts a wide array of NFL programming each week that will highlight topical NFL news, provide in-depth coverage of each week’s biggest games, and deliver expert analysis of the fantasy football world.
PRO FOOTBALL TALK – WEEKNIGHTS AT 5:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Pro Football Talk, NBCSN’s daily NFL studio show co-hosted by Mike Florio and Erik Kuselias, provides all-encompassing coverage of the NFL, including the most current news and analysis, engaging features, thought-provoking debates, and interviews with a wide array of NFL newsmakers. The show regularly features a roster of NBC Sports football commentators, including Rodney Harrison, Hines Ward, Doug Flutie, Ross Tucker, Peter King, and Scott Pioli.
FANTASY FOOTBALL LIVE – TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS AT 6:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Building off of Yahoo! Sports’ popular Sunday live streaming show, Fantasy Football Live on NBCSN combines the best fantasy football expertise from Yahoo! Sports and NBC Sports. Hosted by NBC Sports’ Erik Kuselias, Fantasy Football Live features a mix of Yahoo! Sports, NBC Sports, and Rotoworld fantasy experts, including NBC Sports’ Shaun King, and Yahoo! Sports’ Brad Evans and Brandon Funston. Yahoo! Sports’ Melanie Collins will host the digital show. Rotoworld’s Kay Adams will be a regular contributor for the show across both platforms. A subsequent, digital-only version of Fantasy Football Live is available from 7-7:30 p.m. ET through video-on-demand across web and mobile devices on both Yahoo! Sports and NBCSports.com. Click here for more information on Fantasy Football Live.
NBC SPORTS RADIO
NBC Sports Radio will surround the 2013 NFL season with daily coverage on 339 radio affiliates, highlighted by McNabb and Malone; an all-sports show that leverages the unique perspective of two former NFL quarterbacks, and Safety Blitz with Rodney Harrison; featuring three-time All Pro and two-time Super Bowl-winner Rodney Harrison.
NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS
NBC Sports Regional Networks, which serve top NFL markets such as New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, Atlanta, Chicago, Houston and San Francisco, will surround the 2013 NFL season with in-depth news, analysis and original programming on the teams that matter most in more than 50 million U.S. households.
For the television season-to-date, SNF ranks first among all primetime shows in live plus same day household rating, average viewership, and the Adults and Men 18-34, 18-49, 25-54 and Women 18-34 demographics.
Through seven NFL telecasts, NBC is averaging 21.9 million viewers — the third consecutive year with a 21.5+ million average at this point in the season.
In 2012-13 Sunday Night Football on NBC finished the regular television season as the No. 1 show in primetime (Viewers 2+ and all key adult and male demos), based on Nielsen live + same day data and all 19 SNF telecasts. 2012-13 was the second straight television season, and only the second time on record, that a sports series has been the most-watched show of the primetime TV season. (2011-12, SNF on NBC). Sunday Night Football has also won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Sports Series in each of the last five years. The critically acclaimed Football Night In America, which precedes Sunday Night Football, airs each week at 7 p.m. ET and is the most watched pre-game show in sports.
2013 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
NBC will broadcast 19 primetime NFL games during the 2013 season, including NBC’s annual Thanksgiving night game, featuring the heated AFC North rivalry Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens.
|2013 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE|
|Sun. Oct. 20||Week 7||Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts|
|Sun. Oct. 27||Week 8||Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings|
|Sun. Nov. 3||Week 9||Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans|
|Sun. Nov. 10||Week 10||Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints|
|*Sun. Nov. 17||Week 11||Green Bay Packers at New York Giants|
|*Sun. Nov. 24||Week 12||Denver Broncos at New England Patriots|
|**Thurs. Nov. 28||Week 13||Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens|
|*Sun. Dec. 1||Week 13||New York Giants at Washington Redskins|
|*Sun. Dec. 8||Week 14||Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers|
|*Sun. Dec. 15||Week 15||Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers|
|*Sun. Dec. 22||Week 16||New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens|
|*Sun. Dec. 29||Week 17||TBA|
**Thanksgiving Night Game
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