FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015
ANTONIO BROWN AND PITTSBURGH STEELERS HOST MATT HASSELBECK AND INDIANAPOLIS COLTS ON NBC’S SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Coverage Begins with Football Night In America at 7 p.m. ET on NBC
NBC Sports Live Extra to Live Stream Colts-Steelers
Patriots-Broncos OT Thriller is 5th NBC Sunday Night Football Game to Draw 25+ Million Viewers This Season
Week 14 Flex Scheduling: Patriots-Texans Moves to NBC’s Sunday Night Football on December 13
Pro Football Talk Weekdays at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN
STAMFORD, Conn. – Dec. 2, 2015 – NBC’s Sunday Night Football presents a pivotal AFC showdown this week when WR Antonio Brown and the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5, AFC North) host QB Matt Hasselbeck and the first-place Indianapolis Colts (6-5, AFC South) at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa, this Sunday, Dec. 6, at 8:30 p.m. ET. Coverage begins with Football Night In America – the most-watched weekly studio show in sports – at 7 p.m. ET.
The Colts enter this weekend’s game riding a three-game winning streak, including last week’s 25-12 win against the Buccaneers. Hasselbeck improved to 4-0 as a starter this season in place of injured QB Andrew Luck, passing for 315 yards and two touchdowns against Tampa Bay. The Steelers are coming off a 39-30 loss to the Seahawks in Seattle, despite 456 passing yards from QB Ben Roethlisberger, most all-time by a Seattle opponent, and a career-high 201 receiving yards by WR Markus Wheaton.
This marks the second consecutive season the Colts will visit Pittsburgh. Last year, Roethlisberger set franchise records with 522 passing yards and six touchdowns in a 51-34 win against Indianapolis in Week 8. The Steelers boast a 15-6 all-time regular-season record against the Colts, including a 10-2 mark at home.
Both the Steelers and Colts find themselves battling for position in the crowded AFC playoff picture with 6-5 records. Indianapolis is tied with Houston atop the AFC South division, while the Steelers will likely need to qualify for the postseason via one of the two Wild Card spots, with Cincinnati leading the AFC North at 9-2.
Calling Colts-Steelers are seven-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his record 30th season as the voice of the NFL’s premier primetime package; 16-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth, who has won the Emmy for Outstanding Event Analyst in each of his six seasons in the Sunday Night Football booth; and two-time Emmy Award-winning sideline reporter Michele Tafoya.
NBC’s coverage of Sunday Night Football is led by Emmy Award-winning producer Fred Gaudelli and Emmy Award-winning director Drew Esocoff.
Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports, is hosted by 26-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas, who will report from Heinz Field. Costas will be joined on site by Collinsworth, Tafoya, and two-time Super Bowl winner and former Pittsburgh Steeler Hines Ward.
Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn., joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN and NBCSports.com, and NFL Insider Peter King. Kathryn Tappen will report from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on the Eagles-Patriots game.
PATRIOTS-BRONCOS OT THRILLER IS 5TH NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL GAME TO DRAW 25+ MILLION VIEWERS THIS SEASON
The Denver Broncos’ exciting 30-24 overtime victory against the previously unbeaten New England Patriots averaged 25.2 million viewers last Sunday – marking the fifth NBC Sunday Night Football game to top 25 million viewers this season. Last season, one NBC SNF game averaged 25 million viewers (Green Bay-Seattle in the “NFL Kickoff” game).
NBC’s Sunday Night Football is averaging 23.3 million viewers – the best viewership for the NFL’s broadcast primetime package at this point in the season in 19 years (23.7 million in 1996).
Football Night In America is averaging 9.3 million viewers, which is the highest viewership through 12 weeks in the history of Football Night, up 14% vs. 2014 (8.1 million).
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WEEK 14 FLEX SCHEDULING: PATRIOTS-TEXANS MOVES TO NBC’S SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ON DECEMBER 13
Last Sunday, the NFL announced flexible scheduling changes for Week 14. The New England Patriots at Houston Texans game on December 13 moves to NBC’s Sunday Night Football at 8:30 p.m. ET, while the Seattle Seahawks-Baltimore Ravens game moves to 1 p.m. ET.
NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA
For the eighth consecutive season, NBC Sports will live stream the entire Sunday Night Football schedule. NBC Sports’ “TV Everywhere” live streaming product, NBC Sports Live Extra, will stream all SNF games to desktops, tablets and connected TVs. The full HD-quality video stream will come directly from NBC’s broadcast of SNF. (NOTE: NBC Sports Digital does not have NFL live streaming rights to mobile devices.)
For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store and Apple TV.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL DIGITAL COVERAGE
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ALL-ACCESS: For the sixth straight season, and with a new look and feel, NBCSports.com is providing a destination for fans dedicated to behind-the-scenes and social media driven content of Sunday Night Football. SNF All-Access includes exclusive photos and videos of the Sunday Night Football production team, look-ins on SNF production meetings, Michele Tafoya’s “Ten With Tafoya” interviews with key NFL players, and conversations with SNF and FNIA talent.
Visit SNF All-Access at: http://snfallaccess.nbcsports.com/
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SOCIAL MEDIA: NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive social media coverage includes the Sunday Night Football Facebook page, providing exclusive behind-the-scenes SNF content and digital content from NBCSports.com, SNF All Access, ProFootballTalk.com, and Rotoworld.com, @SNFonNBC, using tweets, photos, Vines and videos & real-time tweets from Michele Tafoya, and a look at SNF through the filters of Instagram.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL BUS: NBC Sports Group’s all-new Sunday Night Football bus returns this season to travel the country visiting the Sunday Night Football host cities. The bus will arrive in each city two to three days prior to the game, making stops at local landmarks and events before heading to the game site. Once at the stadium, the Sunday Night Football bus brings fans from the field to the studio set, featuring football field decaling on the floor, a welcome reel with the SNF production team looking back on 10 years of SNF, and replica of the Football Night in America studio available for fan photos, complete with a GIF photo booth which takes a series of pictures and compiles them into a sharable GIF. Fans can digitally follow the Sunday Night Football bus atNBCSports.com/FollowSNF.
“THE SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL:” For the fourth consecutive season NBC Sports will present the “Player of the Game Sunday Night Football,” a custom made football from Wilson, which will travel with the SNF crew all season long. At the end of each SNF game, the ball will be signed by the player of the game. Photos, video and stories around the “Player of the Game Sunday Night Football,” and its travels will live on Facebook, Twitter, NBCSports.com/FollowSNF, and SNFAllAccess.com.
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DENVER BRONCOS OT THRILLER OVER NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS HEADLINES NEW EPISODE OF NFL TURNING POINT TONIGHT AT 11 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Tonight’s all-new edition of NFL Turning Point at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN features the Week 12 matchup between QB Brock Osweiler and the Denver Broncos and QB Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. The program examines how Denver was able beat New England on Sunday and end the Patriots’ bid for a perfect season.
In addition, NFL Turning Point studies Texans DE J.J. Watt’s strong defensive performance against the Saints; focuses on Seahawks QB Russell Wilson’s career-high five touchdown passes in Seattle’s win against Pittsburgh; and features in-game audio from around the league.
Hosted by Football Night In America’s Dan Patrick, the 30-minute long NFL Turning Point, co-produced by NFL Films, airs weekly throughout the entire NFL season, including the playoffs and Super Bowl.
Click here for more information on tonight’s episode.
PRO FOOTBALL TALK ON NBCSN WEEKNIGHTS AT 6 P.M. ET
Two-time Super Bowl champion and veteran Football Night In America studio analyst Rodney Harrison joins co-hosts Mike Florio and Paul Burmeister every weekday throughout the 2015 season on NBCSN’s Pro Football Talk.
Pro Football Talk airs weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. The 30-minute Pro Football Talk provides all-encompassing coverage of the NFL, including the most current news and analysis, thought-provoking debates, and interviews with a wide variety of NFL newsmakers.
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FANTASY FOOTBALL LIVE ON NBCSN TUESDAY – THURSDAY NIGHTS, 6:30 P.M. ET
Now in its third season on NBCSN, Fantasy Football Live combines the best fantasy football expertise from Yahoo Sports and NBC Sports, including unique metrics from Yahoo Sports’ leading fantasy football platform, and full integration with NBC Sports’ premier fantasy sports information site, Rotoworld.com.
The 30-minute, multi-platform fantasy football program airs Tuesdays through Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN during the NFL regular season. Fantasy Football Live is hosted by NBC Sports’ Dave Briggs, and features a roster of NBC Sports, Rotoworld and Yahoo Sports fantasy analysts, including NBCSN’s Kay Adams, NBC Sports NFL analysts Brian Westbrook, Jon Ritchie and Ross Tucker, and Yahoo Sports’ Brad Evans, Brandon Funston and Andy Behrens.
NBC SPORTS RADIO
NBC Sports Radio will surround the 2015 NFL season with daily coverage across more than 425 radio affiliates, highlighted by Safety Blitz with Rodney Harrison; featuring three-time All Pro and two-time Super Bowl-winner Rodney Harrison; the Amani Toomer and Dan Schartzman Show; and Pro Football Talk Live, featuring NFL insider and Football Night In America commentator Mike Florio.
To listen to a live stream of NBC Sports Radio, or find your local affiliate, visit www.NBCSportsRadio.com.
NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS
NBC Sports Regional Networks, which serve top NFL markets such as New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Houston and San Francisco, will surround the 2015 NFL season with in-depth news, analysis and original programming on the teams that matter most in more than 50 million U.S. cable and satellite households.
|2015 NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE|
|*Sun. Dec. 6||Week 13||Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers|
|*Sun. Dec. 13||Week 14||New England Patriots at Houston Texans|
|*Sun. Dec. 20||Week 15||Cincinnati Bengals at San Francisco 49ers|
|*Sun. Dec. 27||Week 16||Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens|
|*Sun. Jan. 3||Week 17||TBD|
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