FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 7th, 2016
DAK PRESCOTT AND NFL-BEST 11-1 DALLAS COWBOYS VISIT ELI MANNING AND NEW YORK GIANTS ON NBC’S “SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL”
Coverage Begins with Football Night In America at 7 p.m. ET on NBC
NBCSports.com & NBC Sports App to Live Stream Sunday Night Football
OAK-KC on Thursday Night Football & DAL-NYG on Sunday Night Football – First Time Two Primetime Matchups in Single NFL Week Feature Teams Combining For At Least 19-5 Record (.792)
Week 15 Flex – Cowboys in Primetime on NBC for Third Consecutive Week vs. Jameis Winston & Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday Night Football on Dec. 18
STAMFORD, Conn. – December 7, 2016 – NBC’s Sunday Night Football — primetime television’s No. 1 show — continues this week with a classic NFC East clash, when Dak Prescott and the NFL-best 11-1 Dallas Cowboys travel to MetLife Stadium to face Eli Manning and the 8-4 New York Giants. Coverage begins with Football Night in America this Sunday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. ET on NBC.
Cowboys-Giants on NBC’s Sunday Night Football and tomorrow’s Raiders-Chiefs matchup on NBC’s Thursday Night Football represent the most prolific pair of primetime matchups ever in an NFL week. For the first time, two night games in a single NFL weekend each feature opponents combining for at least a 19-5 record (.792). Click here for quotes from Cris Collinsworth and Tony Dungy on both matchups.
Led by the rookie tandem of QB Dak Prescott and RB Ezekiel Elliott, the Cowboys are riding a franchise-record 11-game winning streak, following their 20-19 season-opening loss at home to the Giants in Week 1. Dallas is coming off a 17-15 win against the Vikings in Minnesota on Thursday Night Football, and became the first team to clinch a playoff berth following Washington’s Week 13 loss.
Prescott has thrown for 19 touchdowns with only two interceptions this season, and became the first rookie to throw for a least one touchdown and no interceptions in five consecutive games. Elliott leads the NFL in rushing yards (1,285) and WR Dez Bryant has four touchdown catches in his last four games.
New York looks to bounce back from a 24-14 loss to the Steelers in Pittsburgh last week. Eli Manning has thrown for nine touchdowns and just one interception in his last five home games against the Cowboys. WR Odell Beckham Jr. boasts eight touchdown catches in his last eight games, while rookie WR Sterling Shepard has TD catches in four consecutive games.
The Giants have won the previous two matchups in the rivalry with the Cowboys, following five consecutive wins by Dallas from 2013-15. Five of the last six games between the two teams have been decided by seven points or less.
Calling Cowboys-Giants are seven-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his record 31st season as the voice of the NFL’s premier primetime package; 16-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth; 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 weekly studio show in sports, is hosted Bob Costas, who will report on-site from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., and Dan Patrick, who will host from NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn. Patrick is joined by Hall of Fame head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl champion Rodney Harrison, and Mike Florio of NBC Sports’ ProFootballTalk. Kathryn Tappen will report from Lambeau Field in Green Bay on the Seahawks-Packers game.
“THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” CONTINUES TOMORROW ON NBC
The only network with two primetime NFL packages, NBC continues its coverage of Thursday Night Football this Thursday, December 8, with an AFC West first-place showdown, when Derek Carr and the AFC-leading Oakland Raiders (10-2) host Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs (9-3) at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Coverage starts at 7:30 p.m. ET with Football Night in Kansas City on NBC.
Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth will call Raiders-Chiefs, joined by sideline reporter Heather Cox. Mike Tirico will serve as the host of the Football Night in Kansas City pregame show from Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., joined on-site by Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison.
Sam Flood is executive producer of NBC Sports and NBCSN. Fred Gaudelli is the executive producer of NBC’s Sunday Night Football and Thursday Night Football. Drew Esocoff is director of SNF and TNF. Rob Hyland is coordinating producer of Thursday Night Football.
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WEEK 15 FLEX – COWBOYS IN PRIMETIME ON NBC FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE WEEK VS. JAMEIS WINSTON & BUCCANEERS ON SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ON DEC. 18
The NFL announced on Sunday that the Week 15 matchup between the Cowboys and Buccaneers will be flexed into Sunday Night Football on NBC. This marks the third consecutive week that Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys will be showcased in primetime on NBC. This will be Tampa Bay’s first appearance on Sunday Night Football since the 2008 season.
NBCSPORTS.COM & NBC SPORTS APP TO LIVE STREAM NBC’S SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will stream all of NBC’s Sunday Night Football and Thursday Night Football games to desktops, tablets, and connected TVs. The NBC Sports app will stream coverage via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to their subscription service, and making high-quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The full HD-quality video stream will come directly from NBC’s SNF and TNF broadcasts. Powered by Playmaker Media, the NBC Sports app is available on Apple iOS, Android and select Samsung devices, as well as on Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Win10, and Xbox. (NOTE: NBC Sports does not have NFL live streaming rights to mobile devices.)
PROFOOTBALLTALK – WEEKDAYS AT 7 A.M. ET ON NBCSN
Mike Florio brings fans the latest NFL news and interviews with players and coaches every weekday morning with ProFootballTalk on NBCSN at 7 a.m. ET. The two-hour ProFootballTalk 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. The program is a simulcast of Florio’s national radio program that airs daily on NBC Sports Radio.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SOCIAL MEDIA COVERAGE
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ALL-ACCESS: For the seventh straight season NBCSports.com is providing a destination for fans dedicated to behind-the-scenes and social media driven content on the Sunday Night Football All Access page. Fans can follow the social conversation and access content around Sunday Night Football and the SNF Bus, including video highlights from the SNF Bus, player interviews and more. Fans can show their passion for who they think will win each week, use an interactive map to see how other football fans across the country are talking about that SNF matchup, and vote on which team’s hype video they like the best each week. Visit SNF All-Access at: http://snfallaccess.nbcsports.com/
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SOCIAL MEDIA:
- SNF ON FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SNFonNBC – At over 3 million LIKES strong, the Sunday Night Football Facebook page provides news, custom graphics, animations and videos exclusively behind-the-scenes at SNF every week. A key focus for the SNF Facebook page this season are regular Facebook Live Q&As with Football Night in America and Sunday Night Football talent both on the road and in the studio. The Facebook page also aggregates all SNF-related content found within the NBC Sports digital network, including NBCSports.com, SNF All Access, ProFootballTalk.com, and Rotoworld.com.
- SNF ON TWITTER: twitter.com/SNFonNBC – Using tweets, photos, Vines and videos, @SNFonNBC provides unique content with SNF talent, production crew and NFL players. Additionally, Michele Tafoya will provide real-time tweets from the sideline to provide followers with updates all game long;
- SNF ON INSTAGRAM: Going into its fifth season, Sunday Night Football gives the SNF fan a look at photos through the filters of Instagram, from on the road, on the SNF Bus and in the Football Night in America studio. Fans get a look inside the production trucks, the locker rooms, on the field and around each SNF city. Fans will get an exclusive look through Instagram of what life is like on the sideline, as our social media producer captures the best photos of Sunday night and posts in real time. For the first time, SNF on Instagram will utilize Instagram stories to give fans maximum exposure to the Sunday Night Football footprint.
- NBC SPORTS ON SNAPCHAT: For the first time, NBC Sports’ Snapchat account will be creating content on the platform at each Sunday Night game including Kickoff and from the SNF Bus. The NBC Sports Snapchat account will take fans behind the scenes to the FNIA set, to player interviews and around cities where Sunday Night Football comes to town, utilizing lenses and filters to customize content specifically for the Snapchat audience.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL BUS RETURNS FOR 2016 NFL SEASON
NBC Sports Group’s Sunday Night Football bus returns this season to travel the country, visiting the host cities of select Sunday Night Football and Thursday Night Football games. This season, fans will get a closer look at behind-the-scenes action of SNF broadcasts on the bus, which will take fans from the field, to the studio and in the production trucks. Features of the bus include an interactive replica of the control room, a replica of the Football Night in America desk, life-size “Photo Bomb” wall, and more.
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 will give fans the opportunity to interact with America’s most-watched primetime television show with exclusive activities, memorabilia and a 55-inch monitor housing social media elements.
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2016 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL AND THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS
NBC will present 24 regular-season primetime games, including 17 SNF games, the NFL’s opening game of the season NFL Kickoff 2016, the NBC’s annual Thanksgiving night game, and five new Thursday night games. Every 2015 playoff team makes an appearance on Sunday Night Football, and 19 of NBC’s 23 scheduled regular-season games (Week 17 game TBD) involve at least one playoff team from last season.
Click here for more details on NBC’s SNF and TNF schedule highlights.
NBC SPORTS RADIO
NBC Sports Radio will surround the 2016 NFL season with daily coverage across nearly 420 radio affiliates, highlighted by Safety Blitz with Rodney Harrison and Dan Schwartzman; featuring three-time All Pro and two-time Super Bowl-winner Rodney Harrison; Going Deep with Amani and Dan, featuring former Giants wide receiver Amani Toomer; NFL Commentator Mike Tirico; NFL Insider Michele Tafoya; and ProFootballTalk 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 http://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, and San Francisco, will surround the 2016 NFL season with in-depth news, analysis and original programming on the local teams that matter most in more than 50 million U.S. cable and satellite households.
SNF IS TV’S NO. 1 PRIMETIME PROGRAM FOR 5 YEARS RUNNING
For a historic five consecutive Sept.-May television seasons from 2011-15, NBC’s Sunday Night Football finished as television’s No. 1 primetime show in household rating and viewership, as well as the coveted Adult 18-49 demographic, based on live plus same day data from The Nielsen Company (September-May). Sunday Night Football is one of only four shows since 1950 to rank No. 1 in primetime for five consecutive TV seasons.
2016 NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
|*Sun. Dec. 11||Week 14||Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants|
|*Sun. Dec. 18||Week 15||Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Dallas Cowboys|
|Sun. Dec. 25||Week 16||Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs|
|*Sun. Jan. 1||Week 17||TBD|
** Thanksgiving Night Game
NBC-produced Thursday Night Football game schedule:
|Thurs. Dec. 8||Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs||NBC, NFLN **|
|Thurs. Dec. 15||Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks||NBC, NFLN **|
|Sat., Dec. 17||Miami Dolphins at New York Jets||NFLN|
|Thurs. Dec. 22||New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles||NBC, NFLN **|
|Sun., Dec. 25||Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers||NFLN|
** Live streamed on Twitter, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app
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