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Tuesday, December 20th, 2016
NEW YORK GIANTS CAN CLINCH PLAYOFF BERTH WITH WIN AGAINST NFC EAST RIVAL PHILADELPHIA EAGLES ON NBC’S “THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL”
Mike Tirico & Cris Collinsworth in the Booth, Joined By Sideline Reporter Heather Cox
Bob Costas, Tony Dungy & Rodney Harrison on Location for Football Night in Philadelphia Pregame Show Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC
NBCSports.com & NBC Sports App to Live Stream Thursday Night Football
NBC is Only Network with Two NFL Primetime Packages
STAMFORD, Conn. – December 20, 2016 – The only network with two primetime NFL packages, NBC continues its coverage of Thursday Night Football this Thursday, December 22, as Eli Manning and the New York Giants (10-4) aim to clinch a playoff berth with a win at Lincoln Financial Field against Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles (5-9). Coverage starts at 7:30 p.m. ET with Football Night in Philadelphia on NBC.
The Giants are coming off a 17-6 home win over the NFC North-leading Detroit Lions last week and are 8-1 in their last nine games. Manning passed for 201 yards and completed a pair of touchdown throws to WRs Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard in the victory. New York’s defense has been dominant in the past two weeks, and has not allowed a touchdown in seven quarters, dating back to the first quarter of the Giants’ 10-7 win against Dallas on Sunday Night Football in Week 14.
The Eagles have won four of their past five games against the Giants. Philadelphia suffered a 27-26 loss to the Ravens in Baltimore last week, as a two-point conversion failed in the final seconds of the game. RB Ryan Mathews rushed for 128 yards and a touchdown in the loss.
The Giants defeated the Eagles 28-23 in Week 9 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Manning threw four touchdown passes in the game, including a pair to Beckham Jr., while Wentz threw for 364 yards for the Eagles.
Calling Giants-Eagles are Mike Tirico (play-by-play); 16-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth; and sideline reporter Heather Cox.
Bob Costas will serve as the host of the Football Night in Philadelphia pregame show from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa. He will be joined on-site by Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy and two-time Super Bowl champion 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.
NBC’s THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL FEATURES NEW THEME MUSIC, SHOW OPEN & GRAPHICS
Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum recording artist Pentatonix perform the Thursday Night Football show open. The show open celebrates the start of the NFL weekend, with game highlights and player cameos. For more information, click here.
The new Thursday Night Football theme music was composed and produced by Grammy Award-nominated producer and songwriter Jimmy Greco, and features the string section from the orchestra of Tony Award-winning Broadway blockbuster Hamilton under the direction of violinist and Hamilton concertmaster Jonathan Dinklage. The new music – entitled “Can’t Hold Us Down” – is a high energy, melodic piece combining a modern pop musical arrangement, mixed with a traditional anthemic feeling found in classic sports themes. For more information, click here.
In addition, TNF on NBC features a new graphics package, defined by bright colors, highly energized motion design and vibrant neon trimmed logos. The graphics package was designed to shine at its brightest in the game broadcast, extending from pre-game through to post-game, and was uniquely created to help celebrate Thursday night as the kickoff of the NFL Weekend.
NBCSPORTS.COM & NBC SPORTS APP TO LIVE STREAM THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will stream all of NBC’s Thursday Night Football games to desktops, tablets, and connected TVs 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 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.)
NBC SPORTS THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ALL ACCESS: NBCSports.com is providing a destination for fans dedicated to behind-the-scenes and social media driven content on their Thursday Night Football page. Fans can follow the social conversation and access content around Thursday Night Football. Fans can also get the latest video highlights, and show their passion for who they think will win each week. Visit NBC Sports TNF page at: NBCSports.com/TNF. Additional Thursday Night Football social media plans will be announced soon.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL BUS TO VISIT CITIES OF THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL MATCH-UPS
Each week, NBC Sports Group’s Sunday Night Football bus travels the country to visit 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 TNF 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 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.
Click here for more information on the SNF bus.
NBC-produced Thursday Night Football game schedule:
|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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