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Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

BEN ROETHLISBERGER & PITTSBURGH STEELERS FACE ALEX SMITH & KANSAS CITY CHIEFS IN NBC’S NFL DIVISIONAL GAME THIS SUN., JAN. 15, AT 1 P.M. ET

Coverage Begins with Special Edition of Football Night In America at Noon ET on NBC

NBCSports.com & the NBC Sports App to Live Stream Steelers-Chiefs

STAMFORD, Conn. – January 11, 2017 – NBC continues its NFL Playoff coverage this Sunday, Jan. 15, at 1 p.m. ET with an AFC Divisional Round matchup, when Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers (AFC North, 12-5) visit Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs (AFC West, 12-4) at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. NBC’s NFL Divisional coverage on Sunday begins at Noon ET with a special edition of Football Night In America.

The Steelers carry an eight-game winning streak into Kansas City this Sunday, including a 30-12 win against the Miami Dolphins in their AFC Wild Card game last weekend in Pittsburgh. Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes to WR Antonio Brown, while RB Le’Veon Bell rushed for 167 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Kansas City earned a first-round bye after finishing the regular season with a 12-4 record, their best result since 2003 (13-3). The Chiefs have won five of their last six games heading into the postseason, including wins over a pair of division foes (Denver and San Diego) in Weeks 16 and 17. Kansas City finished the regular season tied for the league lead in defensive touchdowns (5) and interceptions (18), and tied for third in forced fumbles (19). TE Travis Kelce led all tight ends with 1,125 receiving yards, and boasts 100-plus receiving yards in five of his last seven games.

This is the second meeting of the season between the Steelers and Chiefs. In Week 4, Roethlisberger threw for 300 yards and five touchdowns in the Steelers’ 43-14 victory in Pittsburgh on Sunday Night Football. The Steelers own a 21-10 advantage in the all-time series with the Chiefs. Kansas City won the only postseason meeting between the two teams, a 27-24 overtime win in the 1993 AFC Wild Card round, which was called by seven-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels.

Michaels, who is in his record 31st season as the voice of the NFL’s premier primetime package, handles play-by-play for Steelers-Chiefs, alongside 16-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth. They will be joined by two-time Emmy Award-winning sideline reporter Michele Tafoya and sideline reporter Heather Cox.

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 Bob Costas, who will report from Arrowhead Stadium. Dan Patrick will host from NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn., and will be joined by Hall of Fame head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl champion Rodney Harrison and Mike Florio of NBC Sports’ ProFootballTalk.

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-ACCESSFor 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.comSNF All AccessProFootballTalk.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 arrives 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 SPORTS RADIO

NBC Sports Radio surrounds 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 with 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, visithttp://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.

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