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Wednesday, December 13th, 2017
DAK PRESCOTT AND DALLAS COWBOYS TRAVEL TO OAKLAND TO FACE DEREK CARR AND RAIDERS ON NBC’S SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Coverage Begins with Football Night in America at 7 p.m. ET
Week 15 Kicks Off With Colts-Broncos on Thursday Night Football; Coverage Begins with Football in Indianapolis at 7:30 p.m. ET
Pro Football Hall of Famer Kurt Warner Joins Mike Tirico to Call NBC-Produced Bears-Lions Game on Saturday, Dec. 16, on NFL Network
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports App to Live Stream All Sunday Night Football Games to Desktops, Tablets, and Connected TVs
NBCSN Presents Two-Hour Pro Football Talk Weekdays at 7 a.m. ET
STAMFORD, Conn. – December 13, 2017 – NBC’s Sunday Night Football features two teams in the playoff chase, as Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys travel to Oakland, Calif., to face Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Alameda Coliseum. Coverage begins with Football Night in America this Sunday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. ET, on NBC.
Both teams enter Sunday vying for a playoff berth with three games left in the regular season. The Cowboys (7-6) kept their playoff hopes alive with a win over the Giants on Sunday, and are currently a game back in the hunt for the final NFC Wild Card spot. Despite losing to the Chiefs on Sunday, the Raiders are only one game off the lead in the AFC West. After Dallas, Oakland faces Philadelphia and San Diego over the final two weeks of the season.
The Cowboys won their second consecutive game on Sunday, a 30-10 victory over NFC East rival New York. Prescott finished 20-of-30 for a career-high 332 yards and three touchdowns, bringing his season total to 21. According to Pro Football Focus, Prescott’s 112.8 passer rating when blitzed ranks third in the NFL. Wide receiver Dez Bryant caught a 50-yard touchdown pass from Prescott in the second quarter to become just the third player in team history to record 10 catches of 50 yards or more in a career (Pro Football Hall of Famers Michael Irvin and Bob Hayes).
Carr completed 24-of-41 passes for 211 yards and one touchdown in Oakland’s loss to Kansas City to extend his touchdown streak to 14 games. With his performance, Carr surpassed 14,000 career passing yards to become just the 10th player in NFL history to do so in his first four seasons. According to Pro Football Focus, Carr has the quickest average snap to pass time in the NFL at 2.31 seconds. Running back Marshawn Lynch rushed for 61 yards and one touchdown. Since Week 9, Lynch is tied for the league-lead with five rushing scores.
Oakland currently leads the overall series, 6-5, while Dallas has won the last two meetings. The two franchises last met on a Sunday night 30 years ago (Nov. 15, 1987), a game the Raiders won 40-38.
Calling Cowboys-Raiders are seven-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his record 32nd 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 studio show in sports, is hosted by Mike Tirico, who will report on-site from Oakland Alameda Coliseum, and Dan Patrick, who will host from Studio 1 at NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn. Patrick is joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, and Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com and PFT Live on NBCSN and NBC Sports Radio. Paul Burmeister will report from Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Patriots-Steelers.
Week 15 kicks off tomorrow on NBC with an AFC matchup, as Von Miller and the Denver Broncos travel to Indianapolis to face Frank Gore and the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on Thursday Night Football. Coverage starts at 7:30 p.m. ET with Football Night in Indianapolis on NBC, the only network with two primetime NFL packages. NBC will utilize its SkyCam system as the primary-viewing angle for live game coverage. NBC will have its full complement of TNF cameras and will revert to traditional coverage when situations dictate, but the primary viewing experience of the game will come from the SkyCam angle.
On Saturday, two-time NFL MVP and Pro Football Hall of Famer Kurt Warner joins Mike Tirico and sideline reporter Heather Cox for an NFC North matchup between Chicago and Detroit. The NBC Sports-produced coverage begins at 4:30 p.m. ET exclusively on NFL Network.
NBCSPORTS.COM & NBC SPORTS APP TO LIVE STREAM ALL NBC NFL GAMES
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will stream all NBC 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 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.)
PFT LIVE – WEEKDAYS AT 7 A.M. ET ON NBCSN
Mike Florio and co-host Chris Simms bring fans the latest NFL news and interviews with players and coaches every weekday morning with PFT Live on NBCSN at 7 a.m. ET. The two-hour PFT Live 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 NBC Sports Radio’s PFT Live national program that airs daily beginning at 6 a.m. ET.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SOCIAL MEDIA
- SNF ON FACEBOOK: – At nearly 3.5 million LIKES strong, the Sunday Night Football Facebook page provides social-first stories, photos and video every week. In addition, the SNF Facebook page will feature weekly Facebook Live interviews with Michele Tafoya and player from each team leading up to the game, and Facebook Live Q&A’s with Tony Dungy on Sundays.
- SNF ON TWITTER: Using tweets, photos, 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 sixth season, Sunday Night Football gives the SNF fan a look at photos through the filters of Instagram. Fans get a look around each SNF city, as well as access inside the production trucks, the locker rooms, on the field and on the sideline, as our social media producer captures the best photos of Sunday night and posts in real time. In addition, SNF on Instagram will utilize Instagram stories to maximize fans’ exposure to the Sunday Night Football footprint.
- SNF ON SNAPCHAT: For the second season, NBC Sports’ Snapchat account will be creating content on the platform at each Sunday Night Football game, including Kickoff and from the SNF The NBC Sports Snapchat account will take fans behind the scenes to the FNIA set 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 2017 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 games. The bus will bring the Vince Lombardi Trophy to various SNF locations, before arriving at its final destination, Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, Minn., in February. 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, a replica of the Football Night in America desk, highlights wall, the ability to see what it’s like to be a camera person through four different camera views, 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.
NBC SPORTS RADIO
NBC Sports Radio will surround the 2017 NFL season with daily coverage across more than 425 radio affiliates, highlighted by PFT Live, featuring NFL insider and Football Night In America commentator Mike Florio daily from 6-9 a.m. ET; 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; and NFL Insider Michele Tafoya.
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, and San Francisco, will surround the 2017 NFL season with in-depth news, analysis and original programming on the teams that matter most in more than 35 million U.S. households.
SNF IS NO. 1 PRIMETIME PROGRAM ON TELEVISION, WITH NBC/NFLN TNF RANKING NO. 2
NBC Sunday Night Football finished the 2016-17 TV season as primetime’s #1 TV show in all key metrics for a record sixth consecutive year – tying American Idol for the most consecutive years atop the charts (since 1950), based on live plus same day data provided by The Nielsen Company. NBC Sunday Night Football also ranked as the No. 1 show in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic for the seventh consecutive TV season. SNF’s six-year run at the top marks the only six times on record that a sports series has been the highest-rated and most-watched show of the primetime TV season In addition, NBC/NFL Network Thursday Night Football ranked as primetime TV’s No. 2 show in average viewers and household rating, and No. 3 among Adults 18-49.
|REMAINING 2017 NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE|
|*Sun. Dec. 17||Week 15||Dallas Cowboys at Oakland Raiders|
|Sat. Dec. 23||Week 16||Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers|
|*Sun. Dec. 31||Week 17||TBD|
** Thanksgiving Night Game
|2017 NBC THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE*|
|Thurs. Dec. 14||Week 15||Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts|
|**Mon. Dec. 25||Week 16||Pittsburgh Steelers at Houston Texans|
*Games will be simulcast on NFL Network and streamed live on Amazon Prime
**Game at 4:30 p.m. ET
FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING: Flexible scheduling will be used in Weeks 10-15 and 17. Additionally, in Weeks 5-9, flexible scheduling may be used in no more than two weeks. In Weeks 5-15, the schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would be moved to an afternoon start time. Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday, Saturday or Monday nights.
A flexible scheduling move would be announced at least 12 days before the game. For Week 17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to January 1. The schedule does not list a Sunday night game in Week 17, but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot. Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives “surprise” teams a chance to play their way into primetime.
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