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Wednesday, December 21st, 2016
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS CAN CLINCH PLAYOFF BERTH WITH WIN AGAINST DENVER BRONCOS ON NBC’S “SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” ON CHRISTMAS NIGHT
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
Thursday Night Football Continues Tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC with Giants-Eagles
NBC Produces Ravens-Steelers on Christmas Day on NFL Network
NBC’s Sunday Night Football Continues Dominance – Pacing For Record 6th Consecutive Year as Primetime TV’s #1 Show
STAMFORD, Conn. – December 21, 2016 – NBC’s Sunday Night Football — primetime television’s No. 1 show — continues this week with an AFC West clash, as the Kansas City Chiefs (10-4) aim to clinch a playoff berth with a win against the rival Denver Broncos (8-6) on Christmas Night at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. Coverage begins with Football Night in America this Sunday, Dec. 25, at 7 p.m. ET on NBC.
The Chiefs and Broncos collide on Sunday Night Football this weekend for the second time this season. Kansas City and Denver produced one of the most thrilling games of the season in Week 12, as the Chiefs came from behind to defeat the Broncos 30-27 in overtime. WR Tyreek Hill’s touchdown catch with 12 seconds remaining in regulation and the ensuing two-point conversion forced overtime, and K Cairo Santos’ second field goal of overtime with two seconds remaining clinched the win for the Chiefs. Kansas City won despite 364 passing yards passing and three touchdowns from Broncos QB Trevor Siemian.
The Chiefs are in search of their 10th consecutive AFC West win, which would also clinch a playoff berth. The Broncos are one game behind the Dolphins for the second AFC Wild Card spot, tied with Tennessee, Baltimore and Houston at 8-6. Kansas City is coming off a last-second 19-17 loss to Tennessee, while Denver aims to bounce back from a 16-3 loss against the AFC-leading Patriots. Kansas City can also clinch a playoff berth on Sunday with a Baltimore loss or tie.
Calling Broncos-Chiefs 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 Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Dan Patrick will host from NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn., and will be joined two-time Super Bowl champion Rodney Harrison.
“THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” CONTINUES TOMORROW ON NBC; NBC PRODUCES RAVENS-STEELERS ON CHRISTMAS DAY
The only network with two primetime NFL packages, NBC continues its coverage of Thursday Night Football tomorrow, 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.
Calling Giants-Eagles are Mike Tirico (play-by-play), 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.
In addition, NBC will produce Sunday’s Baltimore Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers game at 4:30 p.m. ET on NFL Network. Mike Tirico calls the game joined by analyst Doug Flutie, with Cox reporting from the sideline. Dungy will join Tirico and Flutie in the booth beginning in the second quarter.
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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NBC’S “SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” CONTINUES DOMINANCE – PACING FOR RECORD 6TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR AS PRIMETIME TV’S #1 SHOW
With two games remaining this season, NBC’s Sunday Night Football is on pace to continue its decade-long primetime TV dominance. Among the highlights:
For the sixth consecutive season, NBC’s Sunday Night Football is pacing to finish as television’s #1 primetime TV show – joining American Idol as the only programs since 1950 with a six-year run at #1 (Nielsen Live + Same Day Data).
Most Consecutive Years, #1 Ranked Show in Primetime, Since 1950
6 years in a row – Sunday Night Football (2011-12 through 2016-17; on pace)
6 years in a row – American Idol (2005-06 through 2010-11)
5 years in a row – The Cosby Show (1985-86 through 1989-90)…tied Cheers in ‘89-90
5 years in a row – All in the Family (1971-72 through 1975-76)
4 years in a row – Gunsmoke (1957-58 through 1960-61)
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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.
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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. 25||Week 16||Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs|
|*Sun. Jan. 1||Week 17||TBD|
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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