FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 7th, 2017
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL RETURNS TO NBC THIS WEEK
Russell Wilson and Seattle Seahawks Visit Adrian Peterson and Arizona Cardinals
Mike Tirico & Cris Collinsworth in the Booth, Joined By Sideline Reporter Heather Cox
Liam McHugh, Tony Dungy & Rodney Harrison on Location for Football Night in Arizona Pregame Show Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC
Universo to Televise Live, Exclusive Spanish-Language NFL Games This Season Beginning This Thursday with Cardinals-Seahawks
NBCSports.com & NBC Sports App to Live Stream Thursday Night Football
NBC is Only Network with Two NFL Primetime Packages
STAMFORD, Conn. – November 7, 2017 – Thursday Night Football returns to NBC this Thursday, Nov. 9, when Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks (5-3) travel to Glendale, Ariz., to face Adrian Peterson and the Arizona Cardinals (4-4). Coverage starts at 7:30 p.m. ET with Football Night in Arizona on NBC, the only network with two primetime NFL packages.
NBC’s season debut of Thursday Night Football features two teams vying for playoff positioning with eight games remaining in the season. The Seahawks, who aim for a sixth consecutive playoff berth, are currently the No. 7 seed behind Dallas in the NFC Playoff chase. The Cardinals, who have won two of their last three games, are only one game behind the Seahawks and Cowboys.
Seattle’s fourth-quarter rally against Washington on Sunday fell short as the Redskins defeated the Seahawks, 17-14, at CenturyLink Field. Wilson threw for two touchdowns in the final quarter, including a go-ahead, 30-yard touchdown pass to WR Doug Baldwin to give Seattle a 14-10 lead with 1:34 remaining. The Redskins responded with a game-winning, one-yard touchdown run by RB Robert Kelley with less than a minute to play. Through nine weeks, the Seahawks rank second in the NFL in passing yards per game (274.8).
Recently acquired running back Adrian Peterson led Arizona to a 20-10 victory over San Francisco on Sunday with a career-high 37 carries for 159 rushing yards. His rushing total against the 49ers is the third-most in a single game in NFL history by a running back 32 years or older (John Henry Johnson – 200; John Riggins – 165). In his three games with the Cardinals, Peterson has eclipsed the century mark twice. WR Larry Fitzgerald enters Thursday’s game 47 receiving yards shy of becoming just the sixth player in NFL history to amass 15,000 for his career.
The Seahawks and Cardinals meet for the fifth time in primetime. Arizona leads the all-time series, 18-17-1, while Seattle maintains a slight edge in primetime games, 2-1-1. The two franchises last played in primetime on NBC’s Sunday Night Football last October, a game that resulted in a 6-6 tie. In 2013, Seattle defeated Arizona 34-22 in the only other Thursday night meeting between the division rivals.
Calling Seahawks-Cardinals are Mike Tirico (play-by-play) and 16-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth, joined by sideline reporter Heather Cox.
Liam McHugh will serve as the host of the Football Night in Arizona pregame show from Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. 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.
TELEMUNDO DEPORTES & UNIVERSO TO ONCE AGAIN PRESENT LIVE, EXCLUSIVE SPANISH-LANGUAGE NFL GAMES THIS SEASON, INCLUDING SUPER BOWL LII
NBCUniversal’s Telemundo Deportes will offer seven exclusive Spanish-language NFL telecasts on Universo, the fastest growing Hispanic entertainment cable network, beginning this Thursday, with NBC’s debut of Thursday Night Football featuring the Seattle Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals, and culminating with Super Bowl LII live on Universo on Sunday, Feb. 4., from U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. This marks the fourth consecutive season Universo will televise NFL games, and the second consecutive time it will air an NBC Super Bowl. Prior to Super Bowl LII, Universo will air three NBC Thursday Night Football games, including Giants-Redskins on Thanksgiving, and two playoff contests.
NBC’s THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL FEATURES SPECIAL THEME MUSIC, SHOW OPEN & GRAPHICS
Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum recording artist Pentatonix will perform the Thursday Night Football show open. The show open celebrates the start of the NFL weekend, with game highlights and player cameos.
The 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.
In addition, TNF on NBC will feature a special 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.)
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.
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.
NBC-produced game schedule in Thursday Night Football package:
|Thurs. Nov. 9||Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals||NBC, NFLN **|
|Thurs. Nov. 16||Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers||NBC, NFLN **|
|Thurs. Nov. 30||Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys||NBC, NFLN **|
|Thurs. Dec. 7||New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons||NBC, NFLN **|
|Thurs. Dec. 14||Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts||NBC, NFLN **|
|Sat. Dec. 16||Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions||NFLN|
** Live streamed on Amazon Prime Video, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app
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