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Thursday, January 7th, 2021
TOM BRADY, BEN ROETHLISBERGER, BAKER MAYFIELD & ALEX SMITH HEADLINE NBC SPORTS’ PRIMETIME NFL WILD CARD MATCHUPS THIS WEEKEND
“Washington has five tremendous rushers…Tampa’s protection has been excellent. That to me is going to be the battle and the key to the game.” – Tony Dungy on Buccaneers-Washington Football Team, this Saturday at 8:15 p.m. ET on NBC and Universo
“(Baker Mayfield) has really become sort of the embodiment of that fighting spirit of the Cleveland Browns.” – Cris Collinsworth on Browns-Steelers, this Sunday at 8:15 p.m. ET on NBC, Peacock, and Telemundo
Fans Can Participate in “Sunday Night 7” Free-to-Play Game on Saturday and Sunday, Featuring $100,000 Jackpot for Both Wild Card Matchups
STAMFORD, Conn. – Jan. 7, 2021 – Star quarterbacks take center stage in a pair of NFL Super Wild Card Weekend matchups on NBC Sports, beginning this Saturday when six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-5) face Alex Smith and the NFC East champion Washington Football Team (7-9) at 8:15 p.m. ET on NBC and Universo (Spanish language). The following night, two-time Super Bowl winner Ben Roethlisberger and the AFC North champion Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4) host Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns (11-5) at 8:15 p.m. ET on NBC, Peacock, and Telemundo (Spanish language). Coverage begins both nights at 7:30 p.m. ET with special playoff editions of Football Night in America.
BUCCANEERS (11-5) AT WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (7-9) SATURDAY AT 8:15 P.M. ET ON NBC AND UNIVERSO
Brady, who won six Super Bowl titles with New England, helped the Buccaneers earn their first playoff berth since 2007 and is the postseason’s all-time leader in games played (41), passing yards (11,388) and touchdown passes (73).
Washington won the NFC East for the first time since 2015, after finishing in last place in 2019. Smith, a leading candidate for the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award, won his last five starts of the season.
Mike Tirico will call the matchup with Pro Football Hall of Fame head coach Tony Dungy. Kathryn Tappen reports from the sidelines. Three-time Super Bowl referee Terry McAulay serves as rules analyst. Universo will also televise the game live in Spanish.
NBC’s coverage of Tampa Bay-Washington is led by coordinating producer Rob Hyland and director Pierre Moossa.
Liam McHugh hosts a special playoff edition of FNIA on Saturday from NBC Sports Group’s Studio 1 in Stamford, Conn., alongside two-time Super Bowl-winner Rodney Harrison and former NFL quarterback Chris Simms. NFL Insider Mike Florio joins Football Night remotely from his home studio. Jac Collinsworth co-hosts on-site at FedEx Field.
BROWNS (11-5) AT STEELERS (12-4) SUNDAY AT 8:15 P.M. ET ON NBC, PEACOCK, AND TELEMUNDO
In a storied rivalry that dates back to 1950, this will mark the 139th time the two AFC North clubs play, but just the third matchup in the playoffs. Roethlisberger leads the Steelers in a postseason game for the 22nd time in his career, passing Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway (21) for the fifth-most in NFL history.
Mayfield makes his playoff debut after leading the Browns to their first playoff berth since 2002, ending the NFL’s longest playoff drought. Cleveland also looks to end a streak of 17 consecutive losses in Pittsburgh.
Al Michaels joins 16-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth (analyst) in the booth at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Sunday night. Three-time Emmy Award-winner Michele Tafoya will serve as the sideline reporter and McAulay as rules analyst. The matchup will be simulcast on Peacock, and Telemundo will present a live Spanish-language broadcast of the game.
NBC’s coverage of Sunday Night Football is led by executive producer Fred Gaudelli and director Drew Esocoff. SNF is the only show to win 10 Sports Emmy Awards for Outstanding Live Sports Series.
McHugh hosts FNIA prior to Browns-Steelers from NBC Sports Group’s Studio 1 in Stamford, Conn., alongside Dungy and Simms with Florio joining remotely from his home studio. Jac Collinsworth and Harrison will provide reports and analysis on-site from Heinz Field.
NFL WILD CARD PLAYOFFS CONFERENCE CALL TRANSCRIPT
Yesterday, Michaels, Collinsworth, Tirico, Dungy and Gaudelli joined NBC Sports Group Chairman Pete Bevacqua to preview NBC Sports’ two NFL Super Wild Card Weekend matchups on a media conference call. Click here for a full transcript.
PEACOCK TO PRESENT FIRST-EVER NFL GAME STREAM AND POST-GAME COVERAGE ON SUNDAY
A historic first will be marked for Peacock when the platform will live stream NBC Sports’ coverage of the NFL Wild Card playoff game between the Browns and the Steelers, beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sunday. Michael Smith and Michael Holley, co-hosts of the Peacock exclusive show Brother From Another, will host the streaming service’s first-ever post-game show immediately following NBC’s post-game coverage at approximately 11:30 p.m. ET.
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, mobile, 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. NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app are available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Samsung Smart TVs, Xbox, and Chromecast.
TELEMUNDO DEPORTES PRESENTS FULL SEASON OF SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Telemundo Deportes will televise the entire NBC Sunday Night Football package live including all Sunday night regular-season games, the NFL Kickoff game, the annual Thanksgiving night game and three Playoff Games, including Sunday’s Wild Card matchup. Universo will televise 21 games, including the Bucs-Washington Football Team game this Saturday. Coverage of the 2020 NFL season across both Telemundo and sister network, Universo, mark the first time ever that the full SNF schedule is available in Spanish-language in the U.S.
“SUNDAY NIGHT 7” FREE-TO-PLAY GAME AVAILABLE ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY WITH $100,000 JACKPOT FOR BOTH WILD CARD MATCHUPS
Fans can participate in NBC Sports’ free-to-play game, Sunday Night 7, on Saturday and Sunday, which features a $100,000 jackpot for both Wild Card matchups. Sunday Night 7 is available for download NOW on the NBC Sports Predictor app (available in the App Store and Google Play Store) and at NBCSports.com/Predictor.
Last week, seven users tied for first place with a score of 60 points, each taking home $350.
PETER KING’S NFL COLUMN “FOOTBALL MORNING IN AMERICA” DEBUTS EVERY MONDAY EXCLUSIVELY ON NBCSPORTS.COM
A new “Football Morning in America” will post every Monday morning exclusively on NBCSports.com. It was announced in May 2019 that King signed an exclusive agreement with NBC Sports Group that included writing a weekly Monday morning NFL column for NBCSports.com; making regular appearances on PFT Live with Mike Florio; and continuing to contribute to Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports.
CHRIS SIMMS UNBUTTONED
NBC Sports’ Chris Simms examines everything happening in the NFL and around the sports world. Along with a rotation of NBC Sports hosts including Ahmed Fareed, Paul Burmeister and Liam McHugh, Chris Simms Unbuttoned analyses the NFL with in-depth Xs and Os breakdowns; one-on-one interviews with players, coaches and executives; and game recaps and preview.
Rotoworld offers comprehensive fantasy football coverage throughout the 2020 NFL season across NBC Sports’ platforms. Rotoworld’s Fantasy Football Draft Guide and premium tools are available for purchase now via Rotoworld’s new subscription model, beginning at only $3.99 per month. The industry-leading source for fantasy football news and information, the 2020 Rotoworld Fantasy Football Draft Guide features more than 450 extensive player profiles, ‘Sleepers and Busts,’ player projections, positional rankings and tier groupings from Rotoworld’s NFL experts, and more. For the first time, Rotoworld’s Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet is downloadable and available for free by registering on Rotoworld.com. The Cheat Sheet, which includes top 200 PPR rankings, PPR positional rankings, dynasty rookies, and more, is also available as part of the 2020 Draft Guide.
PFT LIVE – WEEKDAYS AT 7 A.M. ET ON PEACOCK
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 streaming live on Peacock at 7 a.m. ET. Peter King and NBC Football Night in America analyst Rodney Harrison also contribute regularly to PFT Live’s coverage throughout the season.
The two-hour PFT Live is known for delivering inside information and comprehensive analysis from an independent perspective. The show covers all the latest news around the league, breaks down reports and rumors and features interviews with players, coaches and executives. The show will be re-aired on NBCSN from 9-11 a.m. ET.
NBC Sports’ football podcasts provide extensive weekly offerings from NBC Sports’ most popular personalities and present special guests, exclusive interviews, and robust conversations across all of football on The Peter King Podcast, Chris Simms Unbuttoned, PFT PM, and Rotoworld Football. While The Peter King Podcast features intimate discussions with the NFL’s top players, Chris Simms Unbuttoned and PFT PM dive into deep conversations around the sports’ hottest topics, and Rotoworld Football explores fantasy implications for fans. New episodes of NBC Sports podcasts are available for download each week on all major podcast platforms including: NBCSports.com/podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Podcasts, TuneIn and iHeart.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SOCIAL MEDIA
- SNF ON INSTAGRAM: Through the unique filter of Instagram, fans will get an in-depth look at each week’s Sunday Night Football game with the most engaging photos and videos from across the NFL. SNF also utilizes Instagram Stories for up-to-the-minute coverage of the league.
- SNF ON TWITTER: The very latest news, video, analysis from the Football Night in America crew and much more lives on @SNFonNBC, the real-time engine for NBC’s year-round NFL coverage.
- SNF ON FACEBOOK: With more than 3.5 million followers, SNF’s Facebook page is the hub of football conversation. It’s the place to converse and engage with fellow fans on the latest news and action across the NFL.
- NBC SPORTS ON TIKTOK: New for 2020, NBC Sports’ presence on TikTok puts the spotlight on the offbeat and exuberant side of the National Football League for a young, highly-engaged audience.
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 2020 NFL season with in-depth news, analysis and original programming on the teams that matter most in 32 million U.S. households.
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