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Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021
THANKSGIVING WEEK FOOTBALL FEAST ON NBC, PEACOCK & UNIVERSO FEATURES JOSH ALLEN & BILLS AT SAINTS ON THURSDAY NIGHT; RAVENS HOST BROWNS ON SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Thanksgiving Night Coverage Begins Thursday at 8 p.m. ET from New Orleans
Branford Marsalis Narrates NBC Sports’ Special Thanksgiving Night Show Open
Maria Taylor Halftime Feature Highlights Josh Allen’s Relationship with Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo & Fan-Led Fundraising Campaign to Honor Allen’s Late Grandmother
Mike Tirico and Drew Brees to Preview Bills-Saints Thanksgiving Night Matchup on Media Conference Call TODAY at 3 p.m. ET
Sunday’s Coverage Begins with Football Night in America at 7 p.m. ET; Followed by 8:20 p.m. ET SNF Kickoff
STAMFORD, Conn. – Nov. 23, 2021 – NBC Sports presents a pair of appetizing holiday week NFL games on NBC, Peacock and Universo, beginning this Thursday, Nov. 25, when Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills visit Alvin Kamara and the New Orleans Saints at 8 p.m. ET on Thanksgiving night.
Three nights later, the AFC North-leading Baltimore Ravens host division-rivals the Cleveland Browns at 8:20 p.m. ET on Sunday Night Football. Sunday’s coverage begins with Football Night in America at 7 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock.
THANKSGIVING NIGHT: BILLS (6-4) AT SAINTS (5-5) AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBC, PEACOCK AND UNIVERSO
Allen and the Bills visit Kamara and the Saints this Thursday, Nov. 25, on Thanksgiving night from Caesars Superdome in New Orleans, La. Coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET on NBC, Peacock and Universo.
New Orleans, who will play in their third Thanksgiving primetime game in four years, look to snap a three-game losing streak after falling to Philadelphia, 40-29, last week. Quarterback Trevor Siemian passed for three touchdowns and running back Mark Ingram, who recently became the Saints’ all-time career rushing leader, had 113 scrimmage yards (88 rushing, 25 receiving).
Buffalo, who lost to Indianapolis 41-15 in Week 11, are in second place in the AFC East, trailing the first-place Patriots (7-4) by a half of a game. Allen ranks fourth in the NFL this season with 2,811 passing yards, while wide receiver Stefon Diggs is fifth in the conference with 773 receiving yards.
Mike Tirico and Drew Brees will call the game from Caesars Superdome on Thanksgiving night, joined by four-time Sports Emmy Award-winner Michele Tafoya, who reports from the sidelines and handles NBC Sports’ traditional Thanksgiving on-field postgame honors, and three-time Super Bowl referee and SNF rules analyst Terry McAulay.
Tirico and Brees will preview the Bills-Saints Thanksgiving night matchup on a media conference call today at 3 p.m. ET. Click here for details. Brees, who earned Super Bowl XLIV MVP honors in leading the Saints to the championship following the 2009 season, was selected to 12 Pro Bowls in 15 seasons in New Orleans with a 142-86 (.623) regular-season record. He set all the club’s career passing records and will be honored by the team at halftime.
Bills-Saints caps a Thanksgiving stuffed with tradition-filled programming on NBC and Peacock, beginning with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade at 9 a.m. ET, followed by the National Dog Show at Noon ET.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: BROWNS (6-5) AT RAVENS (7-3) AT 8:20 P.M. ET ON NBC, PEACOCK & UNIVERSO; FNIA COVERAGE BEGINS AT 7 P.M. ET
The AFC North-leading Ravens host the Browns in an important divisional matchup on Sunday Night Football from M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore as all four teams in the AFC North hold a winning record heading into Week 12.
2019 NFL MVP Lamar Jackson, who missed last week’s 16-13 win at Chicago because of an illness, could return this weekend. In his first career start last week, quarterback Tyler Huntley led the Ravens on a game-winning drive in the final minute of the fourth quarter, capped by a three-yard touchdown run by running back Devontae Freeman.
The Browns topped Detroit, 13-10, in Week 11 behind running back Nick Chubb’s 130 rushing yards and touchdown catch. Chubb ranks third in the NFL this season with 851 rushing yards.
Calling Browns-Ravens is Tirico; 16-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth; and sideline reporter Kathryn Tappen. McAulay will serve as the rules analyst.
NBC Sports’ 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.
Football Night in America features host Maria Taylor, Hall of Fame head coach Tony Dungy, Super Bowl XLIV MVP Drew Brees, former NFL quarterback Chris Simms, and NFL Insider Mike Florio. Co-host Jac Collinsworth and two-time Super Bowl champion Rodney Harrison will provide on-field analysis and reports from M&T Bank Stadium.
Football Night, the most-watched studio show in sports since its debut in 2006, begins every Sunday at 7 p.m. ET. The coordinating producer of FNIA is Rob Hyland and the co-producer is Matt Casey. FNIA is directed by Pierre Moossa.
Peacock Sunday Night Football Final, a new NFL post-game show produced by NBC Sports, streams exclusively on Peacock following every Sunday Night Football game during the 2021 season. The show is hosted by NBC Sports commentators Ahmed Fareed and Chris Simms, who provide instant reactions to each Sunday game, and are joined by Snoop Dogg, for highlights and interviews. Plus, Football Night in America commentators Maria Taylor, Tony Dungy, Drew Brees, Rodney Harrison and Jac Collinsworth will provide recaps and insights into the day’s biggest moments.
BRANFORD MARSALIS NARRATES NBC SPORTS’ SPECIAL THANKSGIVING NIGHT SHOW OPEN
Branford Marsalis, New Orleans’ own world famous Jazz and Classical saxophonist, composer, band leader and three-time Grammy Award winner, narrates NBC Sports’ special Thanksgiving night show open, which is a tribute to the people of New Orleans and the resilience of the city. The show open is set to the music of the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Terron Armstead, Demario Davis and Malcolm Jenkins from the Saints are featured in the open as well.
MARIA TAYLOR HALFTIME FEATURE WITH BILLS QB JOSH ALLEN
Maria Taylor speaks with Bills quarterback Josh Allen to discuss his relationship with Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo and how fans created an online fundraising campaign to honor Allen’s late grandmother, Patricia Allen, after she passed away prior to Week 9 of last season.
PEACOCK TO LIVE STREAM ALL NBC NFL GAMES FOR FIRST TIME THIS SEASON
For the first time ever, all of NBC Sports’ NFL regular-season games, playoff games, Super Bowl LVI, and Football Night in America will stream live on Peacock this season. Peacock features a slate of sports talk content NFL fans can enjoy on the NBC Sports channel, which is free to stream. Shows include Brother from Another, as well as The Dan Patrick Show, The Rich Eisen Show, PFT Live, PFT PM, Safety Blitz, The Peter King Podcast, and Chris Simms Unbuttoned.
To learn more about the NFL on Peacock, including how to watch and sign up, click here. Peacock Premium is included at no additional cost for Comcast’s eligible Xfinity X1 and Flex customers and Cox Contour customers.
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 TO PRESENT ENTIRE NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE, INCLUDING PLAYOFFS AND SUPER BOWL LVI
Telemundo Deportes will again carry the entire NBC Sunday Night Football package, including exclusive Spanish-language coverage of Super Bowl LVI, live for the first time on the Telemundo Network — marking the first time ever that a Super Bowl will be televised on a Spanish-language broadcast network in the U.S. The package also includes 20 regular season games that will be televised on Universo, including the NFL Kickoff game and the Thanksgiving primetime game, as well as a Wild Card game, and one Divisional Playoff game. In addition, Telemundo Network will broadcast the Sunday primetime Wild Card game. All games will also be available on live stream via TelemundoDeportes.com and the Telemundo Deportes app.
“SUNDAY NIGHT 7” FREE-TO-PLAY GAME TO FEATURE FIRST-EVER $1 MILLION JACKPOT IN EACH OF NEXT NINE WEEKS, BEGINNING THIS SUNDAY, NOV. 28
NBC Sports’ free-to-play NFL game, Sunday Night 7, will offer its first-ever $1 million weekly jackpot over each of the next nine weeks beginning this Sunday, Nov. 28 with the Cleveland Browns (6-5) at the Baltimore Ravens (7-3) on Sunday Night Football.
Sunday Night 7 on the NBC Sports Predictor app powered by PointsBet will feature a weekly $1 million jackpot for the remainder of the SNF season, beginning this Sunday with Browns-Ravens and concluding during the Divisional Playoffs (Jan. 22-23).
Thursday’s Thanksgiving night matchup will feature a $100,000 jackpot as it has in the build-up to each week’s Sunday Night Football matchup this season.
In Sunday’s game, two users finished in first place with scores of 60 points.
POINTSBET AND NBC SPORTS INCLUDE EXCLUSIVE BETTING INTEGRATIONS INTO FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA AND PEACOCK SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL FINAL POST-GAME SHOW
This season, PointsBet and NBC Sports include exclusive betting integrations on the Football Night in America studio show and the new Peacock Sunday Night Football Final postgame show. Click here for more information.
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. The Peter King Podcast streams weekly on Peacock on Thursdays at 6 p.m. ET.
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 and Paul Burmeister, 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. The show is available to stream on Peacock on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. ET.
NBC SPORTS EDGE
NBC Sports EDGE, part of the newly announced NBC Sports Next portfolio and one of the internet’s highest-trafficked fantasy sports and gaming websites, offers comprehensive fantasy football and betting coverage throughout the 2021 NFL season across NBC Sports’ platforms. The industry-leading source for fantasy football news and information, the 2021 Fantasy Football Draft Guide is available for purchase now via NBC Sports EDGE’s subscription model beginning at only $3.99 per month, and features more than 450 extensive player profiles, player projections, positional tiers, Top 200 rankings for PPR, Half-PPR, Non-PPR and Dynasty, as well as Individual Defensive Player rankings, sleepers and busts, drafting strategy articles, team reports and much more. NBC Sports EDGE also provides fantasy football coverage and betting insights through its digital shows, A Good Football Show and Bet the Edge.
PFT LIVE – WEEKDAYS AT 7 A.M. ET ON PEACOCK
Pro Football Talk streams live on Peacock’s NBC Sports on Peacock channel from 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. ET on weekdays and re-airs at 9 a.m. ET on NBCSN. Florio is joined by veteran sports commentator Mike Golic on Monday mornings, co-host and former NFL quarterback Chris Simms from Tuesday – Thursday, with a special guest co-hosting on Fridays.
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.
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 A Good Football Show. 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 A Good Football Show 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: 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 Bay Area, NBC Sports Boston, NBC Sports Chicago, NBC Sports Philadelphia and NBC Sports Washington will again deliver extensive multiplatform coverage of the 2021 NFL season, led by comprehensive live gameday shows, in-depth news, analysis and commentary programming, and multimedia digital content covering the teams in their respective markets.
NBC Sports invites fans to paint a path to Super Bowl LVI with SNF canVS, a season-long interactive art campaign, which began at the 2021 NFL Kickoff game and continues at each Sunday Night Football game throughout the season.
Each week in the city of the SNF matchup, local artists will create a five-yard long mural inspired by fan input that epitomizes the fanbase’s love for their team. This week’s featured artist ahead of the Thanksgiving night matchup in New Orleans is Courtney Buckley, who will be hosting this weekend’s live mural painting event Wednesday remotely from Axiom Art Gallery from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. CT.
On Saturday, the featured artist is Nether, who will host a live mural painting event from Power Plant Live, The Alley, from 2-8 p.m. ET in Baltimore. Saturday’s event will also include an On Her Turf air graffiti experience.
At the end of the season, each of the 20 five-yard murals will come together to create a 100-yard masterpiece showcasing the painted pride that captures the devotion and passion of fans. Click here for more details.
Seven-time Grammy Award-winner and multi-platinum recording artist Carrie Underwood stars in the show open for NBC’s Sunday Night Football.
Shot at Industrial Light & Magic’s cutting edge LED sound stage utilizing the company’s StageCraft LED virtual production technology recently used in “The Mandalorian,” the 2021 Sunday Night Football show open for the first time will feature a virtual football tailgate as a backdrop for Underwood’s performance of “Waiting All Day For Sunday Night.”
In addition, the show open will highlight user-generated cameos from some of the NFL’s biggest stars, as well as fans’ self-recorded video from NFL tailgates.
NBC’S SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL IS PRIMETIME TELEVISION’S NO. 1 SHOW FOR RECORD 10 CONSECUTIVE YEARS: NBC’s Sunday Night Football finished the 2020-21 TV season as primetime’s #1 TV show in all key metrics for an unprecedented 10th consecutive year – adding to its record for the most consecutive years atop the charts (since 1950), based on official live plus same day data provided by Nielsen. Sunday Night Football also ranked as the No. 1 show in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic for the 11th consecutive TV season.
|**Thurs. Nov. 25||Week 12||Buffalo Bills at New Orleans Saints|
|*Sun. Nov. 28||Week 12||Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens|
|*Sun. Dec. 5||Week 13||Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs|
|*Sun. Dec. 12||Week 14||Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers|
|*Sun. Dec. 19||Week 15||New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|*Sun. Dec. 26||Week 16||Washington Football Team at Dallas Cowboys|
|*Sun. Jan. 2||Week 17||Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers|
|*Sun. Jan. 9||Week 18||TBD|
** Thanksgiving Night Game
Flexible scheduling will be used in Weeks 11-18. Additionally, in Weeks 5-10, flexible scheduling may be used in no more than two weeks. In Weeks 5-17, 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.
For Week 18, two Saturday games and the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to January 9. The schedule does not list Saturday games or a Sunday night game in Week 18, but games with playoff implications will be moved to those time slots. 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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