FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 11th, 2022
NBC SPORTS PRESENTS FIVE HOURS OF SUPER BOWL LVI PREGAME COVERAGE THIS SUNDAY, FEB. 13 BEGINNING AT 1 P.M. ET ON NBC & PEACOCK
Pregame Show Features Player and Coach Interviews, In-Depth Features, Live On-Site Reporting and Game Previews & Analysis
Interviews with Rams’ Sean McVay, Aaron Donald, Matthew and Kelly Stafford, and Bengals’ Joe Burrow, Zac Taylor and Sam Hubbard
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Rutledge Wood Embark on a “Super SoCal Adventure”
NBC News’ Lester Holt Interviews President Joe Biden
Super Bowl Coverage on NBC and Peacock Bookended by Morning and Primetime Olympic Programming, Creating “Super Gold Sunday”
STAMFORD, Conn. – Feb. 11, 2022 – NBC Sports’ presentation of Super Bowl LVI this Sunday, Feb. 13 kicks off with a comprehensive five-hour Super Bowl LVI Pregame Show beginning at 1 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock. In the hours leading up to the game, NBC Sports’ Super Bowl LVI Pregame Show will include live reports from the team hotels and the stadium, in-depth features and interviews with players and coaches from the Rams and Bengals, and game previews and analysis from its roster of expert commentators.
The Super Bowl LVI Pregame Show features host Mike Tirico, who will make an unprecedented hosting double as he anchors the Olympic primetime show as well as NBC Sports’ Super Bowl halftime show and handle the Lombardi Trophy presentation after the game.
Maria Taylor makes her Super Bowl hosting debut, starting Sunday’s pregame show at the famed Santa Monica Pier, before heading to the field at SoFi Stadium. At halftime, she will provide viewers with a “moments-away” look at what’s to come in the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show from backstage and on-field locations. After the game, Taylor will anchor from the main set at SoFi Stadium.
Super Bowl XLIV MVP Drew Brees makes his Super Bowl television debut on the Super Bowl pregame show alongside Football Night in America teammates and fellow Super Bowl champions Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison. Dungy won a Super Bowl as a player with the Pittsburgh Steelers (XIII) and as the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts (XLI). Harrison won two Super Bowls with the New England Patriots (XXXVIII and XXXIX).
Former NFL quarterback Chris Simms joins Taylor at Santa Monica Pier before making his way to SoFi Stadium, while Jac Collinsworth makes his Super Bowl debut, working on the field alongside Harrison.
NBC Sports insider Mike Florio will report on all the news surrounding Super Bowl LVI from on-location in Los Angeles, and insider Peter King will present a feature and additional commentary. Steve Kornacki, NBC News’ celebrated political correspondent, will make his “Super Sunday” debut on the pregame show.
Throughout the pregame show, Michael Holley and Michael Smith from Peacock’s Brother From Another will report from the AFC and NFC team hotels, and Access Hollywood’s Kit Hoover will take viewers inside the NFL Tailgate at SoFi Stadium.
NBC Sports’ Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Rutledge Wood will embark on a “Super SoCal Adventure,” bringing viewers to various landmarks throughout Los Angeles leading up to the game.
Coverage will also feature the events surrounding the Super Bowl, including:
- “Super Gold Sunday”: 2022 Winter Olympics integrations, including Team USA hockey and monobob events;
- Reports from Access Hollywood’s Kit Hoover about the festive atmosphere inside the Super Bowl LVI Tailgate Party, which will include celebrity interviews;
- Using his trademark touchscreen, Steve Kornacki dives into Super Bowl Squares probabilities, the history of Super Bowl ticket prices, attendance, and more.
Following is a summary of NBC Sports’ Super Bowl LVI pregame coverage:
Pregame coverage begins at Noon ET on NBC and Peacock with Road To The Super Bowl, produced by NFL Films, which examines the path that led the Rams and Bengals to Super Bowl LVI, leading into the Super Bowl LVI Pregame Show at 1 p.m. ET.
NBC Sports’ Feb. 13 Schedule on NBC and Peacock (all times ET):
|8 a.m.||2022 Winter Olympics|
|Noon||Road to the Super Bowl|
|1 p.m.||Super Bowl LVI Pregame Show|
|6:30 p.m.||Super Bowl LVI|
|10:45 p.m.||2022 Winter Olympics Primetime Show|
|Midnight||Late Local News*|
|12:30 p.m.||2022 Winter Olympics Prime Plus Show|
STORIES ON THE STARS
INTERVIEWS: During the two weeks leading up to the game, NBC Sports conducted extensive interviews with Super Bowl LVI players and coaches, including:
- Chris Simms with Rams head coach Sean McVay
- Rodney Harrison with Rams DT and three-time Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald
- Maria Taylor with Rams QB Matthew Stafford and his wife, Kelly
- Tony Dungy with Bengals head coach Zac Taylor
- Drew Brees with Bengals QB Joe Burrow
- Jac Collinsworth with Bengals DE Sam Hubbard
HOTEL & ARRIVAL REPORTS: Michael Holley and Michael Smith will provide updates from the Bengals and Rams team hotels. Michele Tafoya (Rams) and Kathryn Tappen (Bengals) will report on the teams’ arrivals at the stadium.
Untold History of the Super Bowl: Peter King unveils untold stories from Super Bowl history, including Bill Parcells in Super Bowl XXV, Joe Gibbs in Super Bowl XXII, and Terry Bradshaw in Super Bowl XII
Snoop Youth Football: Snoop is giving back to the community with his long-running youth football league that aims to teach young kids football, but most importantly, teach them life lessons
1939 UCLA Football Team: Tim Layden narrates an essay on the historical importance of the 1939 UCLA football team, which included Jackie Robinson, Kenny Washington, and Woody Strode. These teammates would go on to become three of the most significant trailblazers in sports history. Washington and Strode re-integrated the NFL when they signed with the Los Angeles Rams in 1946, and the following year, Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers
Tom Coughlin: Two-time Super Bowl-winning head coach Tom Coughlin and his wife, Judy, have used their Jay Fund foundation for many years to assist children with cancer. Coughlin stresses the importance of caretakers everywhere as he cares for Judy, who was diagnosed with an incurable brain disorder in 2020
Cabo Recruitment: The story of the coincidental vacation in Cabo, Mexico, which led to a Sean McVay and Matthew Stafford meeting, and set the stage for the trade that brought Stafford to Los Angeles
Bengals Faces: Highlighting everyday Bengals fans and what a Super Bowl title would mean to them
Super Bowl Doctors: Three doctors who attended last year’s Super Bowl in Miami – as healthcare workers around the country were invited to and honored at the game – helped to save the life of a distressed passenger on their flight back home to Los Angeles
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Stars in Special Opening Tease: Johnson narrates the open for the 5 p.m. ET hour of the Super Bowl LVI Pregame Show, setting the stage for the historic “Super Gold Sunday.”
Interviews: Access Hollywood’s Kit Hoover will take viewers inside the NFL Tailgate at SoFi Stadium, and speak with celebrities including:
- Morena Baccarin and Ryan Michelle Bathe from NBC’s The Endgame
- Jabari Banks and Morgan Cooper from Peacock’s Bel-Air
- Anthony Anderson and Jeff Donovan from Law & Order
NBC News’ Lester Holt with President Joe Biden in an exclusive, wide-ranging interview airing on Sunday during the 3 p.m. ET hour of the Super Bowl LVI Pregame Show.
Maria Taylor and Chris Simms will interview America’s Got Talent Extreme’s Terry Crews and Nikki Bella from the Santa Monica Pier.
Mike Tirico speaks with NBC Olympics correspondent Lindsey Vonn, Olympic gold medalist and winningest woman in alpine skiing World Cup history, at the Lake set.
Dale & Rut’s SoCal Adventure: NBC Sports’ Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Rutledge Wood will embark on a “Super SoCal Adventure,” bringing viewers to various L.A. locations throughout the pregame show, including popular destinations like Venice Beach, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and the Hollywood Chinese Theater. Dale & Rut will interview actor Jeff Goldblum at Universal Studios Hollywood to discuss the upcoming Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World Dominion film.
Musical Performances: NBC Sports’ Super Bowl LVI Pregame Show will feature musical performances from The Chainsmokers from the NFL Tailgate Party outside of SoFi Stadium.