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Thursday, January 5th, 2023
AARON RODGERS AND PACKERS CAN CLINCH FINAL NFC PLAYOFF SPOT AGAINST STREAKING DETROIT LIONS ON SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ON NBC, PEACOCK AND UNIVERSO
Lions Can Clinch Final NFC Playoff Spot with Win vs. Packers and Seattle Loss/Tie or Other Scenarios
Coverage Begins with Football Night in America at 7 p.m. ET; Followed by 8:20 p.m. ET Kickoff
NFL Sundays Begin and End on Peacock with Exclusive Coverage Featuring Fantasy Football Pregame with Matthew Berry at 11 a.m. ET and Peacock Sunday Night Football Final Immediately After Each SNF Game
STAMFORD, Conn. – Jan. 5, 2023 – Two-time reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers look to clinch their fourth consecutive playoff appearance when they host Jared Goff and the NFC North rival Detroit Lions in this week’s edition of NBC’s Sunday Night Football. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET with Football Night in America, followed by kickoff at 8:20 p.m. ET from Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., on NBC, Peacock and Universo.
Green Bay has won four in a row to improve to 8-8 and position themselves for a win-and-in performance in the season finale. The Packers would secure the final NFC playoff spot with a victory on Sunday night. However, Detroit (8-8) has won seven of its last nine games and can clinch their first postseason berth since 2016 with a win against Green Bay and a Seattle loss/tie (vs. Los Angeles Rams earlier in the day) or other scenarios if the game ends in a tie. This Sunday marks the Lions’ first appearance on Sunday Night Football since Week 3 of the 2018 season, when Detroit defeated New England, 26-10.
Green Bay and Detroit also met in the final game of the 2016 season on SNF, with both teams entering the game at 9-6. The Packers won, 31-24, clinching the division and the No. 4 seed, while the Lions secured the No. 6 seed. Both Rodgers and Goff have had regular-season success in December and January. In their careers, Rodgers is 48-16 with 124 touchdown passes vs. only 28 interceptions, while Goff is 18-14 with 54 touchdowns vs. 23 interceptions. Packers head coach Matt LaFleur is 18-1 in December and January regular-season games since taking over in 2019.
In Green Bay’s 41-17 win over Minnesota last Sunday, Rodgers threw for 159 yards and a touchdown and also added a score on the ground. Running back Aaron Jones ran for 111 yards and has rushed for at least 1,000 yards (1,073 this season) in three of the last four seasons.
Detroit kept their playoff hopes alive with Sunday’s 41-10 win against the division rival Chicago Bears. Goff threw for 255 yards and three touchdowns while the running back duo of D’Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams combined for three touchdowns and 274 total yards; the latter currently leads the NFL in rushing touchdowns (15). On the defensive side, lineman and 2022 No. 2 overall pick Aidan Hutchinson and linebacker James Houston became the first pair of rookie teammates each with at least seven sacks since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic.
Calling Lions-Packers is Mike Tirico (play-by-play); 17-time Emmy Award winner Cris Collinsworth (analyst); and Melissa Stark (sideline reporter). Three-time Super Bowl referee Terry McAulay is the Sunday Night Football rules analyst.
NBC’s coverage of Sunday Night Football is led by executive producer Rob Hyland and director Drew Esocoff. SNF has won a record 11 Sports Emmys for Outstanding Live Sports Series.
Football Night in America features host Maria Taylor, Hall of Fame head coach Tony Dungy, former NFL head coach of the Cowboys Jason Garrett, former NFL quarterback Chris Simms, NFL Insider Mike Florio, who will contribute remotely from his home studio, and fantasy sports industry pioneer Matthew Berry. Steve Kornacki, NBC News’ celebrated national political correspondent, joins FNIA for the final Sunday of the regular season. Co-host Jac Collinsworth and two-time Super Bowl champion Rodney Harrison will provide reports at the site of the game.
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 Matt Casey. FNIA is directed by Kaare Numme.
PEACOCK’S SUNDAY NFL PROGRAMMING
Peacock exclusively bookends NFL coverage every Sunday with Fantasy Football Pregame with Matthew Berry served by Applebee’s at 11 a.m. ET and its exclusive postgame show, Peacock Sunday Night Football Final following each Sunday Night Football game.
Fantasy Football Pregame with Matthew Berry is presented on Sundays at 11 a.m. ET throughout the NFL season, providing the latest fantasy football news and advice to help viewers set their lineup before the early games kick off just after 1 p.m. ET. The show also features Jay Croucher, who co-hosts the daily “Fantasy Football Happy Hour with Matthew Berry” program on Peacock (Monday-Friday, noon ET) and will provide sports betting advice alongside Michael Smith. Sunday’s second hour, beginning at noon ET, will also be televised live on CNBC.
Peacock Sunday Night Football Final, an NFL post-game show produced by NBC Sports, streams exclusively on Peacock following Sunday Night Football. The show is hosted by NBC Sports commentators Kathryn Tappen and Chris Simms, who provide instant reactions to each Sunday game along with highlights and interviews. Jac Collinsworth and Harrison also provide recaps and insights into the day’s biggest moments from the site of each week’s SNF game, and Florio provides injury and news updates. Berry also joins the show to provide advice and an early look at the fantasy waiver wire.
PEACOCK TO LIVE STREAM ALL NBC NFL GAMES THIS SEASON
All of NBC Sports’ NFL regular-season games, playoff games, and Football Night in America will stream live on Peacock this season. Peacock will also present all SNF games live in Spanish for the remainder of the 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, PFT Live, PFT PM, Fantasy Football Happy Hour with Matthew Berry, 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.
NBCSPORTS.COM & NBC SPORTS APP TO LIVE STREAM ALL NBC NFL GAMES
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will stream live coverage to desktops, mobile, tablets, and connected TVs via authentication, 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.
Every NFL game this season is also available to watch on phone and tablet with NFL+.
TELEMUNDO DEPORTES TO PRESENT ENTIRE NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE, INCLUDING PLAYOFFS
Telemundo Deportes will again provide exclusive Spanish-language coverage of the entire NBC Sunday Night Football package with 20 regular season games, including the NFL Kickoff Game, 18 regular-season Sunday Night Football games, and the annual Thanksgiving night game, which will air on Telemundo and wrap up a full day of futbol and football. Telemundo Deportes will present three playoff matchups, including a Divisional Playoff game and two Wild Card Playoff games. All 23 NFL games this season will also be available to live stream via TelemundoDeportes.com and the Telemundo Deportes app.
Telemundo Deportes introduces a new SNF announce team with Emmy-award winning sports journalist, anchor and host Miguel Gurwitz and former Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman Rolando Cantu this season with Ariana Figuera and Jorge Andres serving as analysts and supporting pre- and post-game studio coverage.
“SUNDAY NIGHT 7” FREE-TO-PLAY GAME RETURNS WITH $100,000 JACKPOT EVERY CONTEST
Once again this season, in the build-up to each week’s Sunday Night Football matchup, fans can participate in NBC Sports’ free-to-play game, Sunday Night 7, which features a $100,000 jackpot every contest for each game in the Sunday Night Football package, as well as one NFL Wild Card playoff game and one NFL Divisional Playoff. 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 Sunday, five users finished in first place with a score of 65 points.
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 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 Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, and is also available in podcast form here.
FANTASY FOOTBALL HAPPY HOUR WITH MATTHEW BERRY SERVED BY APPLEBEE’S
“Fantasy Football Happy Hour with Matthew Berry served by Applebee’s,” NBC Sports’ new, daily fantasy football and sports betting show, streams every weekday at noon ET on Peacock. “Fantasy Football Happy Hour” discusses the most newsworthy fantasy football and sports betting topics and is co-hosted by Jay Croucher and features analysis and advice from regular guests including NBC Sports’ Chris Simms, Mike Florio and Peter King, NBC Sports EDGE’s Denny Carter, Pat Daugherty, Vaughn Dalzell, Lawrence Jackson, and more. The show, which is available on all major podcast platforms and via NBC Sports Audio on SiriusXM Radio, features fantasy football rankings, start/sit suggestions, waiver wire advice, betting futures, player props, and more.
NFL ON NBC YOUTUBE CHANNEL
The NFL on NBC YouTube channel offers daily football content for free, with videos from NBC Sports’ host of NFL commentators including Matthew Berry, Peter King, Mike Florio, Chris Simms, and more.
The channel is also home to exclusive long-form interviews that air on SNF and FNIA, including sit-downs featuring the biggest stars in the league with Maria Taylor and with Michael Smith in a new series Gets It with Michael Smith. Smith’s most recent episode starred Cowboys running backs Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard. Taylor has recently interviewed Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne, Lamar Jackson, Jalen Hurts, Tua Tagovailoa and Derrick Henry.
To access these videos and more, click here to subscribe.
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 2022 NFL season across NBC Sports’ platforms. The industry-leading source for fantasy football news and information, NBC Sports EDGE’s subscription model is available now and is only $9.99 per month. The subscription unlocks 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, Rotoworld Football Show and Bet the Edge.
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 also contributes 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.
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, Fantasy Football Happy Hour with Matthew Berry served by Applebee’s, Chris Simms Unbuttoned, PFT PM, and Rotoworld Football Show. While The Peter King Podcast features intimate discussions with the NFL’s top players, Fantasy Football Happy Hour with Matthew Berry is NBC Sports’ new fantasy daily sports betting show, Chris Simms Unbuttoned and PFT PM dive into deep conversations around the sports’ hottest topics, and Rotoworld 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 3.6 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 2022 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.
Seven-time Grammy Award-winner and multi-platinum recording artist Carrie Underwood stars in the show open for NBC’s Sunday Night Football.
Underwood performed the show open – featuring an updated rendition of the now-iconic “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” – from The Resorts World Theatre in Las Vegas, home of her ongoing residency, REFLECTION.
For the first time, the show open will highlight the game-day energy around each Sunday Night Football game as a dedicated film crew will capture the atmosphere leading up to kickoff including fans tailgating and prepping for the game, player arrivals, and scenes from the host city.
NBC’S SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL IS PRIMETIME TELEVISION’S NO. 1 SHOW FOR RECORD 11 CONSECUTIVE YEARS: NBC’s Sunday Night Football finished the 2021-22 TV season as primetime’s #1 TV show in all key metrics for an unprecedented 11th 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 12th consecutive TV season.
|*Sun. Jan. 8||Week 18||Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers|
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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