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Wednesday, January 11th, 2023
JOE BURROW, JUSTIN HERBERT AND TREVOR LAWRENCE HEADLINE TWO PRIMETIME WILD CARD GAMES THIS WEEKEND ON NBC, PEACOCK, TELEMUNDO AND UNIVERSO
Defending AFC Champion Bengals Host Division Rival Ravens Sunday at 8:15 p.m. ET on NBC, Peacock and Telemundo; Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, and Melissa Stark Call the Action
Jaguars Host First Playoff Game in Five Years vs. Chargers Saturday at 8:15 p.m. ET on NBC, Peacock and Universo; Al Michaels, Tony Dungy, and Kaylee Hartung on the Call
Coverage Begins Both Nights at 7:30 p.m. ET with Football Night in America on NBC and Peacock
STAMFORD, Conn. – Jan. 11, 2023 – NBC Sports presents a pair of Super Wild Card Weekend matchups in primetime this weekend, headlined by Joe Burrow and the defending AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals hosting Mark Andrews and the AFC North rival Baltimore Ravens from Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio, Sunday at 8:15 p.m. ET on NBC, Peacock, and Telemundo.
NBC Sports’ Super Wild Card Weekend coverage kicks off with Trevor Lawrence and the AFC South champion Jacksonville Jaguars hosting their first playoff game in five years against Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers from TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., Saturday at 8:15 p.m. ET on NBC, Peacock and Universo.
Special editions of Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports, begin coverage both nights at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock.
NO. 5 CHARGERS (10-7) AT NO. 4 JAGUARS (9-8) SATURDAY AT 8:15 P.M. ET ON NBC, PEACOCK AND UNIVERSO; FNIA BEGINS COVERAGE AT 7:30 P.M. ET
Jacksonville won the AFC South after finishing in last place in 2021. Currently on a five-game winning streak, the Jaguars clinched the division title after defeating the Titans, 20-16, in a comeback victory in Week 18. Lawrence, making his playoff debut, finished fifth in the AFC in passing yards with 4,113 this year, and became the sixth quarterback drafted No. 1 overall since 2000 to reach the postseason in one of his first two career seasons. Defensively, linebacker Foyesade Oluokun led the league in tackles (184). Doug Pederson has joined Mike Holmgren and Pro Football Hall of Famer Bill Parcells as the only head coaches to follow a Super Bowl win by taking another franchise to the playoffs in their first season with that team.
The Chargers reached the playoffs for the first time since 2018 after winning five of their last seven games. Herbert, who will also be making his playoff debut, ranked second in the league with 4,739 passing yards. He became the first player in NFL history with at least 4,500 passing yards in two of his first three seasons. Austin Ekeler led all running backs with a career-high 107 catches and 18 total touchdowns (13 rushing, 5 receiving) this year.
The Chargers hold a 9-4 advantage in the all-time series with the Jaguars winning 38-10 in Week 3 earlier this season. Lawrence passed for 262 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 115.5 passer rating in the Week 3 victory.
Al Michaels and Pro Football Hall of Fame head coach Tony Dungy (analyst) will call Chargers-Jaguars, joined by sideline reporter Kaylee Hartung and three-time Super Bowl referee and rules analyst Terry McAulay.
NBC Sports’ coverage of Los Angeles-Jacksonville is led by executive producer Fred Gaudelli and director Pierre Moossa.
Saturday’s edition of Football Night in America features host Maria Taylor, former NFL head coach Jason Garrett, former NFL quarterback Chris Simms, NFL Insider Mike Florio, and fantasy sports industry pioneer Matthew Berry. Co-host Jac Collinsworth and two-time Super Bowl champion Rodney Harrison will provide reports at TIAA Bank Field.
NO. 6 RAVENS (10-7) AT NO. 3 BENGALS (12-4) SUNDAY AT 8:15 P.M. ET ON NBC, PEACOCK AND TELEMUNDO; FNIA KICKS OFF COVERAGE AT 7:30 P.M. ET
Cincinnati earned its second consecutive AFC North division title and finished the regular season on an eight-game winning streak. Burrow finished the year fifth in the league in passing with 4,475 yards and tied for second in passing touchdowns with 35. Ja’Marr Chase (1,046) and Tee Higgins (1,029) each recorded more than 1,000 receiving yards for an offense that ranked fifth in passing yardage per game (265). The Bengals own a 6-1 home record this season.
Baltimore is in the playoffs for the fourth time in the past five seasons, marking head coach John Harbaugh’s 10th playoff appearance. Led by a defense that allowed the third fewest points per game in the NFL (18.5), the Ravens’ rushing attack ranked second in the league with 160 yards per contest. Andrews finished the year second among AFC tight ends with 847 receiving yards.
The Ravens lead the all-time series, 28-26, after splitting this year’s regular season games. Sunday will mark the first postseason matchup between the rivals.
Mike Tirico will call Ravens-Bengals with 17-time Emmy Award winner Cris Collinsworth (analyst), who spent his eight-year NFL career with the Bengals and finished as the team’s all-time receptions leader, with Melissa Stark (sideline reporter) and McAulay serving as rules analyst.
NBC Sports’ coverage on Sunday is led by coordinating producer Rob Hyland and director Drew Esocoff.
Taylor hosts Sunday’s Football Night in America with Garrett, Simms, Florio and Berry. Jac Collinsworth, Harrison and Dungy will provide reports at Paycor Stadium.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL CONCLUDES SEASON ON PACE TO BE TV’S #1 PRIMETIME SHOW FOR UNPRECEDENTED 12TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR
With Sunday night’s down-to-the-wire Lions-Packers matchup, NBC Sports concluded its 17th season of Sunday Night Football, topping all primetime television series in the fall and once again pacing to finish as primetime’s #1 TV show in all key metrics for an unprecedented 12th consecutive year. NBC’s SNF, in the most competitive time slot in media, extended its record for the most consecutive years atop the charts (since 1950) and now doubles the show with the second longest run atop primetime.
Sunday Night Football averaged a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) average of 19.9 million viewers for the 2022 season – the show’s best viewership since 2019 and up 3% from last season (19.3 million), according to official national live plus same day data released by Nielsen, and digital data from Adobe Analytics. Over the course of the season, viewers watched nearly 72 billion minutes of SNF. Click here for more details.
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 aired on Telemundo and wrapped up a full day of fútbol 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 FEATURES $100,000 JACKPOT FOR NBC SPORTS’ WILD CARD DOUBLEHEADER THIS WEEKEND
Fans can participate in NBC Sports’ free-to-play game, Sunday Night 7, which features a $100,000 jackpot for both of NBC Sports’ Super Wild Card Weekend games and one NFL Divisional Playoff game. 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.
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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 fantasy football and sports betting show, previews Super Wild Card Weekend and streams Thursday 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.
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