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Wednesday, January 10th, 2024
MAHOMES, TUA, STAFFORD, GOFF, STROUD & FLACCO HEADLINE NBCUNIVERSAL’S RECORD THREE SUPER WILD CARD WEEKEND GAMES, INCLUDING PEACOCK EXCLUSIVE ON SATURDAY NIGHT
Jared Goff and Detroit Lions Host First Home Playoff Game in 30 Years vs. Matthew Stafford and Los Angeles Rams Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC, Peacock and Universo
Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce and Defending Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs Host Tua Tagovailoa, Tyreek Hill and Miami Dolphins Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on Peacock in First-Ever Exclusive Live Streamed NFL Playoff Game
Joe Flacco and Cleveland Browns Visit C.J. Stroud and AFC South-Champion Houston Texans on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC, Peacock and Telemundo
Coverage Begins with Football Night in America on NBC and Peacock at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday and 7:30 p.m. ET on Sunday
STAMFORD, Conn. – Jan. 10, 2024 – The NFL Playoffs kick off this weekend with three of the six games on NBCUniversal platforms – the first time any media company presents three playoff games in a single weekend – and features Peacock’s Saturday night presentation of the NFL’s first-ever exclusive live streamed playoff game.
NBC Sports’ Super Wild Card weekend is highlighted by Jared Goff and the NFC North-champion Detroit Lions hosting their first home playoff game in 30 years against Matthew Stafford and the Los Angeles Rams from Ford Field in Detroit, Mich., Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC, Peacock, and Universo.
Saturday’s doubleheader is headlined by the Peacock AFC Wild Card Exclusive, featuring two-time Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes and the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs hosting NFL regular season receiving yards leader Tyreek Hill and the Miami Dolphins from GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., at 8 p.m. ET exclusively on Peacock.
Earlier in the day, Super Bowl XLVII MVP Joe Flacco and the Cleveland Browns visit C.J. Stroud and the AFC South-champion Houston Texans from NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC, Peacock, and Telemundo.
Special editions of Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports, begin coverage at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday and 7:30 p.m. ET on Sunday on NBC and Peacock.
NO. 6 RAMS (10-7) AT NO. 3 LIONS (12-5) SUNDAY AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBC, PEACOCK AND UNIVERSO; FNIA BEGINS AT 7:30 P.M. ET
Detroit won the NFC North for the first time 1993 and will host its first home playoff game since that season. Jared Goff, who was traded from the Rams to the Lions in the 2021 offseason, finished second in the NFL in passing yards (4,575) and fourth in touchdown passes (30). Detroit had a prolific offense this season, becoming only the second team in NFL history with four players with at least 10 touchdowns from scrimmage – RB David Montgomery (13),rookie running back Jahmyr Gibbs (11), rookie Pro Bowl tight end Sam LaPorta (10), and wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown (10) – while Gibbs and LaPorta became the first pair of rookie teammates to each have 10 touchdowns from scrimmage. LaPorta also broke the record for most receptions by a rookie tight end (86) and became only the third rookie tight end in NFL history with at least 10 touchdown receptions, joining Mika Ditka (1961) and Rob Gronkowski (2010).
After missing the playoffs last season, the Rams are back in the postseason after winning the Super Bowl two years ago. Matthew Stafford, who played the first 12 seasons of his career with the Lions and is the franchise leader in passing yards and touchdown passes, returns to Detroit for the first time after being traded to the Rams in the 2021 offseason and leading the team to the Super Bowl title. The Rams’ offense is highlighted by WR Puka Nacua who this season set NFL rookie records for most receiving yards (1,486) and receptions (105), Super Bowl LVI MVP Cooper Kupp and rookie running back Kyren Williams, who finished in the NFL’s top 10 in rushing yards (1,144) and rushing touchdowns (12) this season.
The Rams hold a 45-41-1 advantage in the all-time series. This will be the first postseason matchup between the two franchises since the 1952 National Conference championship which Detroit won, 31-21, en route to the team’s second NFL Championship.
NBC’s Sunday Night Football team of Mike Tirico (play-by-play) and 17-time Emmy Award winner Cris Collinsworth (analyst) will call Rams-Lions, joined by sideline reporter Melissa Stark and three-time Super Bowl referee and rules analyst Terry McAulay.
NBC Sports’ coverage of Los Angeles-Detroit is led by coordinating producer Rob Hyland and director Drew Esocoff.
Sunday’s edition of Football Night in America features host Ahmed Fareed, former NFL head coach Jason Garrett, three-time Super Bowl champion Devin McCourty, former NFL quarterback Chris Simms, NFL Insider Mike Florio, and fantasy sports industry pioneer Matthew Berry. Co-host Jac Collinsworth, two-time Super Bowl champion Rodney Harrison, and Hall of Fame head coach Tony Dungy will provide reports from Ford Field.
NO. 6 DOLPHINS (11-6) AT NO. 3 CHIEFS (11-6) SATURDAY AT 8 P.M. ET EXCLUSIVELY ON PEACOCK
Kansas City earned its seventh consecutive AFC West division title, the longest active streak in the NFL. Mahomes finished the year sixth in the league in passing yards (4,183) and eighth in touchdown passes (27). Tight end Travis Kelce earned his ninth consecutive Pro Bowl selection, while the Kansas City’s defense finished second in the NFL in points allowed per game (17.3) and total yards allowed per game (289.8).
Miami qualified for the playoffs for the second consecutive season behind an offense that ranked first in the NFL in total yards per game (401.3) and second in points per game (29.2). Wide receiver Tyreek Hill led the NFL with 1,799 receiving yards and returns to play his first game in Kansas City after spending the first six years of his career and winning Super Bowl LIV with the Chiefs. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and running back Raheem Mostert earned their first Pro Bowl nods and led the league in passing yards (4,624) and rushing touchdowns (18), respectively.
Saturday’s matchup has a chance to be one of the coldest games in NFL history, with current models expecting the temperature to hit minus-6 degrees with double-digit wind speeds and 43-percent change of light snow. Below is a list of the coldest-recorded kickoff temperatures of all time:
|Dec. 31, 1967
|GB 21, DAL 17;
|Jan. 10, 1982
|CIN 27, SD 7;
|Jan. 10, 2016
|TCF Bank Stadium
|SEA 10, MIN 9;
NFC Wild Card
|Jan. 20, 2008
|NYG 23, GB 20 (OT); NFC Championship
*Source: NFL Communications
The Dolphins and Chiefs are tied, 16-16, in the all-time series, with Miami holding a 3-0 advantage in the postseason series. Kansas City won the most recent matchup, 21-14, in Frankfurt, Germany, in Week 9.
Tirico will call Dolphins-Chiefs with former NFL head coach Jason Garrett (analyst) and Kaylee Hartung (sideline reporter) with McAulay serving as rules analyst.
Coverage of Miami-Kansas City is led by coordinating producer Mark Teitelman and director Pierre Moossa.
Jac Collinsworth, Harrison, and Dungy will provide reports from GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium.
NO. 5 BROWNS (11-6) AT NO. 4 TEXANS (10-7) SATURDAY AT 4:30 P.M. ET ON NBC, PEACOCK AND TELEMUNDO; FNIA BEGINS COVERAGE AT 3 P.M. ET
After finishing 3-13 and in last place in their division in 2022, the Texans won the AFC South for the first time since 2019, defeating the division rival Colts last Saturday in a playoff-clinching victory. Rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud, the second overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, threw for 4,108 yards this season, becoming the fifth rookie quarterback in NFL history to throw for 4,000+ yards, joining Andrew Luck (2012), Justin Herbert (2020), Cam Newton (2011), and Jameis Winston (2015). Stroud became only the fourth rookie QB to record a passer rating of 100-or-higher (100.8).
The Browns clinched a postseason spot for the first time since 2020 after a midseason resurgence led by Super Bowl XLVII MVP Joe Flacco, who took over starting QB duties in Week 13 and won four of five starts. Headlined by four-time All-Pro defensive end Myles Garrett, Cleveland’s defense led the NFL in yards allowed per game (270.2). On the offense, wide receiver Amari Cooper earned his fifth Pro Bowl selection while tight end David Njoku his first.
The Browns and Texans are tied, 7-7, in the all-time series.
NBC Sports’ B1G Saturday Night team of Noah Eagle (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (analyst), and Kathryn Tappen (sideline reporter), along with McAulay (rules analyst), will call Browns-Texans.
NBC Sports’ coverage of Cleveland-Houston is led by coordinating producer Matt Marvin and director Charlie Dammeyer.
Berry, Peter King, and Michael Smith will provide reports from NRG Stadium.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL DELIVERS BEST VIEWERSHIP SINCE 2015 & PACING TO BE PRIMETIME’S #1 SHOW FOR UNPRECEDENTED 13TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR
Sunday Night Football concluded the 2023 season topping all primetime television series and once again pacing to finish as primetime’s #1 TV show in all key metrics for an unprecedented 13th consecutive year.
Sunday Night Football averaged a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 21.4 million viewers for the 2023 season – the show’s best viewership since 2015 and up 8% from last season (19.9 million), according to official national live plus same day data released by Nielsen, and digital data from Adobe Analytics. For more information, click here.
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.
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. Telemundo Deportes will present four playoff matchups, including a Divisional Playoff game and three Wild Card Playoff games. NBC Sports’ NFL games this season will also be available on live stream via TelemundoDeportes.com and the Telemundo Deportes app.
Telemundo Deportes’s SNF announce team consists of Emmy-award winning sports journalist and play-by-play announcer Miguel Gurwitz and former Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman Rolando Cantu this season with Ariana Figuera serving as analyst and supporting pre- and post-game studio coverage. Emmy-nominated Ana Jurka joins the team as host.
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 Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, and is also available in podcast form here.
FANTASY FOOTBALL HAPPY HOUR WITH MATTHEW BERRY
Fantasy Football Happy Hour with Matthew Berry, NBC Sports’ fantasy football and sports betting show, streams this 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.
Rotoworld, the industry-leading source for fantasy football news and information offers comprehensive fantasy football and betting coverage throughout the 2023 NFL season across NBC Sports’ platforms. The 2023 Fantasy Football Draft Guide, featuring the most comprehensive player profiles, ranking and projections in the industry plus Matthew Berry’s annual “100 Facts” article and additional exclusive content from Rotoworld’s team of expert analysts, is available now. Click here for more information.
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, Chris Simms Unbuttoned, PFT PM, and Rotoworld Football Show, along with college football on B1G Talk with Todd and Noah and Go B1G or Go Home. While The Peter King Podcast features intimate discussions with the NFL’s top players, Fantasy Football Happy Hour with Matthew Berry is NBC Sports’ 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 2023 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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