A Battle for First Place In the AFC East As the Jets Host the Patriots on ‘Sunday Night Football’
via press release:
COVERAGE BEGINS WITH FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA AT 7 PM ET
NFL Turning Point On VERSUS Moves to New Date and Time – Wednesday, 10 p.m. ET Starting Tonight
NBC SportsTalk Focuses on NFL Each Monday and Friday at 6 p.m. ET on VERSUS
NEW YORK – November 9, 2011 – In what has become one of the fiercest rivalries in the NFL, Rex Ryan and his New York Jets (5-3) host Bill Belichick and his New England Patriots (5-3) in a battle for first place in the AFC East on Sunday Night Football.
Calling Patriots-Jets will be six-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his 26th season as the voice of the NFL’s premier primetime package; 12-time Emmy Award-winner Collinsworth, who won the Emmy for outstanding event analyst in both of his seasons in the Sunday Night Football booth; and sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, in her first season on SNF.
Coverage begins Sunday with Football Night in America at 7 p.m. ET with 22-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas hosting the program live from inside Met Life Stadium. Costas is joined on site by Michaels and Collinsworth for reaction to the afternoon games.
Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from Studio 8G at NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza studios and is joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Peter King of Sports Illustrated and Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk on NBCSports.com. Alex Flanagan will report from Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Calif., on the Giants-49ers game.
Dungy: “The Jets are catching fire at the right time. They have the type of team that could give these Patriots a lot of problems. They’re running the ball well, they’ve got some explosive receivers, and they can bring a lot of different pressure on that New England offensive line.”
Harrison: “The Jets defense is starting to play with a lot more confidence. You look across-the-board they’re playing more man-to-man coverage, they’re disguising, they got outside linebackers dropping and covering, creating turnovers.”
Harrison: “It’s tough right now because you can only play with the personnel that you have. Your offense can’t score 30 points a game. You can’t expect them to, especially now that it’s starting to get cold and the ball gets affected by the wind and the temperatures and everything outside.”
ON TOM BRADY
Dungy: “I think he’s pressing because he feels like he’s got to score a lot of points. I don’t know if he has the confidence in that defense the way he used to.”
Harrison: “He doesn’t.”
# # #
NFL TURNING POINT MOVES TO WEDNESDAY NIGHT 10 P.M. ON VERSUS, STARTING TONIGHT
NFL Turning Point, VERSUS’ weekly show co-produced by NFL Films and the NBC Sports Group, will move to Wednesday nights beginning tonight at 10 p.m. ET. The weekly show focuses on the crucial ‘turning point’ in several games for football fans each week in a more in-depth way than ever before by utilizing NFL Films’ unmatched cinematography and sideline and on-field audio.
Tonight’s episode includes:
- Giants-Patriots Super Bowl XLII rematch: The fourth quarter saw a spectacular 28-yard catch by tight end Jake Ballard; reminiscent of David Tyree’s dramatic catch during Super Bowl XLII.
- Ravens-Steelers Sunday Night Football game: The pinnacle moments of the game occurred when the Steelers had an incomplete pass and then a penalty, which resulted in a punt. The Ravens rebounded with a 26-yard catch from Torrey Smith that resulted in the winning touchdown.
- A QB comparison between Chargers Philip Rivers and the Packers Aaron Rodgers, who combined for eight touchdown passes this past weekend.
- Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison of Football Night in America focus on the chess match between the two coaches in the upcoming New England Patriots-New York Jets Sunday Night Football game.
NFL Turning Point will continue to air a new episode every Wednesday night at 10 p.m. ET starting this week.
# # #
NBC SPORTSTALK ON VERSUS FOCUSES ON FOOTBALL ON MONDAY AND FRIDAY, 6 p.m. ET
Hosted by Russ Thaler, NBC SportsTalk, the new daily studio show on VERSUS, previews the NFL weekend on Friday at 6 p.m. ET with two of the most knowledgeable and respected NFL insiders, Peter King of Sports Illustrated and Football Night in America and Mike Florio of PreFootballTalk on NBCSports.com and Football Night. Additionally, Gregg Rosenthal of Rotoworld and ProFootballTalk on NBCSports.com will contribute a fantasy segment each Friday.
Monday’s NBC SportsTalk program hosted by Thaler and Florio (6 p.m. ET) will recap the week in the NFL.
Click here for more details about NBC SportsTalk: http://www.nbcumv.com/mediavillage/sports
# # #
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL EXPANDS DIGITAL COVERAGE
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ALL-ACCESS. ALL SEASON LONG: For the second straight season, NBCSports.com is providing a destination for fans dedicated to behind-the-scenes content of Sunday Night Football. SNF All-Access includes exclusive behind-the-scenes photos of the Sunday Night Football production, look-ins on SNF production meetings, Michele Tafoya interviews and conversations with SNF talent.
Visit SNF All-Access at: http://snfallaccess.nbcsports.com/
SNF EXTRA: For the fourth consecutive season, the entire Sunday Night Football schedule is streamed live on NBCSports.com, which comes from NBC Sports’ broadcast of Sunday Night Football, plus four additional camera angles and several new interactive features. Sunday Night Football Extra features the broadcast from NBC’s Sunday Night Football team: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya.
Sunday Night Football Extra employs a full HD-quality player, which includes a draggable picture-in-picture feature for any of the online-only cameras, plus full DVR functionality allowing the user to pause and scroll back-and-forth – even review plays in “slo-mo.”
New for the 2011 season, Sunday Night Football Extra features online-only sideline updates and tweets from Tafoya, plus behind-the-scenes notes and images thanks to Sunday Night Football All-Access. Users can also share direct links to any play in the game via Twitter and Facebook, and participate in a Twitter Tug of War with fans of the opposing team.
Sunday Night Football Extra includes expert analysis, including fantasy tips from Rotoworld fantasy experts as well as in-game chats and analysis from ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio. Additionally Sunday Night Football Extra employs online-only in-game analysis from the Sunday Night Football and Football Night in America teams.
SNF ON FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SNFonNBC – The Sunday Night Football Facebook page provides links, photos and videos exclusive to behind-the-scenes at SNF every week. The page aggregates all SNF-related content found within the NBC Sports digital network, including NBCSports.com, SNF Extra, ProFootballTalk.com, and Rotoworld.com.
This season, Sunday Night Football on Facebook is looking for the Ultimate Sunday Night Football fan. Facebook fans of SNF can enter for a chance to win a VIP trip to Super Bowl XLVI by telling why they are the Ultimate Sunday Night Football fan. Each week, 14 winners will be chosen to receive a SNF Prize Pack. During Wild Card Saturday, the weekly winner with the most votes will be announced and awarded a VIP trip and tickets to Super Bowl XLVI. The contest began on September 8 and contunies throughout the season.
SNF ON TWITTER: twitter.com/SNFonNBC – At @SNFonNBC this year, Sunday Night Football sideline reporter Michele Tafoya is tweeting from the sideline giving her perspective on injury reports to exclusive real-time game updates. Using tweets, twitpics and twitvids @SNFonNBC provides unique content with SNF talent, production crew and NFL players. The Twitter feed also alerts followers about upcoming interviews and features that will appear on Football Night in America and Sunday Night Football broadcasts.
SOCIAL CHECK-INS: Sunday Night Football is new this season on GetGlue and foursquare. Fans watching Sunday Night Football at home have the opportunity to win weekly SNF themed stickers and chances at real-world prizes by checking into SNF on GetGlue every Sunday night. Through foursquare, fans check-in to stadiums and venues around the country and receive tips and tune-in information from SNF as Sunday Night Football rolls into their town.
# # #
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL RATINGS NOTES
The Baltimore Ravens 23-20 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football was seen by 22.1 million people, 14 percent higher than last year’s Week 9 game (Cowboys-Packers, 19.4 million), and registered a household rating of 13.3/21 is up 15 percent from last year’s Week 9 game (11.6/19).
Sunday Night Football ranked as the No. 1 primetime program of the week among households, viewers and the key adult and male demographics.
Through the first nine weeks of the NFL season (nine Sunday’s and one Thursday), Sunday Night Football is averaging 21.4 million viewers, the most through this point in the season in the six-year history of SNF.
The nine-week average household rating of 12.8/20 ties last year as the best through the same point in the season in the six-year history of Sunday Night Football.
The critically acclaimed Football Night in America is averaging 9.0 million viewers and a household rating of 5.5/9 (7:30-8:15 p.m. ET) through the first nine weeks, both up 10 percent from last year’s first nine weeks.
36 FOR 37: Sunday Night Football was the most-watched primetime show on Sunday night. This marks the 36th time in 37 primetime NFL games – dating back to Week 7 in 2009 – that NBC has defeated its competition (33 Sundays, two Thursdays and one Tuesday).
# # #
REMAINING 2011 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Sun. Nov. 13 Week 10 New England Patriots at New York Jets
Sun. Nov. 20 *Week 11 Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants
Sun. Nov. 27 *Week 12 Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs
Sun. Dec. 4 *Week 13 TBA
Sun. Dec. 11 *Week 14 New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys
Sun. Dec. 18 *Week 15 Baltimore Ravens at San Diego Chargers
Sun. Dec. 25 Week 16 Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
Sun. Jan. 1 *Week 17 TBA
Follow NBC Sports PR on Twitter @NBCSportsPR
Follow “Sunday Night Football” on Twitter @SNFonNBC
Follow NBC SportsTalk on Twitter @NBCSportsTalk
Become a fan of “Sunday Night Football” on Facebook at: facebook.com/snfonnbc
Visit SNF All-Access at: http://snfallaccess.nbcsports.com/