via press release:
|JIM SCHWARTZ AND THE LIONS TRAVEL TO SAN FRANCISCO TO TAKE ON JIM HARBAUGH AND THE 49ERS ON SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL IN A REMATCH OF THE “HANDSHAKE GAME”|
|Coverage Begins With Football Night In America at 7 pm ET
Michele Tafoya to Provide Live Video Tweets
During SNF Game; @BarrySanders to Serve as SNF Guest Tweeter
Sunday Night Football Extra to Live Stream Lions – 49ers on NBCSports.com
NFL Turning Point Airs Tomorrow at 10 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network and Features Peyton Manning Robert Griffin III and Michael Vick
Pro Football Talk Weekdays at 5 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network
|NEW YORK – Sept. 11, 2012 – Jim Schwartz and the Lions (1-0) travel to San Francisco to take on Jim Harbaugh and the defending NFC West champion 49ers (1-0) in a rematch of the much talked about “Handshake Game” on Sunday Night Football. After the 49ers 25-19 comeback win over the Lions last year at Ford Field, Harbaugh incensed Schwartz with a firm handshake and backslap. As a result, the two head coaches had to be separated as they left the field. Coverage begins Sunday with Football Night in America at 7 p.m. ET.
Calling Lions-49ers is six-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his 27th season as the voice of the NFL's premier primetime package; 13-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth, who has won the Emmy for outstanding event analyst in each of his three seasons in the Sunday Night Football booth; and sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, who, last year in her first season with SNF, won the inagural Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Reporter.
Football Night in America is hosted by 23-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas, who will report from Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Calif. Costas will be joined on site by Michaels and Collinsworth for reaction to the afternoon games.
Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from NBC's Studio 8G at 30 Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday night. Patrick 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 Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network and NBCSports.com. Carolyn Manno will report from Heinz Filed in Pittsburgh, Pa., on the Steelers-Jets game.
“San Francisco has the best young defense since Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens. Offense is the story for the Detroit Lions, with Mathew Stafford and Calvin Johnson. He (Johnson) is such an intimidating figure on the field for any defense he plays against. It makes it exciting for me to watch any time he is on the field.”