Thanksgiving Night Game on NBC: New England Patriots vs. New York Jets

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November 20th, 2012

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NBC’s First Ever Primetime Game on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Game Coverage Begins with Football Night in America at 8 p.m. ET

Sunday’s Coverage Begins with Football Night In America at 7 p.m. ET

John Madden to Open NBC's Thanksgiving Night Broadcast

NBC to Present 1st Annual "Madden Thanksgiving Player-of-the-Game" on Thursday Night

NBC to Air Special Halftime Performance by Lenny Kravitz

Sunday Night Football Extra to Live Stream Patriots-Jets and Packers-Giants on

NEW YORK – November 20, 2012 – On Thursday night, NBC will begin a new tradition with its first ever NFL primetime game on Thanksgiving. Tom Brady and the New England Patriots (7-3) will travel to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. to take on Mark Sanchez and the New York Jets (4-6). The broadcast of the game begins with legendary NFL coach and analyst John Madden’s take on family, football and tradition. NBC will wrap up the night by presenting the first annual “Madden Thanksgiving Player-of-the-Game” award. Coverage begins with Football Night in America at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

During half-time of the game, Grammy Award-winner Lenny Kravitz will perform a special Thanksgiving concert on the field and for viewers at home.

NBC’s coverage of the 2012-13 NFL season continues on Sunday night when Eli Manning and the New York Giants (6-4) host Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers (7-3) on Sunday Night Football. Coverage begins with Football Night in America at 7 p.m. ET on NBC.

Calling Patriots-Jets and Packers-Giants 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 inaugural Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Reporter.

Football Night in America is hosted by 24-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas, who will report from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Costas will be joined on site by Michaels, and Collinsworth.

On Thursday night, Costas will host a special Thanksgiving edition of Football Night In America from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ., and will be joined on site by Dan Patrick, Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, and two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison.

On Sunday night, Costas will again report from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ., and will be joined on site by Hines Ward, the former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver and Super Bowl MVP.

Dan Patrick will co-host Football Night from NBC's Studio 8G at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Patrick will be joined in studio by Dungy, Harrison, Peter King of Sports Illustrated, and Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network and

  • Jonny C…. formerly Jon

    I smell terrible ratings…..jk ( though I hate both teams)

  • Douglas from Brazil

    @Jonny C…formerly Jon,

    I smell huge ratings…(I’m a Patriots fan).

    Dont forget that last sunday Patriots had the most watched game of the year.

  • JFC

    The largest and I think 6th largest media markets as a base audience. Plus don’t most football fans outside of their home areas hate at least one of these two teams and will tune in just to root against them. I suspect very good numbers.

  • Richard

    Lenny is terrible. He’s clearly lip sinking!! What a crappy show!!

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