via press release:
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT ST. LOUIS RAMS
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 AT 8:00 PM ET ON NFL NETWORK
NFL Network Analyst Marshall Faulk Film Session with Rams CB Cortland Finnegan
Former Rams QB Kurt Warner Joins ‘Craftsman Presents NFL Total Access Kickoff’ Pregame Show at 6:00 PM ET
The eighth season of NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football continues this week when quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers travel to face quarterback Sam Bradford and the St. Louis Rams in an NFC West divisional matchup Thursday, September 26 at 8:00 PM ET. Last season, the Rams were unbeaten against the NFC-champion 49ers, with a 24-24 tie in Week 10 and a 16-13 overtime victory in Week 13.
Play-by-play announcer Brad Nessler and two-time Emmy-nominated analyst Mike Mayock return to the Thursday Night Football broadcast booth for their third season and are joined by Alex Flanagan, who enters her fourth year as the sideline reporter.
NFL Network’s Craftsman Presents NFL Total Access Kickoff pregame show is live from the stadium starting at 6:00 PM ET. Host Rich Eisen is joined by former St. Louis Rams greats Marshall Faulk and Kurt Warner, Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, and former head coach Steve Mariucci. Reporters Alex Flanagan and Stacey Dales provide pregame news reports from the locker rooms and interviews with players and coaches, while NFL Media’s national insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Media’s Mike Silver are on-location with the latest news from around the NFL.
Featured on the pregame show this week:
· NFL Network analyst Marshall Faulk watches film with St. Louis Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan to see how the Rams were able to go unbeaten against the San Francisco 49ers in 2012
· Grammy Award-winning musician and St. Louis native Nelly on-set
· Do the defending NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers have bigger concerns on offense or defense?
· Craftsman Presents NFL Total Access Kickoff goes on the field to show how 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick puts pressure on defenses
· NFC East discussion – what ails the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins and New York Giants, and does anyone believe in the Dallas Cowboys?
Last week’s Thursday Night Football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles delivered a 6.0 US HH rating (9.7 Cvg HH rating) and was watched by an average of 9.4 million viewers (not including over-the-air stations in Kansas City and Philadelphia) – ranking it as the highest-rated Thursday Night Football telecast in NFL Network history. Through two games of its 13-game schedule, Thursday Night Football is averaging a 5.7 US HH rating (+43% vs. 2012 average) and 9.1 million viewers (+42% vs. 2012 average) – on pace to be the highest-rated and most-watched Thursday Night Football season ever.
International award-winning actress and recording artist Priyanka Chopra’s track “In My City” is the new theme for Thursday Night Football. This is Chopra’s second year being featured on NFL Network as last season she kicked off the Thursday Night Football pregame show.
For a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the Thursday Night Football open “In My City,” visit http://on.nfl.com/15RxswV.
Eisen, Faulk, Warner, Sanders, Mariucci, Rapoport and Silver provide additional analysis on the Lexus Halftime Show and the postgame show. Following the game, hosts Dan Hellie and Amber Theoharis, and NFL Network analysts Darren Sharper and Willie McGinest will deliver a postgame edition of NFL Total Access live from NFL Network’s studios in Los Angeles.
Thursday Night Football on NFL.com/NFL Mobile
Each week starting at 8:00 PM ET, NFL.com Live: Thursday Night Football returns as the true companion for NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football. New this season, the live look-ins on NFL.com Live: Thursday Night Football feature exclusive coaches’ angles, which include the “All-22,” “High End Zone” and Cable Cam angles. Additionally, the NFL Digital Media production will provide its own play-by-play and analysis for the first time, with Matt “Money” Smith on the call and Solomon Wilcots as analyst. Rebecca Haarlow will be live on-location providing sideline commentary to the broadcast.
From the NFL Network studios, Elliot Harrison is joined alongside analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks to provide instant studio analysis to live game action. Dave Dameshek and Crystina Poncher will be NFL.com Live: Thursday Night Football’s social media correspondents, and various NFL Network analysts will join the broadcast throughout the season. To watch each NFL.com Live: Thursday Night Football broadcast, visit NFL.com.
TNF Xtra is a free, downloadable feature on the NFL Mobile app, which offers a comprehensive second-screen companion to NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football broadcast. TNF Xtra is live at 7:30 PM ET each Thursday during NFL Network’s 13-game broadcast schedule, and features live video updates from sideline reporter Rebecca Haarlow, social media integration, trivia and polls throughout the game, relevant historical facts, statistics and profiles, and instant photos live from the game. Visit NFL.com/xtra on your mobile device to download NFL Mobile.