Set the DVR! “Sunday Night Football” Premieres Tonight!


NFL Kickoff: Packers at Seahawks

If you’re going to lead with your best foot, Aaron Rodgers vs. the Super Bowl champs is about as good as it gets. Expect the 12th Man to be in rare form, and a few Fail Mary replays for good measure. While you’re at it, why not check out our list of the Top 10 Football Movies!

NBC Sunday Night Football is a weekly television broadcast of American football games in the National Football League on NBC. It began airing on Sunday, August 6, 2006 with the pre-season opening Hall of Fame Game. It replaced ESPN Sunday Night Football, which ran from 1987 through 2005. (ESPN took over Monday Night Football from sister network ABC starting in 2006.) In the 2011–12 season, it was the highest rated, most watched TV program in Nielsen ratings, beating American Idol, which had previously been the most watched TV program for eight consecutive seasons and eight straight years. It was also the most-watched program for the 2013-14 season.

Al Michaels is the play-by-play announcer, with Cris Collinsworth as the color commentator and Michele Tafoya as the sideline reporter. Fred Gaudelli and Drew Esocoff, the lead producer and director respectively, carry over their duties from ABC’s telecasts of Monday Night Football. John Madden, the color commentator for the first three years of the program, retired prior to the 2009 season; Collinsworth succeeded him. Starting in 2014, under the new NFL television contract, a Spanish-language simulcast will eventually air on sister network Telemundo; currently like all networks with NFL television contracts, NBC’s SAP channel features Spanish-language audio, though promoted by NBC as “provided by Telemundo”.

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