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What to watch for on NBC’s coverage of the Super Bowl pregame

What to watch for on NBC’s coverage of the Super Bowl pregame So you don’t miss anything here is what our friends at NBC have planned for Sunday’s pregame: Bob Costas will open NBC Sports’ six hours of Super Bowl XLVI pre-game coverage with a live report from Georgia Street in downtown Indianapolis at Noon ET on Sunday, Feb. 5. In the hours leading up to the game, NBC Sports will surround the Super Bowl teams with live team hotel and sideline reports, player features and interviews, and X’s and O’s analysis. Coverage will also include the events surrounding the Super Bowl, including an interview with halftime performer Madonna, live musical performances, red-carpet interviews with music, television and film stars, reports from the festive atmosphere taking place just outside Lucas Oil Stadium, and more. NBC News’ Matt Lauer will also interview President Barack Obama during a special pre-game edition of TODAY airing late Sunday afternoon. In addition to Costas, NBC Sports’...

Championship Weekend notables & quotables

Championship Weekend notables & quotables The best quotes from Sunday’s playoff games There were some great quotes after two outstanding Championship Games. Here are a few of the best for your enjoyment. “Tom Brady will go down in history as one of the best to ever do it. Eli is approaching that status, but until he does I would have to give the nod to Tom Brady.” -- Deion Sanders who he trusts more: Tom Brady or Eli Manning “He took some big hits, yes he got sacked six times but he is cool, calm and collected under pressure. Eli did it again. He is really writing his legacy as we speak.” -- Steve Mariucci on New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who threw for 316 yards and two touchdowns in the NFC Championship Game “We talked about what makes you an elite quarterback, as Eli said he is an elite quarterback. It’s when you can lead your team to victories throwing the ball 58 times without any interceptions and then bringing guys up saying, ‘I’m going to make all of ...

The 49ers and the Giants as Troy Aikman see the game

The 49ers and the Giants as Troy Aikman see the game FOX lead color analyst Troy Aikman a three time Super Bowl Champion quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys knows a little about NFC Championship games. This week he shared his thoughts on the battle between San Francisco and the New York Giants. On the pressure on a quarterback and ultimately what you are remembered for: “When you are the top draft pick at quarterback, you were brought in to win a championship. All that matters is winning. If Alex Smith or Eli Manning had the same years they had statistically but their teams were 5-11, no one would be talking about what a good year they had. As great a year as Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees each had, they’d give it all back to still be playing this weekend.”  The keys to a 49ers win: “Of all the teams, I’ve seen this season, I’d say the 49ers are the most complete.  They run the ball well, are excellent on defense and their special teams plays well. There aren’t many holes in San Francisc...

Tomlinson speaks out on Jets “issues”

Tomlinson speaks out on Jets “issues” This week on Showtimes Inside the NFL New York Jets star running back LaDainian Tomlinson talked candidly about the troubles the between Mark Sanchez and wide receiver Santonio Holmes. James Brown and Chris Collinsworth spoke to him about the feud.       JB: Did it get out-of-hand? Tomlinson: It got out-of-hand toward the end of the season.  That is why it got out in the media.  This is something that happened (in the) third or fourth week of the season, that was going on, and nobody knew about it because the players kept it under wraps.  Until we went on that losing streak and guys started to speak up and speak out about certain things. Collinsworth: Mark Sanchez has been the lightening rod.  A lot of players don’t think he should be. Santonio Holmes was taken out of the game for basically stirring it up in the huddle.  How bad was it and can it be fixed for those two? Tomlinson:&...

CBS' Dierdorf hints that Texans could be in for a beating

CBS' Dierdorf hints that Texans could be in for a beating DD on the Ravens: The last several times that Baltimore has been in the playoffs they’ve been eliminated by either Pittsburgh or Indianapolis.  They are gone.  Baltimore has a confidence that with who remains really sets up well for them.  They are the team that can win this game and go into New England and beat the Patriots, if that is what has to be done. DD on the Texans: Congratulations to the Texans for making the playoffs for the first time ever and winning a playoff game, but they are in for a rude awakening.  It is one thing to beat Cincinnati at home, and quite another to go to Baltimore and play a rested, extremely balanced football team. DD on the Ravens getting a home game: M&T Stadium in Baltimore is becoming like Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City – an unbelievably loud outdoor stadium.  Arrowhead was the only out...

Phil Simms breaks down the Broncos – Pats game

Phil Simms breaks down the Broncos – Pats game Simms: Rematches that happen in the NFL always intrigue me, especially when talking about good football teams that played each other not long ago.  I saw a lot of plays the Denver Broncos run every single week, but they gave them a little twist this past weekend against the Steelers. When you see it in a game, you know that the other team is prepared for the original play.  When you give it that twist, you see what it does. Can the other team adjust or does it turn into something big?  There were probably three plays in the Broncos-Steelers game that turned out to be big.  So the Broncos’ preparation, new thinking, and a new twist to an old play were the difference in the game.  We are going to see new twists with two staffs that come up with a lot of different ideas on both sides of the ball.  I am spending most of my week watching their last game so that when it does happen, I will know why they did a c...

The Fox Team on the NFL Playoffs

The Fox Team on the NFL Playoffs Michael Strahan on the 2007 Giants and the 2011 team: “I think these are two totally different types of teams. Our team in 2007 was led on the defensive side of the ball. We realized defensively and especially up front, we had to get after the quarterback and had some good secondary play. This year, you can lean on the offense to put points on the board, whereas at that point in 2007, Eli finally started to get his confidence in himself. We were still little unsure every game about what was going to happen with him. I understand the comparisons but I wish this team would have their own history. This is a good team and they’re hoping that the defense hits the same hot streak that the offense hit back in 2007 when they needed it the most. The defense has shown their potential in the last two games. It’s definitely up to them to show up in Green Bay with that offense that the Packers have because offensively, there is no doubt that the Giants can score.” Troy Aikm...

The NFL gets a $24 billion dollar holiday gift

The NFL gets a $24 billion dollar holiday gift This past week the NFL broadcast networks CBS, FOX and NBC signed brand new long term deals with the league worth in the range of a staggering $24 billion dollars. The new deals run from 2014 through 2024 and there are some very interesting things inside the numbers. Each of the networks gets three Super Bowls from 2014-2022. Under the new set-up, NFL Network, in what can be seen as a vote of confidence by NFL owners, will add more games to what has been an eight-game primetime series. Don’t rule out the chance that the NFL could offer that Thursday Night package to Turner Sports or NBC Sports Network as part of a new cable deal down the line. Under the extensions, CBS and Fox will principally retain the rights to AFC and NFC games as they do now but they now have the right to changes relative to flexible scheduling. Comcast-owned NBC will continue to air the ratings monster Sunday Night Football, and starting next season they will by taking over the Thanksgiving night game...

ESPN NFL Countdown: A preview of the Show and the Edge Match-up

Here is what to look for on the ESPN Sunday morning NFL block of programming.
ESPN NFL Countdown: A preview of the Show and the Edge Match-up Chris Berman and analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson (on the main set) and Suzy Kolber, Bill Parcells and Merril Hoge (on the second set), will preview the NFL’s week 13 games on Sunday NFL Countdown Presented by IBM on December 4 at 10 a.m.  NFL Insider Adam Schefter and senior analyst Chris Mortensen will provide the day’s headlines and league news.  In addition, reporting from key games:  Bob Holtzman – Falcons at Texans; Josina Anderson – Bengals at Steelers; George Smith – Broncos at Vikings; Hank Goldberg – Raiders at Dolphins; and Rachel Nichols – Packers at Giants. Highlights: ·         The Road to Perfection:  The Green Bay Packers are unbeaten heading into week 13.  The only team to register a perfect season is the 1972 Miami Dolphins.  Since then several teams have co...

Quick NFL TV quotes from the week

Quick NFL TV quotes from the week Here are some of the thoughts of the CBS crew of Phil Simms and Dan Dierdorf Let’s start Simms on Cincinnati-Pittsburgh: The rematch is real.  Everybody has looked at Cincinnati all year and said, ‘They’re a nice story but they’ll fade away.’  I don’t know if they will.  They did get hurt by losing Leon Hall.  That has changed their team a little.  But they are very good on defense with a lot of good defensive lineman.  They’ve also done an excellent job with a young quarterback.  They’re showing everybody in the league the precautions you have to take to keep a young quarterback going and being productive for the team.  But they’re also being careful not to ruin his confidence.  It’s a fine mix and I give the Bengals a lot of credit.  They’ve handled that whole situation very well. Pittsburgh: We all know that the Steelers are a good football team.  You can’...
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