NBC Sports Group surrounds week 1 of 2014 NFL season with 'NFL Kickoff 2014,' 'Sunday Night Football'by jmaloni
Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks host Green Bay Packers Thursday, Sept. 4
Denver Broncos take on Indianapolis Colts in season debut of "Sunday Night Football" Sept. 7
In a season that will see NBC broadcast Super Bowl XLIX Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, NBC Sports Group surrounds the 2014 NFL season with robust multiplatform coverage across its portfolio of assets. NFL coverage will include live game presentation on NBC with "Sunday Night Football," the No. 1 show on primetime TV; pre-game coverage on NBC with "Football Night in America," the most watched studio show in sports; live streaming of "Sunday Night Football" for desktops and tablets on NBC Sports Live Extra; daily studio coverage on NBCSN with "Pro Football Talk"; weekly programming on NBCSN with Emmy Award-nominated "NFL Turning Point" and "NBCSN Sunday Sports Report"; daily radio coverage on 439 NBC Sports Radio affiliates across the U.S.; local team coverage on 11 NBC Sports regional networks; comprehensive fantasy football coverage on NBCSN with "Fantasy Football Live," and online through www.Rotoworld.com; and additional digital and social media content.
NBC bookends the 2014 NFL season with "NFL Kickoff 2014" on Thursday, Sept. 4, and Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1, 2015. In all, NBC will broadcast 22 games, including a Thanksgiving night game on Nov. 27; a Wild Card Playoff game on the weekend of Jan. 3-4; and a Divisional Playoff game on the Jan. 10-11 weekend.
'NFL Kickoff 2014' and 'Sunday Night Football'
The NFL opens the regular season on Sept. 4 with "NFL Kickoff 2014" on NBC. Russell Wilson and the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks host Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers at Century Link Field, in Seattle. A pre-game concert will feature performances by Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer and "The Voice" judge, Pharrell Williams, as well as Seattle-natives and Grammy Award-winning band Soundgarden from a specially constructed stage outside of Century Link Field.
Select portions of the concert will air on NBC. Coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET.
"Sunday Night Football," the No. 1 primetime show on television, kicks off on Sept. 7, when Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos host Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts from Sports Authority Field at Mile High, in Denver. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. with "Football Night in America," the most-watched studio show in sports.
Calling both games are seven-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his 29th season as the voice of the NFL's premier primetime package; 15-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth, who has won the Emmy for Outstanding Event Analyst in each of his five seasons in the "SNF" booth; and two-time Emmy Award-winning sideline reporter Michele Tafoya.
For the second year in a row, country music superstar Carrie Underwood will perform "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night," the opening theme for "Sunday Night Football." The 2014 edition will debut Sept. 7 prior to NBC's first "SNF" broadcast of the season. The opening theme has been part of the weekly telecast for all nine seasons.
'Football Night in America'
"Football Night in America," the most-watched studio show in sports, is hosted by 26-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas, who will report from Century Link Field on Thursday, and Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sunday. Costas will be joined on site by Collinsworth, two-time Super Bowl winner Hines Ward, and new NBC Sports on-air personality Josh Elliott.
Dan Patrick co-hosts "Football Night" from Century Link Field on Thursday night, and from NBC Sports Group's Studio on Sunday night. Patrick will be joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Mike Florio of "Pro Football Talk on NBCSN" and NBCSports.com, and Peter King of Sports Illustrated.
Beginning Sept. 7, and continuing throughout the regular season, Kathryn Tappen, Alex Flanagan and Carolyn Manno will alternate reporting from the site of one of the high-profile afternoon games.
In addition to the weekly "SNF" and "Football Night in America" broadcasts, NBC Sports Group's NFL coverage also includes digital content and social media extensions that are available online, as well as NFL-related shoulder programming available on NBCSN.