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Tom Brady and AFC champion New England Patriots face Russell Wilson and NFC champion Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX

by jmaloni


Fri, Jan 30th 2015 05:15 pm
Super Bowl XLIX (NBC logo)
Super Bowl XLIX (NBC logo)

NBC presents coverage of Super Bowl XLIX this Sunday, Feb. 1, with Tom Brady and the AFC champion New England Patriots facing Russell Wilson and the NFC champion Seattle Seahawks at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Super Bowl Sunday coverage begins at noon ET with NBC Sports' six-hour "Super Bowl XLIX Pregame Show."

In defeating Indianapolis 45-7 in the AFC Championship Game, New England advanced to its eighth Super Bowl - tying for the most in NFL history (Dallas, Pittsburgh). Brady will start in his sixth Super Bowl on Sunday, the most by any quarterback, while Bill Belichick has more postseason wins than any coach in NFL history (21).

Seattle, last year's Super Bowl champions, won the NFC Championship Game, 28-22, in overtime against Green Bay. The Seahawks are aiming to become the ninth back-to-back Super Bowl champions in NFL history, and the first to do so since Brady and the Patriots did it in 2003-04.

New England and Seattle led the NFL in point differential during the regular season, with plus-155 and plus-140, respectively.

Al Michaels (play-by-play) calls his ninth Super Bowl alongside 15-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth (analyst), in the Super Bowl booth for the third time. Two-time Emmy Award-winner Michele Tafoya reports from the Super Bowl sidelines for the third time, her second for NBC.

Emmy Award-winning producer Fred Gaudelli and Emmy Award-winning director Drew Esocoff lead NBC's coverage of Super Bowl XLIX. 

NBC's "Super Bowl XLIX Pregame Show" is hosted by 26-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas, who will be joined by NBC Sports' "Football Night in America" team of Dan Patrick, Josh Elliott, Tony DungyRodney HarrisonHines WardMike Florio and Peter King, and "Sunday Night Football's" Michaels, Collinsworth and Tafoya, contributing to the pre-game coverage with interviews, features, and live on-site commentary and analysis. Liam McHugh will serve as an on-site host at the stadium, Carolyn Manno and Randy Moss will report from the team hotels, and Doug Flutie will appear in on-field segments. Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh will join NBC Sports' Super Bowl XLIX coverage as a guest analyst. 

The "Super Bowl XLIX Pregame Show" will feature the events surrounding the Super Bowl, including an interview with halftime headliner Katy Perry; live musical performances from the NFL Experience; reports and interviews by NBC Sports' popular figure skating analysts Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski with celebrities attending the game; reports from the festive atmosphere at the NFL Experience and Super Bowl XLIX Tailgate Party; and much more.

NBC News' Savannah Guthrie will interview President Barack Obama as part of the "Super Bowl XLIX Pregame Show" airing late Sunday afternoon.

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