Broncos host Panthers in Super Bowl 50 rematch; Patriots visit Cardinals in 'Sunday Night Football' opener
NBC Sports kicks off its coverage of the 2016 NFL season with a blockbuster weekend featuring all four teams from last season's NFC and AFC championship games.
It all begins Thursday on NBC, when Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller and the defending champion Denver Broncos play host to Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in "NFL Kickoff 2016" in a rematch of last year's Super Bowl. Coverage begins with a special edition of "Football Night In America" at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Three days later, NBC Sports opens its 11th season of "Sunday Night Football" when Carson Palmer and the Arizona Cardinals face Jimmy Garrapolo and the New England Patriots at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. Coverage starts with "Football Night" at 7 p.m.
Coverage of the 2016 NFL regular season will include 24 live game presentations on NBC - the only network with two primetime NFL packages - highlighted by "Sunday Night Football," the No. 1 show on primetime TV, and five "Thursday Night Football" games; Sunday pre-game coverage on NBC with "Football Night in America"; live streaming of "SNF" and "TNF" for desktops, tablets and connected TVs on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app; weekday studio coverage on NBCSN with "Pro Football Talk"; weekly programming on NBCSN with Emmy Award-nominated "NFL Turning Point"; daily NFL-related radio programming on nearly 420 NBC Sports Radio affiliates across the U.S.; local team coverage on 10 NBC Sports regional networks; comprehensive fantasy football coverage through Rotoworld.com; and additional digital and social media content.
Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (analyst), and Michele Tafoya (sideline reporter) will call the "NFL Kickoff 2016" season opener featuring the Panthers and Broncos, as well as the "SNF" opener between the Patriots and Cardinals.
Bob Costas and Dan Patrick will host "FNIA" on-site Thursday, alongside Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl champion Rodney Harrison, and Mike Florio of "Pro Football Talk" on NBCSN, NBCSports.com and NBC Sports Radio. Pre-game coverage will also feature Mike Tirico's interview with Newton.
Patrick will anchor "FNIA" on Sunday from NBC Sports' International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Connecticut, alongside Dungy, Harrison and Florio. Costas and Tirico will host Sunday's edition of "FNIA" on-site in Glendale, and Paul Burmeister will provide reports from Sunday's Giants-Cowboys game in Dallas. NFL insider Peter King will contribute stories and information throughout the season.