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'Thursday Night Football' returns to NBC


Thu, Nov 9th 2017 03:55 pm
"Thursday Night Football" returns to NBC tonight when Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks (5-3) travel to Glendale, Arizona, to face Adrian Peterson and the Arizona Cardinals (4-4). Coverage starts at 7:30 p.m. ET with "Football Night in Arizona."
NBC's season debut of "Thursday Night Football" features two teams vying for playoff positioning with eight games remaining in the season. The Seahawks, who aim for a sixth consecutive playoff berth, are currently the No. 7 seed behind Dallas in the NFC Playoff chase. The Cardinals, who have won two of their past three games, are only one game behind the Seahawks and Cowboys.
Seattle's fourth-quarter rally against Washington on Sunday fell short as the Redskins defeated the Seahawks, 17-14, at CenturyLink Field. Wilson threw for two touchdowns in the final quarter, including a go-ahead, 30-yard touchdown pass to WR Doug Baldwin to give Seattle a 14-10 lead with 1:34 remaining. The Redskins responded with a game-winning, one-yard touchdown run by RB Robert Kelley with less than a minute to play. Through nine weeks, the Seahawks rank second in the NFL in passing yards per game (274.8).
Recently acquired running back Adrian Peterson led Arizona to a 20-10 victory over San Francisco on Sunday with a career-high 38 carries for 159 rushing yards. His rushing total against the 49ers is the third-most in a single game in NFL history by a running back 32 years or older (John Henry Johnson - 200; John Riggins - 165). In his three games with the Cardinals, Peterson has eclipsed the century mark twice. WR Larry Fitzgerald enters Thursday's game 47 receiving yards shy of becoming just the sixth player in NFL history to amass 15,000 for his career.
The Seahawks and Cardinals meet for the fifth time in primetime. Arizona leads the all-time series, 18-17-1, while Seattle maintains a slight edge in primetime games, 2-1-1. The two franchises last played in primetime on NBC's "Sunday Night Football" last October, a game that resulted in a 6-6 tie. In 2013, Seattle defeated Arizona 34-22 in the only other Thursday night meeting between the division rivals.
Calling Seahawks-Cardinals are Mike Tirico (play-by-play) and 16-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth, joined by sideline reporter Heather Cox.
Liam McHugh will serve as the host of the "Football Night in Arizona" pregame show from Phoenix Stadium. He will be joined on-site by Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy and two-time Super Bowl champion Rodney Harrison.

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