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Rodgers vs. Brady: Patriots host Packers in ultimate QB showdown on NBC's 'Sunday Night Football'


Wed, Oct 31st 2018 08:25 pm
Michael Jordan previews this week's 'SNF' matchup with 'Greatest Ever' promo
Coverage begins with 'Football Night in America' at 7 p.m. ET
Tom Brady and the AFC East-leading New England Patriots (6-2) return to primetime this weekend to host Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers (3-3-1) in a highly anticipated match-up on NBC's "Sunday Night Football." Coverage begins with "Football Night in America" at 7 p.m., followed by a new, earlier kickoff time of 8:20 p.m., from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.  
Sunday night marks only the second time Brady and Rodgers will face off as starting quarterbacks, and the first time since 2014, when they combined for 613 passing yards and four touchdowns in a 5-point Green Bay victory at Lambeau Field. Between them, Brady and Rodgers boast 19 Pro Bowl selections, five NFL MVP awards, nine Super Bowl appearances and six Super Bowl rings.
In his 18 seasons as an NFL quarterback, Brady has led his team to more division titles (15) than any other quarterback in league history and has appeared in eight Super Bowls, winning five. Rodgers is the NFL's all-time career leader in passing rating (103.6), while Brady ranks third (97.6) (minimum 1,500 attempts). Rodgers has 326 touchdown passes and 40,785 passing yards since entering the NFL in 2005, while Brady has 504 touchdown passes with 68,359 passing yards in his career. Entering Sunday's game, Brady has thrown for 2,200 yards with 16 touchdowns this season, while Rodgers has thrown for 2,283 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Calling Packers-Patriots is Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his record 33rd season as the voice of the NFL's premier primetime package; 16-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth; and two-time Emmy Award-winning sideline reporter Michele Tafoya. This marks the 10th season Michaels and Collinsworth will serve as the announce team in the NBC broadcast booth. In addition, three-time Super Bowl referee and "SNF's" new rules analyst Terry McAulay will join Michaels and Collinsworth in the booth.
Click here for a preview of this week's "SNF" matchup on the battle of the QBs.
The Packers come off a narrow loss to Jared Goff and the undefeated Los Angeles Rams after a late fumble in last week's game. Rodgers threw for 286 yards and one touchdown, and the Green Bay defense forced the league's top rushing offense to punt on their first five possessions.
The Patriots improved to 6-2 after defeating the Buffalo Bills on Monday night and now sit one game behind the Kansas City Chiefs at the top of the AFC. Prior to the Bills game, the Patriots scored at least 38 points in four consecutive games. They are on an AFC-best give-game winning streak.
Mike Tirico will host "Football Night in America" on NBC alongside Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, and NFL insider Mike Florio from NBC Sports' International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Connecticut. Liam McHugh will co-host "Football Night in America" on-site from Gillette.

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