Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos visit Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions on Sunday Night Football

First Sunday Night Football game in Detroit since NBC Sports acquired rights in 2006 Coverage begins with Football Night In America at 7 p.m. ET on NBC NBC UNIVERSO to televise Broncos-Lions in Spanish: NBC Sports Live Extra to live stream Broncos-Lions NFL Turning Point airs tonight at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN: Pro Football Talk weekdays at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN
(PR NewsChannel) / September 24, 2015 / STAMFORD, Conn. 

NBC SportsNBC Sports’ Sunday Night Football heads to the Motor City for the first time in its history, when Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos (2-0) face off against Calvin Johnson and the Detroit Lions (0-2) at Ford Field on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. ET. Coverage begins with Football Night In America at 7 p.m. ET this Sunday, Sept. 27, on NBC.

This marks the first meeting between the Broncos and Lions since 2011, when Johnson recorded 125 receiving yards and a touchdown, and the Lions defeated the Broncos by a score of 45-10 in Denver. The Broncos enter Sunday night’s game following their NFL-record 13th consecutive road win against a division opponent last week with a 31-24 victory in Kansas City over the Chiefs. Sunday night is the Lions’ 2015 home opener after two losses on the road to start the season, including a 26-16 loss in Minnesota last Sunday.

Calling Broncos-Lions are seven-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his record 30th season as the voice of the NFL’s premier primetime package; 16-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth, who has won the Emmy for Outstanding Event Analyst in each of his six seasons in the Sunday Night Football booth; and two-time Emmy Award-winning sideline reporter Michele Tafoya.

NBC’s coverage of Sunday Night Football is led by Emmy Award-winning producer Fred Gaudelli and Emmy Award-winning director Drew Esocoff.

 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 Ford Field. Costas will be joined on site by Collinsworth, Tafoya, and two-time Super Bowl winner Hines Ward.

Sunday night’s matchup marks the first time that Michaels, Gaudelli and Esocoff will produce an NFL broadcast at Ford Field since they were with ABC for Super Bowl XL in 2006, when the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Seattle Seahawks, and Ward earned Super Bowl MVP honors for the Steelers with five catches for 123 yards and a touchdown in the win.

Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn., joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney HarrisonMike Florio of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN and, and NFL Insider Peter King. Paul Burmeister will report from CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash., on the Chicago Bears-Seattle Seahawks game.


For the eighth consecutive season, NBC Sports will live stream the entire Sunday Night Football schedule. NBC Sports’ “TV Everywhere” live streaming product, NBC Sports Live Extra, will stream all SNF games to desktops, tablets and connected TVs. The full HD-quality video stream will come directly from NBC’s broadcast of SNF. (NOTE: NBC Sports Digital does not have NFL live streaming rights to mobile devices.)

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store and Apple TV.


SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ALL-ACCESSFor the sixth straight season, and with a new look and feel, is providing a destination for fans dedicated to behind-the-scenes and social media driven content of Sunday Night Football. SNF All-Access includes exclusive photos and videos of the Sunday Night Football production team, look-ins on SNF production meetings, Michele Tafoya’s “Ten With Tafoya” interviews with key NFL players, and conversations with SNF and FNIA talent.

Visit SNF All-Access at:

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SOCIAL MEDIA: NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive social media coverage includes the Sunday Night Football Facebook page, providing exclusive behind-the-scenes SNF content and digital content from, SNF All Access,, and, @SNFonNBC, using tweets, photos, Vines and videos & real-time tweets from Michele Tafoya, and a look at SNF through the filters of Instagram.

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL BUS: NBC Sports Group’s all-new Sunday Night Football bus returns this season to travel the country visiting the host cities of all 17 Sunday Night Football games. The bus will arrive in each city two to three days prior to the game, making stops at local landmarks and events before heading to the game site. Once at the stadium, the Sunday Night Football bus brings fans from the field to the studio set, featuring football field decaling on the floor, a welcome reel with the SNF production team looking back on 10 years of SNF, and replica of the Football Night in America studio available for fan photos, complete with a GIF photo booth which takes a series of pictures and compiles them into a sharable GIF.  Fans can digitally follow the Sunday Night Football bus

 “THE SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL:” For the fourth consecutive season NBC Sports will present the “Player of the Game Sunday Night Football,” a custom made football from Wilson, which will travel with the SNF crew all season long. At the end of each SNF game, the ball will be signed by the player of the game. Photos, video and stories around the “Player of the Game Sunday Night Football,” and its travels will live on Facebook, Twitter,, and

For more information on Sunday Night Football’s comprehensive digital coverage, click here.


Tonight’s episode of “NFL Turning Point” at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN breaks down Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers’ matchup with Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks, including the back-and-forth battle between the two teams in the fourth quarter of Sunday night’s game; Tom Brady and the New England Patriots’ offensive chemistry; Johnny Manziel and the Browns’ win over Marcus Mariota and the Titans; and in-game audio from the Bengals’ win over the Chargers.

Hosted by Football Night In America’s Dan Patrick, the 30-minute NFL Turning Point, co-produced by NFL Films, will air weekly throughout the entire NFL season, including the playoffs and Super Bowl.

Click here for more information on tonight’s episode.


Two-time Super Bowl champion and veteran Football Night In America studio analyst Rodney Harrison joins co-hosts Mike Florio and Paul Burmeister every weekday throughout the 2015 season on NBCSN’s Pro Football Talk.

Pro Football Talk airs weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. The 30-minute Pro Football Talk provides all-encompassing coverage of the NFL, including the most current news and analysis, thought-provoking debates, and interviews with a wide variety of NFL newsmakers.

Click here for more info on Pro Football Talk.


Now in its third season on NBCSN, Fantasy Football Live combines the best fantasy football expertise from Yahoo Sports and NBC Sports, including unique metrics from Yahoo Sports’ leading fantasy football platform, and full integration with NBC Sports’ premier fantasy sports information site,

The 30-minute, multi-platform fantasy football program airs Tuesdays through Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN during the NFL regular season. Fantasy Football Live is hosted by NBC Sports’ Dave Briggs, and features a roster of NBC Sports, Rotoworld and Yahoo Sports fantasy analysts, including NBCSN’s Kay Adams, NBC Sports NFL analysts Brian WestbrookJon Ritchie and Ross Tucker, and Yahoo Sports’ Brad Evans, Brandon Funston and Andy Behrens.


NBC Sports Radio will surround the 2015 NFL season with daily coverage across more than 425 radio affiliates, highlighted by Safety Blitz with Rodney Harrison; featuring three-time All Pro and two-time Super Bowl-winner Rodney Harrison; the Amani Toomer and Dan Schartzman Show; and Pro Football Talk Live, featuring NFL insider and Football Night In America commentator Mike Florio.

To listen to a live stream of NBC Sports Radio, or find your local affiliate, visit


NBC Sports Regional Networks, which serve top NFL markets such as New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Houston and San Francisco, will surround the 2015 NFL season with in-depth news, analysis and original programming on the teams that matter most in more than 50 million U.S. cable and satellite households.


The Green Bay Packers’ exciting, come-from-behind 27-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on NBC’s Sunday Night Football in the rematch of the 2014 NFC Championship Game drew an average of 26.4 million viewers, according to official national data released by The Nielsen Company. Seattle-Green Bay is the most-watched primetime NFL Week 2 game in 24 years (Redskins-Cowboys, 27.5 million on ABC in 1991).

Through the opening two weeks (three telecasts), NBC is averaging 26.8 million viewers – the best viewership for the NFL’s broadcast primetime package at this point in the season  in 22 years (28.3 million in 1993), and up 10% from last year at this time (24.3 million viewers).  Sunday Night Football is also averaging a 15.5/27 national household rating and a 10.0 rating in the Adult 18-49 demographic, up 9% and 8% respectively from this point last season.

Football Night in America (7:30-8:15 p.m. ET), the most-watched studio show in sports, is averaging 11.4 million viewers – the best start in the show’s 10-season history and up 21% from last year at this point (9.4 million).

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NBC’s Sunday Night Football finished the 2014-15 television season as the No. 1 show in primetime in household rating, viewership and the coveted Adult 18-49 demographic, based on live plus same day data from The Nielsen Company (September-May). This marks the fourth consecutive television season — and the only four times on record — that a sports series has been the highest-rated and most-watched show of the primetime TV season.


NBC UNIVERSO will present in Spanish some of the most exciting NFL games of the 2015 season. “La NFL en NBC UNIVERSO” package includes the broadcast of the primetime Broncos-Lions Hispanic Heritage Month game in Detroit, Mich., this weekend, the 49ers-Giants SNF showdown on Oct. 11, and the Eagles-Cowboys NFC East battle on Nov. 8. In addition, NBC UNIVERSO will offer a Wild Card game and a Divisional Playoff game as well. Rene Giraldo, Edgar Lopez and Veronica Contreras will handle the broadcast for NBC UNIVERSO.


NBC will broadcast 19 primetime NFL games during the 2015 regular season.

Sun. Sept. 27 Week 3   Denver Broncos at Detroit Lions
Sun. Oct. 4 Week 4 Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints
*Sun. Oct. 11 Week 5 San Francisco 49ers at New York Giants
*Sun. Oct. 18 Week 6 New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts
*Sun. Oct. 25 Week 7 Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers
*Sun. Nov. 1 Week 8 Green Bay Packers at Denver Broncos
*Sun. Nov. 8 Week 9 Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys
*Sun. Nov. 15 Week 10 Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks
*Sun. Nov. 22 Week 11 Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers
**Thurs. Nov. 26 Week 12 Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
*Sun. Nov. 29 Week 12 New England Patriots at Denver Broncos
*Sun. Dec. 6 Week 13 Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers
*Sun. Dec. 13 Week 14 Seattle Seahawks at Baltimore Ravens
*Sun. Dec. 20 Week 15 Cincinnati Bengals at San Francisco 49ers
*Sun. Dec. 27 Week 16 Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens
*Sun. Jan. 3 Week 17 TBD

*Flex Week

** Thanksgiving Night Game

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