Football Night in America

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 8 : Ep 20

    Special Edition: Wild Card Saturday

    Aired 1/4/14

  • S 8 : Ep 19

    Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys

    Aired 12/29/13

  • S 8 : Ep 18

    Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles

    Aired 12/22/13

  • S 8 : Ep 17

    Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers

    Aired 12/15/13

  • S 8 : Ep 16

    Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints

    Aired 12/8/13

  • Cast & Crew
  • Bob Costas

    Studio Co-Host (2006-08) / On-Site Host (2009- )

  • Dan Patrick

    Studio Co-Host (2008-09) / Studio Host (2010- )

  • Tony Dungy

    Studio Analyst (2009- )

  • Rodney Harrison

    Studio Analyst (2009- )

  • Cris Collinsworth

    Studio Co-Host and Analyst (2006-08) / Contributor (2009- )

  • show Description
  • Football Night in America began in the 2006 season in conjunction with NBC winning the rights to Sunday Night Football away from ESPN. Each Sunday at 7 pm ET, the team presents highlights and analysis of Sunday action and sets the stage for the Sunday night game, which starts around 8:20 ET. They also discuss what is going on in the world of the NFL. The show also includes interviews with players and coaches involved in the Sunday Night game and an in-depth report on one of the key afternoon games.The show is followed by Sunday Night Football and, during halftime, a brief analysis of the first half, abbreviated highlights of the earlier games and an essay by Bob Costas are presented. There is a post-game segment which includes player interviews, game analysis, an NFL injury update and closing thoughts and a preview of the next Sunday Night game from the broadcast booth.moreless

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  • Quotes (218)

    • Rodney Harrison: I played 15 years in this league and I went up against many backs – big, small, fast, whatever. And Brandon Jacobs is the most intimidating running back I've ever had to hit. I can't lie to you, a couple times I was afraid to hit him.

    • (on the effect the loss of wide receiver Plaxico Burress had on the team at the end of last season)
      Eli Manning: It's tough to say because when we didn't have Plaxico, we'd played well. When you lose one of your best players on your team, your number one receiver, it is going to hurt you. It is going to take away some things in key spots. He would make an outstanding play or make a tough catch or get something going. I'm sure we did miss him at times but we still could have played better football than we did at the end of the season.

    • John Madden: There comes a time that just because you love it or just because you've done it for a long time that doesn't mean that you're going to do it forever. It was just time for me – that's it, I'm not going to do it anymore. And I shouldn't do it anymore. When I say that I miss it that doesn't mean that I regret it. I don't regret the decision, but I miss it.

    • Rodney Harrison: It's many problems dealing with the Washington Redskins. One problem in particular is Jason Campbell, the quarterback. I don't know what they see in this guy. To me, he's a backup quarterback that's been elevated to a starter. He's a guy that's unpredictable. He's inconsistent. He's not a guy that defensive players look at and fear.
      Tony Dungy: I wouldn't blame it all on the quarterback. He threw for a lot of yards today. They're having trouble scoring. I think it goes to a bigger thing, maybe an organizational thing. It's always new free agents, new players, all-star guys. They need to build a team concept there.
      Dan Patrick: It seems like (owner) Daniel Snyder treats it like it's a fantasy league team. You bring in (Albert) Haynesworth. They were trying to get Sanchez. They're always looking for something different. There's no core there.
      Tony Dungy: It's not always getting the best players. It's building a good team, building a team that everyone has confidence in, and, right now, they don't have confidence.

    • (on Michael Vick's first game back since being released from prison)
      Tony Dungy: He was really excited, just happy to be out there. He told me he can't remember having butterflies before a game and he had butterflies today. ... He wants to be a drop-back quarterback. He wants to be part of the reason they win. But he'll do what it takes and what (Coach) Andy (Ried) asks him.
      Rodney Harrison: I saw him in the preseason and I saw him today. I think the wildcat is a joke right now. I think it's a joke for Michael Vick. He wants to be a drop-back quarterback. He's not a running back. He's lost some quickness. He's not as explosive as he once was. It's a complete joke. They're not getting any production out of this wildcat offense. If Andy Reid really wants to help Michael Vick, put him under center and let him drop back ten or 12 times and let him become a quarterback. Let him get repetitions as a quarterback instead of this gimmick stuff. This is not Michael Vick's game.

    • (on hope for winless teams)
      Rodney Harrison: There's always hope but if you look at the one common denominator with these teams they just play bad football. They're not fundamentally sound. They make a lot of penalties. They turn the ball over. They can't tackle. They can't block. Just bad football all over the place.
      Tony Dungy: And they're not getting great quarterback play, that's the other thing. When you don't get great quarterback play, you've got to play smart and you've got to play hard. And I'm not seeing a lot of smart football from these teams, and that's why I think there's not much hope.

    • Rodney Harrison: People doubted Dallas and said all the teams that they had beaten were basically bums. This win today (over the Atlanta Falcons) gives the Dallas Cowboys a lot of confidence and legitimacy. They actually went out and beat someone. This win is huge for them. It changed their season.

    • (on the differences between Peyton and Eli Manning)
      Tony Dungy: Peyton throws just about every pass from the pocket. You expect that ball to come out every 2.5-3.0 seconds. Eli does a lot more outside the pocket where he can get more time.Both Peyton and Eli got (dad) Archie's arm but only Eli got Archie's legs.
      Dan Patrick: So Peyton got (mom) Olivia's legs?
      Tony Dungy: I wouldn't go that far.

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    Notes (175)

    • Panasonic supplied NBC with the two 103" full high definition professional plasma displays (TH-103PF9UK) on the Football Night set making NBC Universal the first commercial customer to purchase the displays, which are the world's largest plasma display units. They cost $70,000 per unit.

    • In order to avoid conflicting with the World Series, tonight's show is 60 minutes in length as opposed to the regular 75 minute telecast.

    • This is a special 30 minute long episode of Football Night in America airing at 4:00 PM ET followed by the games at 4:30 and 8:00 PM ET.

    • Keith Olbermann was not seen on this episode of Football Night in America due to an emergency appendectomy he suffered this past Friday.

    • In order to avoid conflicting with the World Series, tonight's show is 60 minutes in length as opposed to the regular 75 minute telecast.

    • This is a special 30 minute long episode of Football Night in America airing at 4:00 PM ET followed by the games at 4:30 and 8:00 PM ET.

    • In order to avoid conflicting with the World Series, tonight's show is 60 minutes in length as opposed to the regular 75 minute telecast.

    • The show aired at 1:00 PM ET in preparation for the 6:18 PM ET kick-off.

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    Trivia (28)

    • Studio Analyst Jerome Bettis arrived on the set in a school bus, living up to his nickname of "The Bus." Jerome also received his ring for winning Super Bowl XL with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team from which he retired at the end of last season. This was the only show of the season in which Bettis was not in the studio.

    • Jerome Bettis was absent form the show to prepare for the funeral of his father, Johnnie, who died of a heart attack this past Tuesday.

    • There was no Sunday Night game this week as the NFL does not wish to play games on Christmas Eve night. The Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys was played at 5:00 ET on Christmas Day. The show was 60 minutes.

    • The game originally scheduled for tonight was the Chicago Bears vs. the Seattle Seahawks from Seattle.

    • The game originally scheduled for tonight was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the San Francisco 49ers from San Francisco.

    • The originally scheduled for tonight was the Kansas City Chiefs vs. the New York Jets from Kansas City.

    • Keith Olbermann left tonight's show early so that he could attend Yankee Stadium's last baseball game which was played between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles.

    • Keith Olbermann was not at tonight's show because he was at home, sick with strep throat.

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    Allusions (1)

    • Siskel and Ebert Dan is referring to the famous movie critics Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune and Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times, who appeared together on movie review program of various names from 1982 until Siskel's death in 1999 from complications from surgery to remove a cancerous brain tumor.

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Please get rid of Chris Collinsworth

    By StickDriver, Nov 20, 2013

  • Love it.

    By gracielove, Nov 09, 2012

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