Football Night in America

Season 7 Episode 4

New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens

Aired Sunday 7:00 PM Sep 23, 2012 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Bob Costas' interview segment features Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco.
      Rodney Harrison sits down with New England tight end Rod Gronkowski.

  • Quotes

    • Dan Patrick: One more piece of news from the NFL this week: the passing of Steve Sabol, the longtime president of NFL Films, after a battle with brain cancer. Along with his father Ed, Sabol began NFL Films back in the 60s. He was the creator of a style of storytelling that helped drive the growth of the game over the last half century. From vivid cinematography to microphoning coaches and players and a whole lot more. The words 'visionary' and 'innovator' are thrown around a lot these days, but there's no doubt Sabol impacted how football, and sports, are watched as much as anyone in history. Steve Sabol was 69.

    • Hines Ward: Ray Lewis had to change his whole game; his whole lifestyle. He shed off the weight to lose the pounds, so he's able to cover these guys in coverage, but in doing that he sacrifices run stopping dominance as (to) what he used to be. I spoke to coaches around the league and I asked them, 'Is Ray Lewis the same player?' They say he looks great, because he lost a lot of weight, but he's still not that guy to make tackles for negative yards. Now, don't get me wrong, he's still making tackles, but he's making tackles three or four yards down the field.
      Bob Costas: He's going to bring you down, but he's not going to flatten you on the run like he used to.
      Hines: Correct, now he's just trying to lose his weight so he can stay on the field and keep up with these younger guys.
      Bob: At 37, even the best have to adjust.
      Hines: Correct.

    • Tony Dungy: There were a lot of eyebrows raised when Minnesota took Christian Ponder that high a No. 1 pick. He proved today what they were seeing.

  • Notes

    • Alex Flanagan reports on the Houston Texas vs. Denver Broncos game from Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado.

  • Allusions