NFL Game of the Week

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Wednesday 9:00 PM on Premiered Sep 01, 1965 In Season

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NFL Game of the Week

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Those of you who watch NFL Network and see the NFL Game of the Week are probably asking, What makes an NFL Game of the Week? There are many factors involved. It could be a record-setting performance or a great rivalry. Most of the time, it is the games that go down to the final seconds. Starting in 1965, NFL Films produced NFL Game of the Week to showcase the league's biggest contest. It started out as the last reminder of the old newsreels. These shows were packaged for air less than 24 hours after the game was played. This was the pattern established for the show's first 22 years (1965-1986). Production of the old NFL Game of the Week presented its drawbacks. Facilities were so primitive that the slightest mistake in a narration meant starting over. This did not sit well with the proven sportscasters brought in to narrate the shows. NFL Game of the Week found its mark around 1970, when the show began using the music of Sam Spence. But the narrator position was not secure. Bob Delaney became permanent announcer in 1971, only to replaced the next year by CBS's Ray Scott. The longest tenure of any NFL Game of the Week narrator was 12 years, set by Phillies radio voice Harry Kalas. Kalas saw NFL Game of the Week iron out all the kinks and become a truly smooth production. During the Kalas era, a permanent title seqauence was established (1976), editing became top-dollar (1980) and, with the onset of a new production era, videotape editing meant crisper audio (1983). Once the NFL Network began in late summer 2003, they revived NFL Game of the Week in a 60-minute format. This edition, incorporating all the latest technologies, is available in High Definition to those who subscribe to NFL Network (especially on DirecTV and Comcast). Contributions to Episode List Welcome and Needed! At this point I have determined all Games of the Week for the 1970 and 1974 seasons, but not any others. I ask that you consult The Sporting News annual Football Guides to trace Games of the Week for all other seasons, including 2003. Your contributions will be most welcome. A word on the Goofs: NFL Network has rebroadcast the old NFL Game of the Week half-hours under various titles, among them Weekend Tailgate. Charley Steiner of WCBS 880/New York presents these revisits. In the course of his duty, Steiner has fumbled over the facts of past seasons a lot. None of those mistakes will appear in the Goofs Guide, however. That is reserved for flubs made on the initial programs, not bumpers. NFL Game of the Week will begin its 25th season (its thind on NFL Network) in Sept. 2005. Like the year before, two games will be highlighted per week. Information on what teams appear in each episode will be withheld until after each broadcast. Surfers should join the very unofficial campaign to alert NFL Films itself of this page and the need to flesh it out. We need NFL Films' support if this page is to be a success. Send your name and address, along with a request for the whole history of NFL Game of the Week programs, to Phil Tuckett, NFL Films, 1 NFL Plaza, Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054. (NFL Films moved there in August 2001.)moreless

Previously Aired Episode

Harry Kalas

Harry Kalas

Narrator (1975-86)

Myron Cope

Myron Cope

Steelers' Radio Voice 2

Tom Brookshier

Tom Brookshier

Narrator

Steve Sabol

Steve Sabol

Host (NFL Network episodes)

Al Meltzer

Al Meltzer

Narrator

Andy Musser

Andy Musser

Narrator

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Great show if you wanna catch up on your National Football League knowledge.

    9.8
    Like I said, this is a great source to find out all about games of that season. It shows mostly games with awesome performances by a team or player, or amazine come-from-behind wins, and even games that have times where it comes to the final seconds to determine a win or loss. Also, it saves you a whole lot of time without having to wait five minutes on timeouts and or you don't have to experience halftime again and again and again. While you are watching the game, you don't have to go through the time between one play and the next, which is great also. There is even a narrator to describe feelings and etc. among the players, teams and fans before, during, and after the game, also discussing great plays by a player(s) during the game. I like it a whole lot. You cannot hate it, only when its the only thing to watch on TV and it is showing a time that is embarassing to your favorite team. But still, its a great source to find out what happened in a game, and the writers, directors, producers, etc. made up an awesome idea of a TV show here. BRAVO!moreless
  • Great Show with great angles

    10
    Game of the Week is just a great show with great angles and commentary. I always follow my favorite teams and try to watch those ones or the postseason games. The Super Bowl is the best one because you get the best action and especially Super bowls 36 and 38 with Vinatieri's game winning field goals.
  • Favorite Team & Player
    I guess this is appropriate for a forum about a show about football, so, what is your favorite NFL team and player? I like the Dal...
    08/15/08
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  • Your Favorite Game?
    What was your favorite comeback win game or game that was broadcasted on the NFL Game of the Week? When I saw the Colts and the Pa...
    08/02/07
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