This week, Sunday Night Football has a matchup befitting its package. Instead of deferring to Monday Night Football last week or CBS and Fox the previous weeks this season, NBC has the Game of the Week with the San Francisco 49ers and the New England Patriots live from Foxboro, MA.
As usual, Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya will be the game crew on-scene at Gillette Stadium.
Football Night in America with Bob Costas and Hines Ward at Gillette and Dan Patrick, Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison in New York will preview the game and also review the day’s action in the National Football League.
Here’s NBC’s press release on the game.
TOM BRADY AND AFC EAST CHAMPION NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS HOST COLIN KAEPERNICK AND NFC WEST LEADING SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS ON SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Coverage Begins with Football Night in America at 7 p.m. ET
Sunday Night Football Extra to Live Stream 49ers-Patriots on NBCSports.com
“About as good a matchup as you can hope for in the National Football League.” – Cris Collinsworth on 49ers-Patriots
“How will Colin Kaepernick respond in a game where he may have to put up 24-28 points?” – Tony Dungy on 49ers-Patriots
NEW YORK – December 12, 2012 – Tom Brady and the New England Patriots (10-3), who have locked up the AFC East for the 10th time in 12 years, host Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers (9-3-1), who are currently leading the NFC West, on Sunday Night Football. Coverage begins with Football Night in America at 7 p.m. ET on NBC.
Calling 49ers-Patriots is six-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his 27th season as the voice of the NFL’s premier primetime package; 13-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth, who has won the Emmy for Outstanding Event Analyst in each of his three seasons in the Sunday Night Football booth; and sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, who, last year in her first season with SNF, won the inaugural Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Reporter.
Football Night in America is hosted by 24-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas, who will report from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Costas will be joined on site by Michaels, Collinsworth and Hines Ward, the former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver and Super Bowl MVP.
Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from NBC’s Studio 8G at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Patrick is joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Peter King of Sports Illustrated, and Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network and NBCSports.com. Alex Flanagan will report on Steelers-Cowboys, from Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
“49ers-Patriots, this was almost the Super Bowl last year. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady going up against the 49ers defense is about as good a matchup as you can hope for in the National Football League, and 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick now is going to be in ‘one of those kind of games.’ And is he ready? This is a big moment for him.” – Cris Collinsworth on 49ers-Patriots
Michaels and Collinsworth on 49ers vs. Patriots:
“The 49ers are a very good football team when the game is played how they want to play it – low scoring, tight, physical. But they are going to have some problems this week because they are going to a place (New England) where the Patriots are going to try to outscore them. How will Colin Kaepernick respond in a game where he may have to put up 24-28 points?” – Tony Dungy on 49ers-Patriots
Patrick, Dungy and Harrison on 49ers vs. Patriots:
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There you go.