Super Bowl Sunday Viewing and Listening Picks

Here’s your viewing schedule of pregame, game and postgame programming for the Super Bowl. I’ve given you everything you need to know from all of the networks that are producing Super Bowl-related programming. Take a look.

9 a.m.
NFL Gameday Morning – NFL Network

NFL Network Super Bowl Pregame Show Roster

Hosts

Rich Eisen
Fran Charles 
Alex Flanagan 

Analysts

Steve Mariucci
Deion Sanders
Warren Sapp
Jamie Dukes
Marshall Faulk
Rod WoodsonJoey Porter

Reporters 

Scott Hanson 
Kara Henderson 
Jason La Canfora 
Michael Lombardi 
Stacey Dales

World Feed 

Bob Papa: Play-by-Play
Joe Theismann: Analyst

9:00 AM ET 
  • Introduction from South Beach
  • NFL Films Steve Sabol feature on Vince Lombardi and his grandson, Saints QB Coach Joe Lombardi
  • First update of the day on Colts DE Dwight Freeney’s playing status
10:00 AM 
  • A live look inside Sun Life Stadium from the NFL Network set on the field
  • What the Colts learned from their Super Bowl XLI victory in the same stadium
  • Saints updates from this week
  • Steve Sabol essay “The greatest decade of Super Bowls”
11:00 AM 
  • Debate: Is this the best Super Bowl QB match up ever?
  • Reaction to the new Hall of Fame class
  • Saints Anthony Hargrove “Super Bowl Journey” feature
  • Are the Indianapolis Colts the new model franchise?
NOON
  • Peyton Manning’s place in NFL history
  • Compare Drew Brees in New Orleans to Brett Favre’s previous connection to Green Bay
  • Jason La Canfora’s Top 10 Super Bowls of all-time (#6-10)
  • Special guest analyst Dolphins Joey Porter, who played both teams this season, give his keys to stopping the Saints and Colts offenses
  • A look at the Colts and Saints special team units and kickers
1:00 PM 
  • New Orleans prodigal son (Peyton Manning) vs. adopted son (Drew Brees)
  • Jason La Canfora’s Top 10 Super Bowls of all-time (#1-5)
  • Rod Woodson breaks down how Manning deals with blitzes
  • “X” factors in the game
2:00 PM 
  • How the Saints success has affected New Orleans
  • Joe Theismann and Bob Papa, who call the World Feed of Super Bowl XLIV, give their thoughts on the game
  • The analysts debate whether or not Colts head coach Jim Caldwell gets enough credit
  • Stacey Dales interviews fans at
    the “Game Day Fan Plaza” outside Sun Life Stadium
  • Feature on Haiti with Saints Jonathan Vilma and Colts Pierre Garcon
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Hall of Fame head coach Don Shula interview on the set
  • Hollywood stars for the movie “Grown Ups” Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Kevin James, David Spade and Rob Schneider visit the set
  • Tale of the tape on Colts vs. Saints
  • Predictions for the game and MVP from our analysts

10 a.m.
Sunday NFL Countdown – ESPN

host 
Chris Berman 

analysts 
Cris Carter 
Mike Ditka 
Tom Jackson 
Keyshawn Johnson 
Chris Mortensen 
Adam Schefter  

At Sun Life Stadium
Mike Tirico 
Jon Gruden  
Ron Jaworski 

At Miami Beach
Tedy Bruschi 
Trent Dilfer 
Steve Young 

Reporters 
Suzy Kolber (Colts)  
Ed Werder (Saints)

Special Guests:
Countdown will feature live guest appearances at the Miami Beach set by a number of celebrity NFL fans, including:

11:30 a.m. – Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James, David Spade and Rob Schneider, stars of the upcoming movie Grown Ups (released in June);

12:30 p.m. – Celebrity chef and television personality Emeril Lagasse, who lives in New Orleans, will discuss Cajun Super Bowl cuisine;

1 p.m. – Grammy Award-winning musician Kenny Chesney, a close friend to Saints head coach Sean Payton, will appear on the show.

Planned Countdown features, in order of timing by quarter-hour (all times subject to change):

Opening Tease: Super Bowl Rings (10 a.m. ET)
Every Super Bowl winner receives a cherished ring.  Every Super Bowl ring tells a story.  Academy Award nominated actor Andy Garcia narrates the dominant stories behind Super Bowl XLIV and the quest for this year’s ring.

Sean Payton/Gregg Williams (10:45 a.m.)
How much is it worth to have a better defense?  For Saints head coach Sean Payton, the answer was $250,000 out of his own pocket.  Last offseason Gregg Williams was deciding between defensive coordinator job offers from New Orleans and Green Bay. Wanting to get his man, while staying within the team’s budget, Payton offered a quarter of a million dollars of his own salary to secure Williams.  Ed Werder reports on the transaction and Williams’ impact on the Saints ball-hawking defense this season, ranked second in the NFL with 39 takeaways.
“Soundtracks” – NFC Conference Championship (10:45)
Countdown will relive the classic 2010 NFC Conference Championship between the Vikings and the Saints in a special Super Bowl XLIV edition of “Soundtracks.”

Colts Tattoo Fan (11 a.m.)
Matt Ellis of Auburn, Ind., is a 38-year-old staffing specialist for a human resources firm.  But there’s more to Ellis than meets the eye. He’s a huge Indianapolis Colts fan who set out on an unusual quest, wanting an autograph from each of the 53 players on the Colts’ Super Bowl XLI winning roster.  Where the story gets unusual, reports Chris Connelly, is that the autographs are signed on Ellis’ body and turned into tattoos.

Live on Countdown from Miami Beach, Ellis will have his body signed by former Colts Super Bowl players DeDe Dorsey and Darrell Reid. The Colts super fan will then get tattoos of the autographs on his body during the telecast.

Saints Marching Club (12 p.m.)
In 1967, the inception of the New Orleans football franchise coincided with the creation of a more obscure unit, the Saints Marching Club, a group of fans who’d always welcome their football team from road games with a “parade” – win or lose.  For much of the Saints’ history, the wins have been hard to come by, but with New Orleans making
it to Super Bowl XLIV, the first Super Bowl appearance in franchise history, the Saints Marching Club is being rewarded for years of dedication. ESPN.com’s Garber talks to members of the Club to find out more about its history and plans for Super Bowl XLIV.

Pierre Garcon: Haiti on His Mind (12:15 p.m.)
Colts wide receiver Pierre Garçon sleeps with the TV on lately. His parents and three older sisters were born in Haiti, and his aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews still live on the small island, which was struck by a major earthquake last month.  After the Colts’ AFC Championship win vs. the Jets, Garçon draped the Haitian flag on the trophy stand as a tribute.  Nichols reports on Garçon’s connection to Haiti and how the devastation in the country that his family calls home is serving as motivation for him in the Colts’ Super Bowl run.

Mayne Event: Last “Baghead” Standing (12:30 p.m.)
With the Saints in their first Super Bowl, every member of “Who Dat Nation” is enjoying the ride, except for one man – the last of the “(S)‘Aints Bagheads.”  This imaginary fan is convinced the Saints will let him/her down come Super Bowl Sunday, much like in the team’s dreaded past.  In a special Super Bowl edition of Mayne Event, Kenny Mayne travels to the Big Easy on a mission to find the last of the imaginary and long-suffering Saints’ “Bagheads,” and comes out convinced, the city and its Saints are a couple causes worth cheering.  The segment features cameos by famous New Orleaneans Branford Marsalis, James Carville, Ellen DeGeneres, Aaron Neville, and others.

Overcoming Injury for the Super Bowl (12:30 p.m.)
Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney has the ultimate challenge in pro football – play through a torn ligament in his right ankle or sit out Super Bowl XLIV.  Other players of the past – Jack Youngblood, Rod Woodson, Terrell Owens and Hines Ward – played with and through extreme injuries in order to avoid missing the Super Bowl. How did they do it and what challenges await Freeney as Super Bowl Sunday approaches?

Micah and Drew (12:45 p.m.)
The impact that Saints quarterback Drew Brees has on the field is evident, as the Saints have advanced to their first Super Bowl thanks to his leadership.  His impact away from the field has taken root in many forms – living in post-Katrina New Orleans, through his charitable projects in the community, and the friendships he has fostered in the Crescent City.  One the friendships Brees has cultivated is with Micah Roshell, a 12-year-old battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma.  Rachel Nichols reports the story of the bond forged between Micah and Drew, highlighting a visit between the two friends prior to Micah’s second bone-marrow transplant.

Tougher Super Bowl Catch: Tyree or Holmes? (1 p.m.)
The last two Super Bowls featured phenomenal catches that led to last-minute victories.  Which catch was tougher to make – David Tyree’s in Super Bowl XLII or Santonio Holmes’ in Super Bowl XLIII?  The Sport Science crew puts that question to the test.

What Mannings Mean To New Orleans (1:30 p.m.)
The city of New Orleans is a part of the Manning family and the Mannings mean a great deal to New Orleans.  Archie Manning was the Saints quarterback for more than 10 seasons.  Peyton Manning grew up in New Orleans before heading to stardom in college and the NFL. Greg Garber explores the challenges that Super Bowl XLIV represents to the loyalties between the city and the Manning family.

Plus, the entire Countdown crew will offer their Super Bowl picks, predict the unlikely players and matchups that will make the difference in Super Bowl XLIV “X-Factors,” and select their “Gamebreakers.”

noon
Road to the Super Bowl – CBS

Celebrating its 40th anniversary as the longest-running and most honored (28 Emmy Awards) annual sports special, ROAD TO THE SUPER BOWL, re-lives the 2009 NFL season. Culled by NFL Films producers from more than 1.7 million feet of game footage to 980 feet, the one-hour special also includes audio from more than 400 hours captured from 133 exclusive coach and player on-field wirings. Original orchestral music, including a 60-person choir, was used in producing the show. ROAD TO THE SUPER BOWL debuted following the 1969 season.

1 p.m.
Phil Simms’ All-Iron Team: Super Bowl Edition

CBS Sports’ lead NFL analyst and former N.Y. Giants Super Bowl XXI MVP Phil Simms, and his broadcast partner, Jim Nantz, host the eighth edition of his All-Iron Team. This year these men make up Simms’ All-Time Super Bowl team that best represent the qualities of Iron Men and have defined their roles in their teams winning a championship. Traveling all over the world from Hawaii to Ireland, the PHIL SIMMS ALL-IRON TEAM includes the first broadcast interview in 20 years with Jake Scott, a safety from the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins team and Super Bowl VII MVP, who now lives a simple life in Hawaii; and looks at a day-in-the-life of Steelers owner Dan Rooney, who is currently serving as the U.S. Ambassador to Ireland. Also included in the show is an in-depth look at legendary defensive guru Buddy Ryan, architect of the famed “46-Defense” which led the Chicago Bears to victory in Super Bowl XX and father of New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan. The All-Iron Team consists of six Hall of Famers, 37 combined Super Bowl wins, 46 combined Super Bowl appearances, seven combined Super Bowl MVP Awardees and four combined NFL MVPs. [The All-Iron Trophy is an old fashioned iron emblematic of Simms’ obsession with ironing. According to his mother, as a child Phil pressed his football and baseball uniforms, and to this day remains committed to creases.]

2 p.m.
Super Bowl Today – CBS 

Following are the scheduled features on THE SUPER BOWL TODAY (subject to change):
James Brown, Dan Marino, Boomer Esiason, Shannon Sharpe and Bill Cowher welcome viewers with some pre-game analysis and highlights from the NFL Tailgate party set, while Lesley Visser and Sam Ryan report on each team.

?THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS: James Brown; Producer – Joseph E. Zappulla
James Brown takes a look at New Orleans four-and-a-half years after one of the nation’s worst natural catastrophes, Hurricane Katrina, devastated the town. Brown looks at how the rise of the beloved Saints has once again given the city of Jazz and Blues hope and a premier spot on the front page of the nation’s conscience. The feature also will examine the unique bond between the city’s residents and the never-say-die football team with interviews of Saints Head Coach Sean Payton, quarterback Drew Brees, running back Reggie Bush, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, several prominent citizens/advocates of the city, long-time New Orleans area residents (and current Colts) Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne, plus inhabitants of the Lower Ninth Ward, one of the areas hardest hit by the deadly storm. 

?PLAXICO BURRESS: Bill Cowher; Producer – Charlie Bloom
Plaxico Burress sits down for his first interview since being sent to jail in September of 2009.  Bill Cowher, his former coach, visits with Burress inside the Oneida Correctional Facility in upstate New York.  It was exactly two years ago when Plaxico Burress made the game-winning catch in Super Bowl XLII. On November 28, 2008, Plaxico’s world turned upside down when he accidentally shot himself at a night club in New York. On August 20, 2009, Burress accepted a plea deal that would put him in prison for two years with an additional two years of supervised release. Burress talks openly about his emotions in prison. He talks with Cowher about his daily life, about seeing and holding his newborn daughter for the first time just weeks ago and if his future plans will include a return to the NFL?

?DREW BREES: Katie Couric; Producer – Charlie Bloom
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees signed as a free agent with the Saints four years ago. Since then, he has led New Orleans to two NFC Championship Game appearances and now the first Super Bowl in franchise history.  Brees also has had a major impact in the community. CBS News’ Katie Couric takes a journey with Drew and his wife Brittany through the streets of New Orleans and looks at how these two philanthropists are giving the city much more to cheer about beyond the football field. The couple explains how this city was meant to be their home and why they feel obligated to help New Orleans at the grass-roots level.

?REGGIE BUSH: Shannon Sharpe; Producer – Deb Gelman
Reggie Bush was the 2005 Heisman Trophy winner and the second overall pick in the 2006 Draft.  While his numbers have been up and down, as he’s battled injuries throughout his career, it has been his performance in this year’s postseason that may finally prove his critics and doubters wrong. Shannon Sharpe visits with Bush and finds that he has been very active in the New Orleans community including visiting St. Jude Children’s Hospital where he be-friended a 5-year-old leukemia patient who has become an inspiration in his life.

?NEW ORLEANS DEFENSE: Lesley Visser; Producer – Deb Gelman
First it was Kurt Warner. Then it was Brett Favre. Now it’s Peyton Manning. The Super Bowl will be the third straight game that the New Orleans defense will be going up against a Super Bowl-winning quarterback. Lesley Visser sits down with Darren Sharper, Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith as they prepare to face the Colts high octane offense. Amidst their interesting revelations, they will break down what they must do to achieve winning the Super Bowl.

?PEYTON MANNING: Dan Marino; Producer – Jeff St. Arromand
Since entering the NFL in 1998, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning has never missed a start, won one Super Bowl, and a record four MVPs. Dan Marino visits with him and talks about Manning’s first Super Bowl win three years ago in Miami, the Colts’ decision not to go for a perfect season, and facing the team that his father Archie played for, the New Orleans Saints. Manning also reflects on his hometown of New Orleans.

?DWIGHT FREENEY AND ROBERT MATHIS: Boomer Esiason; Producer – Jeff St. Arromand
Colts Pro Bowl Defensive Ends Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis are a quarterback’s worst nightmare. With a combined 147 sacks, Freeney (84) and Mathis (63) are the top two sack leaders in Colts history and have combined for 23 sacks this season. Boomer Esiason sits down with Freeney and Mathis as they get ready to take on Drew Brees and the Saints. Will Freeney be ready to play despite an ankle injury?

?INDIANAPOLIS RECEIVING CORPS: Sam Ryan; Producer – Mark Burghart
Peyton Manning has enjoyed his best statistical season since 2004. The reason: veterans Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark, plus the emergence of Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon. During the season, Clark and Wayne each had 100 receptions and Collie and Garcon emerged as key receivers in the offense. All four have been instrumental in the Colts successful season and their run to capture their second Super Bowl title in four years. Sam Ryan visits with the Colts’ receiving corps and discusses the role Peyton Manning has played in the quartet’s success.

?WYNTON MARSALIS: Producer – Sarah Rinaldi

Jazz impresario Wynton Marsalis pays a special tribute with music and words to his beloved city of New Orleans. Marsalis, a life-long Saints fan, gathered several jazz musicians and captures the spirit of New Orleans and the true meaning of the Saints to the city.

3 p.m.
Super Bowl Preview – Westwood One Radio, Scott Graham hosts

4 p.m.
Super Sunday – Westwood One Radio, Scott Graham/Jim Gray

6 p.m.
Super Bowl on CBS Kick-Off Show – CBS

6:28 p.m.
Super Bowl XLIV, Indianapolis vs. New Orleans – CBS, Jim Nantz/Phil Simms/Steve Tasker/Solomon Wilcots; Westwood One Radio, Marv Albert/Boomer Esiason/Mark Malone/James Lofton

Sirius/XM Channels

  • Indianapolis Colts broadcast - SIRIUS 123/XM 102

    New Orleans Saints broadcast - SIRIUS 125/XM 103
     
    National Radio broadcast - SIRIUS 124/XM 124

    BBC Radio broadcast - SIRIUS 130/XM 104

    Spanish language broadcast - SIRIUS 91/XM 105

    Spanish broadcast (Canal + Spain) - SIRIUS 155/XM 106

    Russian broadcast (NTV Plus) - SIRIUS 154/XM 107

    French broadcast (W9) - SIRIUS 157/XM 108

    Japanese broadcast (NHK Japan) - SIRIUS 158/XM 109

    German broadcast (ARD) - SIRIUS 127/XM 110

    Italian broadcast (RAI) - SIRIUS 122/XM 111

    Hungarian broadcast (Sport1) - SIRIUS 90/XM 112

    Dutch broadcast (Prime Sport) - SIRIUS 152/XM 113

    Danish broadcast (Viasat) - SIRIUS 126/XM 114

10 p.m. or immediately following Super Bowl XLIV
NFL Gameday Final – NFL Network
NFL Primetime – ESPN

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Ken has been covering the sports media in earnest at his own site, Fang's Bites since May 2007 and at Awful Announcing since March 2013. He provides a unique perspective having been an award-winning radio news reporter in Providence and having worked in local television. Fang celebrates the three Boston Red Sox World Championships in the 21st Century, but continues to be a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan.

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