The New England Patriots Host the Atlanta Falcons Tonight on NBC’s ‘Sunday Night Football’

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The New England Patriots Host the Atlanta Falcons Tonight on NBC’s ‘Sunday Night Football’

NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” features a rematch of Super Bowl LI between New England and Atlanta, as the Matt Ryan-led Falcons (3-2) travel to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., to face Tom Brady and the Patriots (4-2). Coverage begins with “Football Night in America” tonight, October 22, at 7 p.m. ET, on NBC.

Tonight’s contest marks the eighth time in NFL history that the previous season’s Super Bowl participants will meet for a rematch the following year, and just the third time they will meet in primetime (GB-NE, 10/27/97; DEN-CAR, 9/8/16). The Patriots lead the overall series, 8-6.

New England erased a 25-point deficit to cap off a 34-28 victory against Atlanta in Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston. The Patriots scored 25 unanswered points in the second half to push the game to overtime, where RB James White finished off a 75-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown run to complete the largest comeback in Super Bowl history. Brady amassed a Super Bowl record 466 passing yards and was named Super Bowl MVP for the fourth time.

The Patriots enter tonight’s contest following a 24-17 win over the New York Jets (3-3). With the victory, Brady (187) surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre (186) and Peyton Manning (186) for the most regular-season wins by a quarterback in NFL history. Through six games, New England ranks first in total offense (412.0) and passing yards per game (309.8), and Brady’s 15 completed passes of 20-or-more yards rank first in the league, according to Pro Football Focus.

Atlanta fell to the Miami Dolphins (3-2) last week, 20-17. The Falcons rushed for 100 yards for the fourth consecutive game, and Ryan completed 24-of-35 passes for 248 yards and one touchdown. Ryan has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 23 straight games, currently the longest streak in the NFL. According to Pro Football Focus, Julio Jones is the second-highest rated wide receiver through six weeks. He ranked first in 2016.

Calling Falcons-Patriots are seven-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his record 32nd season as the voice of the NFL’s premier primetime package; 16-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth; and two-time Emmy Award-winning sideline reporter Michele Tafoya.

NBC’s coverage of “Sunday Night Football” is led by Emmy Award-winning producer Fred Gaudelli and Emmy Award-winning director Drew Esocoff.

“Football Night in America,” the most-watched studio show in sports, is hosted by Mike Tirico, who will report on-site from Gillette Stadium, and Dan Patrick, who will host from Studio 1 at NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn. Patrick is joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, and Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com and PFT Live on NBCSN and NBC Sports Radio. Kathryn Tappen will report from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on the Seahawks-Giants game.

NBC Debuts “Dual” Skycams to Provide Unique Look at the Action

For the first time in a regular-season game, NBC “Sunday Night Football” will feature “dual” SkyCams – providing overhead views from multiple heights and positions. The traditional SkyCam shot will come from a camera positioned 12 to 40 feet above the field, while the special second SkyCam will hover 40 to 80 feet above the action, offering a birds-eye, wide-angle view of the action.

NBCSports.com & NBC Sports App to Live Stream All NBC NFL Games

NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will stream all NBC games to desktops, tablets, and connected TVs via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to their subscription service, and making high-quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The full HD-quality video stream will come directly from NBC’s broadcasts. Powered by Playmaker Media, the NBC Sports app is available on Apple iOS, Android and select Samsung devices, as well as on Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Win10, and Xbox. (NOTE: NBC Sports does not have NFL live streaming rights to mobile devices.)

“SNF” is No. 1 Primetime Program on Television, with NBC/NFLN “TNF” Ranking No. 2

NBC “Sunday Night Football” finished the 2016-17 TV season as primetime’s #1 TV show in all key metrics for a record sixth consecutive year – tying American Idol for the most consecutive years atop the charts (since 1950), based on live plus same day data provided by The Nielsen Company.

NBC “Sunday Night Football” also ranked as the No. 1 show in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic for the seventh consecutive TV season. “SNF’s” six-year run at the top marks the only six times on record that a sports series has been the highest-rated and most-watched show of the primetime TV season In addition, NBC/NFL Network Thursday Night Football ranks as primetime TV’s No. 2 show in average viewers and household rating, and No. 3 among Adults 18-49.

The above press release was issued by NBC Sports.

LAST WEEK’S TOP 10 BROADCAST SERIES

SeriesNet.A18-49Viewers
Source: Nielsen Media Research // 11/06/17 - 11/12/17
Sunday Night FootballNBC5.8017.51 million
Thursday Night FootballNBC4.0013.11 million
The OTFOX3.6010.18 million
The CMA AwardsABC3.2014.28 million
Football Nt. in America: Pt. 3NBC3.2010.30 million
The Big Bang TheoryCBS2.8013.80 million
This Is UsNBC2.509.89 million
Young SheldonCBS2.2012.39 million
Saturday Night FootballABC2.106.73 million
The Voice (Mon.)NBC2.009.63 million

TV WATCH TOP 10: 2017-18 SEASON AVERAGES

SeriesNet.A18-49Viewers
Sunday Night FootballNBC6.7719.04 million
Thursday Night FootballCBS4.7314.75 million
Young SheldonCBS3.8015.86 million
The Big Bang TheoryCBS3.2514.48 million
This Is UsNBC3.1811.42 million
The Voice (Mon.)NBC2.5010.72 million
The Voice (Tues.)NBC2.4010.62 million
Will & GraceNBC2.137.69 million
Grey's AnatomyABC2.178.07 million
The Good DoctorABC2.1010.86 million