POSTED: Wednesday November 18th 2009
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PLAYOFF IMPLICATIONS AT STAKE WHEN BEARS HOST EAGLES ON "SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL" - AMERICA'S NO. 1 SHOW

“Teams know that a game like this could decide a playoff spot.” – Football Night’s Dungy



       “This is a must-win game.” – Football Night’s Harrison




       NEW YORK – Nov. 18, 2009 – The Chicago Bears (4-5) host the
Philadelphia Eagles (5-4) on “NBC Sunday Night Football” – the No. 1
show in America – in a game with playoff implications for both teams.



Coverage begins with “Football Night in America,” Sunday at 7 p.m. ET
with Bob Costas hosting live from inside the stadium. Al Michaels
(play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (analyst) and Andrea Kremer (sideline
reporter) call the action from Soldier Field.



Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann will co-host “Football Night” from
NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza studios joined by Super Bowl-winning coach
Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison and Sports
Illustrated’s Peter King. “Football Night’s” Tiki Barber will report
from Invesco Field at Mile High on the Chargers-Broncos game.



DUNGY: “Thanksgiving is when you start looking at playoff implications.
It’s always better when both teams are in a similar situation.
Head-to-head is the first tie breaker and teams know that a game like
this could decide a playoff spot.”



HARRISON: “This is a must-win game for two teams that have been inconsistent and underachieving.”



BEARS VS. EAGLES: The Bears lead the all-time series 27-10-1, including
three playoff games (Eagles 2-1). The Bears have won the two
most-recent regular-season meetings in 2007 and 2008, but the Eagles
won the five preceding games, including a Divisional Playoff game in
2001. The teams’ most famous game was the 1988 Divisional Playoff game,
dubbed “The Fog Bowl” because a dense fog permeated the playing field
and severely hampered visibility. The contest was won, 20-12, by the
Bears.



BEARS-EAGLES IN PRIMETIME: Since NBC acquired the NFL’s premiere
primetime package in 2006, the Chicago Bears are 4-5 and the
Philadelphia Eagles are 0-7 on “Sunday Night Football.” The Bears
defeated the Eagles, 24-20, last year on “Sunday Night Football” by
securing a fourth-quarter goal-line stand.



This is the third SNF appearance for the Bears this year. They were
defeated, 21-15, by the Green Bay Packers on the road in Week 1 and by
the Atlanta Falcons, 21-14, in Week 6. The Eagles lost to Dallas,
20-16, at home on SNF in Week 9. They are scheduled to travel to New
York to face the Giants in Week 14.



SUNDAY NIGHT IS 300-YARD NIGHT: Seven quarterbacks have passed for
300-or-more yards nine times on “Sunday Night Football” this season.
Colts QB Peyton Manning has accomplished the feat three times. Bears QB
Jay Cutler passed for 300 yards in a 21-14 loss to the Falcons in Week
6. Earlier this season (Weeks 2-5), winning quarterbacks passed for
300-or-more yards in four consecutive weeks, the first time in Sunday
Night history.



Following are the nine 300-yard passing performances this season on SNF:



Week 2    Eli Manning, Giants, 330 yards vs. Cowboys – W 33-31

Week 3    Peyton Manning, Colts, 379 yards vs. Cardinals – W 31-10

Week 3    Kurt Warner, Cardinals, 332 yards vs. Colts – L 31-10

Week 4    Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers, 333 vs. Chargers – W 38-28

Week 5    Peyton Manning, Colts, 309 yards vs. Titans – W 31-9

Week 6    Jay Cutler, Bears, 300 yards vs. Falcons – L 21-14

Week 9    Tony Romo, Cowboys, 307 yards vs. Eagles – W 20-16

Week 10  Tom Brady, Patriots, 375 yards vs. Colts – L 35-34

Week 10  Peyton Manning, Colts 327 yards vs. Patriots – W 35-34



“SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” IS NO. 1 SHOW IN AMERICA: NBC’s “Sunday Night
Football,” through Week 10 of the NFL season, now stands as the most
watched primetime program and is No. 1 in household rating and in the
coveted Adult 18-49 demo, unprecedented for the NFL in primetime at
this point in the football season.



MOST VIEWED NFL PRIMETIME PACKAGE IN 12 YEARS: “Sunday Night Football”
is also the most watched NFL primetime package in 12 years. Through 10
weeks (nine SNF games) “Sunday Night Football” is off to the best start
for any primetime NFL package since the 1997 season of “Monday Night
Football” on ABC. Below is the viewership through 10 weeks on SNF from
2006-2009 and MNF 1997-2005:



2009:   19.8 million, SNF

2008:   16.2 million, SNF

2007:   16.3 million, SNF

2006:   18.0 million, SNF

2005:   16.7 million, MNF

2004:   16.6 million, MNF

2003:   17.1 million, MNF

2002:   17.4 million, MNF

2001:   16.7 million, MNF

2000:   18.7 million, MNF

1999:   19.7 million, MNF

1998:   19.4 million, MNF

1997:   20.6 million, MNF



2009 “NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” REMAINING SCHEDULE

Football Night in America begins every Sunday at 7 p.m. ET

 Sun. Nov. 29  *Week 12    Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens

Sun. Dec. 6      *Week 13    New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins

Sun. Dec. 13    *Week 14    Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants

Sun. Dec. 20    *Week 15    Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers

Sun. Dec. 27    *Week 16    Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins

Sun. Jan. 3       *Week 17   TBA

*Flex Week



NBC & THE NFL: NBC’s long history with the NFL dates back 70 years
to 1939 when NBC became the first network to televise an NFL game –
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Brooklyn Dodgers from Ebbets Field to the
approximately 1,000 sets then in New York. NBC first broadcast the NFL
Championship Game in 1955.  In 1964, NBC signed a five-year contract to
televise the AFL.  NBC was awarded the AFC package in 1970, an
association that would continue through the 1997-98 season. NBC
televised the first Super Bowl in 1967, the historic New York Jets’
upset of the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III in 1969, and this past
February broadcast Super Bowl XLIII, the most-watched program in
television history.



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Christopher Paul (Chris) McCloskey

       212-664-5598

       Christopher.Mccloskey@nbcuni.com

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