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Don Brubaker

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Here are the CBS-41 Thursday night NFL schedule and the NBC-Victoria Sunday night NFL schedule released Wednesday.


2014 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL BROADCAST SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED



 



Slate of 16 Regular-Season Games Kicks Off with Steelers
vs. Ravens on



September 11 on CBS and NFL Network



 



The CBS Television Network and NFL Network announce
the Thursday Night Football prime
time broadcast schedule for the 2014 NFL season.  This year marks the inaugural partnership
between CBS Sports and NFL Network in broadcasting Thursday Night Football and features the most marquee match-ups
ever on Thursday night, including 14 divisional rivalries. The 16-game Thursday Night Football schedule kicks
off on September 11 with Steelers
vs. Ravens from Baltimore and ends
with a Week 16 Saturday double-header on December 20. 



 



The
2014 Thursday Night Football schedule
will feature games from Weeks 2-8 and Week 16 (Saturday) broadcast on CBS that
also will be simulcast on NFL Network.  The
Thursday Night Football schedule in Weeks
9-12 and Weeks 14-16 will be televised on NFL Network, and will be simulcast on
over-the-air stations in the primary markets of the participating teams. All Thursday Night Football games will kick
off at 8:25 PM ET, with the exception of the Week 16 Saturday double-header –
NFL Network (4:30 PM ET) and CBS (8:00 PM ET). 
 



 



The Thursday
Night Football
schedule is highlighted by Giants vs. Redskins (Week 4), Jets
vs. Patriots (Week 7), Saints vs. Panthers (Week 9), as well as Cowboys vs. Bears
(Week 14), and features 11 playoff teams from 2013 – including seven division
winners. Five-time MVP Peyton Manning headlines
a list of prominent stars to appear on this year’s Thursday Night Football schedule, along with Adrian Peterson (2012 MVP), Aaron
Rodgers
(2011 MVP), and Tom Brady (2010
& 2007 MVP), former No. 1 overall picks Andrew Luck, Cam Newton and
Eli Manning, 2013 Defensive Player
of the Year Luke Kuechly and
cornerback Darrelle Revis.



 



The entire 16-game Thursday Night Football schedule
will also be streamed live on the NFL Mobile from Verizon app (NFL.com/mobile), the NFL app on XBOX, including
interactive features from Microsoft, and through Watch NFL Network (NFL.com/watch), with participating cable
and satellite providers.



 



The Thursday Night Football schedule on CBS,
also simulcast on NFL Network includes:



 



Sept. 11 (Week 2):  Steelers
at Ravens          Oct. 9 (Week 6):        Colts
at Texans



Sept. 18 (Week 3):  Buccaneers
at Falcons   Oct. 16 (Week 7):      Jets at
Patriots



Sept. 25 (Week 4):  Giants
at Redskins         Oct. 23 (Week 8):      Chargers
at Broncos



Oct. 2 (Week 5):     Vikings at Packers         Dec.
20
(Week 16):    Chargers at
49ers/Eagles at Redskins*



 



The Thursday Night Football schedule on NFL
Network includes:



 



Oct. 30 (Week 9):   Saints
at Panthers           Dec. 4 (Week 14):      Cowboys
at Bears



Nov. 6 (Week 10):    Browns at Bengals        Dec.
11
(Week 15):    Cardinals at Rams



Nov. 13 (Week 11):  Bills
at Dolphins           Dec. 18 (Week 16):    Titans
at Jaguars



Nov. 20 (Week 12):  Chiefs
at Raiders          Dec. 20 (Week 16):    Chargers
at 49ers/Eagles at Redskins*



 



To view the entire 2014 NFL schedule, visit NFL.com and CBSSports.com.



 



The full slate of 16 regular-season Thursday Night Football games will be
produced by CBS with its broadcasters and production team, including Jim Nantz and Phil Simms. Nantz and Simms also will announce select games on
Sunday on CBS. NFL Network hosts and analysts will be featured in the pregame,
halftime and postgame shows along with CBS Sports announcers.



 



This
season marks both the 55th year of NFL broadcasts on the CBS
Television Network and the ninth year of Thursday Night Football games on NFL
Network. In 2013, NFL Network’s Thursday
Night Football
set rating and viewership records. Including the audience
from over-the-air broadcasts in local markets, NFL Network’s 13-game schedule
of Thursday Night Football broadcasts
finished with a record-high per game average audience of 8 million viewers, up
10% from 2012, marking the fifth-consecutive year that Thursday Night Football has set an all-time high viewership mark.



 



Each week of the 2013 Thursday Night Football schedule, NFL Network’s game telecast was
the day’s most-watched program on cable television.



 



*The kickoff
times for each of the Saturday games – Philadelphia at Washington and San Diego
at San Francisco – will be determined at a later date.



2014 NBC “SUNDAY
NIGHT FOOTBALL”

SCHEDULE
ANNOUNCED


22 Game Slate
Features 19 Primetime Regular Season Games and 3 Postseason Games including
Super Bowl XLIX


NFL Season Begins
on NBC
Thursday, September 4 with NFL Kickoff
2014
Featuring Russell Wilson & Super Bowl Champion Seattle
Seahawks Hosting Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers


Peyton Manning and
Andrew Luck Meet Again as Denver Broncos Host Indianapolis Colts in
Opening
Sunday
Night
Football Game on
September 7


Seahawks visit
49ers in NFC Championship Game Rematch on Thanksgiving Night


STAMFORD, Conn. – April 23, 2014 – America’s No.
1 primetime television show gets “Back to Football” as NBC broadcasts 19 NFL
games during the 2014 regular season, featuring: Russell Wilson and the
Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks hosting Aaron Rodgers and the Green
Bay Packers in NFL Kickoff 2014 on
Thursday, September 4
; Andrew Luck and Indianapolis
visiting Peyton Manning and the AFC Champion Denver Broncos in the
opening Sunday Night Football game on
September 7
; the San Francisco 49ers grand opening of Levi’s Stadium against
the Chicago Bears on September 14; and NBC’s annual Thanksgiving night game,
featuring a San Francisco rematch of the down-to-the wire NFC Championship Game
between the NFC West rivals Seahawks and 49ers.


In addition to kicking off the 2014 NFL season, NBC
will crown the Super Bowl XLIX champion in Arizona on
Sunday, February 1, 2015
. NBC will also broadcast a Divisional Playoff game
on the weekend ofJanuary 10-11, and a Wild Card Playoff game on the January
3-4
weekend.


Highlights of the 2014 Sunday
Night
Football schedule:



  • 19 primetime games, including the NFL’s opening game of
    the season,NFL Kickoff 2014 and NBC’s annual Thanksgiving night
    game;



  • Every 2013 playoff team makes an appearance on Sunday Night Football; 16 of NBC’s 18 scheduled
    games involve at least one playoff team from last season; 9 of 18 include two
    playoff teams (Week 17 game TBD);



  • Three games each for the Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots,
    49ers, Packers, Cowboys;



  • The 49ers host the Seahawks on NBC’s annual Thanksgiving
    night game. NBC will broadcast a Thanksgiving night game each season through
    2022;



  • Three matchups among bitter NFC East rivals:
    Giants-Eagles (Week 6), Cowboys-Giants (Week 12) and Cowboys-Eagles (Week
    15);



  • The 190th meeting
    between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers (Week 10 in Green Bay) – the
    most played matchup in NFL history;



  • A pair of playoff rematches, including a rematch of the
    NFC Championship Game (Seahawks-49ers) on Thanksgiving, and a rematch of the AFC
    Divisional Playoffs (Colts-Patriots) in Indianapolis on
    November 16.


NBC TO BROADCAST 19 NFL GAMES IN 2014: As part
of the agreement NBC signed with the NFL in December 2011,NBC, for the
third straight season, will broadcast 19 regular-season games, including 17
regular-season Sunday NightFootball games, NFL Kickoff
2014
, and the annual Thanksgiving night game. NBC’s original Sunday Night Football agreement, which began in
2006, included 17 regular-season games. It was increased to 18 games in
2010.


SNF IS NO. 1 PRIMETIME PROGRAM ON
TELEVISION:
NBC’s Sunday NightFootball averaged 21.7 million
viewers in 2013, putting it on pace to rank as the No. 1 show for the entire
primetime television season
(September-May, based on Nielsen live plus same
day data) for the third consecutive year. In addition, for the full TV season to
date (through April 20), Sunday Night Football ranks as the No. 1 program
across the key demographics of Adults 18-34, 18-49, 25-54, as well as Men 18-34,
18-49 and 25-54, and Women 18-34 and 18-49, based on Nielsen live plus same day
data.
























































































2014 NBC SUNDAY
NIGHT
FOOTBALL SCHEDULE


NFL Kickoff

Green Bay Packers at Seattle
Seahawks


Week 1 

Indianapolis Colts at Denver
Broncos


Week 2 

Chicago Bears at San Francisco
49ers


Week 3 

Pittsburgh Steelers at Carolina
Panthers


Week 4

New Orleans Saints at Dallas
Cowboys

*Sun. Oct.
5

Week 5 

Cincinnati Bengals at New England
Patriots

*Sun. Oct.
12

Week 6

New York Giants at Philadelphia
Eagles

*Sun. Oct.
19

Week 7

San Francisco 49ers at Denver
Broncos

*Sun. Oct.
26

Week 8

Green Bay Packers at New Orleans
Saints

*Sun. Nov.
2

Week 9

Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh
Steelers

*Sun. Nov.
9

Week 10

Chicago Bears at Green Bay
Packers

*Sun. Nov.
16

Week 11

New England Patriots at Indianapolis
Colts

*Sun. Nov.
23

Week 12

Dallas Cowboys at New York
Giants

**Thurs. Nov.
27

Week 13

Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco
49ers

*Sun. Nov.
30

Week 13

Denver Broncos at Kansas City
Chiefs

*Sun. Dec.
7

Week 14

New England Patriots at San Diego
Chargers

*Sun. Dec.
14

Week 15

Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia
Eagles

*Sun. Dec.
21

Week 16

Seattle Seahawks at Arizona
Cardinals

*Sun. Dec.
28

Week 17

TBA






*Flex Week

** Thanksgiving Night Game


Following is a month-by-month look at the 2014 Sunday Night Football schedule:


SEPTEMBER


Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman and the
Seattle Seahawks raise the banner for their Super Bowl XLVIII title prior to
hosting Super Bowl XLV MVP Aaron Rodgers and the 2013 NFC North champion
Green Bay Packers in NFL Kickoff 2014 on
Thursday, September 4.
Five-time MVP Peyton Manning and the AFC
champion Denver Broncos close out NFL Kickoff Sunday on
September 7
hosting Andrew Luck and the defending AFC South winner
Indianapolis Colts. On September 14, the San Francisco 49ers open Levi’s Stadium
against the Chicago Bears. Sunday Night Football’s first interconference
matchup is September 21 asBen Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh
Steelers visit Cam Newton and the defending NFC South champion Carolina
Panthers. SNF wraps up its opening month as Drew Brees and the New
Orleans Saints visit Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboyson
September 28.


OCTOBER


Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals, aiming
to make their fourth consecutive playoff appearance, visit Tom Brady and
the five-time defending AFC East champion New England Patriots on
October 5.
SNF’s first matchup of NFC East rivals comes in Week 6,
as Eli Manning and the New York Giants visit LeSean McCoy and the
defending division champion Philadelphia Eagles on
October 12.
  Colin Kaepernickfaces Peyton Manning for the
first time on October 19 as the 49ers visit the Broncos.  Prolific
passers and former Super Bowl MVPs Rodgers and Brees face off on
October 26
when the Packers visit the Saints.




NOVEMBER


Super Bowl-winning quarterback Joe Flaccoand the
Ravens visit bitter divisional rival Pittsburgh on
November 2
continuing a closely-contested AFC North rivalry in which the
last five games have been decided by a field goal or less. On
November 9
, SNFfeatures the NFL-record 190th edition of the storied Bears-Packers matchup from
Lambeau Field.  The Bears and Packers have combined to win the past four NFC
North titles. In an AFC Divisional Playoff rematch, quarterbacks Brady and Luck
meet again as the Patriots visit the Colts on
November 16.
SNF closes November with three games in eight days
beginning with a classic NFC East rivalry as the Dallas Cowboys visit the New
York Giants on November 23. On Thanksgiving night (November
27
), the Seattle Seahawks visit the San Francisco 49ers in a rematch of the
thrilling 2013 NFC Championship Game. AFC West rivals Denver and Kansas City,
who combined for 24 regular season victories last season, conclude the month on
November 30
at Arrowhead Stadium.


DECEMBER


The San Diego Chargers and Philip Rivers, who
passed for 4,000+ yards in five of the past six seasons, host the Patriots on
December 7.
  The Cowboys visit the Eagleson
December 14
in a rematch of last season’s “win-and-in” Week
17 SNF matchup (a 24-22 Philadelphia win), which was the most-watched
primetime game of 2013 (27.4 million viewers).  The Arizona Cardinals, the last
team to defeat the Seahawks before last season’s Super Bowl run (17-10 on Dec.
22, 2013) and the winners of 10 games in the ultra-competitive NFC West, host
Seattle on December 21. For Week 17, the Sunday
night
game will be announced no later than six days prior to December
28.
The schedule does not list a Sunday
night
game in Week 17, but an afternoon game with playoff implications will
be moved to that time slot.


FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING: For the first time,
flexible scheduling may be applied in Weeks 5-10. During that period, flexible
scheduling can be used in no more than two weeks by shifting a Sunday
afternoon
game into primetime and moving the Sunday
night
game to an afternoon start time.


“Flexible scheduling” will be used in Weeks 11-17 as it
has been in recent years. In Weeks 11-16, the schedule lists the games
tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only Sunday
afternoon
games are eligible to be moved to Sunday
night
, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday
night
game would be moved to an afternoon start time. Flexible scheduling
will not be applied to games airing on Thursday, Saturday or Monday nights. A
flexible scheduling move would be announced at least 12 days before the game.
For Week 17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days
prior to December 28.The schedule does not list a Sunday
night
game in Week 17, but an afternoon game with playoff implications will
be moved to that time slot. Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all
Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives “surprise” teams a chance to play
their way into primetime.


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