ESPN’s Coverage of Championship Sunday

ESPN has a full slate of coverage on multiple platforms of NFL Championship Sunday

ESPN will produce a special edition of Sunday NFL Countdown this Championship Sunday.  Coverage begins at 12:00p.m. ET.

Chris Berman hosts with analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson and Keyshawn Johnson.  They will be  joined by Suzy Kolber, Merril Hoge and Ron Jaworski.  ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter and senior analyst Chris Mortensen will report the day’s news and updates.

Correspondents Colleen Dominguez and Ed Werder will cover the 49ers at Falcons while, Rachel Nichols and Sal Paolantonio will report from the Ravens at Patriots.

From ESPN PR, here are some other anticipated show highlights:

  • Boomer with the Smiths:  The San Francisco 49ers’ Aldon Smith and Justin Smith are arguably the toughest defensive tandem in the league. Going into their second straight NFC title game, they sit down with Countdown’s Chris Berman to share secrets of their success.
  • Soundtracks – Tom Brady: Last Sunday against the Texans, New England’s Tom Brady surpassed his childhood hero, Joe Montana, in playoff victories with his 17th win.  The quarterback’s in-game audio from last Sunday will be the subject of this week’s Soundtracks
  • Lee Evans Remembers: Last year, with time winding down in the AFC Championship, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco hit wide receiver Lee Evans for what would have been the go-ahead touchdown and a trip to the Super Bowl. The ball was stripped from Evans and a missed field goal later the Ravens season was over.  A year later, Adam Schefter revisits the play and how it has impacted Evans.
  • Field Pass:  Live look-ins at quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick and Matt Ryan, running back Frank Gore, and wide receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White during their pregame routines leading into the 3 p.m. NFC Championship
  • Frank Caliendo:  The witty comedian returns to impersonate Hall of Famer and Countdown analyst Mike Ditka and popular radio host Jim Rome.
 Sal Paolantonio will host NFL Matchup with analysts Merril Hoge and Ron Jaworski Sunday at 6:30 a.m. Here is the rundown:
  • Ron Jaworski shows how the Atlanta Falcons used a fake wide receiver screen to get wide receiver Roddy White one on one with Seattle Seahawks Richard Sherman.
  • Jaworski covers the field to show how the 49ers offense will expose the voids in Atlanta’s “Cover 3” defensive scheme with their tight end, just like Seattle did with Zach Miller on Sunday.
  • Merril Hoge takes a look at how receiver Michael Crabtree has emerged as the 49ers ‘go-to’ guy with 80 percent of his third down catches converting for first downs in the last six games.
  • Jaworski explains the mechanics of the 49ers “Pistol Read-Option,” and shows how quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided to keep the ball for a 56-yard touchdown run.
  • Hoge breaks down how the Falcons defense used a simple approach to take away the Seahawks “Read-Option.”
  • Hoge uses the “Coaches Clicker” to explain how the Ravens executed a very successful run game against Denver.
  • Jaworski uses the telestrator in a segment on Ravens offense taking deep shots to receiver Torrey Smith when they have man coverage from New England’s defense.
  • Jaworski analyzes the Patriots use of the speed offense with no huddle to catch defenses off-guard, and how it allows New England’s offense to gain easy yards vs. a compromised defense.
On ESPN Radio Countdown To Kickoff begins at Noon ET with host Mike Hill. Guests include ESPN analysts Tom Jackson, Ron Jaworski and Merril Hoge, insiders Chris Mortensen and John Clayton, and on-site game reporters as well as newsmakers from around the league. Sunday night programming will feature extensive post-game coverage of both games.
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