Sunday NFL Countdown on ESPN- December 23, 2012

ESPN has provided a preview for this weekend’s NFL action with Sunday NFL Countdown this Sunday beginning at 10:00a.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.  Comedian Frank Caliendo will also be on set.

Correspondents Bob Holztman (Minnesota at Houston), Rachel Nichols (New York Giants at Baltimore), Ed Werder (New Orleans at Dallas), Josina Anderson (Cincinnati at Pittsburgh), Colleen Dominguez (San Francisco at Seattle and Sal Paolantonio (Washington at Philadelphia) will report from game sites.

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

  • The Immaculate Reception: Sunday is the 40th anniversary of one of the most memorable receptions in the NFL – Pittsburgh Steelers full back Franco Harris’ “Immaculate Reception” in the 1972 AFC Divisional playoffs against the Oakland Raiders. Jeremy Schaap retraces the play through the players involved, including Harris and the lucky fan who took the ball home.
  • Slingin’ in Seattle: With a flair for the dramatic, rookie Russell Wilson has the Seattle Seahawks back in playoff contention.  Last Sunday, Wilson became the first quarterback since 1950 to lead his team to 50+ points in consecutive games. On the brink of clinching a playoff spot with a win Sunday over division rival San Francisco, Wilson discusses the ups and downs of his rookie season with’s Greg Garber.
  • Switching Sides:  Frustrated by the Cincinnati Bengals seasons in futility, Brett Kostoff, a die-hard fan of the team, placed his enthusiastic support of the Bengals up for bid on EBay.  The highest bidder?  A Pittsburgh Steelers fan.  Kostoff is now a full-fledged member of Steeler Nation and is attending his first Steelers game Sunday against a hated divisional rival, the Bengals, reports Countdown.
  • Ebenezer Ditka: Just before Christmas, Hall of Famer and Countdown’s Mike Ditka returns with his recurring role as Ebenezer Ditka, voicing his disgust at the slumping Chicago Bears, the heated race of underperforming teams in the NFC East and more.