Sunday NFL Coutndown

ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown on Wild Card Weekend

ESPN will produce special editions of Sunday NFL Countdown this NFL Wild Card Weekend.  Saturday’s coverage begins at 11:00a.m. ET while Sunday’s edition gets underway 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.

Correspondents Bob Holztman (Cincinnati at Houston), Rachel Nichols (Indianapolis at Baltimore), Ed Werder (Seattle at Washington), Josina Anderson (Minnesota at Green Bay) and Sal Paolantonio (Indianapolis at Baltimore) will report from game sites.

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

Sunday NFL Countdown (Saturday):

  • Adrian Peterson Soundtracks – Coming off one of the most memorable seasons for an NFL running back, Minnesota Vikings Adrian Peterson will be featured in “Soundtracks.”
  • Arian Foster’s Rise – As a kid growing up in Albuquerque, N.M., Arian Foster promised his mom, Bernadette Sizemore, and family members a fruit basket when he makes it big in the NFL.  During the off-season, the running back made good on his promise after he signed a multi-year agreement with the Texans.  Countdown’sTom Jackson revisits the emotional press conference where Foster shared his childhood promise, interviews his mother and tells the story of a promise kept.
  • The Comeback – This week is the 20th anniversary of the greatest comeback in NFL history – the Buffalo Bills overcoming a 35-3 third quarter deficit to beat the Houston Oilers 41-38 in overtime in a home NFL Wild Card game.  Countdown will relive the game through the eyes of the players and coaches.

Sunday NFL Countdown (Sunday):

  • RG3 and Russell Wilson’s Week 17 Soundtracks – Last Sunday, Robert Griffin III led the Washington Redskins to a must-win victory over the Dallas Cowboys to top the NFC East.  His rookie counterpart in Seattle, Russell Wilson, beat the St. Louis Rams to finish his first season a perfect 8-0 at home. Before their game, Countdown takes the viewer inside their week 17 games in Soundtracks.
  • What Drives Alfred? – In a revealing piece about the Redskins breakout running back Alfred Morris, Josina Anderson takes a drive with the rookie in his 1991 Mazda 626 (blue book value of $1,000) a symbol for what has kept Morris grounded as he is fast becoming a star in the NFL.
  • One Last Dance? – Before Ray Lewis’ last home game, Chris Connelly talks to past and present Baltimore Ravens as well as opponents who have admired Lewis perform his pre-game dance.
  • Frank Caliendo – The comedian takes a witty look at the N.Y. Jets season and their head coach Rex Ryan.
  • O.J. Brigance – O.J. Brigance’s 16 games with the Baltimore Ravens culminated in a Super Bowl XXXV victory.  Four years later, he joined the Ravens front office, becoming the director of player development.  In 2007, Brigance was diagnosed with ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease.  He has since become an inspiration to others, facing his challenge with passion and perseverance, and starting a foundation to help others fight the disease.

NFL Matchup will also have special edition on Saturday and Sunday at 6:30a.m. ET with host Sal Paolantonio and analysts Merril Hoge and Ron Jaworski.

Here is the recap of ESPN’s NFL coverage this weekend:

Sat, Jan 5 6:30 p.m. Snickers NFL Matchup
Sal Paolantonio, Merril Hoge and Ron Jaworski
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  11 a.m. Sunday NFL Countdown presented by IBM (2 hours)
Chris Berman, Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson, Suzy Kolber, Hoge and Jaworski
ESPN
  12 a.m. NFL PrimeTime
Wingo, Trent Dilfer and Hoge
ESPN
Sun, Jan 6 6:30 a.m. NFL Matchup
Paolantonio, Hoge and Jaworski
ESPN
  10 a.m. Sunday NFL Countdown presented by IBM (3 hours)Berman, Carter, Ditka, Jackson, Johnson, Kolber, Hoge and Jaworski ESPN
  8 p.m. NFL PrimeTime
Berman, Jackson and Dilfer
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  9 p.m. SportsCenter Special (2 hours)
Wingo, Jaworski, Hoge, Antonio Pierce and Herm Edwards
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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 ESPN.com’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.

Sunday NFL Countdown on ESPN- December 16, 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 (Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans), Rachel Nichols (New York Giants at Atlanta Falcons), Ed Werder (Pittsburgh Steelers at Dallas Cowboys), Josina Anderson (Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears), Colleen Dominguez (San Francisco 49ers at New England Patriots and Sal Paolantonio (Denver Broncos at Baltimore Ravens) will report from game sites.

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

  • A Conversation with Big Ben:  Last Sunday, Ben Roethlisberger returned from a shoulder injury to quarterback the Pittsburgh Steelers in a surprising home loss to the San Diego Chargers in a game symbolic of the team’s roller coaster season. Countdown’s Merril Hoge sits for a one-on-one conversation with Roethlisberger.
  • Von Miller Interview:  The Denver Broncos defense, led by second year linebacker Von Miller, deserves as much credit as quarterback Peyton Manning and the offense for the Broncos’ eight-game win streak.Countdown’s Tom Jackson, a former Broncos linebacker, travelled to Denver for a sit-down interview with the AFC Defensive Player of the Month in November.
  • Frank Caliendo:  The humorous segment has Caliendo playing ESPN host Bob Ley and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

Sunday NFL Countdown on ESPN- December 9, 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 (Dallas at Cincinnati), Rachel Nichols (New Orleans at New York Giants), Ed Werder (San Diego at Pittsburgh), Josina Anderson (Chicago at Minnesota) and Sal Paolantonio (Baltimore at Washington) will report from game sites.

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

  • Luck Conversation: Last Sunday, quarterback Andrew Luck led his team to its eighth victory, setting the record for most wins by a rookie quarterback picked No. 1 in the Draft.  SportsCenter anchor Hannah Stormsat down for a one-on-one conversation with the Colts quarterback.
  • Weeden’s Cause: On the field, Cleveland’s Brandon Weeden has shown promise as the guy who can lead the Browns back to football relevance. Off the field, Weeden’s impact back home in Oklahoma has been even more significant.  After developing a relationship with young child Gavin Kuykendall battling a heart ailment, the rookie quarterback is now raising funds to help keep more pediatric surgeons in the state, reports Chris Connelly.
  • The Power of Momentum: In the last decade, Super Bowl-winning teams like the Giants, Packers, and Steelers have proved you don’t need to be 14-2 to win a Super Bowl. Just get hot at the right time and let momentum carry you to the Super Bowl.  Greg Garber consults with Ainissa Ramirez, a Yale University material scientist, to explain why momentum means something in the NFL.
  • Frank Caliendo:  The humorous segment has Caliendo playing ESPN host Bob Ley and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

Sunday NFL Countdown on ESPN- November 11, 2012

ESPN gets prepped 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 (New York Giants at Cincinnati Bengals), Rachel Nichols (Denver Broncos at Carolina Panthers), Ed Werder (Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints), Josina Anderson (Houston Texans at Chicago Bears) and Sal Paolantonio (Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles) will report from game sites.

From ESPN PR, here are some of the anticipated show highlights:

  • Doug Martin – Rookie Sensation:  After setting a Tampa Bay Buccaneers record of 251 rushing yards and four touchdowns last Sunday against the Oakland Raiders and rushing for more than 1,000 yards from scrimmage so far this season, rookie sensation Doug Martin is staking a claim for the NFL Rookie of Year award.  In his path to the NFL, Martin was inspired by YouTube videos of NFL legends, Jackie Chan movies and a passion for playing “tag.”  Countdown’s Suzy Kolber takes a closer look at Martin.
  • Randy Moss and Lil Wayne:  Rapper and lyricist Lil Wayne will make his debut as a Countdown guest correspondent in a rare sit-down interview with 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss, who talks about why he retired and returned to the NFL after a one-year hiatus to join San Francisco.
  • The Art of Creating the Fumble:  The Chicago Bears defense is better than some team offenses this season and is a major reason the team is 7-1 midway into the season.  While interceptions have been a key to their success, no one has been better at creating fumbles than cornerback Charles Tillman, who has forced seven in 2012 and 36 since 2003. Rachel Nichols examines the art of the strip with Tillman.
  • “Mayne Event” – Election in New England:  Election Day isn’t only about the highest office in the land.  At Gillette Stadium, the New England Patriots were involved in making a very important choice.  In this week’s “Mayne Event,” Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and wide receiver Wes Welker assist Kenny Mayne in his quest for the truth.

Sunday NFL Countdown on ESPN- November 4, 2012

ESPN gets prepped 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 (Denver at Cincinnati), Rachel Nichols (Pittsburgh at NY Giants), George Smith (Carolina at Washington), Josina Anderson (Arizona at Green Bay) and Sal Paolantonio (Dallas at Atlanta) will report from game sites.

From ESPN PR, here are some of the anticipated show highlights:

  • Quarterback Class of 2004:  As quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers visit Eli Manning and the N.Y. Giants on Sunday, Countdown relives the 2004 NFL Draft that changed both franchises.  The feature includes a look at the confluence of events — Giants acquiring Eli Manning via a swap with the San Diego Chargers for Philip Rivers — which produced two leading NFL quarterbacks who have won four of the last seven Super Bowls.
  • Jumping the Route:  Atlanta’s Asante Samuel is one of the NFL’s best at jumping routes and breaking up passes. Analyst Darren Woodson visits the 7-0 Falcons’ cornerback to unmask the art of jumping a route and making a pick, while explaining why life for Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo on Sunday against Atlanta will be a challenge.
  • Brandon Marshall:  Countdown will include an exclusive E:60 report by Lisa Salters examining how Chicago Bears star wide receiver Brandon Marshall, diagnosed with “Borderline Personality Disorder” after several off-the-field incidents such as domestic violence and drunk driving, has refocused on turning his life around.
  • Hurricane Sandy’s Impact:  The worst storm to hit the East coast in a generation ravaged most of the New York and New Jersey coastlines on Monday.  Sunday, the New York Giants will play at the Meadowlands in front of thousands who have been directly impacted by the storm.  ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap reports how the hurricane has impacted the Giants and their fans this week.