Amid the global Coronavirus pandemic, most sports have been postponed or cancelled altogether. Given this drought in sports coverage, NBC has decided to re-air many of its most iconic “Sunday Night Football” games, starting Monday, March 30th.
Football Week in America
Beginning Monday, we will have Football Week in America. This brings us daily showings of the most memorable NBC SNF games, including “record-breaking performances, unforgettable plays, timeless rivalries, an NFL Kickoff game pitting quarterbacking greats, and a Thanksgiving night game featuring Packers passing legends.”
Below is a daily schedule of the football action we will get to see, along with their blurb about each game. If you do not have NBC Sports Network (NBCSN), you will need to find a stream to it, because that’s where all of these games will be shown.
MONDAY, MARCH 30 – MANNING BOWL I & CLASSIC BRADY-MANNING
Football Week in America kicks off on Monday, March 30, with the first-ever NBC Sunday Night Football game as Peyton and Eli Manning faced off in the first ‘Manning Bowl’ on Kickoff Weekend in 2006. Next, Tom Brady and the Patriots overcome a 24-0 halftime deficit to defeat Peyton Manning and the Broncos in an overtime thriller in 2013.
|IND vs NYG (Wk 1, 2006)||7 pm||NBCSN|
|DEN vs NE (Wk 12, 2013)||9:30 pm||NBCSN|
TUESDAY, MARCH 31 – DOUBLE DOSE OF DALLAS
Tuesday brings two Cowboys games as the night begins with Dallas quarterback Tony Romo making his first career start in 2006, followed by the regular-season debut of AT&T Stadium as the Cowboys hosted the division-rival Giants in Week 2 of 2009 in a thriller game that was decided in the closing seconds.
|DAL vs CAR (Wk 8, 2006)||7 pm||NBCSN|
|NYG vs DAL (Wk 2, 2009)||9:30 pm||NBCSN|
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1 – PEYTON MANNING AS BRONCOS QB
NBCSN presents two monumental games in Peyton Manning’s Broncos career, including his first start for Denver in 2012, and his 2013 return to Indianapolis, where he spent the first 14 years of his career with the Colts.
|PIT vs DEN (Wk 1, 2012)||7 pm||NBCSN|
|DEN vs IND (Wk 12, 2013)||9:30 pm||NBCSN|
THURSDAY, APRIL 2 – BRETT FAVRE AT LAMBEAU
Thursday’s coverage on NBCSN highlights Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre, as the night kicks off with Favre’s final game at Lambeau Field when he returned to face the Packers as a member of the Vikings in 2010. Next, Favre’s number is retired by the Packers in a memorable ceremony featuring Hall of Famer Bart Starr at halftime of Green Bay’s Thanksgiving night game against Chicago in 2015.
|MIN vs GB (Wk 7, 2010)||7 pm||NBCSN|
|CHI vs GB (Thanksgiving, Wk 12, 2015)||9:30 pm||NBCSN|
FRIDAY, APRIL 3 – BREES, BRADY & MANNING
On Friday, NBCSN presents classic games of three generational quarterbacks: Brady, Manning and Drew Brees. First, Manning’s Colts top Brady’s Patriots in a climactic finish in 2009, as New England fails to convert on a late fourth-and-two in their own territory. Then, Brees faces his former team in 2012, and breaks Johnny Unitas’ record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass.
|IND vs NE (Wk 10, 2009)||7 pm||NBCSN|
|SD vs NO (Wk 5, 2012)||9:30 pm||NBCSN|
SATURDAY, APRIL 4 – LAST-SECOND VICTORIES
Saturday night brings a classic defensive battle between two division rivals, as Pittsburgh and Baltimore are both held to under 300 total yards. Behind a late Ben Roethlisberger touchdown pass and a final defensive stand, the Steelers go on to top the Ravens, 13-10. This matchup also featured five players who earned NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors: Baltimore’s Ray Lewis (twice), Ed Reed, and Terrell Suggs and Pittsburgh’s James Harrison and Troy Polamalu (who was the 2010 honoree).
Aaron Rodgers (312 pass yards, three touchdowns) and Drew Brees (419 yards, three touchdowns) duel in the 2011 season opener as Rodgers and the Packers defeat the Saints, 42-34, at Lambeau Field. On the final play of the game, Green Bay’s defense completes a goal line stand at their own one yard-line to halt New Orleans’ comeback bid.
|PIT vs BAL (Wk 13, 2010)||7:30 pm||NBCSN|
|NO vs GB (Wk 1, 2011)||10 pm||NBCSN|
SUNDAY, APRIL 5 – OBJ’S CATCH & MAHOMES-BRADY I
To cap off Football Week in America, NBCSN begins the night with Odell Beckham Jr.’s spectacular one-handed catch while falling into the end zone for a 43-yard touchdown against Dallas – despite being interfered with on the play. On the broadcast, Collinsworth exclaimed, “That might be the greatest catch I’ve ever seen! You have to be kidding me. That is absolutely impossible!”
Next, the first-ever matchup between eventual league MVP Patrick Mahomes and Brady ends with a last-second win by New England, securing Brady’s 200th victory as a starting quarterback.
|DAL vs NYG (Wk 12, 2014)||7 pm||NBCSN|
|KC vs NE (Wk 6, 2018)||9:30 pm||NBCSN|
Weekly Sunday Night Football Games
For the remainder of the month of April, NBC will continue to broadcast memorable SNF games every single Sunday. This will bring us well into spring, hoping for a sense of optimism on the horizon in our day-to-day lives.
SUNDAY, APRIL 12 – COWBOYS-JETS ON 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11
On the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001, the Jets host the Cowboys to open the 2011 season. In a back and forth affair, New York wins on a 50-yard field goal with less than one minute remaining in the game.
|DAL vs NYJ (Wk 1, 2011)||8 pm||NBCSN|
SUNDAY, APRIL 19 – SEAHAWKS STOP PATRIOTS ON GOAL LINE
In their first meeting since New England’s dramatic victory over Seattle in Super Bowl XLIX, the Seahawks stop the Patriots on four consecutive plays from inside the two yard-line to earn a 31-24 victory in Foxborough.
|SEA vs NE (Wk 10, 2016)||8 pm||NBCSN|
SUNDAY, APRIL 26 – PACKERS-PATRIOTS 2010 THRILLER
Packers quarterback Matt Flynn makes his first career start in Week 15 of the 2010 season as Green Bay visits the Patriots at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots thwart the Packers’ last-minute drive, punctuated by a Vince Wilfork strip-sack on fourth-and-one from the New England 15 yard-line on the last play of the game, to hold on for a dramatic 31-27 win. Flynn passed for 251 yards and three touchdowns.
|GB vs NE (Wk 15, 2010)||8 pm||NBCSN|