List of AFC Wild Card Playoff Game broadcasters

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The following is a list of the television and radio networks and sports announcers that have broadcast the Wild Card Playoff games in the American Football Conference throughout the years. It does not include any announcers who may have appeared on local radio broadcasts produced by the participating teams.

The years listed concentrate on the season instead of the calendar year that the game took place.

Television[edit]

2010s[edit]

Season Teams Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline reporter(s)
2013 Kansas City-Indianapolis
San Diego-Cincinnati
NBC
CBS
Dan Hicks
Jim Nantz
Mike Mayock
Phil Simms
Alex Flanagan
Tracy Wolfson
2012 Cincinnati-Houston
Indianapolis-Baltimore
NBC
CBS
Dan Hicks
Jim Nantz
Mike Mayock
Phil Simms
Alex Flanagan

2011 Cincinnati-Houston
Pittsburgh-Denver
NBC
CBS
Tom Hammond
Jim Nantz
Mike Mayock
Phil Simms
Alex Flanagan

2010 New York Jets-Indianapolis
Baltimore-Kansas City
NBC
CBS
Al Michaels
Jim Nantz
Cris Collinsworth
Phil Simms
Andrea Kremer

2000s[edit]

Season Teams Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline reporter(s)
2009 New York Jets-Cincinnati
Baltimore-New England
NBC
CBS
Tom Hammond
Jim Nantz
Joe Theismann and Joe Gibbs
Phil Simms
Tiki Barber

2008 San Diego-Indianapolis
Baltimore-Miami
NBC
CBS
Al Michaels
Jim Nantz
John Madden
Phil Simms
Andrea Kremer

2007 Jacksonville-Pittsburgh
Tennessee-San Diego
NBC
CBS
Al Michaels
Jim Nantz
John Madden
Phil Simms
Andrea Kremer

2006 Kansas City-Indianapolis
New York Jets-New England
NBC
CBS
Tom Hammond
Jim Nantz
Cris Collinsworth
Phil Simms
Bob Neumeier

2005 Jacksonville-New England
Pittsburgh-Cincinnati
ABC
CBS
Al Michaels
Jim Nantz
John Madden
Phil Simms
Michele Tafoya
Bonnie Bernstein
2004 New York Jets-San Diego
Denver-Indianapolis
ABC
CBS
Al Michaels
Jim Nantz
John Madden
Phil Simms
Michele Tafoya
Bonnie Bernstein
2003 Tennessee-Baltimore
Denver-Indianapolis
ABC
CBS
Mike Patrick
Greg Gumbel
Joe Theismann and Paul Maguire
Phil Simms
Suzy Kolber
Armen Keteyian
2002 Indianapolis-New York Jets
Cleveland-Pittsburgh
ABC
CBS
Brent Musburger
Greg Gumbel
Gary Danielson
Phil Simms
Jack Arute
Armen Keteyian
2001 New York Jets-Oakland
Baltimore-Miami
ABC
CBS
Al Michaels
Greg Gumbel
Dan Fouts and Dennis Miller
Phil Simms
Melissa Stark and Eric Dickerson
Armen Keteyian and Bonnie Bernstein
2000 Indianapolis-Miami
Denver-Baltimore
ABC
CBS
Mike Patrick
Greg Gumbel
Joe Theismann and Paul Maguire
Phil Simms
Solomon Wilcots
Armen Keteyian

1990s[edit]

Season Teams Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline reporter(s)
1999 Buffalo-Tennessee
Miami-Seattle
ABC
CBS
Mike Patrick
Greg Gumbel
Joe Theismann and Paul Maguire
Phil Simms
Solomon Wilcots
Armen Keteyian
1998 Buffalo-Miami
New England-Jacksonville
ABC
CBS
Al Michaels
Greg Gumbel
Dan Dierdorf and Boomer Esiason
Phil Simms
Lesley Visser
Armen Keteyian
1997 Jacksonville-Denver
Miami-New England
ABC
NBC
Al Michaels
Dick Enberg
Frank Gifford and Dan Dierdorf
Phil Simms and Paul Maguire
Lynn Swann
Jim Gray
1996 Jacksonville-Buffalo
Indianapolis-Pittsburgh
ABC
NBC
Mike Patrick
Dick Enberg
Joe Theismann
Phil Simms and Paul Maguire
Mark Malone and Lesley Visser
Jim Gray and Randy Cross
1995 Miami-Buffalo
Indianapolis-San Diego
ABC
NBC
Brent Musburger
Dick Enberg
Dick Vermeil
Phil Simms and Paul Maguire
Lesley Visser
Jim Gray
1994 Kansas City-Miami
New England-Cleveland
ABC
NBC
Al Michaels
Dick Enberg
Frank Gifford and Dan Dierdorf
Bob Trumpy
Lynn Swann
Beasley Reece
1993 Pittsburgh-Kansas City
Denver-Los Angeles Raiders
ABC
NBC
Al Michaels
Charlie Jones
Frank Gifford and Dan Dierdorf
Todd Christensen
Lynn Swann
O.J. Simpson
1992 Kansas City-San Diego
Houston-Buffalo
ABC
NBC
Brent Musburger
Charlie Jones
Dick Vermeil
Todd Christensen
Lynn Swann

1991 Los Angeles Raiders-Kansas City
New York Jets-Houston
ABC
NBC
Brent Musburger
Marv Albert
Dick Vermeil
Paul Maguire
Lynn Swann

1990 Kansas City-Miami
Houston-Cincinnati
ABC
NBC
Al Michaels
Don Criqui
Frank Gifford and Dan Dierdorf
Bob Trumpy

Notes[edit]

  • In 1990, the league expanded its playoff system from a 10-team to a 12-team tournament. With these changes, three wild card teams (those non-division champions with the conference's best won-lost-tied percentages) qualified, up from two the year before.

1980s[edit]

Season Teams Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline reporter(s)
1989 Pittsburgh-Houston NBC Marv Albert Bob Trumpy
1988 Houston-Cleveland NBC Don Criqui Bob Trumpy
1987 Seattle-Houston NBC Marv Albert Joe Namath
1986 Kansas City-New York Jets NBC Marv Albert Bob Griese
1985 New England-New York Jets NBC Marv Albert Bob Griese
1984 Los Angeles-Seattle NBC Charlie Jones Bob Griese
1983 Denver-Seattle NBC Charlie Jones Bob Griese
1982 New England-Miami
Cleveland-Los Angeles Raiders
New York Jets-Cincinnati
San Diego-Pittsburgh
NBC
NBC
NBC
NBC
Bob Costas
Don Criqui
Charlie Jones
Dick Enberg
Bob Trumpy and Bob Griese
John Brodie
Len Dawson
Merlin Olsen
1981 Buffalo-New York Jets NBC Charlie Jones Len Dawson

Notes[edit]

  • There was no traditional Wild Card playoff round in 1982. A players' strike reduced the regular season to nine games. Thus, the league used a special 16-team playoff format (dubbed the "Super Bowl Tournament"), just for this year. Division standings were ignored. Eight teams from each conference were seeded 1-8 based on their regular season records. Because of the eight-game first round, this was the first (and currently only) time that NFL playoff games were regionally televised across the United States instead of nationwide. This year was also the only season in which the conference championship games were played on separate days.

1970s[edit]

Season Teams Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline reporter(s)
1979 Denver-Houston NBC Charlie Jones Len Dawson
1978 Houston-Miami NBC Dick Enberg Len Dawson

Notes[edit]

  • 1978 marked the first year that the playoffs expanded to a ten-team format, adding a second wild card team (a fifth seed) from each conference. The two wild card teams from each conference (the 4 and 5 seeds) would play each other in the first round, called the "Wild Card Playoffs." The division winners (seeds 1, 2, and 3) automatically advanced to the Divisional Playoffs, which became the second round of the playoffs.

Radio[edit]

2010s[edit]

Season Teams Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline reporter(s)
2013 Kansas City-Indianapolis
San Diego-Cincinnati
Westwood One
Westwood One
Kevin Kugler
Ian Eagle
James Lofton
Trent Green
Hub Arkush
Tony Boselli
2012 Cincinnati-Houston
Indianapolis-Baltimore
Dial Global
Dial Global
Tom McCarthy
Ian Eagle
Tony Boselli
Trent Green
Steve Tasker
Laura Okmin
2011 Cincinnati-Houston
Pittsburgh-Denver
Dial Global
Dial Global
Howard David
Kevin Harlan
Tony Boselli
Dan Fouts
Mark Malone
Steve Tasker
2010 New York Jets-Indianapolis
Baltimore-Kansas City
CBS/Westwood One
CBS/Westwood One
Dave Sims
Kevin Harlan
Boomer Esiason
James Lofton
Steve Tasker
Tony Boselli

2000s[edit]

Season Teams Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline reporter(s)
2009 New York Jets-Cincinnati
Baltimore-New England
CBS/Westwood One
CBS/Westwood One
Larry Kahn
Kevin Harlan
Dan Fouts
Mark Malone
Laura Okmin
Steve Tasker
2008 San Diego-Indianapolis
Baltimore-Miami
CBS/Westwood One
CBS/Westwood One
Bill Rosinski
Marv Albert
Dan Reeves
Dennis Green
Scott Kaplan
John Dockery
2007 Jacksonville-Pittsburgh
Tennessee-San Diego
CBS/Westwood One
CBS/Westwood One
Dave Sims
Dick Enberg
Boomer Esiason
Dennis Green
Kevin Kiley
Scott Kaplan
2006 Kansas City-Indianapolis
New York Jets-New England
CBS/Westwood One
CBS/Westwood One
Dick Enberg
Bill Rosinski
Bob Trumpy
Dan Reeves
Bonnie Bernstein
Trev Alberts
2005 Jacksonville-New England
Pittsburgh-Cincinnati
CBS/Westwood One
CBS/Westwood One
Dave Sims
Joel Meyers
Boomer Esiason
Bob Trumpy
Kevin Kiley
Rick Walker
2004 New York Jets-San Diego
Denver-Indianapolis
CBS/Westwood One
CBS/Westwood One
Marv Albert
Joel Meyers
John Riggins
Bob Trumpy
John Dockery
Rick Walker
2003 Tennessee-Baltimore
Denver-Indianapolis
CBS/Westwood One
CBS/Westwood One
Marv Albert
Dave Sims
Boomer Esiason
John Riggins
John Dockery
Allen Pinkett
2002 Indianapolis-New York Jets
Cleveland-Pittsburgh
CBS/Westwood One
CBS/Westwood One
Marv Albert
Dave Sims
Boomer Esiason
Jack Ham
John Dockery
John Riggins
2001 New York Jets-Oakland
Baltimore-Miami
CBS/Westwood One
CBS/Westwood One
2000 Indianapolis-Miami
Denver-Baltimore
CBS/Westwood One
CBS/Westwood One