NBC Sunday Night Football results
The following is a detailed list of results and scores from National Football League games aired on NBC under the game package NBC Sunday Night Football. The list includes both regular season and post-season game results, both produced by NBC Sports, from the 2006 NFL season to the present.
The NFL instated a new "flex-scheduling" policy in which the NFL could choose a game to be aired in primetime on NBC based on the team's current performance and record. Previously, Sunday night NFL games were televised by ESPN, from 1987–2005, and TNT, from 1990–1997.
Starting with the 2006 NFL season, NBC was awarded the rights to air Sunday night primetime American football games, as well as the rights to air two games of the NFL playoffs. In February 2009, NBC concluded their third season of the game package by broadcasting Super Bowl XLIII and the 2009 Pro Bowl from Honolulu, Hawai'i. The game package also includes broadcast rights to the NFL Kickoff Game, the late-night Thanksgiving game, and Pro Football Hall of Fame Game.
Results by season
Listed below are games and their respective results played from 2006—present.
|"Flex-scheduling" game||Playoff game broadcast on NBC||Super Bowl Game on NBC|
In 2006, NBC Sunday Night Football wrapped up its inaugural season averaging 17.5 million viewers, 1.2 million viewers better than Monday Night Football in 2005 on ABC and the best viewership number for the network primetime NFL package in six years (18.5 million on ABC in 2000). The season featured pop singer Pink singing the anthem for SNF called "I've Been Waiting All Day For Sunday Night." This would be the only season the tentatively scheduled games during the flex period were not publicly announced.
There was no game played on October 22 because it overlapped with Game 1 of the 2006 World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Detroit Tigers, along with Christmas Eve night; NBC broadcast the latter week's game (Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys) on Christmas afternoon instead. However, the broadcast of Football Night in America continued at its regular time on both occasions each Sunday, with a half-hour version of the program airing before the Christmas game and the two "Wild Card Saturday" games.
In 2007, there was no game broadcast on October 28 due to Game 4 of the 2007 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Colorado Rockies, although Football Night in America aired at its usual time that week. Also, a tentative full-season schedule was unveiled, including games in the last seven weeks of the season. Those games could be replaced under flexible scheduling if the need arose. Three of the games in the last seven weeks were eventually replaced with more compelling matches. This resulted in the situation—twice—of having a team playing consecutive Sunday nights. The New England Patriots played consecutive Sunday nights: their November 18 game at the Buffalo Bills was moved to prime time, replacing the Chicago Bears at Seattle Seahawks game, and was subsequently followed on November 25 by their already scheduled home game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Likewise, the Washington Redskins played a scheduled game at the New York Giants on December 16, and their December 23 game at the Minnesota Vikings was moved to prime time, replacing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at San Francisco 49ers game. Also, due to playoff implications, the December 30 Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts game was flexed to prime time, replacing the Kansas City Chiefs at New York Jets game. Thus, the Colts played in the Kickoff game against the New Orleans Saints (due to winning Super Bowl XLI) and the regular season finale. The same rules under which CBS and Fox protected games for their own packages still applied.
*Bears-Seahawks game was flexed out for the Patriots-Bills game.
**Buccaneers-49ers game was flexed out for the Redskins-Vikings game.
***Chiefs-Jets game was flexed out for the Titans-Colts game.
NBC Sunday Night Football's 2008 schedule began on September 4 with the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants defeating the Washington Redskins in the NFL Kickoff game. On September 7, the Indianapolis Colts hosted the Chicago Bears in the first game at Lucas Oil Stadium. 2008 marked the third consecutive year that both the Colts and Giants would be featured in the NBC Sunday Night Football opening week games. As a result, the Manning brothers were used in commercial advertisements.
The 2008 schedule, released April 15, continued the current practice of a scheduled game possibly being moved in favor of a more compelling one during Weeks 11 through 16 (November 16 through December 21), but left the slot open on the final Sunday, December 28. The NFL Kickoff Game between the Redskins and Giants that was played on September 4 started at 7:00 p.m. instead of the normal 8:30 p.m. time in order to avoid conflict with the nomination speech that John McCain gave at the 2008 Republican National Convention that night; the game ended at 10:01pm EDT, averting any conflict. As in previous years, one Sunday night (October 26) featured no game broadcast due to Game 4 of the 2008 World Series between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Philadelphia Phillies, although Football Night in America aired as usual that week.
The October 19 Seattle Seahawks-Tampa Bay Buccaneers game featured Cris Collinsworth substituting for John Madden as the color commentator, the first time Madden had missed calling a game in 28 years. He had taken the week off because he would have had to make three straight cross country trips after calling games in Jacksonville and San Diego. (He travels by bus because of a fear of flying.) The New England Patriots-Seattle Seahawks game on December 7 was dropped in favor of a Washington Redskins-Baltimore Ravens flex schedule game. The San Diego Chargers-Tampa Bay Buccaneers game on December 21 was dropped in favor of a Carolina Panthers-New York Giants game to determine home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs. The Week 17 game was purposely not chosen when the schedule was initially released, and the Denver Broncos-San Diego Chargers game was picked up for it to determine the winner of the AFC West division.
On wildcard weekend, the Atlanta Falcons and Arizona Cardinals both made their debuts on SNF in the 4:30 EDT game on January 3. The San Diego Chargers hosted the Indianapolis Colts in the primetime game later that evening.
*Patriots-Seahawks game was flexed out for the Redskins-Ravens game.
**Chargers-Buccaneers game was flexed out for the Panthers-Giants game.
*Patriots-Dolphins game was flexed out for the Vikings-Cardinals game.
*Chargers-Bengals game was flexed out for the Vikings-Eagles game. The game was played on Tuesday night due to the December 2010 North American blizzard.
*Colts–Patriots game was flexed out for the Lions-Saints game.
The December 16 game between the San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots was interrupted for 25 minutes for NBC to cover President Barack Obama's speech in reaction to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting the previous Friday. Coverage aired on NBC Sports Network and CNBC until the speech ended, after which NBC resumed airing the game.
*Chargers-Jets game was flexed out for the 49ers-Seahawks game.
*Packers-Giants game was flexed out for the Chiefs-Broncos game.
**Falcons-Packers game was flexed out for the Panthers-Saints game.
***Patriots-Ravens game was flexed out for the Bears-Eagles game.
Starting in the 2014 season, NBC was allowed to flex games beginning in week 5. All the previous flexible scheduling rules applied, but on a limited basis. Only two games between weeks 5-10 could be flexed per season; weeks 11-17 (excluding Thanksgiving Night) flex rules were still the same as in previous years. However, despite these changes, NBC did not flex a single one of their originally scheduled games, which marked the first season that none of the originally scheduled Sunday night games for the entire season (other than week 17) were flexed out.
2015 marked the 10th season of SNF on NBC.
*Chiefs-Chargers game was flexed out for the Bengals-Cardinals game.
**Seahawks-Ravens game was flexed out for the Patriots-Texans game.
***Bengals-49ers game was flexed out for the Cardinals-Eagles game.
****Steelers-Ravens game was flexed out for the Giants-Vikings game.
2016 marked the first ever tie on NBC Sunday Night Football, which occurred in week 7, when the Seahawks and Cardinals tied at 6-6. Seahawks-Cardinals also became the lowest scoring SNF on NBC game to date, with 12 total points, and the first primetime NFL game tie since November 23, 1997, when the Redskins and Giants tied at 7-7 on ESPN Sunday Night Football. Due to NBC having the rights to the second half of the Thursday Night Football package, NBC Sports gave Al Michaels a "Bye week", giving him 3 games off: Packers-Redskins, Steelers-Colts (Thanksgiving), and Chiefs-Broncos. Mike Tirico replaced him for these games, with Cris Collinsworth still doing the color commentary.
The AFC Divisional Playoff game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Kansas City Chiefs was originally scheduled to kickoff at 1:05 ET, but due to stormy weather in the Kansas City area, the NFL moved the kickoff time to 8:20 ET.
*Patriots–Jets game was flexed out for the Chiefs–Broncos game.
**Steelers–Bengals game was flexed out for the Buccaneers–Cowboys game.
2017 marked the 12th season of NBC Sunday Night Football. Due to Christmas Eve falling on a Sunday in 2017, the Week 16 Sunday night telecast was instead scheduled for Saturday, December 23, with the Vikings visiting the Packers. NBC also broadcast Super Bowl LII, played at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, making it the 4th time NBC had broadcast a Super Bowl since taking over the Sunday night package in 2006. NBC did not flex a single one of their originally scheduled games, which marked the second time since 2014 that none of the originally scheduled Sunday night games for the entire season were flexed out. For the first time since acquiring the Sunday night package, NBC aired no game in Week 17 to ensure that teams whose games would affect each other's playoff standings would be played at the same time. The Falcons-Rams NFC Wildcard game kicked off at 8:15 pm ET, while the NFC Divisional Playoff in Philadelphia kicked off at 4:35 pm ET.
Starting in 2018, the NFL moved the start time of Sunday Night Football back, from 8:30 p.m. ET to 8:20 p.m. ET. The Bengals–Chiefs game flexed into Sunday Night on October 21 became the earliest the NFL has ever flexed a Sunday Night Football contest. The Falcons–Saints game on Thanksgiving night was called by the Football Night in America studio crew, with Mike Tirico doing the play-by-play, and Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison as color analysts. The Eagles–Bears Wildcard game kicked off at 4:35 p.m. ET, as did the Colts–Chiefs Divisional game..
*Rams–49ers game was flexed out for the Bengals–Chiefs game.
**Steelers–Jaguars game was flexed out for the Vikings–Bears game.
***49ers–Seahawks game was flexed out for the Chargers–Steelers game.
****Steelers–Raiders game was flexed out for the Rams–Bears game.
For the 2019 season, the NFL decided to break with a long-standing tradition of the reigning Super Bowl champion hosting the Kickoff game, (occurring every year since 2004, except 2013). The Packers and Bears was the Kickoff game instead, to celebrate the 100th season of the NFL, the 100th season of the Chicago Bears, and the NFL's oldest rivalry. Also, despite not hosting the kickoff game, the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots still hosted the first Sunday Night game of the season, with the opponent being the Pittsburgh Steelers. The schedule also included a rematch of the Thanksgiving game between the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons, and the Cleveland Browns made their first SNF appearance since 2008. In Week 15, the Buffalo Bills were flexed to SNF in a game against the Steelers; this was just their second appearance on the package, the first being in 2007. The Seahawks–Eagles playoff game kicked off at 4:40 pm ET, while the divisional game in San Francisco kicked off at 4:35 pm ET.
*Seahawks–Eagles game was flexed out for the Packers–49ers game.
** Vikings–Chargers game was flexed out for the Bills–Steelers game.
2020 will mark the 15th season of SNF on NBC. Super Bowl LV was originally supposed to air on NBC. However, in an effort to pair NBC’s next Super Bowl with their upcoming Olympics broadcast, it was traded to CBS, in exchange for Super Bowl LVI. NBC did however gain rights to air an extra Wild Card game, as the NFL expanded their postseason from 12 teams to 14 teams (7 in each conference). This means that NBC will air two Wild Card games, with the second game being aired on NBC’s Spanish sister network Telemundo, and will be streamed on NBCUniversal’s new streaming service Peacock, and one Divisional game for the 2020-2021 postseason.
- Most points scored on SNF by a single team: 62 (New Orleans Saints 62 vs Indianapolis Colts 7 [10/23/2011])
- Highest combined score on SNF: 83 points (Philadelphia Eagles 45 @ New York Giants 38 [12/13/2009] & Kansas City Chiefs 40 @ New England Patriots 43 [10/14/2018])
- Lowest combined score on SNF: 12 points (Seattle Seahawks 6 @ Arizona Cardinals 6 [10/23/2016])
- Most appearances on SNF (counting postseason): 48 (Dallas Cowboys)
- Fewest appearances on SNF (counting postseason): 2 (Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
- Most wins on SNF (counting postseason): 24 (Dallas Cowboys)
- Most losses on SNF (counting postseason): 24 (Dallas Cowboys)
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