FOX Unveils Broadcast for 21st NFL Coverage
On the heels of broadcasting Super Bowl XLVIII, the most-watched television show in U.S. history, and the most-watched NFL On FOX campaign since FOX began broadcasting NFL games in 1994, Fox Sports is set to present its 21st season of National Football League coverage.
It's a season of firsts once the action gets underway as Fox Sports becomes the only NFL broadcaster to cover two games from London in the same season, the first of which features the earliest kickoff in NFL history. London Contest number-one pits the Detroit Lions against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, Oct. 26 live at 9:30 AM ET. Two weeks later on Sunday Nov. 9, Dallas takes on Jacksonville live in a traditional 1:00 PM ET window. Both games are played at London's storied Wembley Stadium, and the 9:30 AM ET kickoff on Oct. 26 provides the NFL its first-ever regularly scheduled four-game Sunday.
The NFL On FOX is scheduled to broadcast 97 regular-season games, including the traditional Thanksgiving Day Contest featuring a classic NFC East showdown as the defending division champion Philadelphia Eagles travel to Texas to Face Off against the rival Dallas Cowboys. The Super Bowl XLVIII Champion Seattle Seahawks make 10 appearances on FOX this season, while the NFC runner-up San Francisco 49ers and the NFC North Champion Green Bay Packers appear nine times each. The Eagles appear eight times, the NFC Wild Card winner New Orleans Saints are featured 10 times, and the NFC South Champion Carolina Panthers make the most appearances of any 2013 playoff squad with 11. In addition, three of the NFC's traditional powers, the New York Giants (10), Cowboys (9) and Chicago Bears (9) are prominently featured in the 2014 NFL On FOX schedule.
Week 1 features strong AMERICA'S GAME OF THE WEEK matchups anchored by Colin Kaepernick and the powerhouse San Francisco 49ers battling Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys from Arlington, Texas on Sunday, Sept. 7. Other standout AMERICA'S GAME OF THE WEEK contests include Philadelphia at San Francisco in Week 4, Dallas at Seattle in Week 6, the New York Giants at Dallas Week 7, the Giants at Seattle Week 10, Seattle at Philadelphia Week 14 and San Francisco at Seattle Week 15. The Seahawks and Cowboys each appear on AMERICA'S GAME OF THE WEEK as many as five times. The Eagles, 49ers and Giants appear on AMERICA'S GAME OF THE WEEK as many as four times.
Each week, coverage begins with FOX NFL SUNDAY (12:00-1:00 PM ET/9:00-10:00 AM PT), America's most-watched pregame show for 20 straight seasons. Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee return as co-hosts alongside analysts Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson and Michael Strahan. Bradshaw, Menefee, Long, Johnson and Strahan are joined by NFL insider Jay Glazer and NFL rules analyst Mike Pereira. Since its premiere in September 1994, FOX NFL SUNDAY has won 20 Emmy Awards for its production and personalities, including four for Outstanding Studio Show.
Once playoff teams are determined, the NFL On FOX presents exclusive live postseason coverage, including an NFC Wild Card Game on Sunday, Jan. 4, the NFC Divisional Playoffs, Saturday, Jan. 10 and Sunday, Jan. 11 and culminating with the NFC Championship Game on Sunday, Jan. 19.
The 2014 NFL On FOX season kicks off with a pair of exciting preseason matchups beginning Sunday, August 17 (8:00 PM ET), as Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs head to Carolina for a battle with Cam Newton and the Panthers. On Sunday, August 24 (4:00 PM ET), Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers head north to San Francisco to take on Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers from brand-new Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., marking the venue's first national television appearance.
The 2013 NFL On FOX regular season marked FOX Sports' most-watched since the network began broadcasting NFL games in 1994, with an average of audience of 21.2 million viewers. AMERICA'S GAME OF THE WEEK continued to rank as the most-watched show in television, and last season marked the program's highest-rated and most-watched on record, averaging a sensational 15.9/29 with 27.2 million viewers. FOX Sports' four most-watched NFL seasons have all come within the last four years, and last year's NFL On FOX schedule averaged +19% higher rating over its performance five years ago and +21% higher than its delivery 10 years ago.
2014 NFL On FOX BROADCAST SCHEDULE
(ALL TIMES ET)
Sunday, September 7 (FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)
1:00 PM New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons Washington Redskins at Houston Texans Buffalo Bills at Chicago Bears Minnesota Vikings at St. Louis Rams
4:25 PM San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sunday, September 14
1:00 PM Arizona Cardinals at New York Giants Detroit Lions at Carolina Panthers Dallas Cowboys at Tennessee Titans New Orleans Saints at Cleveland Browns
4:05 PM Seattle Seahawks at San Diego Chargers St. Louis Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sunday, September 21
1:00 PM Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions Dallas Cowboys at St. Louis Rams Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints
4:05 PM San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals
Sunday, September 28 (FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)
1:00 PM Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears Detroit Lions at New York Jets Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Pittsburgh Steelers
4:25 PM Philadelphia Eagles at San Francisco 49ers Atlanta Falcons at Minnesota Vikings
Sunday, October 5*
1:00 PM Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants Chicago Bears at Carolina Panthers St. Louis Rams at Philadelphia Eagles Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints Buffalo Bills at Detroit Lions
4:05 PM Arizona Cardinals at Denver Broncos
Sunday, October 12* (FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)
1:00 PM Chicago Bears at Atlanta Falcons Green Bay Packers at Miami Dolphins Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings Carolina Panthers at Cincinnati Bengals
4:25 PM Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Seahawks Washington Redskins at Arizona Cardinals
Sunday, October 19* (FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)
1:00 PM Carolina Panthers at Green Bay Packers New Orleans Saints at Detroit Lions Atlanta Falcons at Baltimore Ravens Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills
4:25 PM New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys Arizona Cardinals at Oakland Raiders
Sunday, October 26*
9:30 AM Detroit Lions at Atlanta Falcons (London)
1:00 PM Chicago Bears at New England Patriots St. Louis Rams at Kansas City Chiefs Minnesota Vikings at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers
4:05 PM Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals
Sunday, November 2*
1:00 PM Arizona Cardinals at Dallas Cowboys Philadelphia Eagles at Houston Texans Washington Redskins at Minnesota Vikings Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cleveland Browns
4:05 PM St. Louis Rams at San Francisco 49ers
Sunday, November 9* (FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)
1:00 PM San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints Dallas Cowboys at Jacksonville Jaguars (London) Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4:25 PM New York Giants at Seattle Seahawks St. Louis Rams at Arizona Cardinals
Sunday, November 16** (FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)
1:00 PM San Francisco 49ers at New York Giants Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Washington Redskins Seattle Seahawks at Kansas City Chiefs
4:25 PM Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals
Sunday, November 23**
1:00 PM Detroit Lions at New England Patriots Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Chicago Bears
4:05 PM Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks St. Louis Rams at San Diego Chargers
Thursday, November 27 (THANKSGIVING DAY)
4:30 PM Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys
Sunday, November 30**
1:00 PM New Orleans Saints at Pittsburgh Steelers Washington Redskins at Indianapolis Colts New York Giants at Jacksonville Jaguars Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings
4:05 PM Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons
Sunday, December 7** (FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)
1:00 PM Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints St. Louis Rams at Washington Redskins New York Giants at Tennessee Titans Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions
4:25 PM Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles San Francisco 49ers at Oakland Raiders
Sunday, December 14** (FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)
1:00 PM Washington Redskins at New York Giants Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions Green Bay Packers at Buffalo Bills Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers
4:25 PM San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks
Sunday, December 21**
1:00 PM Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints Green Bay Packers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Minnesota Vikings at Miami Dolphins
4:05 PM New York Giants at St. Louis Rams
Sunday, December 28** (FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)
1:00 PM Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4:25 PM Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers St. Louis Rams at Seattle Seahawks
Sunday, January 4, 2015 NFC Wild Card Game (teams, site & time to be determined)
Saturday, January 10, 2015 NFC Divisional Playoff Game (teams, site & time to be determined)
Sunday, January 11, 2015 NFC Divisional Playoff Game (teams, site & time to be determined)
Sunday, January 18, 2015 NFC Championship Game (teams, site & time to be determined)
* NFL On FOX games scheduled in Weeks 5-10 are part of the NFL's flexible schedule plan. During this period, flexible schedule can be used in no more than two weeks by shifting a Sunday afternoon game into prime time and moving the Sunday night game to an afternoon start time.
** NFL On FOX games scheduled in Weeks 11 - 17 are part of the NFL's flexible schedule plan. After consultation with FOX Sports, the NFL will determine start times on these dates, with a game or games possibly moving to the late afternoon broadcast window.