NBC to Present Six Hours of SUPER BOWL XLIX Pre-Game Coverage

NBC to Present Six Hours of SUPER BOWL XLIX Pre-Game Coverage

PHOENIX, Ariz. - Jan. 27, 2015 - Bob Costas will open NBC Sports' six-hour SUPER BOWL XLIX Pre-Game Show with a live report from Arizona at Noon ET on Sunday, Feb. 1, on NBC. In the hours leading up to the game, NBC Sports will surround the SUPER BOWL with live reports from the team hotels and the stadium, in-depth features and interviews with players and coaches from the Seahawks and Patriots, and X's and O's analysis from its roster of expert commentators.

In addition to Costas, NBC Sports' FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA team of Dan Patrick, Josh Elliott, Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison, Hines Ward, Mike Florio and Peter King, and NBC Sports' SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL team of Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya, will contribute to the pre-game coverage with interviews, features, and live on-site commentary and analysis. Liam McHugh will serve as an on-site host at the stadium, Carolyn Manno and Randy Moss will report from the team hotels, andDoug Flutie will appear in on-field segments.

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh will join NBC Sports' SUPER BOWL XLIX coverage as a guest analyst. Harbaugh led the Ravens to a win in SUPER BOWL XLVII in 2013, has reached the postseason in five of his six seasons as Baltimore's head coach, including twice defeating the Patriots in postseason play.

NBC Sports' SUPER BOWL XLIX commentator roster has combined to win seven Super Bowls (Dungy-2, Harbaugh-1, Harrison-2, Ward-2) and one SUPER BOWL MVP award (Ward, SUPER BOWL XL).

Coverage will also feature the events surrounding the Super Bowl, including an interview with halftime headliner Katy Perry; live musical performances from the NFL Experience; reports and interviews by NBC Sports' popular figure skating analysts Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski with celebrities attending the game; reports from the festive atmosphere at the NFL Experience and SUPER BOWL XLIX Tailgate Party; and much more.

NBC News' Savannah Guthrie will interview President Barack Obama as part of the SUPER BOWL XLIX Pre-Game Show airing late Sunday afternoon.

Following is a summary of NBC Sports' SUPER BOWL XLIX pre-game coverage:


THE GAME

Football America: Our Teams: Inspired by the season-long "Together We Make Football" campaign, NBC and NFL FILMS kick off the NBC SUPER BOWL XLIX Pre-Game Show with Football America: Our Teams at Noon ET. The film will feature "Together We Make Football" winners Christian Osterhout and the Boron Bobcats HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Team, telling their stories of how football has played an integral role in their lives and communities.

Interviews: During the two weeks leading up to the game, NBC Sports conducted extensive interviews with SUPER BOWL XLIX players and coaches, including:

Bob Costas with Patriots QB Tom Brady
Dan Patrick with Seahawks QB Russell Wilson
Josh Elliott with Seahawks WRs Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse
Tony Dungy with Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, and with Seahawks CB Richard Sherman and FS Earl Thomas
Rodney Harrison interviews Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski and DT Vince Wilfork, and conducts an on-field session with Patriots CB Darrelle Revis

Hotel & Arrival Reports: Randy Moss will provide updates from the Seahawks' team hotel, while Carolyn Manno will report from the Patriots' team hotel. They will also report on their respective teams' arrivals at the stadium.

On-Field X's and O's: Hosted by Liam McHugh, former NFL QB Doug Flutie and Tony Dungy will be on-field at University of Phoenix Stadium to walk through different offensive plays, and demonstrate how those plays are executed.

Hometown Hero: How does a player get to the Super Bowl? NBC Sports will visit the hometowns of six of Sunday's featured players - Tom Brady, Jamie Collins and Patrick Chung of the Patriots, and Russell Wilson, Earl Thomas and Jon Ryan of the Seahawks. The visits include the people who made an early impact on their lives, including former coaches, teachers and neighborhood friends.

Coach's Clicker: Throughout the NBC SUPER BOWL XLIX Pre-Game Show, John Harbaugh will join Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison and Dan Patrick for Coach's Clicker segments, breaking down specific elements and schemes from both teams. Segments focus on Marshawn Lynch, and Tom Brady and the Patriots offense. In addition, Harbaugh will illustrate how he would attempt to stop New England as coach of the Seahawks, while Dungy will assume the role of Patriots head coach and discuss how to limit the Seattle offense.

Pat Tillman's Legacy: NBC Sports presents a feature on the legacy of former Arizona Cardinals S Pat Tillman, who left the Cardinals to join the U.S. Army Rangers, and was killed in Afghanistan in 2004. Josh Elliott sits down with Ed Woodward, a recipient of the Pat Tillman Scholarship who was forced to retire from the Air Force due to a medical condition, but has persevered to live out his twin brother's dream of becoming a doctor.

Great SUPER BOWL Moments: NBC Sports reviews some of the most memorable moments in recent SUPER BOWL history. Flashback segments will include a look back at SUPER BOWL XL with game MVP Hines Ward, a review of former Giants WR David Tyree's miraculous catch in SUPER BOWL XLII with Rodney Harrison, which took place at University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona, and a conversation with Seahawks LB and SUPER BOWL XLVIII Malcolm Smith about what it will take to repeat as SUPER BOWL champions.