NBC Sunday Night Football results (2006–present)
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, ESPN broadcast Sunday night NFL games from 1987–2005.
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|
NBC Sunday Night Football wrapped up its inaugural season [in 2006] averaging 17.5 million viewers, 1.2 million viewers better than ABC Monday Night Football in 2005 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.
In the 2006 season, there was no game played on the first Sunday night which overlapped with the World Series (October 22 in the 2006 season), along with Christmas Eve night; NBC broadcast that week's game (Eagles at 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 NBC for Sunday, October 28 due to Game 4 of the 2007 World Series, 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. New England had consecutive Sunday nighters: the November 18 New England at Buffalo game was moved to prime time and was followed on November 25 by the already-scheduled Philadelphia at New England game. Likewise, the Washington Redskins played a scheduled game at the New York Giants on December 16, and their December 23 game in Minnesota was moved to prime time. The same rules under which CBS and FOX protect games for their own packages still apply.
*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 Thursday, September 4 with the defending-Super Bowl champion New York Giants defeating the Washington Redskins in the NFL Kickoff game. On Sunday, 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 Washington Redskins and defending Super Bowl champion New York 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 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 World Series, although Football Night in America aired as usual that week.
The October 19 Seahawks-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 Patriots-Seahawks game on December 7 was dropped in favor of a Redskins-Ravens flex schedule game. The Chargers-Buccaneers game on December 21 was dropped in favor of a Panthers-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 Broncos-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 Chargers hosted the Colts in the primetime game later that evening.
The first Super Bowl aired as part of this package took place on February 1 in Raymond James Stadium, with the Steelers winning over the Cardinals (who became the third consecutive team to lose in its first Super Bowl appearance; coincidentally, the last team to win in its first appearance were the Buccaneers, who call Raymond James Stadium home, and that Super Bowl was also called by Al Michaels, who was with ABC at the time; the streak was snapped by the Bucs' division rivals the New Orleans Saints the next year).
*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 apply, but on a limited basis. Only two games between weeks 5-10 can be flexed per season; weeks 11-17 (excluding Thanksgiving Night) flex rules are 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. (Note: the kickoff for the Ravens-Patriots Divisional Playoff Game was at 4:35 ET)
2015 marked the 10th season of SNF on NBC. (Note: the kickoff for the Seahawks-Vikings Wildcard Playoff Game was at 1:05 ET)
*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 (12 points total), 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 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.
*Patriots–Jets game was flexed out for the Chiefs–Broncos game.
**Steelers-Bengals game was flexed out for the Buccaneers-Cowboys game.
- 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)
- Lowest combined score on SNF: 12 points (Seattle Seahawks 6 @ Arizona Cardinals 6, 10/23/2016)
- Most appearances on SNF (counting postseason): 36 (Dallas Cowboys)
- Fewest appearances on SNF (counting postseason): 1 (Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
- Most wins on SNF (counting postseason): 18 (New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys)
- Most losses on SNF (counting postseason): 18 (Dallas Cowboys)
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