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Cowboys Make NFL-High 50th Appearance on SNF Package in Season Opener while Tom Brady Makes 32nd Start on SNF Package

Tom Brady & Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers Host Dak Prescott & Dallas Cowboys in NFL Kickoff 2021 Next Thursday, Sept. 9 at 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC, Peacock and Universo

SNF Season Opener Features Matthew Stafford’s Rams Debut vs. Chicago Bears on Sunday, Sept. 12 at 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC, Peacock and Universo at Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium

NBC’s Sunday Night Football Has Been Primetime TV’s #1 Show for Unprecedented 10 Consecutive Seasons

Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya and Fred Gaudelli on Sunday Night Football Conference Call TODAY at 4 p.m. ET

STAMFORD, Conn. – September 1, 2021 – Next Tuesday, Sept. 7, NBC’s Sunday Night Football and Football Night in America celebrate 15 years on the air. The 2006 NFL Kickoff game (Pittsburgh’s 28-17 victory over Miami Dolphins on Sept. 7, 2006) was the first of NBC’s 274 regular-season broadcasts in the SNF package over the past 15 years.

From Al Michaels and John Madden to Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth in the booth…from Pink to Faith to Carrie performing the show open…from the introduction of “flexible scheduling” to the first-ever live streaming of an NFL game (by NBC Sports Digital)… and opening six stadiums from Atlanta to San Francisco, and four locations between, NBC’s NFL coverage has become must-see TV and fans have followed in large numbers.

Sunday Night Football has been primetime TV’s No. 1 show for an unprecedented 10 consecutive seasons, and Football Night in America has been the most-watched weekly studio show in sports for all 15 years since its 2006 debut.

Next week’s NFL Kickoff game (8:20 p.m. ET on NBC, Peacock and Universo) – the 275th regular-season game in the NBC SNF package – marks an NFL-high 50th series appearance by the Dallas Cowboys, and for Buccaneers QB Tom Brady, his 32nd start in the series – the equivalent of two full NFL seasons. With a victory, Brady (20-11) will match Peyton Manning for the most QB wins in the 15 years of NBC SNF.


Sept. 2006CategorySept. 2021
Al Michaels, John MaddenSNF boothAl Michaels, Cris Collinsworth
Andrea KremerSNF sidelineMichele Tafoya
Bob Costas, Cris Collinsworth, Jerome Bettis, Sterling Sharpe, Peter KingFNIA rosterMike Tirico, Tony Dungy, Drew Brees, Chris Simms, Maria Taylor, Jac Collinsworth, Rodney Harrison, Mike Florio
Studio 8G at 30 Rock (now home of Late Night with Seth Meyers)FNIA homeStudio 1 at NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn.
PinkSNF Show OpenCarrie Underwood
Dallas, Pittsburgh, San Francisco 5Most Super Bowls Won, TeamNew England, Pittsburgh 6
Charles Haley, 5Most Super Bowls Won, PlayerTom Brady, 7
Dan Marino, 61,361Most Passing YardsDrew Brees, 80,358
Dan Marino, 420Most Passing TDTom Brady, 581
John Unitas, 47Most Consecutive Games with TD PassDrew Brees, 54
18,035 entering 2006 seasonTom Brady Career Passing Yards79,204 entering 2021 season
203.5 (2005)NFL Passing Yards/Game240.2 (2020)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)#1 MovieBlack Widow
London Bridge, Fergie (Sept. 2, 2006)#1 SongStay, The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber (Aug. 28, 2021)
Approx. 298 MillionU.S. PopulationApprox. 333 Million
Approx. 25 Million# of Fantasy Football PlayersApprox. 50 Million
0Combined NBC Sports Social Media Following28.1 Million
Didn’t existiPhone NumberiPhone 12 pro

The NFL’s “Biggest Season Ever” begins with Brady and the Super Bowl-champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers facing Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL Kickoff Game next Thursday, Sept. 9 at 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC, Peacock and Universo from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. NBC Sports’ coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock.

Three days later on Sunday, Sept. 12, it’s the debut of NBC’s Sunday Night Football, as fans will get their first look at the sights and sounds of the new and spectacular SoFi Stadium with a full crowd in attendance, as well as the Rams debut of quarterback Matthew Stafford. The Rams host Khalil Mack and Chicago Bears, who welcome two new quarterbacks in Andy Dalton and first-round draft pick Justin Fields.

NBC Sports will present the first snap of the opening game in Tampa and the final snap as the league crowns a champion in Los Angeles at Super Bowl LVI on Feb. 13, 2022 at SoFi Stadium on NBC, Peacock and Telemundo.

Most NBC SNF Games* since 2006, Team

Dallas Cowboys49
Pittsburgh Steelers38
Green Bay Packers37
Philadelphia Eagles37
New England Patriots36

Most Wins as Starting QB, NBC SNF Package*

Peyton Manning21-6
Tom Brady20-11
Ben Roethlisberger20-13
Aaron Rodgers19-13
Tony Romo17-11

*NBC SNF package (includes NFL Kickoff and Thanksgiving night games)