Strahan: Giants Should be Ashamed of Themselves
NFC Wild Card on the Line When Packers/Giants Meet Sunday For
“America’s Game of the Week”
FOX Interactive Launches iPhone App Free on iTunes
NFL WEEK 16: PLAYOFF POSITION UP FOR GRABS – The holiday season is in full swing and the NFL on FOX reaches the final stages of the regular season with Week 16 doubleheader coverage on Sunday, Dec. 26. The action hits a crescendo at 4:00 PM ET as America’s Game of the Week features the Giants traveling to Green Bay to take on the Packers. Coming off the crushing loss to the Eagles last week, Eli Manning and the Giants look to stay the course and earn a playoff spot. Their direct competition for the NFC’s last wild card is their opponent on Sunday, the Packers, who hope to welcome Aaron Rodgers back to their lineup. Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver call the action from Lambeau Field.
The games kick-off at 1:00 PM ET as Sam Bradford and the Rams host the 49ers. Currently in first place in the NFC West, St. Louis can strengthen their position with a home win. Maurice Jones-Drew and the Jaguars look to stay in the AFC South race when they face the Skins. In South Florida, the Dolphins host the Lions. Also at 4:00 PM ET, Josh Freeman and the Bucs try to stay in the NFC playoff race when they welcome the Seahawks to Tampa.
Coverage begins at 12:00 PM ET with America’s most-watched pregame show, FOX NFL SUNDAY. Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee co-host the Emmy Award-winning program and are joined by analysts Howie Long, Michael Strahan and Jimmy Johnson. NFL Insider Jay Glazer presents the latest league news and scoops and comedic prognosticator Frank Caliendo contributes his weekly “Frank’s Picks” segment. NFL rules analyst Mike Pereira is also on hand to go over any impactful officiating issues from the last week.
GAME PLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYST/SIDELINE COV. TIME
San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston 61% 1:00PM
& Tony Siragusa
Edward Jones Dome – St. Louis, MO
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Austin, Birmingham, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Hartford, Houston, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New Orleans, New York, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Providence, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tulsa
Washington Redskins at Jacksonville Jaguars Sam Rosen, Tim Ryan 23% 1:00PM
& Nischelle Turner
EverBank Field – Jacksonville, FL
MARKETS INCLUDE: Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Columbus, Dayton, Greensboro, Greenville, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Louisville, Nashville, Norfolk, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Richmond, Washington
Detroit Lions at Miami Dolphins Dick Stockton, Charles Davis 6% 1:00PM
& Laura Okmin
Sun Life Stadium – Miami, FL
MARKETS INCLUDE: Detroit, Fort Myers, Miami, West Palm Beach
New York Giants at Green Bay Packers Joe Buck, Troy Aikman 90% 4:15PM
& Pam Oliver
Lambeau Field – Green Bay, WI
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Dayton, Detroit, Fort Myers, Greensboro, Greenville, Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, Tampa, Tulsa, Washington, West Palm Beach
Seattle Seahawks at Tampa Bay Bucs Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick 6% 4:15PM
& Chris Myers
Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, FL
MARKETS INCLUDE: Fort Myers, Portland, Seattle, St. Louis
STRAHAN: GIANTS SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES – FOX NFL SUNDAY analyst Michael Strahan is not making any excuses for his former team, the New York Giants. “I’m not apologizing for that, they should be ashamed of themselves,” said Strahan. “You look at that game and wonder how it got out of hand for the Giants. They got soft and relaxed. They thought ‘we got it.’ With eight minutes to go, they’re up by 21 and give up an easy touchdown to Brent Celek and all of a sudden the blitz’s looked like ‘whoever gets there gets there’ [lackadaisical] instead of ‘I’m going to make that play and not wait for someone to make that play.’ Then when it came time to pick it up, they couldn’t. The end of the game was fitting because you don’t let a team back in when you’re up like that.” The former Super Bowl champion believes New York needs to learn how to be consistent all the way through the end of the game. “The Giants have not finished, I don’t know if they know how to finish and they need to learn how, if they expect to do anything this year. You have to have a killer instinct. You have to finish teams.”
FOX SOCCER CHANNEL “BOXING DAY TRIPLEHEADER” THIS WEEKEND – This Sunday, Dec. 26 (10:00 AM ET) Fox Soccer features an exclusive “Boxing Day Tripleheader.” Boxing Day – the post-Christmas holiday of murky origins observed throughout the English Commonwealth – annually features a full slate of Barclays Premier League action, and Fox Soccer’s coverage starts with top-of-table Manchester United hosting Sunderland, followed by Aston Villa vs. Tottenham at 12:30 PM ET. Rounding out the day’s coverage is Newcastle vs. Manchester City at 2:30 PM ET. Five of the six clubs in action currently sit among the upper-half of the Premiership standings.
FUEL TV FEATURES THE TRANSWORLD MX AWARDS – The second Annual TransWorld Motocross Awards presented by Rockstar Energy Drink hit Anaheim, California, airs on Fuel TV this Thursday, Dec. 23 (8:00 PM ET). The event honors the best motocross riders in various categories including multi-X Games Gold medalist and MTV’s Nitro Circus star Travis Pastrana and 2010 Supercross and Motocross Champion Ryan Dungey.
FOX SPORTS INTERACTIVE LAUNCHES IPHONE APP – Last Monday (12/13) FOX Sports Interactive launched a new free mobile sports application for Apple devices, featuring expanded content offerings and a refined user interface. FOX Sports now boasts the most robust multi-sport mobile application available to sports fans using Apple’s iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad devices. Just after its release to the public, the FOX Sports Mobile app was honored with the “New & Noteworthy” distinction by Apple, giving it preferred placement in the iTunes store. By the end of week, it had reached the No. 1 spot in the Top Free sports apps category with a five-star user rating. See FOX Sports Interactive details below.