Sunday, December 19, 2010

Patriots/Packers Preview on NBC's Sunday Night Football

From NBC Sports -


BOB COSTAS TO INTERVIEW COMMISSIONER ROGER GOODELL LIVE TONIGHT ON 'FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA'


FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA PREVIEW – WEEK 15


BOB COSTAS TO INTERVIEW COMMISSIONER ROGER GOODELL LIVE TONIGHT; INTERVIEW WITH PACKERS CB CHARLES WOODSON WILL ALSO AIR


“I don’t mind getting beat but I hate being robbed.” – Packers CB Charles Woodson to Bob Costas on famous ‘Tuck Rule’ game nine years ago when he was with the Raiders


NEW YORK – December 19, 2010 – Bob Costas will interview Commissioner Roger Goodell live from Gillette Stadium for tonight’s Week 15 edition of “Football Night in America,” which will also include highlights, analysis and reaction to Week 15’s afternoon games. A Costas interview conducted earlier in the week with Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson will also air tonight.

“Football Night” airs each Sunday at 7 p.m. ET with Costas, who won the outstanding studio host Emmy last year, hosting the program live from inside the stadium. In addition to his interviews, Costas is joined on site by SNF commentators Al Michaels (play-by-play) and Cris Collinsworth (analyst) for reaction to the afternoon games.

Dan Patrick co-hosts “Football Night” from NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza studios and is joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach and Emmy-nominated Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, and reporters Peter King of Sports Illustrated and Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com. Alex Flanagan will report from Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa., on the Jets-Steelers game.


BEST VIEWERSHIP EVER: “Football Night” (7:30-8:15 pm) is averaging 8.3 million viewers through its first 14 weeks, its most ever for that time frame and up 11 percent vs. 2009’s 7.5 million viewers.

INTERVIEW: Below are excerpts from Costas’ interview with Woodson. If used, please note the mandatory credit: “In an exclusive interview airing tonight on ‘Football Night in America.’”

CHARLES WOODSON


Costas on famous ‘Tuck Rule’ game nine years ago when Woodson was with Oakland: “You think you’ve won the game. Not so fast.”


Woodson, who appeared to have sacked Brady and recovered the forced fumble: “Yeah. Where did that come from? … The ball comes out, lay on it, game over. We’re fired up. And all of a sudden, there’s some commotion, and we’re trying to figure out why they’re not saying, ‘Oakland ball. Let’s run this clock out.’ They come back and they explain this tuck rule. It’s just a terrible rule.”

Costas: “It seems to me that you haven’t quite forgotten it. That was has taken a lot of time to get over.”


Woodson: “You don’t get over it, especially around this time of year. The playoffs are coming around.”

Costas: “You and Tom Brady were teammates some time ago at Michigan. You were quoted as saying, ‘Brady stole my ring and I still don’t have one.’

Woodson: “That’s the truth and he knows it. The Patriots know it. I still think about it. It hurts. I don’t mind getting beat but I hate being robbed.”

Costas: “If the league goes to 18 games, is that a good idea?”


Woodson: “Not at all. The toll that it takes on the body … The players truly understand what that is. Just look at the number of concussions you’ve seen this year. This is something that they’ll have to live with the rest of their lives. Those guys have to hit every play. To take that to two more games will be devastating for a lot of guys.”

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