“THE NFL ON CBS” BEGINS AFC PLAYOFF COVERAGE WITH
PITTSBURGH STEELERS-DENVER BRONCOS WILD CARD GAME #2 ON SUNDAY, JAN. 8
AUDIBLES WITH LEAD “NFL ON CBS” ANALYST PHIL SIMMS AND
“THE NFL TODAY” ANALYST BILL COWHER
THE NFL ON CBS, continues its 52nd year broadcasting the NFL with coverage of the 2012 American Football Conference Playoffs with the national broadcast of Wild Card Playoff Game #2 on Sunday, Jan. 8 (4:30 PM, ET) live on the CBS Television Network. The No. 5-seeded PITTSBURGH STEELERS (12-4) visit the AFC West Champions and No. 4-seeded DENVER BRONCOS (8-8). THE NFL ON CBS’s coverage begins with THE NFL TODAY, the Network’s studio show (4:00-4:30 PM, ET), live from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City.
THE NFL ON CBS lead announce team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms call the action live from Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colo. Lance Barrow is the coordinating producer and lead game producer and Mike Arnold is the lead game director.
Sean McManus is Chairman, CBS Sports, and serves as executive producer of CBS Sports’ coverage of THE NFL ON CBS. Harold Bryant is Executive Producer and Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.
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(On Pittsburgh-Denver): A lot of people have these preconceived notions about this game. But I’ll be surprised if it’s not close because the Broncos have a style and the talent to keep it close, no matter what, especially playing at home. There are exceptions, Detroit, but that took some unusual circumstances. Denver is built to make this game close. That is what they want. And then they hope either Tim Tebow or the defense makes a play at a crucial moment to win.
(On Pittsburgh-Denver): From Denver’s standpoint, the biggest key to this game is, obviously, they cannot turn the ball over. Defensively, it’s going to be trying to put pressure on Ben Roethlisberger. Another key is for Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil being able to break down the pocket against Ben. For Pittsburgh, it’s going to be dealing with the unconventional offense that Denver runs. You’re going to see a lot of Troy Polamalu close to the line of scrimmage. It’s eliminating the big plays in the Broncos running game. That’s the one thing you’ll see. Willis McGahee has been their big-play person. They can’t fall asleep on the pass, and certainly they’re going to have to defend the option game that they present.
(Have teams figured out Tim Tebow?): The key for Denver is to get away from what they’ve been doing because they’ve been very predictable. Teams definitely know what to take away from Tebow – and defending the right side of the field with a left-handed quarterback. In order to be successful against Pittsburgh, they’re going to have to do something unconventional and unpredictable.
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Following are THE NFL ON CBS assignments for the AFC Playoffs (subject to change).
AFC WILD CARD GAME #2 – Jan. 8, 2012
4:30 PM, ET starts:
Pittsburgh @ Denver Jim Nantz/Phil Simms
AFC DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF GAME #1 – Saturday, Jan. 14
8:00 PM, ET starts:
TBD @ New England TBD
AFC DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF GAME #2 – Sunday, Jan. 15
1:00 PM, ET start:
TBD @ Baltimore TBD
AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – Sunday, Jan. 22
3:00 PM, ET start:
Jim Nantz/Phil Simms