“THE NFL TODAY” PREVIEWS DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF GAMES ON SATURDAY, JAN. 14 AND SUNDAY, JAN. 15 ON CBS
James Brown Visits with Tim Tebow Revealing a Different Side of Denver Quarterback on Saturday;
On Sunday, Detroit Lions' Ndamukong Suh, joins THE NFL TODAY live in Studio; CBS Sports’ Golf Analyst David Fehersaty Contributes with Special Essay on
“The Lighter Side of Rushing” in NFL
THE NFL ON CBS, continues its 52nd year broadcasting the NFL with coverage of the 2012 American Football Conference Playoffs with the national broadcasts of AFC Divisional Playoff games on Saturday, Jan. 14 (8:00 PM, ET) and Sunday, Jan. 15 (1:00 PM, ET) live on the CBS Television Network. The AFC West Champions and No. 4-seeded DENVER BRONCOS (9-8) travel to play the AFC East Champions and No. 1-seeded NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (13-3) on Saturday night, while the AFC South Champions and No. 3-seeded HOUSTON TEXANS (11-6) visit the AFC North Champions and No. 2-seeded BALTIMORE RAVENS (12-4) on Sunday afternoon.
THE NFL ON CBS’s coverage begins with THE NFL TODAY, the Network’s studio show (7:30 PM, ET) and (12:00 Noon, ET), respectively, live from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City.
On Saturday, James Brown visits with Tim Tebow and Baily Knaub revealing a different side of Tebow. Tebow has attracted millions of fans, but none was more excited last Sunday night than 16-year-old Bailey Knaub, who was a personal guest of the Denver quarterback at the Broncos AFC Wild Card playoff victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Each week, Tebow invites a young person with a serious medical condition to be his special guest at every Broncos game.
Bailey suffers from Wegener's Granulomatosis, a rare vascular disorder that has caused her to undergo 73 surgeries over 10 years, including the removal of her left lung. A fan since Tebow’s Florida days, Bailey, along with her sister and parents, got to meet her long-time hero on the field prior to the game, which ended in dramatic fashion on Tebow's 80-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas in overtime. She was in the stands and witnessed first hand the “Tebow Magic,” a day she will never forget. Tebow also met with her after the game and even mentioned her in his post-game press conference. Deb Gelman is the producer.
In addition, Jim Nantz and Phil Simms will report live from Foxborough with a preview of the Denver-New England AFC Divisional Playoff match-up. Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf in Baltimore will look ahead to Sunday afternoon’s Houston-Baltimore AFC Divisional Playoff showdown. And, Lesley Visser will be live at Lambeau Field with the latest on Sunday’s N.Y. Giants-Green Bay NFC Divisional Playoff contest. Kris Jenkins in San Francisco will provide post-game interviews from the New Orleans-San Francisco NFC Divisional Playoff game.
On Sunday’s NFL TODAY (12:00 Noon-1:00 PM, ET), Coach Bill Cowher sits down with Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin and quarterback Eli Manning as they get set to travel to Lambeau Field in hopes of replicating their 2008 achievements, when they upset the Packers, 23-20, in overtime en route to a Super Bowl victory over the 18-0 New England Patriots. Can the Giants do it again or is Green Bay on its way to winning back-to-back Super Bowls? The New York Giants have won four of their last five games since their disappointing 38-35 loss to Green Bay last month. This Sunday, Big Blue gets a second chance at the 15-1 Packers with a trip to the NFC Championship Game on the line. Joe Zappulla is the producer.
CBS Sports previews the Houston-Baltimore match-up. Last week, the AFC South champion Houston Texans appeared in their first-ever playoff game and defeated Cincinnati, 31-10. This Sunday, they head to Baltimore in hopes of accomplishing yet another franchise first, beating the Ravens who have won all five previous meetings. At stake this time, a spot in the AFC Championship Game. Baltimore is looking to advance to the AFC Championship for the third time in team history and for the first time in three years.
And in a special essay by CBS Sports’ David Feherty, the golf analyst applies his unique off-beat, witty approach to a look at whatever happened to the running game in the NFL.
Ndamukong Suh, the Detroit Lions' All-Pro defensive tackle, will be live in the studio for the pre-game and post-game shows.
In addition, there will be live reports from Gumbel and Dierdorf in Baltimore and Visser in Green Bay, with previews of the day’s playoff games.
Brown hosts THE NFL TODAY, along with analysts Dan Marino, Esiason, Shannon Sharpe and Cowher, NFL TODAY “General Manager” Charley Casserly, as well as Visser.