What we as fans must remember about watching television on Super Bowl Sunday this is a marathon and not a sprint so pace yourself, this will be a long day. Also, it is important to remember that Fox, ESPN, NFL Network and all involved in pre-game programming understand that for many people in the audience today’s Super Bowl Game is the only football they have seen all year. These are the “casual fans,” and the networks need to gear their programming to add features that can reach a mass audience.
There will be plenty of the hardcore X’s and O’s stuff that the hardcore fan wants but it up to show where to find it. So, as I have done for the past seven years here is my annual Day Planner, a guide to finding what to watch and where on Super Bowl Sunday.
NFL Network starts things off at 7 a.m. ET – ‘NFL GameDay First’ – The start of 8.5 hours of pre-game programming on the network.
Look for Sterling Sharpe, Shaun O’Hara and Brian Billick to use their two hour block to breakdown the game with some key features right off the top. From 7 am to 9 am here is what you will see in order.
- What will be the Broncos’ game plan on offense?
- Who will be Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s go-to guy?
- How will the Broncos attack Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman
Then from the Seattle side you will get the following.
- How will the Broncos defend Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson?
- Will Russell Wilson withstand the pressure of playing in the Super Bowl in just his second year in the NFL?
- How will the Seahawks wide receivers attack the Broncos’ secondary?
At 9 a.m. on NFL Network it will be the Super Bowl edition of “GameDay Morning.”
- Rich Eisen, Steve Mariucci, Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner, Warren Sapp & Michael Irvin – MetLife Stadium main set
They will have over a dozen reporters all around the area reporting on a number of things. Here are the highlights.
9:00 AM ET Hour
Is Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson ready for the big stage?
NFL GameDay Morning examines Denver Broncos’ quarterback Peyton Manning’s ‘Omaha’ call
The best cold weather games of all-time
10:00 AM ET Hour
How Super Bowl XLVIII affects Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s legacy
NFL Network’s Andrea Kremer examines the culture of the locker room
The NFL GameDay Morning examine Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch and his impact on the game
11:00 AM ET Hour
NFL Network analyst Michael Irvin sits down with Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson
Network’s Mark Kriegel’s feature on why New York City is a football city, highlighting the stories of New Yorkers such as Al Davis, Howard Cosell, Vince Lombardi and Sonny Werblin
Super Bowl Bold Predictions
12 Noon ET Hour
NFL Media’s Mike Silver sits down with Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll
Feature on Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning writing letters to players when they retire and the impact the handwritten notes have. Includes interviews with Tony Dungy, Matt Birk, John Lynch and Troy Brown
In honor of Groundhog Day, NFL GameDay Morning discusses which underground storyline will be cast on Super Bowl Sunday
1:00 PM ET Hour
Stanford head coach David Shaw joins live to discuss his former player, Seahawks cornerbackRichard Sherman
NFL GameDay Morning provide the Super Bowl X-factors
The NFL GameDay Morning discuss trash-talking in the NFL
2:00 PM ET Hour
Former Super Bowl-winning quarterback Brett Favre joins the show from his home in Mississippi
NFL GameDay Morning examines Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s journey to SuperBowl XLVIII
3:00 PM ET Hour
Model Chrissy Teigen joins the show live
NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner sits down with Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning
Super Bowl XLVIII edition of M&M
4:00 PM ET Hour
NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders sits down with Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman
The cast of the upcoming movie Draft Day, Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner and Dennis Leary join the show
Super Bowl XLVIII edition of Tale of the Tape
5:00 PM ET Hour & Remaining Half Hour
o NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders breaks down the key matchups of Super Bowl XLVIII
o NFL GameDay Morning provide their Super Bowl XLVIII game picks
Following the game, NFL GameDay Final is live from MetLife Stadium with postgame interviews with players and coaches, in-depth analysis and complete game highlights.