‘Thursday Night Football’ on NFL Network — Dallas Cowboys at Chicago Bears Thursday, Dec. 4 at 8:25 PM ET
‘Thursday Night Football’ Lives on NFL Network
Cowboys DC Rod Marinelli with NFL Network Analyst Steve Mariucci on ‘NFL Total Access Kickoff’ at 6:00 PM ET
‘The Faces of Romo’ Feature – Roger Staubach, Jason Garrett, Jason Witten, Terry Glenn, Matt Hasselbeck & Brian Billick Talk About Tony Romo
Thursday Night Football on NFL Network continues this week with a matchup rife with playoff implications. Quarterback Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys look to keep pace in both the NFC East and NFC Wild Card chase when they travel to Chicago to face quarterback Jay Cutler and the Bears who are looking to keep their playoff hopes alive on Thursday, December 4 at 8:25 PM ET. This week marks the Cowboys’ first appearance on NFL Network since 2011, a 31-15 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a special Saturday edition of Thursday Night Football on December 17, 2011.
Play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz and analyst Phil Simms call the game, and Tracy Wolfson provides reports from the sidelines.
Coverage begins at 6:00 PM ET on NFL Network with NFL Total Access Kickoff on NFL Network. Host Rich Eisen and analysts Michael Irvin, Marshall Faulk and Steve Mariucci are live outside Solider Field in Chicago to provide analysis of Cowboys-Bears and highlight the atmosphere and festivities outside the stadium.
At 7:30 PM ET on NFL Network, James Brown, Deion Sanders and Bill Cowher host NFL Thursday Night Kickoff from inside the stadium. Eisen, Irvin, Faulk and Mariucci will join the show.
Featured on the pregame shows this week:
- NFL Network analyst Steve Mariucci sits down with Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli to discuss how he has turned the Cowboys defense around this season
- Who is Tony Romo? Roger Staubach, Jason Garrett, Jason Witten, Terry Glenn, Matt Hasselbeck and Brian Billick talk about the Cowboys quarterback
- How has Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray had such an amazing season?
- What are the keys to the Cowboys making the playoffs for the first time since 2009?
- How does the Chicago Bears high-flying offense bounce back?
- Will the Bears be able to follow the Philadelphia Eagles’ blueprint to defeat the Cowboys?
- Who is the bigger threat – Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant or running back DeMarco Murray?
During halftime, Brown, Sanders and Cowher host the Lexus Halftime Show, providing first half highlights and analysis. Following the game, Eisen, Irvin, Faulk, Mariucci and Sanders host the Mazda Postgame Show, which features complete game highlights and analysis, as well as on-set interviews with players from the winning team. Additionally, hosts Dan Hellie and Amber Theoharis, and NFL Network analysts Willie McGinest and Heath Evans deliver a postgame edition of NFL Total Access live from NFL Network’s studios in Los Angeles, California.
Week 12’s Thursday Night Football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders delivered a 5.19 US HH rating and 8.6 million viewers (including over-the-air stations). Through eleven games of the 2014 schedule, viewership for Thursday Night Football on CBS and NFL Network (and over-the-air stations) is up +67 percent compared to last year’s games on NFL Network and the over-the-air stations in participating markets.
NFL Media also offers fans several different ways to watch Thursday Night Football live on digital platforms:
- NFL Mobile from Verizon (smartphone* & tablet**)
- Watch NFL Network (tablet + PC)**
- NFL on Xbox (Xbox One & Windows 8 devices)**
- For a full list of access points or to start streaming now, visit NFL.com/Watch
With NFL Mobile from Verizon, stream more live games than ever before. Get Thursday, Sunday & Monday Night primetime NFL games and for the first time, local Sunday afternoon games live on your smartphone. Plus, stream NFL Network 24/7 and NFL RedZone every Sunday live, exclusively from Verizon.
*Live streaming of NFL Network, NFL RedZone and live games in NFL Mobile from Verizon on smartphones is available to Verizon Wireless customers with a premium subscription for $5/month. Verizon customers can access live games and NFL Network included with the MORE Everything Plan. NFL RedZone is not included with the More Everything Plan, but can be purchased through NFL Mobile for $1.99/mo. For more information about NFL Mobile from Verizon, visit www.verizonwireless.com/insiders-guide/inside/nfl. Data usage applies for app download use & blackout rules apply.
**Access is available only for authenticated NFL Network subscribers of certain TV providers. Visit NFL.com/Watch for the full list of provider and device availability.
TNF Storylines Presented by Mazda
For every Thursday Night Football game, NFL.com presents TNF Storylines Presented by Mazda.
NFL Media analyst Solomon Wilcots provides instant analysis moments after every key play from the game. TNF Storylines will use devoted camera angles such as the All-22 coaching tape to provide expert commentary and analysis. Additionally, TNF Storylines will show fans how the teams playing each week are implementing and executing numerous styles, formations and strategies for every critical play in the game.
Throughout the entire game, fans can interact with Wilcots as he will be answering fan questions via Twitter and providing further analysis.