From CBS Sports –
“THENFL TODAY” PREVIEWS DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF GAMES ON SATURDAY, JAN. 14 ANDSUNDAY, JAN. 15 ON CBS
James BrownVisits with Tim Tebow Revealing a Different Side of Denver Quarterback on Saturday;
OnSunday, Detroit Lions’ Ndamukong Suh, joins THE NFL TODAY live in Studio;CBS Sports’ Golf Analyst David FehersatyContributes with Special Essay on
“TheLighter Side of Rushing” in NFL
THE NFLON CBS, continues its 52nd year broadcasting theNFL with coverage of the 2012 American Football Conference Playoffs with thenational 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 CBSTelevision 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 theAFC South Champions and No. 3-seeded HOUSTONTEXANS (11-6) visit the AFC North Champions and No. 2-seeded BALTIMORE RAVENS (12-4) on Sunday afternoon.
THE NFL ON CBS’scoverage begins with THE NFL TODAY, the Network’s studio show (7:30 PM,ET) and (12:00 Noon, ET), respectively, live from the CBSBroadcast Centerin New York City.
On Saturday, James Brown visits with Tim Tebow and Baily Knaub revealing a different side of Tebow. Tebow hasattracted millions of fans, but none was more excited last Sunday night than16-year-old Bailey Knaub, who was a personal guest of the Denver quarterback at the Broncos AFC WildCard playoff victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Each week, Tebow invites ayoung person with a serious medical condition to be his special guest at everyBroncos game.
Bailey suffers fromWegener’s Granulomatosis, a rare vascular disorder that has caused her toundergo 73 surgeries over 10 years, including the removal of her left lung. Afan since Tebow’s Floridadays, Bailey, along with her sister and parents, got to meet her long-time heroon the field prior to the game, which ended in dramatic fashion on Tebow’s80-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomasin overtime. She was in the stands and witnessed first hand the“Tebow Magic,” a day she will never forget. Tebow also metwith her after the game and even mentioned her in his post-game pressconference. Deb Gelman is theproducer.
In addition, Jim Nantz and Phil Simms will report live from Foxborough with a preview ofthe Denver-New England AFC Divisional Playoff match-up. Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf in Baltimorewill look ahead to Sunday afternoon’s Houston-Baltimore AFC DivisionalPlayoff showdown. And, Lesley Visserwill be live at Lambeau Field with the latest on Sunday’s N.Y. Giants-GreenBay NFC Divisional Playoff contest. KrisJenkins in San Franciscowill provide post-game interviews from the New Orleans-San Francisco NFCDivisional Playoff game.
On Sunday’s NFLTODAY (12:00 Noon-1:00 PM, ET), Coach BillCowher sits down with Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin and quarterback EliManning as they get set to travel to Lambeau Field in hopes ofreplicating their 2008 achievements, when they upset the Packers, 23-20, inovertime 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 SuperBowls? The New York Giants have won four of their last five games sincetheir disappointing 38-35 loss to Green Bay last month. This Sunday, Big Blue gets a secondchance at the 15-1 Packers with a trip to the NFC Championship Game on the line.Joe Zappulla is theproducer.
CBS Sports previews theHouston-Baltimore match-up. Last week, the AFC South champion Houston Texansappeared in their first-ever playoff game and defeated Cincinnati, 31-10. This Sunday, theyhead to Baltimorein hopes of accomplishing yet another franchise first, beating the Ravens whohave won all five previous meetings. At stake this time, a spot in the AFCChampionship Game. Baltimoreis looking to advance to the AFCChampionship for the third time in team history and for the first time in threeyears.
Andin a special essay by CBS Sports’ DavidFeherty, the golf analyst applies his unique off-beat, wittyapproach to a look at whatever happened to the running game in theNFL.
Ndamukong Suh, the Detroit Lions’ All-Prodefensive tackle, will be live in the studio for the pre-game and post-gameshows.
In addition, there willbe live reports from Gumbel and Dierdorf in Baltimoreand Visser in Green Bay,with previews of the day’s playoff games.
Brown hostsTHE NFL TODAY, along with analysts Dan Marino,Esiason, Shannon Sharpe and Cowher,NFL TODAY “General Manager” Charley Casserly, as well as Visser.