From CBS Sports –
“THENFL TODAY” PREVIEWS AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME WITH FEATURES ON NEWENGLAND’S TOM BRADY AND BALTIMORE’S RAY LEWIS; AND ALSO TALKS WITH
SAN FRANCISCO’SVERNON DAVISON SUNDAY, JAN. 22 ON “THE NFL TODAY”
Jim RomeMakes Special Appearance Via Satellite;
LegendaryAerosmith Rocker Steven Tyler Performs National Anthem
THENFL ON CBS, celebrating its 52nd year broadcasting the NFL, travelsto Foxborough, Mass. for the 2012 American Football Conference ChampionshipGame on Sunday, Jan. 22 (3:00 PM, ET) as the AFC North Champions and No. 2-seeded BALTIMORE RAVENS (13-4) take on the AFC East Champions and No. 1-seeded NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (14-3) live on the CBS Television Network.
CBSSports’ coverage of the AFC Championship Game begins with THE NFL TODAY, the Network’s pre-gamestudio show, on Sunday (2:00 PM, ET) with host James Brown and analysts DanMarino, Boomer Esiason, ShannonSharpe and Bill Cowher,as well as NFL TODAY “General Manager” Charley Casserly, and LesleyVisser reporting, live from THE NFL TODAY studio at the CBSBroadcast Center in New York City.
THE NFL TODAY’s Dan Marino has a quarterback–to–quarterbackchat with New England Patriots quarterback TomBrady as he prepares to face the Baltimore Ravens and their vaunteddefense. After six lean non-Super Bowl winning seasons (including a three-gamepostseason losing streak), Brady served notice last Saturday night that New England was back with a vengeance. Now, 10 yearsafter winning his first Super Bowl, Brady is two wins away from capturing hisfourth Super Bowl ring. Deb Gelmanis the producer.
Baltimore Ravenslinebacker Ray Lewis and former SuperBowl teammate, THE NFL TODAY’s ShannonSharpe, reunite to discuss the challenge of stopping Tom Brady and his high-scoring Patriots’offense. Considered one of the greatest defensive players of all-time, Lewishas been the heart and soul of the Baltimoredefense for the past 16 seasons. Back in the 2000 season, Lewis was the NFL’sDefensive Player of the Year and led the Ravens to victory in Super Bowl XXXVearning MVP honors. Now, he’s within two victories of capping his careerwith a second ring. Jeff St. Arromandis the producer.
Thirty years ago, San Francisco quarterback Joe Montana connected with wide receiver Dwight Clark for what has become known inNFL lore as “The Catch.” Last Saturday, the latest49ers’ quarterback, Alex Smith,connected with tight end Vernon Davisfor the game-winning, 14-yard touchdown with nine seconds remaining that wasimmediately dubbed “The Catch III” by Bay Area fans. The playpropelled the 49ers back into the NFC Championship Game for the first time in14 years. It also put Davisinto the NFL record books for most receiving yards (180) by a tight end in pos-tseasonhistory. THE NFL TODAY’s Lesley Vissersits down with the Pro Bowl Tight End as he and his fellow 49ers prepare tohost the New York Giants. Charlie Bloomis the producer.
In addition, Jim Romewill be a special guest from Los Angeles offering his unique perspective on the NFLPlayoffs. Rome, who joins CBS, will launchROME on the CBSSports Network in addition to hosting a news sports and entertainment series onSHOWTIME and contributing to CBS Sports.
THE NFL ON CBS’s lead announce team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms will report live from Foxborough on the AFCChampionship Game. Visser will be live in San Francisco with the latest on the NFCChampionship Game.
Legendary Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler will perform the National Anthem, while halftimewill include the announcement of the three finalists for the Walter Payton NFLMan of the Year Award. The presentation of the Lamar Hunt Trophy to the AFCChampions will be conducted live following the game.