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Super Bowl pregame television schedule

By Dan Caesar St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MCT) • Dec 17, 2015 at 5:54 PM

A rundown of Super Bowl pregame coverage planned Sunday by Fox, which shows the game, as well as ESPN and NFL Network (lineups subject to change):

(2-6:30 p.m. EST)

2-2:30 p.m.: Scene setter for the first outdoor “cold’’ weather Super Bowl, although the forecast isn’t for significantly cold weather, with first feature to be about memorable NFL games being played in inclement weather. Also reports from both teams’ hotels as they prepare to leave for MetLife Stadium, a piece on former Broncos quarterback and now team executive John Elway plus a segment on Seahawks “unsung heroes” Michael Bennett, Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin, Red Bryant and Bobby Wagner.

2:30- 3 p.m.: Former Super Bowl winning quarterbacks Terry Bradshaw and Joe Namath chat, and Fox says they kiss at the end of the conversation. Also a performance by country act The Band Perry.

3-3:30 p.m.: A look at the 1958 NFL title game, in which the Baltimore Colts beat the Giants in New York in a contest that was instrumental in vaulting the league into national prominence. Also, Fox’s Jay Glazer, a New York native who lost a close friend in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, visits the World Trade Center site with the man who was commissioner of the NYPD then. Also scheduled is a bit from comedian Rob Riggle and an interview with halftime performer Bruno Mars.

3:30-4 p.m.: Fox Sports focuses on itself as it celebrates its 20th anniversary, and has a tribute to legendary NFL play-by-play announcer Pat Summerall — who came to Fox with John Madden when it got its part of the league’s TV contract. He died in April. Also scheduled are features on Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey and Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch.

4-4:30 p.m.: A piece on what is being done to try to avoid a power failure such as one that impacted last year’s Super Bowl, a feature on Broncos receiver Wes Welker, a segment on grass-roots football and a focus on standout coach Vince Lombardi and his New York roots.

4:30-5 p.m.: Musician Phillip Phillips performs, President Obama is interviewed by Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly, and a conversation with Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.

5-5:30 p.m.: Features on Broncos coach John Fox, the Seahawks’ defense (including cornerback Richard Sherman joining reporter Erin Andrews for the first time his famous rant when Andrews interviewed him after the NFC title game). Also a piece on Seahawks QB Russell Wilson.

5:30-6 p.m.: An interview with Broncos QB Peyton Manning, another sketch from Riggle and a reading of the Declaration of Independence from prominent NFL figures and others.

6-6:30 p.m.: Team introductions, final pregame analysis, national anthem performed by opera singer Renée Fleming.

6:30 p.m.: Game to begin.


(10 a.m.-2 p.m.)

10-11 a.m.: Scene setter about the Super Bowl being in the New York-New Jersey area, news updates and analysis and reports from the stadium and on each team.

11-11:15 a.m.: Feature on Seattle QB Wilson.

11:15-11:45 a.m.: Segment on how photographers were able to get pictures of some of the most famous Super Bowl plays.

11:45-Noon: Skit from comedian Frank Caliendo on Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman using his new-found fame to make it to the White House.

Noon-12:20 p.m.: Feature on Broncos’ John Elway.

12:20-12:30 p.m.: Actors Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner and Denis Leary promote their upcoming NFL draft-themed film “Draft Day.”

12:30 p.m.-1 p.m.: Feature on Seahawks coach Pete Carroll’s longstanding relationship with a young fan who lost his vision because of cancer.

1 p.m.-1:40 p.m.: Interview with Broncos’ Manning.

1:40-2 p.m.: Feature on how players on the winning Super Bowl team fight through chaos on the field to find members of their family for the celebration; final thoughts.


(7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.)

7-9 a.m.: Scene setter, including reports from the stadium and both teams’ hotels. Also analysis of strategy the teams are likely to use and a live report on Punxsutawney Phil’s Groundhog Day appearance in Pennsylvania.

9-10 a.m.: A segment examining whether Seattle’s Wilson, in his second pro season, is ready for the big stage, a discussion of Manning’s ‘Omaha’ audible and a look at key cold-weather games over the years.

10-11 a.m.: Pieces on how the game will affect Manning’s legacy, locker-room culture and how Seattle’s Lynch will impact the game.

11-Noon: Interview with Seattle’s Wilson, a feature on New York as a football market, some game predictions.

Noon-1 p.m.: Interview with Seattle’s Carroll and feature on Denver’s Manning writing handwritten letters to players when they retire.

1 p.m.-2 p.m.: Stanford coach David Shaw discusses Seattle’s Sherman, one of his former players. Also a discussion about trash-talking.

2-3 p.m.: Interview with former Super Bowl-winning quarterback Brett Favre and a piece on the Super Bowl journey for Denver’s Manning.

3-4 p.m.: Former Rams QB Kurt Warner interviews Manning, plus Michael Irvin and former Ram Marshall Faulk have a discussion.

4-5 p.m.: Sherman is interviewed, as are some of the “Draft Day’’ movie cast members.

5-5:30 p.m.: A look at key matchups, plus commentators make their game picks.

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