December 27, 2007
| by Arlen Schweiger
If you don’t live in New England or New York, you might not be completely up to speed on how you can watch the Patriots go for history Saturday night (and how the Giants will try to stop them). The big news from late yesterday afternoon is that you don’t have to order NFL Network anymore if you’re interested—you can tune into CBS or NBC for a simulcast broadcast.
The networks will be using the feed from the NFL Network, so you’ll get to hear Bryant Gumbel and Chris Collinsworth do the announcing. The Pats have exceeded the 1972 Miami Dolphins’ mark of 14-0 and are looking to round out a perfect regular season by finishing 16-0.
Up here in New England only households that got the ABC affiliates out of Boston and Manchester, NH, as well as WWOR Channel 9 in New York, were going to be able to receive the local broadcast on something other than NFL Network, which only reaches about 40 percent of national households. How frustrating was that for non-Boston area viewers? In talking to a buddy of mine who lives about 2 hours outside of Boston, he said yesterday morning that he was going to add the sports tier (or at least try it out for a bit) so he could watch the game—guess that won’t be necessary anymore.
You already know about some of the other storylines in what could be a truly historic game, even if it does feature a matchup of New England’s Matt Cassel against New York’s Jared Lorenzen at quarterback by the third quarter. Pats stars Tom Brady and Randy Moss are shooting for single-season touchdown records, and the team can also win a record 19th straight regular-season game.
Since the NFL Network is already treating it as a Super Bowl, it will even have pregame coverage beginning at 2 p.m., for those who do get the station, running straight up until the 8:15 kickoff. If you want to relive other Pats games this season in high-def goodness, check the schedule today through Saturday to catch victories over Dallas, Indy, Philly and Baltimore among the replays on NFL Network.
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.