NBC Sunday Night Football, America’s No. 1 primetime television show for a record seven consecutive years, gets “Back to Football” broadcasting 19 NFL games during the 2018 regular season. It all begins with the Philadelphia Eagles raising their first-ever Super Bowl banner at NFL Kickoff 2018 on Thursday, Sept. 6 as they host the Atlanta Falcons in a Divisional Playoff rematch. Then it’s the season opener of Sunday Night Football at Lambeau Field on Sunday, Sept. 9 as Aaron Rodgers leads the Green Bay Packers in the first game of their historic 100th season against the rival Chicago Bears. NBC Sunday Night Football will have a new, earlier kickoff time of 8:20 p.m. ET – 10 minutes earlier than last year.

The star-studded SNF matchups continue in Week 2 as Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys host Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr. and the New York Giants. The Sept. 16 Giants-Cowboys game marks the 12th meeting between the clubs on SNF – tying with Cowboys-Eagles (Nov. 11) as the  most-played matchup in NBC SNF history  (since 2006). The Sept. 16 contest also marks the fourth Cowboys’ home opener in the past six years on NBC S

In addition to kicking off the 2018 NFL season, NBC will also broadcast a Divisional Playoff game on the weekend of January 12-13, and a Wild Card Playoff game on the January 5-6 weekend.

Highlights of the 2018 Sunday Night Football schedule:

  • Three games each for the Eagles, Patriots, Steelers, Cowboys, and Packers;
  • Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, winners of a combined five NFL MVP awards, meet for only the second time on Nov. 4 when the Patriots host the Packers. In the first matchup on Nov. 30, 2014, the quarterbacks combined for 613 passing yards and four touchdowns in a five-point Green Bay victory;
  • Other notable matchups: Dak Prescott and the Cowboys visit Deshaun Watson and the Texans in a faceoff of dynamic quarterbacks on Oct. 7; Jimmy Garoppolo (7-0 as a starter in his NFL career) and the 49ers host Jared Goff and the division champion Los Angeles Rams in an NFC West clash on Oct. 21; 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman returns to Seattle to face his former Seahawks teammates on Dec. 2; and on Dec. 16, Goff and Eagles QB Carson Wentz meet in a rematch of 2017’s regular-season “game of the year” (Philadelphia came back to win 43-35 in the fourth quarter) as the Rams host the Eagles;
  • On the coaching front, new Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia, who spent the last 14 seasons as an assistant coach with New England, plays host to Bill Belichick and the Patriots on Sept. 23; and new/old Raiders head coach Jon Gruden faces Mike Tomlin for the first time as Pittsburgh visits Oakland on Dec. 9;
  • Two big NFC games Thanksgiving weekend – a pair of 2017 NFC South playoff teams meet as the Saints host the Falcons in the first-ever NFL Thanksgiving game in New Orleans; and on Sun., Nov. 25 new Vikings QB Kirk Cousins hosts Aaron Rodgers and the Packers for the first time in a Minnesota uniform;
  • Matchup milestones: Cowboys-Eagles on Nov. 11 marks the 10th consecutive season for the matchup on SNF – the longest streak for any matchup on the broadcast primetime package in NFL history (ABC 1970-2005; NBC 2006-present). Ravens-Steelers on Sept. 30 ranks as the most-played AFC matchup on NBC SNF (8th meeting).


 

2018 NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Thurs. Sept. 6 NFL Kickoff Atlanta Falcons [0] at Philadelphia Eagles [0]
Sun. Sept. 9 Week 1 Chicago Bears [0] at Green Bay Packers [0]
Sun. Sept. 16 Week 2 New York Giants [0] at Dallas Cowboys [0]
Sun. Sept. 23 Week 3 New England Patriots [0] at Detroit Lions [0]
Sun. Sept. 30 Week 4 Baltimore Ravens [0] at Pittsburgh Steelers [0]
Sun. Oct. 7 Week 5 Dallas Cowboys [0] at Houston Texans [0]
Sun. Oct. 14 Week 6 Kansas City Chiefs [0] at New England Patriots [0]
Sun. Oct. 21 Week 7 LA Rams [0] at SF 49ers [0]
Sun. Oct. 28 Week 8 New Orleans Saints [0] at Minnesota Vikings [0]
Sun. Nov. 4 Week 9 Green Bay Packers [0] at New England Patriots [0]
Sun. Nov. 11 Week 10 Dallas Cowboys [0] at Philadelphia Eagles [0]
Sun. Nov. 18 Week 11  Pittsburgh Steelers [0] at Jacksonville Jaguars [0]
Thurs. Nov. 22 Week 12 Atlanta Falcons [0] at New Orleans Saints [0]
Sun. Nov. 25 Green Bay Packers [0] at Minnesota Vikings [0]
Sun. Dec. 2 Week 13 SF 49ers [0] at Seattle Seahawks [0]
Sun. Dec. 9 Week 14 Pittsburgh Steelers [0] at Oakland Raiders [0]
Sun. Dec. 16 Week 15 Philadelphia Eagles [0] at LA Rams [0]
Sun. Dec. 23 Week 16 Kansas City Chiefs [0] at Seattle Seahawks [0]
Sun. Dec. 30 Week 17 TBD

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