MNF’s Lions-Cowboys Regular-Season Finale Highlights ESPN’s NFL Week 16


MNF’s Lions-Cowboys Regular-Season Finale Highlights ESPN’s NFL Week 16

  • NFL Insiders -10 a.m. ET and Sunday NFL Countdown -11 a.m. air Saturday during Holiday Weekend
  • Sunday NFL Countdown: Annie Apple Hosts Roundtable with NFL Moms
  • Monday Night Countdown: Keyshawn Johnson Conversation with Cowboys Rookie Stars; Michelle Beisner-Buck Profiles Highland Park Heroes; and Lions Legend Barry Sanders Joins Chris Berman

Sunday NFL Countdown (ESPN, Sat., Dec. 24, at 11 a.m. ET)

Chris Berman analysts Trent Dilfer, Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss and Charles Woodson; plus, co-host Wendi Nix, NFL Insider Adam Schefter and senior fantasy sports analyst Matthew Berry.

Reporters at Saturday’s games:

Big Feature:

  • NFL Moms Roundtable: ESPN NFL contributor Annie Apple, mother of New York Giants rookie Eli Apple, gathered a group of other NFL moms – Diane Gronkowski (Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski), Karen Flacco (Ravens QB Joe Flacco), Dawn Elliott (Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott), Cheri Shepard (Giants WR Sterling Shepard), and Penny Bennett (mother of Patriots TE Martellus and Seahawks DE Michael Bennett) – for a roundtable to discuss the demands of being the mother of a NFL player.

Other highlights:

  • Countdown Cam – Gerald McCoy: Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy gives viewers an inside look at his preparation on game day morning before playing the Saints in New Orleans.
  • Santa Surprise – David Johnson: Cardinals running back David Johnson hand-delivers mail-ordered NFL jerseys at the doorsteps of unsuspecting fans. Jim Trotter.

Other ESPN NFL shows airing Saturday:

Monday Night Countdown (Dec. 26, at 6 p.m., ESPN)

Hosts Suzy Kolber, Dilfer, Hasselbeck, Moss, Woodson and Steve Young preview the Lions vs. Cowboys MNF game. NFL Insider Schefter will report league news and updates. Hall of Fame Lions running back Barry Sanders will be Chris Berman’s final NFL legends guest of the season.

NFL Insider Ed Werder will also provide studio reports from AT&T Stadium leading up to the game.


  • Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott Conversation: Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott and RB Ezekiel Elliott discuss their sensational NFL rookie seasons in a conversation with ESPN’s Keyshawn Johnson.
  • Highland Park Heroes: Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and Dodgers pitching ace Clayton Kershaw both grew up in the Dallas suburb of Highland Park and were teammates on many youth teams. The NFL and MLB stars share stories and discuss their experiences growing up with Countdown’s Michelle Beisner-Buck.
  • Gruden’s Grill Session with Matthew Stafford: As Stafford returns to his hometown to face the Cowboys, the Lions quarterback sits for a one-on-one interview with MNF’s Jon Gruden.

Monday Night Football – Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys (8:15 p.m., ESPN)

In Monday Night Football’s regular-season finale, Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions face Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas in a matchup of first-place NFC teams (Dec. 26, 8:15 p.m. ET). [Note: Gruden previewed this week’s MNF matchup Wednesday on ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike. Audio]

First Take Live at MNF Halftime

Halftime of the MNF game will feature the first live First Take segment featuring Stephen A. Smith , Max Kellerman and Molly Qerim. (Previously, the segment was pre-recorded the day of the game.) Beginning Jan. 3, the weekday morning studio debate show will move from ESPN2 to ESPN, airing 10 a.m. – noon ET.

ESPN Radio: Falcons at Panthers in Matchup of NFC South Rivals

  • ESPN Radio will broadcast Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons at Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers (Saturday, 12 p.m.). Commentators: Adam Amin and Bill Polian


Bill Hofheimer

I oversee ESPN’s College Sports PR, while also working on ESPN soccer, Around the Horn, PTI and more. Previously oversaw communications for ESPN's Monday Night Football and NFL studio shows.
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