ESPN’s Postseason NFL Countdown Pregame for Super Bowl LI


ESPN’s Postseason NFL Countdown Pregame for Super Bowl LI

PHOTOS: ESPN Shows at Super Bowl LI

  • Chris Berman and Analysts at ESPN’s Downtown Houston Set for Special Three-Hour Show
  • Guest Analysts Rex Ryan and Odell Beckham Jr. with Suzy Kolber and Steve Young at NRG Stadium
  • Reporters Sal Paolantonio (Patriots) and Ed Werder (Falcons) with Team Reports
  • Special Super Bowl Sunday Edition of NFL Insiders from NRG Stadium

ESPN’s preview of Super Bowl  LI will feature a special three-hour edition of Postseason NFL Countdown on Sunday, Feb. 5, beginning at 11 a.m. ET / 10 a.m. CT, from two set locations in Houston – downtown and at NRG Stadium.

Chris Berman, covering his 35th straight Super Bowl – and making his final appearance as host of Sunday NFL Countdown, will host ESPN’s coverage, joined by analysts Trent Dilfer, Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss and Charles Woodson, segment host Wendi Nix, and NFL Insiders Chris Mortenson and Adam Schefter on the main set in downtown Houston. Suzy Kolber will host coverage from NRG Stadium with New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., former Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan, both serving as special guest analysts, and Steve Young. Reporters Sal Paolantonio (Patriots) and Ed Werder (Falcons) will provide live team updates throughout the program.

NFL Insiders with host Trey Wingo and Insiders Bill Polian, Louis Riddick and Adam Schefter will originate from the NRG Stadium at 10 a.m. ET (9 a.m. CT).

ESPN’s planned Countdown features, in order of timing by quarter-hour (all times Eastern, subject to change):

Malcolm Butler’s Super Bowl XLIX Interception (12:00)

In the New England Patriots last Super Bowl appearance, undrafted rookie cornerback Malcolm Butler made one of the greatest plays in modern Super Bowl history, intercepting a goal-line pass in the waning seconds to seal a 28-24 victory. Butler and his Patriots teammates – linebacker Rob Ninkovich and running back LeGarette Blount – reflect on the cornerback’s game-winning interception in Super Bowl XLIX. (Producer: Meghan Robinson)

Matt Bryant’s Tragedy and Triumph (12:15)

Super Bowl LI brings Falcons kicker Matt Bryant back to his home state for a shot at a championship. It’s also the site of one of the most painful days in his life – 90 minutes away from Orange, Texas, where he buried his three-month-old son, Matthew Tryson Bryant, in 2008. Countdown feature reporter Michelle Beisner chronicles the Bryant family’s journey of tragedy and triumph on their road to Super Bowl LI. (Producer: Luke S. Williams)

Matt Hasselbeck and the Thunderbirds (12:40)

Before the Thunderbirds perform the traditional stadiums flyover at Super Bowl LI, Countdown’s Matt Hasselbeck will join the USAF Air Demonstration Squadron to capture the experience of flying with the country’s leading Air Force demonstration pilots. (Producer: Gavin Cote)

Super Bowl LI Game Balls (12:55)

Since 1941, every point in the NFL has been scored with a Wilson football produced in a small factory in Ada, Ohio. All 51 Super Bowl footballs, including this year’s balls, have been manufactured by hand at the same Wilson Football Factory plant. Countdown offers a behind-the-scenes look at the process of how official NFL footballs are made by hand. The story is told first-person by the workers who begin the process of personalizing the leather as soon as the Super Bowl teams are set on Championship Sunday. (Producer: Domonique Goodridge)

Conversation with Matt Ryan (1:15)

Quarterback Matt Ryan has led the Falcons to Super Bowl LI for the first time in his nine pro seasons. The NFL MVP candidate sat for a one-on-one conversation with Countdown’s Matt Hasselbeck, who led the Seahawks to the Super Bowl 11 years ago. The fellow Boston College alums discussed their college experience in Boston, watching Brady lead the Patriots to success and whether he’ll get a tattoo if the Falcons win the Super Bowl. (Producer: Jenna Contreras)

Chris Berman’s Sunday NFL Countdown Legacy (1:30)

After more than three decades as host of ESPN’s signature NFL program, Chris Berman hosts his final show at the Super Bowl. Countdown highlights Berman’s contributions to the show and to the NFL with Joe Namath, Peyton Manning, legendary Bills head coach Marv Levy, Tom Jackson, his longtime partner on television, and others reflecting on his legacy. (Producer: Jenna Contreras)

ESPN’s Super Bowl LI Sunday coverage:

Sun, Feb 5 8:30 a.m. NFL Matchup ESPN2
9 a.m. Outside the Lines ESPN2
9 a.m. SportsCenter ESPN
9:30 a.m. The Sports Reporters ESPN2
10 a.m. NFL Insiders: Sunday Edition ESPN
11 a.m.


Postseason NFL Countdown ESPN
10:30 p.m. NFL PrimeTime ESPN
11:30 p.m. SportsCenter ESPN

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Mac Nwulu

I joined ESPN in 1998 and since then, it's been a great experience managing PR and communications for a range of ESPN initiatives and properties over the years. I am currently focused on soccer and The Undefeated, ESPN’s site focusing on sports, race and urban culture and how they intersect.
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