ESPN’s Postseason NFL Countdown Previews SB LIII on Super Bowl Sunday


ESPN’s Postseason NFL Countdown Previews SB LIII on Super Bowl Sunday

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  • Suzy Kolber and Sam Ponder Host Four-Hour Preview of Rams vs. Patriots from Atlanta
  • Panthers TE Greg Olsen Returns as Special Guest Analyst for Second Straight Year
  • Team Reports by Josina Anderson (Rams) and Sal Paolantonio (Patriots)

ESPN will preview Super Bowl LIII with a special four-hour edition of Postseason NFL Countdown on Sunday, Feb. 3, beginning at 10 a.m. ET, from two primary set locations in Atlanta – Mercedes Benz Stadium and at Centennial Olympic Park.

Suzy Kolber will host from the stadium with Steve Young, Louis Riddick, guest analyst Greg Olsen – returning to the show for the second straight Super Bowl, and NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter. Sam Ponder will co-host the program with analysts Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Rex Ryan and Charles Woodson from Centennial Olympic Park.

Josina Anderson (Rams) and Sal Paolantonio (Patriots) will have live team updates and reports throughout the program.

Planned Postseason NFL Countdown features, in order of timing by quarter-hour (all times ET, subject to change):

The Melon-heads (10:15-10:30): In the mid-1970s, a group of Rams fans in Los Angeles started cutting up and wearing watermelons on their heads to games. This group of ardent Rams supporters stuck with the team through hard times and the team’s moves to and from St. Louis. With the current streak of successful seasons culminating in a Super Bowl LIII appearance, the committed melon-heads are reaping the rewards of their decades-long loyalty. (Produced by NFL Films)

Lessons Learned – The Legend of Bill Belichick (10:45-11:00): In their own words, some of the winningest coaches in sports – Mike Krzyzewski, Joe Torre, Nick Saban – reflect upon the lessons they’ve learned about sustaining success from watching Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. (Producer Harry Hawkings)

Jared Goff Conversation – Part II (11:15-11:30): In part two of his conversation with ESPN’s Matt Hasselbeck, Rams quarterback Jared Goff explains the evolution of the relationship between him and head coach Sean McVay. (Producer Josh Vorensky)

The Brotherhood (11:45-12:00): When Linfield Christian High School quarterback Alex Ruiz of Temecula, Calif., suffered a life-altering injury during his junior season in 2017, he was convinced his playing days were over. In the following year, he met two NFL players – Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Bears TE Zach Miller, who suffered a similar injury. Encouragement and support from Brees and Miller helped will Ruiz back to the field. Drew Brees narrates this tribute to the power of friendship and the bond between everyone who has ever taken a snap. (Reporter Jen Lada/Producer Sharon Matthews)

Detail – Super Bowl LIII Edition (12:45-1:00): Peyton Manning previews Super Bowl LIII by breaking down the Conference Championship performances of quarterbacks Tom Brady and Jared Goff in two new special episodes of the NFL edition of Detail, the groundbreaking, sports analysis program available exclusively on ESPN+. Countdown will feature excerpts of Manning’s analysis.

 Aaron Donald: Forged in Iron (1:00-1:15): Long before two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald played his way into the Super Bowl, his dad, Archie, a former Norfolk State University player, thought of him as a bit chubby and somewhat lazy. To bring more structure to Aaron’s life, Archie built a gym in the basement of their blue-collar home in Pittsburgh. When Aaron signed his record-breaking contract in August 2018, the first thing he did was call his parents and tell them they do not need to work anymore. (Reporter Alden Gonzalez/Producer Jenna Contreras)

 The Evolution of Tom (1:15-1:30): At 41, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is playing in his ninth Super Bowl, and there is little or no chance the five-time Super Bowl winner is about to stop now – while at the top of the game. Brady discusses the changes and adjustments he has made in the last 12 months to make the game and his life beyond football more enjoyable. (Reporter Jeff Darlington/Producer Gavin Cote)

Additional elements:

  • Jermaine Dupri’s “Welcome to Atlanta” featuring Ludacris – Atlanta’s urban music anthem – will be featured throughout the show
  • Super Bowl LIII Postseason NFL Countdown will feature vignettes of key players from both teams

ESPN Deportes: NFL Esta Noche – Super Bowl LIII Special

ESPN Deportes, the U.S. Spanish-language network for Super Bowl LIII  (via an agreement with the NFL and CBS), will present a 90-minute pregame special, NFL Esta Noche, live from the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Host Ciro Procuna and analysts Eduardo Varela, Pablo Viruega and Mauricio Pedroza will preview the Super Bowl matchup. The game commentator team – Álvaro Martín (pxp) and Raul Allegre (analyst) – will also appear on the program, as well as sideline reporter John Sutcliffe. Field reporters Kary Correa, Sergio Dipp, Rebecca Landa, Carlos Nava, and Ramiro Pruneda will provide up-to-the-minute updates.

 ESPN Super Bowl LIII Sunday Shows:

5:30-6 a.m. NFL Matchup

Trey Wingo, Matt Bowen and Greg Cosell


(ESPN2 at 8:30 a.m.)

7-10 a.m. SportsCenter* (Centennial Olympic Park) ESPN
10 a.m.-2 p.m.


Postseason NFL Countdown Presented by Snickers Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Suzy Kolber, guest analyst Greg Olsen, Steve Young, Louis Riddick, Chris Mortensen and Randy Moss

Centennial Olympic Park: Sam Ponder, Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Rex Ryan and Charles Woodson

2-4:30 p.m. SportsCenter (segments from Atlanta) ESPN Deportes
4:30-6 p.m. NFL Esta Noche (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)

Ciro Procuna, Eduardo Varela, Pablo Viruega and Mauricio Pedroza

ESPN Deportes
6-10 p.m. Super Bowl LIII (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)

TV: Álvaro Martín, Raúl Allegre and John Sutcliffe

Radio: Kenneth Garay and Sebastian Martinez Christensen

ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio
10-11 p.m. NFL Esta Noche (Mercedes Benz Stadium)

Procuna, Varela, Viruega, Pedroza, Martín, Allegre, Sutcliffe, Kary Correa, Sergio Diop, Rebecca Landa, Carlos Nava and Ramiro Pruneda

ESPN Deportes
10:30-11:30 p.m. NFL PrimeTime (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)

Chris Berman, Moss and Young

11 p.m.-12:30 a.m. SportsCenter (segments from Atlanta)                                                                  ESPN Deportes
11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. SportsCenter with SVP* (guests joining from Mercedes-Benz Stadium) ESPN
12:30-2 a.m. SportsCenter (Mercedes-Benz Stadium) ESPN

NFL PrimeTime with Chris Berman (ESPN, 10:30 p.m.)

Immediately following the game, Chris Berman, covering his 37th Super Bowl, will host the post-Super Bowl LIII NFL PrimeTime on the field from Mercedes Benz Stadium with analysts Randy Moss and Steve Young. The one-hour program will include highlights, interviews and analysis.

Post-Super Bowl SportsCenter from Mercedes Benz Stadium (ESPN, 11:30 p.m.)

Following NFL PrimeTime, Steve Levy and Michael Eaves will anchor SportsCenter from Mercedes Benz Stadium with analysts Ryan Clark and Riddick.

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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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