MCNABB & THE EAGLES TAKE ON THE BEARS ON “NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL”
“Any time that Donovan McNabb is healthy they can beat anyone in football.” – NBC’s John Madden
“This is a pivotal game for Chicago.” – NBC’s Tiki Barber
NEW YORK – Sept. 25, 2008 – “NBC Sunday Night Football” in its third season as the NFL’s premier primetime package, heads to the Windy City Sunday night as Donovan McNabb and the Philadelphia Eagles (2-1) take on Brian Urlacher and the Chicago Bears (1-2) in an NFC rivalry that dates back to 1933. Al Michaels (play-by-play), John Madden (analyst) and Andrea Kremer (sideline reporter) call the action. Coverage on NBC begins at 7 p.m. ET with “Football Night in America,” with Bob Costas (host), Cris Collinsworth (co-host) Keith Olbermann (co-host), Dan Patrick (co-host), Jerome Bettis (analyst), Tiki Barber (analyst) and Peter King (reporter).
EAGLES-BEARS IN PRIMETIME: The Eagles are trying to reverse a trend on NBC “Sunday Night Football.” Since the NFL’s premier primetime package moved to NBC in 2006 the Eagles are 1-4, including losses in all there of their SNF games last season; 16-3 to the Giants in Week 4, 38-17 to the Cowboys in Week 9 and 31-28 to the undefeated Patriots in Week 12. The Bears are 3-2 on SNF including wins in their last two Sunday Night games, 29-13 over the Colts in the opening SNF game this season and a 27-20 win over the Packers in Week 5 last season. Each team is scheduled to appear one more time this season on SNF with the Eagles hosting the Giants in Week 10 and the Bears traveling to Minnesota to take on the Vikings in Week 13.
EAGLES VS. BEARS: This is the 35th meeting of this NFC rivalry that dates back to 1933. The two teams met in Week 6 last year with the Bears winning 19-16 in Philadelphia on a last second TD to cap a 97-yard drive. The Bears lead the all-time series 25-8-1, but prior to last year’s game the Eagles had won four straight dating back to 1999. The two teams have also met three times in the postseason with the Eagles taking two contests, 27-17 in the first round in 1979 and 33-19 in the divisional round in 2001 and the Bears winning 20-12 in the divisional round in 1988.
TIKI ON IMPORTANCE OF THE GAME TO THE BEARS: “This is a pivotal game for Chicago even though it’s early in the season. At 1-2, they are in danger of falling behind so many good teams in the NFC. They need to find a way to close games out.”
TIKI ON THE EAGLES: “Philadelphia looks great but they need to overcome their old nemesis – injuries. It seems to always bite them.”
BETTIS ON EAGLES VS. BEARS: “Each of these teams has a distinct personality. The question with Philadelphia is which team will show up. Is it the team that couldn’t touch Tony Romo? Or is it the team that punished and beat up Ben Roethlisberger? For the Bears the question is can they close out a team in the fourth quarter? Are they the team they’ve showed the first three quarters or the fourth quarter?”
MADDEN ON THE EAGLES: “Any time that Donovan McNabb is healthy they can beat anyone in football.”
MADDEN ON THE BEARS: “The Bears are a good team. We saw them against the Colts and they played very well and it’s not like they got blown out against the Bucs, they lost in overtime.”
TASTE OF THE NFL SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL COOKBOOK BRUNCH IN CHICAGO: This Sunday, executive chef Joe Decker of Chicago’s Wildfire restaurant, will host The Taste of the NFL Sunday Night Football Cookbook Brunch to raise money for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Tickets cost $70 and can be purchased by calling 312.787.9000.
Taste of the NFL is the premier food and wine event at Super Bowl, a “party with a purpose” that raises awareness and funds for hunger-relief organizations including Feeding America and its affiliates nationwide. Since 1992, Taste of the NFL has donated more than $10 million to local and national hunger-relief organizations.
PHILADELPHIA & CHICAGO COOK UP SUNDAY NIGHT MEALS: The “Sunday Night Football” Cookbook features recipes from NFL stars including Steelers’ WR Hines Ward who contributes his recipe for Korean-style braised short ribs and WR Limas Sweed’s chicken and shrimp fettuccine. The Bears’ TE Desmond Clark offers his garlicky baked chicken breast recipe. The Sunday Night Football Cookbook also features recipes from prominent chefs from each NFL city including Philly’s Jack McDavid of Jack’s Firehouse restaurant, as well as Chicago’s Susan Goss of West Town Tavern and Zinfandel restaurants.