NFL Network and NFL.com highlights for 1/5-1/11

NFL NETWORK & NFL.COM PROGRAMMING NOTES (1/5 - 1/11)

NFL GAMEDAY MORNING IS THE GO-TO DESTINATION FOR WILD CARD COVERAGE WITH SPECIAL EDITIONS ON SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Warner, Faulk, Woodson & Billick on No Huddle: The Road to Dallas Presented By Mercedes-Benz Thursday, Jan. 6 at 8:00 PM ET

Hall of Fame Coach John Madden, Green Bay WR Greg Jennings and Seattle Head Coach Pete Carroll on NFL Total Access This Week

Charles Barkley and Urban Meyer Featured Guests on "The Rich Eisen Podcast" on NFL.com

THIS WEEK ON NFL GAMEDAY MORNING: Special Wild Card Editions of NFL GameDay Morning on Saturday, Jan. 8 at 12:00 PM ET and Sunday, Jan. 9 at 9:00 AM ET

With more than 20 hours of live NFL GameDay programming, NFL Network is the destination for the most comprehensive coverage of Wild Card weekend. NFL GameDay Morning airs twice this weekend to provide you with all of the information and analysis you need to prepare for the first round of the playoffs. Host Rich Eisen joins Steve Mariucci, Marshall Faulk, Michael Irvin and Warren Sapp beginning Saturday, Jan. 8 at 12:00 PM ET. The crew previews the two Wild Card matchups on Saturday - Saints-Seahawks and Jets-Colts - as well as the two remaining games on Sunday.

On Sunday, Jan. 9 at 9:00 AM ET, the NFL GameDay Morning crew recaps the previous day's action, previews Ravens-Chiefs and Packers-Eagles, and looks ahead to the Divisional games next week.

Additionally, veteran stage and television actor Dan Lauria, who currently portrays legendary Green Bay Packers coachVince Lombardi in the critically-acclaimed Broadway drama "Lombardi", reprises his role as the Hall of Fame coach for a series of inspirational monologues featured throughout the playoffs only on NFL GameDay Morning. Below is a rough cut of the first vignette on Saturday: Lombardi preview

» Kara Henderson reports from Seattle on Saints-Seahawks

» Albert Breer reports from Indianapolis on Jets-Colts

» Scott Hanson reports from Kansas City on Ravens-Chiefs

» Steve Wyche reports from Philadelphia on Packers-Eagles

Capping off each day of the playoffs is NFL GameDay Final, providing the definitive exclamation point on the day's action with unlimited highlights of the games, post-game press conferences, interviews from the field and locker room and expert analysis. On a special Saturday edition, Jan. 8 at 9:30 PM PT,Hall of Famer Rod Woodson joins host Fran Charles and analyst Deion Sanders to recap Saints-Seahawks and Jets-Colts, as well as look ahead to Sunday's games. On Sunday, Jan. 9 at 8:30 PM ET, the regular NFL GameDay Final crew of Charles, Sanders, Steve Mariucci and Michael Irvin provide the final analysis of Wild Card weekend and look ahead to the matchups in the Divisional round.

No Huddle: The Road to Dallas Presented by Mercedes-Benz Returns on Thursday, Jan. 6 at 8:00 PM ET

No Huddle: The Road to Dallas Presented by Mercedes-Benz, a new weekly roundtable show in which NFL Network analysts discuss and debate the hot topics heading into the playoffs, returns with a new episode on Thursday, Jan. 6 at 8:00 PM ET. This week's analysts include former Super Bowl winners Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk, Rod Woodson and Brian Billick.

Below are video links to segments from Thursday's show in which the analysts discuss the players who will make the difference in Saturday's Wild Card games:

Here are select quotes from Thursday's show:

  • "When Mark Sanchez was going really well in the middle part of the season, he found a rhythm with [Dustin] Keller on the inside at the tight end position." - Brian Billick on the New York Jets
  • "Whoever it is in the backfield, that's the x-factor for the Colts to make a run." - Kurt Warner on the Indianapolis Colts
  • "If they can't run the football and Gregg Williams can tee-up that defense on the quarterback, it's going to be a long day for the quarterback." - Rod Woodson on what Seattle must do against New Orleans

"He can definitely give them a chance." - Marshall Faulk on Seattle return specialist Leon Washington

No Huddle airs every Thursday throughout the playoffs at 8:00 PM ET featuring discussion, debate and answering fan questions via Twitter.

Former NBA Great Charles Barkley, former University of Florida Head Coach Urban Meyer and Academy Award Winning Director Steven Soderbergh Featured Guests on the Latest Edition of "The Rich Eisen Podcast," now available on NFL.com and iTunes

With the first round of the playoffs this weekend, Rich Eisen steps up his game with a new episode of "The Rich Eisen Podcast" packed with high-profile guests. Leading off the episode is former NBA great Charles Barkley, who returns for the second time as a guest on the podcast. Sir Charles breaks down the NFL playoffs, filling out an NCAA tournament-style bracket until he reveals which team will win Super Bowl XLV in Dallas in February. Next up is two-time BCS National Championship winning head coach Urban Meyer, who coached his final game as the head coach of the University of Florida in the team's 37-24 win over Penn State in the 2011 Outback Bowl. Meyer reflects on his time at the University of Florida and discusses his relationship with New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. Wrapping up the podcast is Academy Award winning director Steven Soderbergh, who has become quite a fan of the pregame and postgame shows on NFL Network.

Below are select quotes from this week's episode:

  • "Michael Vick went to prison. He paid his dues. Some people are going to forgive him, some people are not." - Charles Barkley on Philadelphia QB Michael Vick
  • "The opportunity to coach a guy like Tim Tebow is once in a lifetime, and I [already] had that shot." - Urban Meyer on Denver QB Tim Tebow
  • "I've watched sports all over the world - [football] does this stuff better than anyone." - Steven Soderbergh on the quality of football shows and broadcasts

For more information on "The Rich Eisen Podcast," please visit richeisen.nfl.com or go to iTunes to download the latest episode.

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The top scoring user wins a trip to Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis next year. The grand prize includes a four day/three night round trip stay for the winner and one guest to attend Super Bowl XLVI. Included are two tickets to the game, two tickets to the NFL Tailgate Party and two gift bags consisting of NFL merchandise and admission at a football clinic.

To sign-up, please visit: Playoff Challenge

THIS WEEK ON AROUND THE LEAGUE and NFL TOTAL ACCESS: Hall of Fame Coach John Madden, Green Bay Wide Receiver Greg Jennings and Seattle Head Coach Pete Carroll

Wednesday, January 5

Around the League:

» NFL Insider with Jason La Canfora

» NFL Insider with Michael Lombardi

NFL Total Access:

» Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll via Team Cam

» NFL Insider with Jason La Canfora

Thursday, January 6

Around the League:

» NFL Insider with Jason La Canfora

NFL Total Access:

» Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings via Team Cam

» NFL Insider with Jason La Canfora

Friday, January 7

Around the League:

» NFL Insider with Jason La Canfora

NFL Total Access:

» Hall of Fame coach John Madden

» NFL Insider with Jason La Canfora

THIS WEEK ON PLAYBOOK

Wednesday 6:00 PM ET - Playbook with Sterling Sharpe, Mike Mayock and Brian Baldinger:

» Can Peyton Manning carry the Colts in a rematch of last year's AFC title game?

» Who is the most dangerous team in the NFC playoffs?

Thursday 6:00 PM ET - Wild Card Sunday Playbook with Sterling Sharpe, Joe Theismann and Brian Billick:

» Who will step up on the Ravens' defense?

» How will Matt Cassel perform?

» Can Joe Flacco get back on track?

» How can Charles Woodson put pressure on Michael Vick?

» Can the Eagles offensive line protect Michael Vick?

» How can Aaron Rodgers shred the Eagles secondary?

Friday at 6:00 PM ET - Wild Card Saturday Playbook with Sterling Sharpe, Joe Theismann and Brian Billick:

» How can Drew Brees attack the Seahawks defense?

» Why it does not matter who plays QB for the Seahawks

» Can the Colts run the ball against the Jets defense?

» Why Peyton Manning can have a field day against the Jets secondary

» How can the Colts have success against the Jets blitz packages?

THIS WEEK ON NFL.COM

Thursday, January 6

» CHAT: Steve Wyche (12 NOON ET)

» CHAT: Solomon Wilcots (1:00 PM ET)

» CHAT: Brian Billick (2:00 PM ET)

Friday, January 7

» CHAT: Vic Carucci (12 NOON ET)

» CHAT: Pat Kirwan (1:00 PM ET)

» CHAT: Bucky Brooks (2:00 PM ET)

DAY-BY-DAY PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE (all times listed are ET)

Wednesday, January 5

4:00 PM - Around the League (HD) - LIVE

6:00 PM - Playbook (HD)

7:00 PM - NFL Total Access (HD)

8:00 PM - NFL Replay:Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers (HD)

9:15 PM - NFL Replay:Green Bay Packers vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 2010 Week 1 (HD)

10:30 PM - Sound FX: 2010, Week 17 (HD)

11:00 PM - NFL Total Access (HD)

12 MIDNIGHT - Playbook (HD)

Thursday, January 6

12 NOON - Playbook (HD)

1:00 PM - NFL Replay:Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers (HD)

2:15 PM - NFL Replay:Green Bay Packers vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 2010 Week 1 (HD)

3:30 PM - Sound FX: 2010, Week 17 (HD)

4:00 PM - Around the League (HD) - LIVE

6:00 PM - Playbook: Wild Card Sunday (HD)

7:00 PM - NFL Total Access (HD)

8:00 PM - No Huddle: Road to Dallas Presented by Mercedes-Benz (HD)

9:00 PM - Best of Sound FX:Bill Belichick (HD)

9:30 PM - Sound FX: 2010, Week 17 (HD)

10:00 PM - Playbook: Wild Card Sunday (HD)

11:00 PM - NFL Total Access (HD)

Friday, January 7

11:00 AM - Sound FX: 2010, Week 17 (HD)

11:30 AM - NFL Films Presents: USA Football Episode 3 (HD)

12 NOON - Playbook: Wild Card Sunday (HD)

1:00 PM - Best of Sound FX:Bill Belichick (HD)

1:30 PM - Sound FX: 2010, Week 17 (HD)

2:00 PM - Best of Sound FX:Rex Ryan (HD)

2:30 PM - NFL Films Presents: USA Football Episode 3 (HD)

3:00 PM - No Huddle: Road to Dallas Presented by Mercedes-Benz (HD)

4:00 PM - Around the League (HD) - LIVE

6:00 PM - Playbook: Wild Card Saturday (HD)

7:00 PM - NFL Total Access (HD)

8:00 PM - NFL's Top 10:Raiders (HD)

9:00 PM - NFL's Top 10: Gutsiest Performances

10:00 PM - Top 100: NFL's Greatest Players: #30-21 (HD)

11:00 PM - NFL Total Access (HD)

12 MIDNIGHT - Playbook: Wild Card Saturday (HD)

Saturday, January 8

9:00 AM - No Huddle: Road to Dallas Presented by Mercedes-Benz (HD)

10:00 AM - Playbook: Wild Card Sunday (HD)

11:00 AM - Playbook: Wild Card Saturday (HD)

12 NOON - NFL GameDay Morning (HD)

4:30 PM - NFL Follies: Football Follies on Parade

5:30 PM - NFL Follies: Phenomenal Football Follies

6:30 PM - NFL Follies: Football Card Follies

7:30 PM - NFL GameDay Scoreboard (HD)

12 MIDNIGHT - NFL GameDay Overtime (HD)

12:30 AM - NFL GameDay Final (HD)

Sunday, January 9

8:00 AM - Playbook: Wild Card Sunday (HD)

9:00 AM - NFL GameDay Morning (HD)

1:00 PM - NFL Follies: NFL's 100 Greatest Follies

2:00 PM - NFL Follies: Best of NFL Follies

3:00 PM - NFL Follies: Football Comedy

4:00 PM - NFL GameDay Scoreboard

8:00 PM - NFL GameDay Overtime (HD)

8:30 PM - NFL GameDay Final (HD)

Monday, January 10

3:00 PM - NFL Replay Real-Time: 2010, Wild Card Weekend (HD)

4:00 PM - Around the League (HD) - LIVE

6:00 PM - Up to the Minute (HD)

6:30 PM - The Coaches Show (HD)

7:00 PM - NFL Total Access (HD)

8:30 PM - TBD

10:00 PM - TBD

11:30 PM - The Coaches Show (HD)

12 MIDNIGHT - NFL Total Access (HD)

Tuesday, January 11

12 NOON - NFL Replay Real-Time: 2010, Wild Card Weekend (HD)

1:00 PM - NFL's Top 10:Raiders (HD)

2:00 PM - NFL's Top 10: Gutsiest Performances

3:00 PM -* NFL's Top 10:* Pass Rushers

4:00 PM -* Around the League* (HD) - LIVE

6:00 PM - Up to the Minute (HD)

6:30 PM - Playbook (HD)

7:00 PM - NFL Total Access (HD)

"Field Pass" Block (8:00-11:00 PM ET)

8:00 PM - NFL Replay (HD)

9:15 PM - NFL Replay (HD)

10:30 PM - Best of Sound FX: Michael Strahan (HD)

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