Super Bowl XLVI on TV: What to Watch and When It's On, Part 1

James WilliamsAnalyst IIIFebruary 3, 2012

Tom Brady will be the focus of many of the stories on Sunday
Tom Brady will be the focus of many of the stories on SundayWin McNamee/Getty Images

OK, you have your Super Bowl party plans all set. 

You want to get things going early in the morning with a breakfast—nothing too heavy, of course—you have much too much eating and drinking planned. Our friends at the NFL Network will get their five and a half hours of pregame started at 9 a.m.

So, as you have some fruit and maybe a bowl of cereal, we get the NFL Network's early morning offering.

NFL GameDay Morning is live from seven locations, including two sets at Lucas Oil Stadium. Additional locations include the Giants and Patriots team hotels, the NFL Tailgate, the Super Bowl Village, and with the fans at Super Bowl parties in New York and Foxborough restaurants.

NFL GameDay Morning features host Rich Eisen joined by Super Bowl champions Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner, Michael Irvin and Warren Sapp, along with Steve Mariucci. The special Super Bowl edition also includes host Melissa Stark on a second set along with Super Bowl winners Deion Sanders, Willie McGinest, Heath Evans and Brian Billick previewing the game between the New York Giants and New England Patriots.

At 9 a.m., the show will look at Super Bowl XLVI with Marshall Faulk, Michael Irvin, Warren Sapp, Kurt Warner and Steve Mariucci. Additionally, Melissa Stark will offer a report on Bill Belichick's ability to turn spare parts into champions, including interviews with Patriots Julian Edelman, Matthew Slater and Aaron Hernandez.

In the 10 a.m. hour, an NFL Films-produced feature goes “Back to the Future” to show the similarities between the Giants’ late-season runs in 2007 and 2011.

Also at 10a.m. ESPN joins the pregame party with a special four-hour edition of Sunday NFL Countdown featuring host Chris Berman and analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson, Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter.  The show will also include Monday Night Football’s Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, and Ron Jaworski from a set at Lucas Oil Stadium. 

Additionally, Super Bowl-winning analysts Tedy Bruschi, Trent Dilfer, Bill Parcells, Antonio Pierce, Jerry Rice and Steve Young, and Merril Hoge, will contribute from  Pan Am Plaza with host Suzy Kolber. Reporters Rachel Nichols (covering the Giants) and Ed Werder (Patriots) will provide updates throughout the program from the team hotels.

At 10:30 a.m., two-time Super Bowl-winning coach Bill Parcells will take a look at this year’s Super Bowl coaches – Bill Belichick and Tom Coughlin – both of whom he mentored and had on his former Giants staff.

Over on the NFL Network, there will be a feature on how “The Catch” in Super Bowl XLII changed former Giants wide receiver David Tyree’s life, while "insider" Michael Lombardi will discuss how Bill Belichick uses the Patriots’ loss in Super Bowl XLII to motivate his players.

ESPN will have a great feature looking at quarterback Eli Manning, who has managed to trip, stumble and spin his way into making spectacular plays for his team this season. "Elusive" is not the first word that comes to mind when describing the Giants signal-caller. 

While his inside-the-pocket play may not be pretty, Manning's unique ability to escape pressure has played a huge part in the Giants' success this season.

At 11:30 a.m., Jeremy Schaap will report on the story of former NFL linebacker Chris Draft, who lost her wife to lung cancer one month after they were married last December.  

At noon, actor/comedian and Boston sports fan Denis Leary will join NFL Network to pay tribute to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, while Steve Cyphers visits the Norman Lear Center at USC investigate why America was obsessed with Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow during the 2011 NFL season. 

ESPN will have a conversation with Peyton Manning in his first interview this week after considerable recent speculation about his future. Expect him to discuss his health, his future, and his younger brother Eli’s Super Bowl appearance this weekend in Indianapolis.

The "Worldwide Leader" will also offer a feature on Super Bowl XXXVI in 2001 when the New England Patriots demanded to be introduced as a team, breaking from the tradition of teams being introduced individually. 

Keyshawn Johnson will interview Bill Belichick regarding his legacy as a five-time Super Bowl winner.

At 12:30 p.m. on ESPN, Tebowmania returns.

Hannah Storm will interview Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow oh how he  became the season’s biggest story on the strength of an 8-5 record, turning the team’s 1-4 start into a playoff berth and Wild Card win at home over the favored Steelers.