1p.m. on NFL Network
Steve Cyphers weighs in on the anxiety of the Manning family on Super Bowl Sunday, and NFL Network analysts debate which Manning will have achieved more in his career if Eli Manning wins Super Bowl XLVI.
Also, NFL Films presents piece on the emotional year Patriots owner Robert Kraft experienced with the passing of his wife and the Patriots winning the AFC title. Plus, former New England linebacker Willie McGinest talks about the impact of the Kraft family on the Patriots.
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on ESPN
All In—After 14 games, the Giants were sitting at 7-7 and staring at the possibility of yet another late-season collapse. Then, a speech delivered by a local high school teacher during a chapel service on the Friday night before their game against the Jets changed the course of the season.
In that speech, the speaker told them that in order to be committed to something, you have to be all-in. The last two words have become the team’s battle cry as the Giants have now won five straight games on their way to the Super Bowl, reports Rick Reilly.
Mayne Event: Motherly Love—Like most NFL players, Giants defensive end Dave Tollefson gets pumped up for battle by receiving a pregame speech. Unlike most NFL players, that speech comes in the form of an obscenity-laced phone call from his mother.
In a special Super Bowl edition of Mayne Event, Kenny Mayne goes behind the scenes to capture Tollefson's unique ritual and examines the impact it has had on the player’s Super Bowl preparations in Indy.
Wide receiver demo—ESPN’s trio of former NFL receivers—Cris Carter, Keyshawn Johnson and Hall of Famer Jerry Rice—discuss the pass catchers who will have the biggest impact on Sunday’s game in a demo field segment.
Tedy Bruschi and Antonio Pierce on set—The day their former teams renew their Super Bowl rivalry, ESPN analysts Bruschi and Pierce, former linebackers for the Patriots and Giants, respectively, discuss this year’s matchup and the experience of playing in Super Bowl XLII when New York upset previously unbeaten New England.
Tom Brady Super Bowl soundtracks—Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will lead his team to his fifth Super Bowl Sunday. In “Soundtracks,” Countdown features some of the best in-game audio of Brady from his past four Super Bowls.
Super Bowl edition of C’mon Man—The countdown crew offers a special edition of its popular weekly Monday Night Countdown segment, C’Mon Man.
2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the NFL Network
Three-time Super Bowl champion Willie McGinest sits down with his former teammate Tom Brady for a one-on-one interview. Hall of Famers Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin debate the hot topics of Super Bowl XLVI.
Then, Super Bowl XXXIV MVP Kurt Warner sits down with Super Bowl XLII MVP and former teammate Eli Manning for a one-on-one interview, followed by a segment featuring an essay written by Indiana native Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated on what hosting the Super Bowl means to the Hoosier State and an appearance on set by stars of the upcoming film That’s My Boy, Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg.
Then, Tale of the Tape—NFL Network analysts Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk, Michael Irvin, Warren Sapp and Steve Mariucci preview how the Giants and Patriots match up at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, on defense and coaching, respectively.
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