5 Must-See Super Bowl Sunday Pregame Features on TV

James WilliamsAnalyst IIIFebruary 2, 2013

5 Must-See Super Bowl Sunday Pregame Features on TV

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    Sunday morning at 7 a.m. ET the NFL Network will start off  Super Bowl XLVII with pregame programming live from New Orleans some 11-and-a-half hours before the game kicks off.

    A record number of television and radio networks have been in the "Big Easy" this week, and on Sunday there will be plenty of quality pregame fare for viewers to see as they get ready for the game.

    Radio wise at 6 a.m. ESPN, Fox Sports, CBS Sports and NBC Sports Radio will all be running live Super Bowl programming all the way up to 6:30 p.m. ET when Dial Global will have the exclusive radio broadcast of the game.

    If you are planning Super Bowl Sunday party and just want to watch the good stuff in the pregame shows, here is a quick guide for where to find all the network programming:

    NFL Network will have 10-and-a-half hours of live pregame programming starting bright and early at 7 a.m. ET.

    CBS Sports Network will have a two-hour pregame show running from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.

    ESPN will have a special edition of Sunday NFL Countdown starting at 10 a.m. and it will conclude at 2 p.m. ET

    CBS will air the NFL Today Super Bowl XLVII edition beginning at 2 p.m.ET and going up until about 6:15 p.m.ET when they hand the broadcast duties off to Jim Nantz and Phil Simms, who will call the game action.

    The game will be streamed on CBSSports.com 

    Many thanks to the PR representatives from CBS, ESPN, NFL Network and Fox Sports for providing me pregame information and previews used in this story. 

    So to help you plan your day here are five features that will air on Sunday that you should not miss.

ESPN Analyst Trent Dilfer on Ravens QB Joe Flacco

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    There is no doubt that Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is a key focal point of Super Bowl XLVII for a number of reasons. This will be his chance to put rest all of his critics by winning the big one and also setting himself up for a big payday in the offseason.

    During the ESPN Sunday NFL Countdown pregame show, former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer (who led the Ravens to their only other Super Bowl win in 2000) will break down Flacco's game.

    According to Dilfer on Friday's ESPN Radio's Mike and Mike Show:

    I have broken down every throw he has made since he entered the league five years ago and I will show the fans how he has become a top quarterback in the NFL. It is good thing we are showing this on Sunday because the 49ers could have used this feature in getting ready for the game.      

ESPN: RGIII Narrates a Feature on Doug Williams, the First Black QB to Win a SB

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    ESPN will have a must-see feature about Doug Williams. He was the Washington Redskins starting quarterback in Super Bowl XXII. His remarkable performance dramatically changed the way African American quarterbacks were perceived in the NFL. Robert Griffin III, who plays the same position in the same city, helps tell the Doug Williams story.

CBS: The Harbaugh Brothers

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    Unless you have been in a cave away from the world for the last month then you are aware one of the top storylines of Super Bowl XLVII is about the Brothers Harbaugh. For the first time in the history of the big game, the two head coaches are brothers.

    The Ravens' John Harbaugh and Jim Harbaugh of the 49ers will be the focus of a feature by CBS' James Brown. He talks to both coaches about the influence of their father Jack, growing up together and what it means to face your brother in the Super Bowl.

CBS: Player Safety and the Future of the Game

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    James Brown will handle the topic of player safety and concussions.

    President Obama said this week, “I’m a big football fan, but I have to tell you, if I had a son, I’d have to think long and hard before I let him play football.”  

    Millions of youth football players and their parents will be watching Super Sunday. Some are debating their children’s future participation as they wonder what is being done to make the game safer. What medical treatments are being developed to prevent, heal and even reverse the effects of severe injuries from the game?

CBS: Profile of the Ravens' Ray Lewis

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    Super Bowl XLVII will be the final game for Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis as he will retire from the sport. Emotions are running high in Baltimore as the team and the city wants to see Lewis go out a winner on the biggest stage in football. 

    Lewis’ former teammate, Shannon Sharpe, sits down with the future Hall of Famer to discuss his career, his final season and this Super Bowl ride.