#TBT: NFL returns to ABC for the first time in 10 years during Wild Card Weekend
Today’s #TBT coincides with this weekend’s Kansas City Chiefs-Houston Texans NFL Playoff game on ESPN. The AFC Wild Card matchup will air on ESPN, in Spanish on ESPN Deportes, and be streamed live on WatchESPN (Saturday, 4:20 p.m. ET).
For the first time, the game (and the Postseason NFL Countdown pregame special at 3 ET) will be simulcast on ABC, making it the first NFL game on the network in 10 years – since Super Bowl XL in Detroit in February 2006.
Two current members of ESPN’s NFL team were part of ABC’s Super Bowl broadcast a decade ago. Monday Night Football play-by-play voice Mike Tirico hosted pregame studio coverage, as well as the postgame Lombardi Trophy celebration with the champion Pittsburgh Steelers.
Countdown host Suzy Kolber, then the sideline reporter for ESPN’s Sunday Night Football, worked the Super Bowl broadcast, covering the Seattle Seahawks.
Both Tirico and Kolber will play major roles in ESPN’s coverage in Houston this weekend.