This three man in the booth combination is either brilliantly conceived or some kid of bad practical joke. Former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs and former Redskins Quarterback Joe Theismann will join Tom Hammond in the booth for the New York Jets (9-7) wild-card game against the Cincinnati Bengals (10-6).
And there will be no eye candy on the sideline as NBC has assigned Tiki Barber as the "sideline reporter" (at least FOX sports designates Tony Siragusa as a "sideline analyst"). Kickoff is at 4:30 PM ET on Saturday, January 9, 2010.
The Sunday Night Football crew of Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, and Andrea Kremer will have the Philadelphia Eagles (11-5) - Dallas Cowboys (11-5) game at 8:00 PM ET the same night.
Here is the full release from NBC Sports.
DALLAS COWBOYS HOST PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AND CINCINNATI BENGALS HOST EITHER HOUSTON TEXANS OR NEW YORK JETS ON NBC SPORTS' WILD CARD DOUBLEHEADER ON SATURDAY, JAN. 9
Coverage Begins with Football Night in America at 4 pm ET
Conference call with Collinsworth, Dungy, Harrison, Gibbs and Theismann scheduled for 1 pm ET on Tuesday, Jan. 5.
NEW YORK - Jan. 3, 2010 - The National Football League today announced that NBC Sports will broadcast the Houston Texans/New York Jets at Cincinnati Bengals at 4:30 pm ET and the Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys at 8 pm ET as its Wild Card doubleheader on Saturday, Jan. 9. The Bengals host the Jets if the Jets win tonight’s game and host the Texans if the Jets are defeated.
Coverage begins with "Football Night in America," Saturday at 4 p.m. ET with Bob Costas hosting live from inside Cowboys Stadium. Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann will co-host "Football Night" from NBC's 30 Rockefeller Plaza studios joined by Super Bowl-winning coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison and Sports Illustrated's Peter King.
Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (analyst) and Andrea Kremer (sideline reporter) will call the action from Cowboys Stadium for the Cowboys-Eagles game. Tom Hammond (play-by-play), Joe Gibbs (analyst), Joe Theismann (analyst) and Tiki Barber (sideline reporter) will call the action from Paul Brown Stadium for Texans/Jets-Bengals.
NBC Sports will conduct a conference call to preview the Wild Card games with Collinsworth, Dungy, Harrison, Gibbs and Theismann at 1 pm ET on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Call-in information will be released on Monday, Jan. 4.
On Sunday, the New England Patriots host the Baltimore Ravens at 1 pm ET on CBS and the Arizona Cardinals host the Green Bay Packers at 4:40 pm ET on FOX.