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NBC, ESPN in NFL playoff fray

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NBC will televise an NFL Divisional Playoff game for each of the next eight seasons as part of a nine-year extension with the NFL which begins this season and ESPN, which signed an eight-year extension through 2021, will televise its first wild-card playoff game in January.

For the first time since acquiring the Sunday Night Football package in 2006, NBC will broadcast three 2014 postseason games, including Super Bowl XLIX from Arizona on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, a divisional playoff game Jan. 10 or 11, and a wild-card game Jan. 3 or 4.

ESPN will air its first NFL playoff game in the company's 35-year history as part of wild-card weekend in January 2015.

The NFL and ESPN reached a new eight-year extension in 2011 for Monday Night Football and broad studio, multimedia and international rights. The agreement began this spring and extends through the 2021 NFL season, providing the NFL with an option for one wild-card game in the 2015 postseason.

Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and sideline reporter Lisa Salters will call that game and the 2015 NFL Pro Bowl (Jan. 25, 2015) at University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona, which returns to ESPN as part of the new rights agreement.
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