NFL Network Run to the Playoffs results (2006–present): Wikis


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The following is a detailed list of results and scores from National Football League games aired on NFL Network's Run to the Playoffs. Starting with the 2006 NFL season, NFL Network was awarded the rights to air Thursday and Saturday night prime time American football games. Previously, games played on Thursdays and Saturdays were broadcast on TNT and ESPN.


Results by season

Listed below are games and their respective results played from 2006—present.

Overtime Result

2006 NFL season

Day Date Visiting Team Final Score Host Team Stadium Game Notes
Thursday November 23 Denver Broncos 10–19 Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium First prime-time Thanksgiving game in NFL history held in the request of Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt, whom had asked the NFL to schedule a third game for years. At the time of the game, Hunt was hospitalized in Dallas, Texas, and died weeks later at the age of 74.
Thursday November 30 Baltimore Ravens 7–13 Cincinnati Bengals Paul Brown Stadium
Thursday December 7 Cleveland Browns 7–27 Pittsburgh Steelers Heinz Field
Thursday December 14 San Francisco 49ers 24–14 Seattle Seahawks Qwest Field Unsafe weather conditions and rain storm delay game by twenty minutes.
Saturday December 16 Dallas Cowboys 38–28 Atlanta Falcons Georgia Dome After the Cowboys-Falcons game, Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens came to the NFL Total Access set and acknowledged spitting in the face of Falcons' cornerback DeAngelo Hall early in the contest. There is no video, from that night's telecast or any other source, that is known to have captured the incident, but Owens was fined $30,000 by the NFL.
Thursday December 21 Minnesota Vikings 7–9 Green Bay Packers Lambeau Field Sideline reporter Adam Schefter reported that the Oakland Raiders had begun the process to fire head coach Art Shell, which was immediately refuted by Al Davis. Weeks later, the report was true and the Raiders indeed relieved Shell of his duties.
Saturday December 23 Kansas City Chiefs 20–9 Oakland Raiders McAfee Coliseum
Saturday December 30 New York Giants 34–28 Washington Redskins FedEx Field

2006 notes and Nielsen ratings

According to Nielsen Media Research, the Broncos-Chiefs game that opened this package was the highest-rated program on cable/satellite TV in the United States on November 23, 2006, with a 6.8 rating (among available households) and an average of 4.2 million households. These numbers are especially remarkable, considering that millions of potential fans were unable to see the game due to their cable systems not making it available to them.

Media Life magazine reported the second Thursday night game, Ravens/Bengals, dropped to 2.9 million households. Further numbers for Thursday night games were not reported, as they have not ranked in the weekly Top 25 lists for cable programming.

The Cowboys/Falcons game attracted 2.9 million households, placing it seventh for the week among cable broadcasts.[1]

Dick Vermeil, in his first substitute assignment, was fighting laryngitis during the Week 15 Falcons-Cowboys matchup. He called the first quarter with Bryant Gumbel, but Marshall Faulk was brought into the booth during the second quarter, presumably to help Vermeil carry his load. At halftime, both Faulk and Deion Sanders were missing from the halftime show, replaced by Adam Schefter. In the beginning of the third quarter, Sanders joined Gumbel and Faulk in the booth for the rest of the game, and Vermeil was sent home. Vermeil returned for the following week's Chiefs-Raiders game.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre visited the set after the Packers' defeat of the Vikings in Week 16. Favre briefly embraced Mariucci, his former position coach with the Packers, but did not speak with the show's cast, or, for that matter, anyone else in the media. At the time, it was believed to be possibly his last home game as an NFL player, however, Favre announced his intention to return to the Packers for the 2007 season two days before Super Bowl XLI.

Before the Vikings-Packers game, Adam Schefter reported that the Oakland Raiders had begun the process to fire head coach Art Shell. The Raiders then protested, saying that Schefter was not a trusted source and that his judgment was colored by his professional relationship with Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan, who the Raiders fired in 1989, ironically to be replaced by Shell. Schefter stood by his reporting, and indeed on January 3, 2007, the Raiders fired Shell.

Due to electrical problems caused by rain and heavy wind, the picture from Qwest Field was lost briefly during the 49ers-Seahawks pregame show. Fran Charles, Rod Woodson, and Marshall Faulk, who normally contribute early in the three-hour show, returned for additional coverage until the picture was restored. The game itself was delayed 20 minutes due to unsafe field conditions. At one point during that game, Gumbel called 49ers running back Frank Gore "Al Gore".

2007 NFL season

Day Date Visiting Team Final Score Host Team Stadium Game Notes
Thursday November 22 Indianapolis Colts 31–13 Atlanta Falcons Georgia Dome Fifth straight Thanksgiving Day start for QB Joey Harrington, who was on his third different team in as many years.
Thursday November 29 Green Bay Packers 27–37 Dallas Cowboys Texas Stadium First game since 1990 season featuring two 10-1 teams. Eventual tie-breaker for home-field advantage in the playoffs. Following the game, Bryant Gumbel refers to Dallas quarterback Tony Romo as Rick Romo.
Thursday December 6 Chicago Bears 24–16 Washington Redskins FedEx Field Redskins play game just two days after the burial of Sean Taylor. Taylor was fatally wounded in his Miami, Florida home the week before.
Thursday December 13 Denver Broncos 13–31 Houston Texans Reliant Stadium Former Broncos offensive coordinator and current Texans head coach Gary Kubiak defeats his former employer in first meeting.
Saturday December 15 Cincinnati Bengals 13–20 San Francisco 49ers Monster Park
Thursday December 20 Pittsburgh Steelers 41–24 St. Louis Rams Edward Jones Dome Former Rams running back and current NFL Network analyst Marshall Faulk's jersey #28 is retired in St. Louis.
Saturday December 22 Dallas Cowboys 20–13 Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadium
Saturday December 29 New England Patriots 38–35 (details) New York Giants Giants Stadium Patriots complete a 16-0 regular season finish, the first undefeated NFL regular season in 35 years. The game was simulcast on NFL Network, NBC, and CBS. The game was also available to watch online at The game was the first three-network simulcast in NFL history and the first simulcast of any kind of an NFL game since the first Super Bowl in 1967, when CBS and NBC both televised the first meeting of the champions of the newly merged National Football League and American Football League.[2]

Patriots QB Tom Brady surpasses Peyton Manning (49 TD; 2004) with his 50th touchdown of the season, a pass to WR Randy Moss, which coincidentally was Moss' 23rd receiving touchdown of the year surpassing Jerry Rice (22 TD; 1987). The Patriots became the highest scoring team in a single season (594 points) surpassing the 1998 Vikings' 556 points.

The Patriots and Giants would ironically meet again in Super Bowl XLII just months later. The Patriots were still on their undefeated streak (18-0) while the Giants were winners of an NFL-record 10-straight road games. The Giants defeated the Patriots in the rematch by a score of 17-14 to claim their third Super Bowl championship.

2008 NFL season

Day Date Visiting Team Final Score Host Team Stadium Game Notes
Thursday November 6 Denver Broncos 34–30 Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns Stadium
Thursday November 13 New York Jets 34–31 (OT) New England Patriots Gillette Stadium First overtime game on Run to the Playoffs.
Thursday November 20 Cincinnati Bengals 10–27 Pittsburgh Steelers Heinz Field
Thursday November 27 Arizona Cardinals 20–48 Philadelphia Eagles Lincoln Financial Field After being benched following a poor performance the week before, Donovan McNabb led the Eagles to a victory over the Cardinals on Thanksgiving Day. The two teams would later meet months later in the NFC Championship with the Cardinals winning the second matchup.
Thursday December 4 Oakland Raiders 7–34 San Diego Chargers Qualcomm Stadium The game was broadcast in 3D in select movie theaters across the nation.
Thursday December 11 New Orleans Saints 24–27 (OT) Chicago Bears Soldier Field
Thursday December 18 Indianapolis Colts 31–24 Jacksonville Jaguars Jacksonville Municipal Stadium
Saturday December 20 Baltimore Ravens 33–24 Dallas Cowboys Texas Stadium The final game at Texas Stadium.

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