Sunday Night Football 2021: Schedule, matchups for the NFL season

Sunday Night Football is a tradition as loved as the NFL itself, so how does the 2021 schedule shape up? Who will we see matchup on Sunday Night Football in 2021? Who are the announcers we can expect to hear, and where can you find all of the games?

2021 Sunday Night Football Schedule and Matchups

Schedule subject to change during the season. The NFL kickoff game and Thanksgiving Day game are considered “NBC Sunday Night Football” games despite being played on a Thursday.

Week 1: Bears at Rams | NBC
Week 2: Chiefs at Ravens | NBC
Week 3: Packers at 49ers | NBC
Week 4: Buccaneers at Patriots | NBC
Week 5: Bills at Chiefs | NBC
Week 6: Seahawks at Steelers | NBC
Week 7: Colts at 49ers | NBC
Week 8: Cowboys at Vikings | NBC
Week 9: Titans at Rams | NBC
Week 10: Chiefs at Raiders | NBC
Week 11: Steelers at Chargers | NBC
Week 12: Browns at Ravens | NBC
Week 13: 49ers at Seahawks | NBC
Week 14: Bears at Packers | NBC
Week 15: Saints at Buccaneers | NBC
Week 16: Washington at Cowboys | NBC
Week 17: Vikings at Packers | NBC
Week 18: TBD

Sunday Night Football announcers for the 2021 NFL season

The NBC Sunday Night Football broadcast is usually presented by the combination of Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth. Michaels serves as the play-by-play announcer for the majority of the broadcasts. Meanwhile, Collinsworth serves as the color commentator.

Collinsworth joined Michaels in 2009, and the pair have now been together for 12 years. Prior to Collinsworth joining Michaels, John Madden was the color commentator alongside Michaels. The 2021 season will be Michaels’ 16th season fronting NBC’s Sunday Night Football coverage. Prior to joining NBC, Michaels was the voice of Monday Night Football for 20 years.

Who are the other members of the Sunday Night Football team?

In addition to Michaels and Collinsworth, the Sunday Night Football coverage has two sideline reporters in Michele Tafoya and Kathryn Tappen. In 2020, Tafoya worked the majority of games with Tappen serving in the role in Weeks 12 and 14 as well as NBC’s Wild Card playoff coverage. Tafoya has been in the role of sideline reporter since 2011, while 2020 was Tappen’s first season in the role.

Another regular on the NBC broadcast is rules analyst Terry McAulay. After being an NFL official for 21 years, he joined the broadcast as the rules analyst in 2018. McAulay became the fourth regular member of the in-game announcer team.

Since 2016, both Mike Tirico and Tony Dungy have been a part of the Sunday Night Football broadcast. Tirico serves as the play-by-play announcer in place of Michaels when he is unavailable. This is usually when NBC has two games in the same week, but Tirico stepped in on other occasions in 2020 as well. Dungy serves as the color commentator on the Thanksgiving broadcast as well as being part of the Wild Card coverage when NBC showed two games in 2020.

What channel is Sunday Night Football on?

Sunday Night Football is shown on NBC and their associated streaming service Peacock. Spanish-language broadcasts can be found on the sister cable channel Universo.

Prior to Sunday Night Football is Football Night in America, which airs live at 7:00 PM ET. The show runs for 80 minutes up until kickoff of Sunday Night Football at 8:20 PM ET.

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Tyler Olson is a Senior Data and Content Analyst for Pro Football Network. You can read Tyler’s other work here and follow him on Twitter @TOlsonPFN.


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