ESPN has recently confirmed it is boosting its coverage of the NFL playoffs this year including live action of every postseason game alongside the 2012 Pro Bowl.
As part of an effort to ramp up NFL exposure down under, ESPN has secured the broadcast rights to include both this year's NFC playoff series and Pro Bowl game which is a major step-up from last season.
To break it down, this is what ESPN is bringing to the table this postseason:
- All four Wild-card games (two AFC, two NFC) – LIVE
- All four Divisional games (two AFC, two NFC) – LIVE
- The NFC Championship game – LIVE
- The AFC Championship game – LIVE
- Super Bowl XLVI – LIVE
- The Pro Bowl – LIVE
The games will be aired on both ESPN and ESPN 2, giving viewers the chance to watch their preferred game if two or more clash.
Games will also be available on ESPN HD, which is great for fans across Australia and New Zealand who prefer watching their favourite NFL action in sharp High Definition.
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To secure the Pro Bowl after missing out last season (hopefully our NFL Down Under community uproar had something to do with that) is also a great coup for ESPN as it showcases the league’s best players from both conferences in Honolulu, Hawaii. It's also a great opportunity for Australians to learn about new players and see some additional things not normally shown during a regular NFL game (players miked up, player interviews, random NFL related games & festivities, etc).
It's an exciting time for ESPN to secure the entire NFL playoff series given the way the season is shaping and with teams who haven’t seen the postseason for some time (49ers, Lions, Bills etc.), the stage is set for some fierce and refreshing games.
It is also great for those who want to socialise and get out to their local bar to watch a game with other NFL fans as most decent bars carry Foxtel (and its sports package which includes ESPN). We will hopefully be organising some playoff viewings and parties so watch this space for news on that.
Be sure to keep an eye out for our weekly TV Guides during the playoffs (and for the remainder of the season of course!) to find out times, channels and other info relating to the upcoming NFL postseason.