NEW YORK -- The NFL has announced that Saturday night's
Patriots-Giants game will be simulcast on both NBC and CBS as well
as on NFL Network.
Originally, the game was scheduled to be shown only on NFL
Network, which is available to fewer than 40 percent of the
nation's homes with TVs.
Only the Giants stand in the way of the Patriots becoming the
first NFL team to go 16-and-0 in the regular season.
The simulcast of the NFL Network feed is a major concession by
league officials, who repeatedly said they would not show the game
anywhere but on their network. But the NFL has faced mounting
pressure from politicians, including Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy
and Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter who had threatened to
reconsider the league's antitrust exemption if it didn't make games
available to more viewers.
This will be 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.