The 2021 NFL Wild Card Game on Nickelodeon was a revelation to kids and families, becoming the network’s most-watched program among total viewers in nearly four years and winning two Sports Emmys. It’s coming back Sunday with as juicy and historically significant a matchup as possible: San Francisco 49ers-Dallas Cowboys.
CBS Sports analyst Nate Burleson, play-by-play broadcaster Noah Eagle and Nick star Gabrielle Nevaeh Green will return in the booth while Nick star Young Dylan will serve as a sideline reporter for the first time.
Last year’s NFL Wild Card Game on Nickelodeon between the New Orleans Saints and Chicago Bears featured kid-focused content, on-field graphics, visual filters and, of course, tons of slime. It was the first kid-centric broadcast in NFL history.
In an exclusive interview with CBS Sports, Green said the 2022 NFL Wild Card Game on Nickelodeon will bring “so many more surprises” compared to last year while Eagle predicted it will be “truly special.” Eagle and Green expounded in our extended conversation:
CBS Sports: How does it feel to be back, getting ready to do this game once again?
NE: Feels awesome. It really does. I was just saying that I think we were all ready the second the game ended last year to get right back on the saddle and do it again – we just had so much fun during the game. And, you know, the reaction was obviously great. It was almost unexpected how fast it ended up coming. But I think we did such a great job of learning each other’s tendencies pretty quickly into that first game that now we feel like, OK, we can build on that. Now we can maybe be a little more experimental in some ways or others. So, I think we’re all just really excited to be back together as a complete total group – everyone behind the scenes, everybody on camera, et cetera. And I think we’re especially excited with the matchup that we got, going to Jerry’s…