When the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots tangle in Super Bowl 2017 on Sunday, fans across the country will hear some familiar voices coming from their television sets breaking down the biggest game of the season.
FOX will have the TV coverage and the network’s No. 1 NFL broadcast team — veteran play-by-play announcer Joe Buck and color analyst Troy Aikman — will be in the booth for their fifth Super Bowl together.
CBS, FOX and NBC have been on a rotation since for TV coverage since the 2007-08 season.
Kickoff from NRG Stadium in Houston is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Eastern.
Buck and Aikman also handled SB XXXIX, XLII, XLV and XLVIII. This is their second big game involving the Patriots. They were on the call for Super Bowl 39, when New England defeated Philadelphia 24-21. Then again for the 42nd installment where the Giants knocked off the Pats 17-14. That game saw New York’s David Tyree make the “helmet catch” as Eli Manning and Co. spoiled the Patriots bid for a perfect season.
Buck has been with FOX since 1994, serving in a number of capacities. He became the network’s lead play-by-play man in 2002, when he replaced Pat Summerall.
Aikman joined the FOX NFL team in 2001 and was elevated to the No. 1 crew with Buck and Cris Collinsworth the following season. Collinsworth left after the 2004 season and since then it’s been Buck and Aikman, who received an Emmy nomination for his work in ’04. Aikman has also won his share of Super Bowls, three of them with the Dallas Cowboys in the 1990s.
The sideline reporters Sunday will be Erin Andrews, who joined the duo just before the 2014 season replacing Pam Oliver, and longtime FOX personality Chris Myers. Myers was added to the team for the playoffs. Andrews was also on the sideline for Super Bowl 48, while Myers is making his fourth career assignment.
Super Bowl-related content will all day on FOX leading up to the game beginning at 11 a.m. ET with a one-hour special called “Road to the Super Bowl.” It will feature the top moments, players and teams of the past season. That will be followed at noon by “Skip and Shannon: Undisputed Super Bowl Special,” a show which normally airs weekdays on Fox Sports 1. The two personalities, Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe, will debate the biggest stories of Super Bowl LI. Then at 1 p.m. Eastern, the “FOX Super Bowl Kickoff” special will preview the upcoming game.
Curt Menefee and the crew hit the screen at 2 p.m. ET with the “FOX Super Bowl Pregame.” The host, with analysts Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Michael Strahan and Jimmy Johnson, will discuss and cover all things Patriots and Falcons for the four and a half hours until the 6:30 p.m. kickoff.