E! News just gave Carrie Underwood fans a first look at the making of "Game On," the new opener for NBC Sunday Night Football. "It is an honor to be back for my sixth year with Sunday Night Football. We just felt like it was time to maybe switch it up. I got together with a couple of incredible co-writers: Chris DeStefano and Brett James. It was written specifically for Sunday Night Football," the country singer says in the video, "and I feel like it's such a great hype song!"
Underwood's opener will premiere this Sunday at 7 p.m. ET on NBC, when the Chicago Bears take on the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. It follows Thursday's NFL Kickoff at 7:30 p.m. ET, where the Atlanta Falcons will take on 2017 Super Bowl champions the Philadelphia Eagles.
"People love Sunday Night Football," Underwood says. "There's excitement and drama!"
The opener was filmed on location in Dallas, Minnesota, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Seattle and other major cities. Keep an eye out for Cris Collinsworth, Al Michaels and Michele Tafoya, as well as Super Bowl champs Fletcher Cox, Zach Ertz, Lane Johnson and Carson Wentz. "This season we have a new song, a new approach and new locations," director Tripp Dixon explains. "Carrie brought us a new song, and it inspired us to get out of the sound stage."
"Game On" replaces "Oh Sunday Night" as the opening theme.
Sunday Night Football games will be available to live-stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports App, via connected TVs, desktops, tablets and—for the first time ever—mobile devices.
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