Are you ready for some footballlll? Well ready or not, it’s coming. Beginning Thursday at 7 PM ET, CBS Sports Network will air a classic game each night from June 25-July 4. That’s 10 straight nights of NFL football. The marathon will conclude Sunday, July 5 at 1 PM ET with a matinee viewing of the 2019 AFC Championship Game between the Kansas City Chiefs and visiting Tennessee Titans. Unlike the series’ other 10 installments, Chiefs/Titans will be shown nationally on CBS.
Each handpicked game will feature a playoff matchup with one notable exception—a 2019 Week 14 battle between the Patriots and Chiefs at Gillette Stadium (anyone not indulging in a family cookout and the obligatory post-meal fireworks can tune in July 4 at 7 PM ET). Highlights of CBS’ upcoming slate include New Orleans’ Super Bowl triumph over the Colts in 2010 and the famous Harbaugh Bowl of 2013 (featuring a lengthy power outage) pitting Jim’s upstart Niners against John and the Joe-Flacco-led Ravens. The Patriots and Steelers are well-represented with four games on tap while the Broncos and Ravens will each make three appearances.
CBS’ stacked 11-game lineup certainly won’t lack for star power with Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger and Patrick Mahomes among the many featured performers. Football buffs will no doubt be appreciative of the painstakingly assembled slate featuring such seminal moments as the Saints' gutsy onside kick to start the second half of Super Bowl XLIV, Joe Flacco’s heroic 70-yard touchdown bomb to stun the Broncos in 2013 and New England’s rout of Indianapolis in the 2014 AFC title game, the impetus for the Deflategate controversy that enveloped the Patriots for years to come.
Not only will the marathon serve as a good primer for the upcoming 2020 NFL season, but the event will also benefit the coronavirus relief efforts. CBS has partnered with the American Red Cross, United Way and the CDC Foundation to raise awareness for the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. A number of NFL stars have been affected by the virus including Dallas mainstay Ezekiel Elliott and Von Miller of the Denver Broncos.
If you want to cherry-pick which games to watch, CBS Sports Network’s complete schedule is available here.