From Nov. 18, 2007 until Dec. 15, 2019, the Buffalo Bills were never featured on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, a span of 12 years between appearances.
On Sunday, the Bills (9-3) will host the Pittsburgh Steelers (11-1) in a Week 14 clash on Sunday Night Football, the second straight year these two teams have squared off on Sunday night and part of a stretch of four consecutive weeks where Buffalo is featured on primetime/a national standalone broadcast.
Amazing how starting 9-3 for the second straight year and coming off the franchise’s second playoff appearance in three seasons will make a team more likely to play in primetime!
The Bills currently hold a one-game lead over the Miami Dolphins (8-4) for first place in the AFC East as Buffalo is seeking its first divisional title since the 1995 season. Buffalo snapped another dubious streak in Week 13, defeating the San Francisco 49ers 34-24 for its first victory on Monday Night Football since a 23-18 win over Miami on Oct. 4, 1999.
Buffalo currently holds the No. 3 seed in the AFC playoff picture, while Pittsburgh, coming off its first loss of the season, a 23-17 setback vs. Washington, has the No. 1 seed in the AFC over the Kansas City Chiefs (11-1) on the strength of a better record in the conference.
Sunday’s matchup will be the 27th all-time between the Bills and the Steelers, with Pittsburgh holding a 16-10 edge in the series.
Buffalo was victorious the last time these two teams met, prevailing 17-10 at Heinz Field on Dec. 15, 2019 to snap a six-game losing streak vs. Pittsburgh. Tyler Kroft hauled in a 14-yard touchdown pass from Josh Allen, and the Bills picked off Devlin “Duck” Hodges four times. Tre’Davious White had a pair of INTs, Jordan Poyer and Levi Wallace each added an INT, Jordan Phillips recorded two sacks, and Shaq Lawson and Trent Murphy each added a sack as the Bills wrapped up a playoff berth with the victory over Pittsburgh.
The last time these teams met in Western New York, Buffalo picked off Ben Roethlisberger three times, but Le’Veon Bell rushed for 236 yards and three touchdowns on 38 carries (an average of 6.21 yards per rush) to propel Pittsburgh to a 27-20 victory in the snow at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Dec. 11, 2016.
Buffalo is currently listed as a two-point favorite. The Bills will be wearing their color rush red jerseys with red pants and white helmet. Here are all the ways to catch Sunday’s game from home:
Date: Sunday, December 13, 2020
Time: 8:20 p.m. EST
Channel: The game will be carried nationally on NBC.
Announcers: Mike Tirico (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (analyst) and Kathryn Tappen (sideline reporter).
Streaming: FuboTV and the Buffalo Bills app (especially helpful for those with Directv)
Location: Bills Stadium | Orchard Park, N.Y.
Radio: WGR 550 AM (Buffalo), WCMF 96.5 FM and WROC 950 AM (Rochester), Fan 590 AM (Toronto), WKRL 100.9 FM and 106.5 FM (Syracuse), and the rest of the Buffalo Bills Radio Network.
Radio Play-by-Play: John Murphy and Steve Tasker with sideline reporter Sal Capaccio.
Online: NFL Game Pass, NFL.com Game Center
Twitter: Follow @BuffRumblings for complete Bills coverage on Twitter before, during, and after every game.
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