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WERE FOX'S PRAYERS ANSWERED WITH PACK-PATS SUPER BOWL?
Published January 13, 1997
Fox Sports will cover Super Bowl XXXI in New Orleans, LA, on Sunday, January 26. Kickoff is set for 6:18pm ET. Preliminary overnights from yesterday's games: Fox's NFC Championship game earned a 30.7/56 overnight. NBC's AFC title game earned a 28.3/46 (THE DAILY). In Atlanta, Prentis Rogers notes Fox "breathed a sigh of relief" when Green Bay beat Carolina. On possible low ratings due to the lack of the Cowboys or 49ers in the Super Bowl, Fox's Lou D'Ermilio notes the highest-rated Super Bowl was a 49.1 in '82 and "that was San Francisco's first Super Bowl and before Joe Montana became a legend" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 1/13). In Houston, Mike McDaniel notes Fox's coverage of the NFC title game yesterday was "prepared to prove beyond any doubt the network is ready to host a Super Bowl," but "on the eve of reaching that Super Bowl ... Fox fumbled" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 1/13). In Milwaukee, Bob Wolfley notes Fox "warmed to the task" of the title game (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 1/13). In New York, Phil Mushnick calls Fox's replays "superb" (N.Y. POST, 1/13). FOX HONORED AT LUNCHEON: The Int'l Radio and TV Society Sports Foundation will honor Fox Sports' coverage of the Super Bowl with a luncheon at N.Y.'s Waldorf Astoria Hotel on January 16. The event will feature Pat Summerall, James Brown, Fox Sports Exec Producer Ed Goren and Fox NFL Sunday Coordinating Producer Scott Ackerson (The Marquee Group).