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WERE FOX'S PRAYERS ANSWERED WITH PACK-PATS SUPER BOWL?

          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).

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