Block & Tackle: Everybody was excited about NBC’s updated football graphics last weekend

Block & Tackle is John Teti’s column about pro football.

NBC Wild Card Weekend: A graphical assessment

Yesterday, I reviewed the mostly beautiful and only occasionally atheism-inducing flourishes that ESPN added to its NFL visuals for Wild Card Weekend. In a broadcast that served as a tune-up for the Super Bowl, NBC also spruced up its look with a near-overhaul of its graphics—one that extends Sunday Night Football‘s tradition of considered restraint and effective use of motion.

But first, the evening kicked off with another Sunday Night Football tradition as play-by-play commentator Al Michaels came on screen to gaze into our souls. He likes to poke around in there before a big game, make sure everything is in order.

Michaels was joined by his booth partner, Cris Collinsworth.

Once the game began, it didn’t take long to notice that NBC had whipped up a new score …

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