CBS’ telecast of Super Bowl XLI on Feb. 4 will be the first time the network’s lead announcing team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms work the big game together.
Tony Petitti, executive vice president of CBS Sports, predicts the two, now in their third season together, will show viewers they’re the best NFL team in the business. Better than NBC’s Al Michaels and John Madden, Fox’s Joe Buck and Troy Aikman and ESPN Monday Night Football’s Mike Tirico, Joe Theismann and Tony Kornheiser. And better than the NFL Network’s new team of Bryant Gumbel and Cris Collinsworth.
In the weeks leading to the Super Bowl telecast from Miami, Simms and Nantz will call AFC wild-card and divisional playoff games and the AFC Championship Game. “I think they’re the best,” Petitti says. “They give the best balance of good, hard football information with a great rapport.”