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Why Mike Tirico is calling ‘Sunday Night Football’ along with Al Michaels in Wild Card round

Mike Tirico at Wheels Up members-only Super Saturday Tailgate event on February 1, 2020 in Wynwood, Miami. The seventh-annual event featured a chalk talk hosted by prominent figures in sports and entertainment and interactive partnership activations. Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Wheels Up

Wild Card round update: NBC has two games in the Wild Card round, which means we get two NBC announcer teams. Mike Tirico is handling play-by-play for Raiders-Bengals and Al Michaels is handling play-by-play for Steelers-Chiefs.

Week 17 update: Mike Tirico is back at it, calling Sunday Night Football in place of Al Michaels for Vikings-Packers. Michaels is still working for NBC, but is rumored to be headed to Amazon Prime’s exclusive TNF package for the 2022 season.

Week 15 update: Mike Tirico is once again calling Sunday Night Football in place of Al Michaels. The long-time announcer has been taking more breaks of late and Tirico fills in as play-by-play announcer in those games. Michaels is still working for NBC in 2021.

Thanksgiving weekend is just about a wrap and that means Al Michaels is wrapping up his own vacation. The NBC announcer has taken more time off as he’s gotten older, and this year that meant he did not handle either NBC game during Week 12.

The Saints hosted the Bills on Thanksgiving evening and we watched Mike Tirico and Drew Brees call the game. The Ravens host the Browns on Sunday Night Football and Tirico joins Cris Collinsworth. It’s nothing earth-shattering, just some time off for Michaels. The Sunday broadcast will also feature Kathryn Tappen as the sideline reporter instead of Michele Tafoya. This is just a one-week thing.

We could be ticking down the days of Al Michaels working for NBC and handling Sunday Night Football. His contract expires after Super Bowl 56, and he might be headed to Amazon to call games on their exclusive Thursday Night Football package in 2022.