The NFL, CBS and Nickelodeon have partnered up this year to air a special kid-friendly broadcast of the Wild Card round matchup between the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints. The game airs primarily on CBS and streams on CBS All-Access, but Nickelodeon will have a fun alternate broadcast.
GMFB host Nate Burleson, Noah Eagle of Sirius XM and Nick Star Gabrielle Nevaeh Green have teamed up to call the game, filled with special cartoon effects, slime and more. A preview of the broadcast from CBS featured plenty of real-time animation, including googly eyes, slime and special effects.
Here, we’ll provide in-game updates of all of the fun you may be missing out on while watching the Bears vs. Saints standard broadcast airing on CBS. If you don’t have Nickelodeon, you can start a free trial at FuboTV and watch via live online stream.
Nickelodeon saved the best for last. Sean Payton is slimed following their 21-9 victory over the Chicago Bears.
7:30 PM: Mitch Trubisky takes a lead with 37% of fans voting him the game’s “NVP” — for a Nickelodeon Valuable Player award. Stop the count!
6:30 PM: Kids learn a new world on this special-edition educational broadcast!
Hot mic on Nickelodeon for kids to clearly hear player saying WTF pic.twitter.com/6fiQvydOC4— Ben Cronk (@BennyCronk) January 10, 2021
5:48 PM: Throughout the game, Nick posts player features with graphics answering questions like ”favorite snack” and ”favorite Nick Toon.”
5:30 PM: Will Lutz misses a Spongebob field goal from 50 yards! Maybe Spongebob is bad luck?
SpongeBob was too much for Wil Lutz to handle pic.twitter.com/WCi6j93drA— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) January 10, 2021
5:20 PM: Young Sheldon helps break down the concept of penalties.
And now Young Sheldon is explaining penalties pic.twitter.com/lFuCVEaYd9— CJ Fogler #BlackLivesMatter (@cjzero) January 10, 2021
4:59 PM: On-field reporter (and Nickelodeon star) Lex Lumpkin breaks down Next Gen Stats, while Nate Burleson explains what the end-zone is to viewers. We get a look at the “slime zone” — Michael Thomas scores a receiving touchdown. Saints take the lead after celebrating with animated slime, taking over the end zone.
This is the only way I want to ever watch touchdowns now pic.twitter.com/EsRAEN6YUf— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) January 10, 2021
Kickoff: The game has begun! We’re already getting the vibe, as the yard-line markers are enhanced with slime and animated graphs and stat charts. The commentating crew provides traditional game analysis, but with comparisons that kids will understand. Their comparison for Drew Brees and Taysom Hill? Spongebob and Patrick.
The Pre-Show: Nickelodeon kicked off the Bears-Saints Wild Card matching with a countdown of the top sports-themed moments from the Spongebob Squarepants series. They provided a brief intro to the game, defining some commonly-used football terms and reviewing the rules of the game of football.