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NFL Matchup

NFL Matchup is a National Football League preview show that airs every week during the regular season and playoffs. As of 2006, the official name is State Farm NFL Matchup, and it is produced by NFL Films.

As of the 2008-2009 NFL season, it airs every Sunday during the season on ESPN at 3:00am ET, then re-airs at 7:30am ET.

Unlike Sunday NFL Countdown, NFL Primetime, Monday Night Countdown and NFL Live, NFL Matchup gives fans an in-depth look at the NFL by breaking down the strategy and tactics -- the "X's and O's", after the symbols commonly used by coaches to diagram plays -- of every pro football game. The program's analysts do this through the exclusive use of team-supplied coaching footage, the same video coaches and players use each week to prepare game plans and strategy.

The first ten years of the show, 1993 to 2003, it was hosted by SportsCenter anchor and ESPN sideline reporter Suzy Kolber, but since the 2004 season Sunday NFL Countdown and SportsCenter correspondent Sal Paolantonio has served as the host. Alongside him are Ron Jaworski and Merril Hoge. Jaworski, who also appears on ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown, joined ESPN in 1990 after a 17 year career as a quarterback, most notably with the Philadelphia Eagles. Hoge joined ESPN in 1996, where he serves as an analyst on NFL Live and ESPNEWS Football Friday, as well as NFL Matchup. He is a former fullback and an eight-year veteran, serving five of those years as a starter for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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