FOXBOROUGH, Mass. –** There were several intriguing storylines leading up to Sunday's late afternoon clash between the NFC North-leading Green Bay Packers and the AFC East-leading New England Patriots at historic Lambeau Field. The game did not disappoint, earning the highest ratings of any regular season NFL telecast on CBS since 2011. The Packers kept the Patriots out of the end zone on their final drive of the fourth quarter and managed to convert a game-sealing first down on third-and-four to secure a 26-21 win. Nationally, the game delivered a 19.2 household rating and 34 market share, which was the highest rating on the network since Week 15 of the 2011 season, when New England's 41-23 win at Denver averaged a 19.5 national household rating. The CBS national broadcast window, which featured only New England at Green Bay, tied the Week 6 FOX national broadcast of Dallas at Seattle for the highest Metered Market rating for an NFL telecast this season.
Team photographer, David Silverman, offers his best photos from the Patriots game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on Sunday, November 30, 2014.
Locally, the Patriots-Packers game was the No. 1 ranked show in the Boston market for the week by a wide margin, drawing a 43.2 household rating, 66 market share and averaging 1,835,300 viewers. The next highest rated show of the week locally was "60 Minutes" on CBS, which aired immediately following the game at 7:30 p.m. and garnered a 21.9 household rating and 31 market share. Locally, the game was the fifth-highest rated Patriots regular season game of all-time, and it's the second game of the 2014 season that has cracked the top five in the Patriots all-time local ratings (Week 9 vs. Denver).
The Patriots will play their final non-divisional game of the season at the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 8:30 p.m. This will be the Patriots' third and final scheduled appearance this season on NBC's "Sunday Night Football." It will be the Chargers' first and only appearance on the network. New England is 2-0 in their previous "Sunday Night Football" games, defeating Cincinnati 43-17 at home in Week 5 and winning 42-20 at Indianapolis in Week 11. Al Michaels will call play-by-play with Cris Collinsworth providing color commentary and Michele Tafoya reporting from the sidelines. The game can be seen locally on Boston's NBC affiliate, WHDH Channel 7.