ESPN Sunday Night Football was the ESPN cable network's weekly television broadcasts of Sunday evening National Football League (NFL) games. The first ESPN Sunday night broadcast occurred on November 8, 1987, while the last one aired on January 1, 2006. ESPN broadcast Sunday night games from the second half of the NFL season to the end from 1987-1997 (TNT broadcast the first half from 1990 to 1997). Beginning in 1998, they broadcast the entire slate of Sunday night games, and had exclusive rights to any night game other than the season opener and regular Monday games, which aired on ABC. Thus, ESPN would usually have a few weekends each season with games on both Saturday (sometimes Thursday instead) and Sunday nights.
In 2002, ESPN's SNF crew covered the new Thursday, opening night kickoff game.
In 2004, Pat Summerall replaced Patrick for the preseason and for several regular season weeks following Patrick's recovery from open-heart surgery.
After the 2005 season, ESPN ended this package in favor of Monday Night Football. The Sunday-night time slot now hosts various sporting events under the name Sunday Showdown. Sunday night NFL games are now broadcast by NBC.
- Mike Patrick (Play-by-play, 1987-2003 and Oct 2004-2005)
- Pat Summerall (Play-by-play, Sep-Oct 2004)
- Roy Firestone (Color commentator, 1987)
- Joe Theismann (Color commentator, 1988-2005)
- Paul Maguire (Color commentator, 1998-2005)