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#pounditThursday, March 4, 2021

Tony Romo, Jim Nantz call part of Packers-Chargers game from sidelines

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Tony Romo and Jim Nantz tried something new out during Sunday’s telecast of the Green Bay Packers-Los Angeles Chargers game in Carson, Calif.

For the start of the second half of the game, the broadcasting team was on the sidelines rather than up high in the booth. They talked about how with games played at Dignity Health Sports Park — typically a soccer field that is about half the size of a usual NFL stadium — the distance between the press box and field is not too great, making it easy to traverse from one place to the other.

Romo and Nantz spent the first five minutes of the third quarter down on the field before returning to the broadcast booth. Once they got back to the booth, CBS took a shot at the Packers’ offense.

It doesn’t take much to recognize why play-by-play broadcasters don’t call games from the field level; you just can’t see what you need to see from that vantage point. But for a few minutes, nobody would have been able to tell a difference.

That actually wasn’t even close to being the strangest place from where Nantz and Romo have called a pro football game though.


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