Sunday Night Football premiered on NBC tonight (Sept 8). With it, comes the new SNF opener starring American Idol season 4 winner Carrie Underwood. On this first game of the season, the Pittsburgh Steelers met the Super Bowl champions New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA.
Carrie stars in the NBC SNF show open for the seventh consecutive year and welcomes Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Joan Jett, who makes an appearance during the country singer’s performance. At Carrie’s invitation, Joan–whose 1988 Top 10 hit “I Hate Myself for Loving You” was adapted for the original “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” SNF show open music in 2006 – appears for the first time in the NBC Sunday Night Football show open.
For the first time in the series’ 14 seasons, the SNF show open was filmed inside an NFL stadium, with Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of the Atlanta Falcons, serving as the “stage.” Every week the opener will be slightly different, depending on which teams are playing.
Check out the FULL Sunday Night Football Opener featuring Carrie Underwood and Joan Jett singing “Waiting All Day For Sunday Night” below.