Mike Tirico

The NFL broadcasts for their premiere game of the week “Sunday Night Football” will be a little different starting this week, as Mike Tirico will step in for Al Michaels, who gets a breather from doing two prime-time games a week.

Here’s the info from USA Today:

Mike Tirico will step into the booth in place of Al Michaels for four of the 13 games NBC will broadcast the rest of the NFL regular season, the network announced on Wednesday.

Sunday night marks the first of those four games as Tirico joins Cris Collinsworth to call the Green Bay Packers-Washington Redskins game. Michaels, 72, saw his workload jump as NBC acquired five Thursday night games in February, part of a 10-game deal it splits with CBS.

“With the additional games on our schedule this season, it’s nice to have a bye week,” Michaels said. “We’re lucky to have someone of Mike’s caliber to step in with Cris, Michele (Tafoya) and the rest of the team.”

Michaels will have the play-by-play duties as NBC’s Thursday Night Football debuts this week, a matchup between the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers. The game will be simulcast on NFL Network and streamed via Twitter.