NBC wanted to show a split view of Matthew Stafford playing in his first game with the Rams as his wife Kelly looked on.
There was only one problem: The woman they put on screen was not Kelly Stafford.
NBC eventually realized the mistake later in the second quarter, with play-by-play broadcaster Al Michaels pointing out that Kelly Stafford is wearing the yellow shirt with the No. 9 on it.
“We go at warp speed here. When Matthew looks at the tape of this game, and he goes, ‘That’s not my wife.’ We had somebody else on before,” Michaels said on the broadcast.
It didn’t take long for the football world to realize that NBC has made the mistake. Stafford has been married to his wife since 2015, and she has certainly had the camera cut to her several times during his NFL career since then.
Stafford was playing in his first game as a member of the Rams since he was acquired from the Lions this past offseason. He kicked off his first game in L.A. in style, throwing a 67-yard touchdown to give the Rams the lead on just the third play of the first drive against the Bears.
Despite finishing the first half having completed 10-of-13 passes for 151 yards, Stafford and his team only had the one touchdown and went into the locker rooms leading just 13-7 over Chicago.