Carrie Underwood Didn't Open the NFL Thanksgiving Game Because She Had the Holiday Off

NBC announces that Carrie Underwood will be off on holiday and will not be taking part in the annual NFL performance for the Thanksgiving Day Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints game.

On Friday, NBC made the announcement that Carrie Underwood will not be taking part in her annual NFL performance for the Thanksgiving Day Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints game.

In a press statement is has been revealed that the Zac Brown Band will be replacing her as the opening performance for the event.

It is reported, the three-time Grammy award-winning rock group will be performing an acoustic version of their 2008 hit song titled, "Chicken Fried." In a statement, the band says:

"We're excited to help open up such a huge game in our own backyard. Thanksgiving is about celebrating family, good food, and football. We had a great time cooking this one up for our fans. Go Falcons!"

The band is led by front-man, Zac Brown, they have sold 9 million albums worldwide and have 15 number one hits on both Country and Active Rock charts. In a caption about their NFL performance the group says:

"We're bringing a little "Turkey Fried" to Sunday Night Football on NBC's #Thanksgiving Special this Thursday night at 8pm! Rise Up! ???."

In the meantime, Underwood is planning on enjoying some quality time with her family during the Thanksgiving holiday, admitting that she has no concrete plans or holiday tradition, she reveals:

"I find myself a lot of times working on or around Thanksgiving or unable to get home or whatever. We try to be together, but sometimes that just doesn’t work out. But I think it's just about we eat. I eat a lot every year on Thanksgiving."

Underwood, who recently shocked fans after she lost out at the CMA awards for entertainer of the year, will be spending Thanksgiving with her husband, Mike Fisher and sons, Isaiah and Jacob.

Carrie Underwood glows in a purple dress on the red carpet at the 2019 American Music Awards, on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic )

Carrie Underwood glows in a purple dress on the red carpet at the 2019 American Music Awards, on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic )

Revealing all the things she is thankful for; her family tops the list, the arrival of her new-born son, Jacob. She also mentions how grateful she is for her tour and her fans that come out to see her perform.

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