(NBC News) -- Everyone's gearing up for the
big game this Sunday, where players go head to head in an epic battle.
No, not the Super Bowl. This highly anticipated game is Animal Planet's
Puppy Bowl IX.
Brian Williams went behind the scenes at the taping of
the Puppy Bowl, where he experienced all the cuteness first hand. On a
mini-stadium, the puppies romp while a referee stands by to call out
penalties like "ruffing the passer" and "illegal retriever downfield."
All of the 63 puppies are brought in from shelters and rescues around the country and end up being adopted. Tune in to 'NBC Nightly News' on Thursday night and meet Brian's personal favorite player, Pearl.
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Jamie Farnsworth, NBC News