Saturday's simulcast of the New York Giants/New England Patriots football game attracted a total of 34.5 million viewers over all of the networks and local stations that carried it -- the most to watch a regular-season NFL game since 1995, according to Nielsen Research. The Nov. 23, 1995 game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Dallas Cowboys game averaged 35.7 million viewers. Nevertheless, with some analysts predicting Super Bowl-like audience figures for the game, which put the Patriots' perfect-season record on the line, Saturday's number was actually somewhat disappointing. "Let's put that number in perspective," wrote New York Times TV sports columnist Richard Sandomir. "It required six channels in prime time to surpass the 33.8 million who watched the Nov. 4 Patriots-Colts afternoon game on CBS." (Sandomir strongly criticized Bryant Gumbel's play-by-play commentary.)