Cowboys-Eagles Game Set for SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL this Weekend
NBC's SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL presents a battle for first place in the NFC East, when Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray and the Dallas Cowboys (9-4) square off againstMark Sanchez, LeSean McCoy and the Philadelphia Eagles (9-4). Sunday night's coverage begins withFootball Night In America at 7 p.m. ET.
The last time the Cowboys and Eagles met this late in the season with at least a .690 winning percentage was more than three decades ago, on Dec. 21, 1980 (Dallas 11-4; Philadelphia 12-3). In addition, the Cowboys bring the NFL's only undefeated road record (6-0) to Philadelphia on Sunday night, where the Eagles have posted a 6-1 record this season.
Sunday night's showdown between the Cowboys and Eagles marks the second meeting between the two teams in an 18-day span. On THANKSGIVING Day, McCoy rushed for 159 yards and a touchdown, and Sanchez passed for 217 yards and totaled two touchdowns in a 33-10 win over the Cowboys in Dallas.
The Cowboys rebounded last Thursday night with a 41-28 win over the Chicago Bears, led by Murray's season-high 179 rushing yards, and three touchdown passes from Romo. The Eagles lost 24-14 to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, as Seattle's defense held Philadelphia to 139 yards of total offense. Murray currently leads the NFL with 1,606 rushing yards, while McCoy ranks fourth (1,068).
Calling Cowboys-Eagles is seven-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his 29th season as THE VOICE of the NFL's premier primetime package; 15-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth, who has won the Emmy for Outstanding Event Analyst in each of his five seasons in the SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL booth; and two-time Emmy Award-winning sideline reporter Michele Tafoya.
NBC's coverage of SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL is led by Emmy Award-winning producer Fred Gaudelli and Emmy Award-winning director Drew Esocoff. SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL has won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Sports Series for a record six consecutive years.
Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports, is hosted by 26-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas, who will report from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa., on Sunday. Costas will be joined on site by Collinsworth, Tafoya, two-time SUPER BOWL winner Hines Ward, and NBC Sports commentator Josh Elliott.
Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from NBC Sports Group's Studio 1 and will be joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, two-time SUPER BOWL winner Rodney Harrison, Mike Florio of PRO FOOTBALL TALK on NBCSN and NBCSports.com, and Peter King of Sports Illustrated. Alex Flanagan will report from Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif., on the Broncos-Chargers game.
TONY DUNGY AND RODNEY HARRISON ON COWBOYS-EAGLES
Dungy on playoff implications of Cowboys-Eagles: "This game is going to be for the NFC East division title. The loser may not make the playoffs, even at 11-5. Nobody wants to play the Seahawks in the playoffs, especially in Seattle. That's why the pressure is on Philadelphia, Dallas, and all of the NFC teams to keep winning, so that if they do have to play the Seahawks, it won't have to be out in Seattle. "
Harrison on Sanchez: "I'm interested to see how Mark Sanchez responds. He played well against Dallas and came back down to earth (against Seattle)."