Cowboys host Eagles in 'NFC East Championship Game' on NBC's 'Sunday Night Football'by jmaloni
The NFC East champion will be crowned on NBC this Sunday night when Nick Foles and the NFC East-leading Philadelphia Eagles (9-6) travel to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, to take on the second-place Dallas Cowboys (8-7) in a win-or-go-home contest on "Sunday Night Football." Coverage begins with "Football Night In America" at 7 p.m. on NBC.
The final game of the regular season will decide the NFC East and which team will fill the last remaining spot in the 2013 playoffs. The Cowboys kept their season alive with a come-from-behind win against the Redskins last Sunday. A win against the Eagles will earn the Cowboys the division title and their first playoff appearance since 2009. The team played "win-and-in" season finales the past two years against the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins, and lost both times. Sunday night's game will be the eighth "win-or-go-home" game for the Cowboys in week 17 or the playoffs, since Tony Romo became the team's starting quarterback. The Cowboys have lost six of those seven games. Romo's status for Sunday is uncertain due to a back injury.
The Eagles can clinch their first NFC East crown since 2010 with a win against the Cowboys on Sunday night. The Eagles scored 54 points and racked up 514 net yards of offense in their win against the Bears this past weekend (225 pass/289 rush). The team has the NFL's top rushing offense and ranks second in the league in total offense. In addition, QB Foles has the NFL's best passer rating (118.7), and running back LeSean McCoy leads the league in rushing yards (1,476).
Calling Eagles-Cowboys is seven-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his 28th season as the voice of the NFL's premier primetime package; 14-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth, who has won the Emmy for Outstanding Event Analyst in each of his four seasons in the "Sunday Night Football" booth; and Emmy Award-winning sideline reporter Michele Tafoya.