Coverage begins with 'Football Night In America' at 7 p.m. ET on NBC
NBC Sports' "Sunday Night Football" presents a matchup of NFC playoff contenders this week when QB Carson Palmer and the first-place Arizona Cardinals (11-2, NFC West) host QB Sam Bradford and the tied-for-first-place Philadelphia Eagles (6-7, NFC East) at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia this Sunday, Dec. 20 (8:30 p.m. ET), on NBC. Coverage begins with "Football Night In America" - the most-watched weekly studio show in sports - at 7 p.m.
The Cardinals, on a seven-game winning streak, can clinch the NFC West and a first-round bye in Week 15. Arizona leads Green Bay by two games for the No. 2 seed in the NFC, and is coming off a 23-20 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Palmer, who ranks second in the NFL in passing yards (4,003), touchdowns (31) and passer rating (107.2), threw for 315 yards and two touchdowns in the Cards' win against Minnesota.
Philadelphia looks to carry momentum into Sunday night following victories in New England in Week 13 and at home last week against Buffalo. The Eagles defeated the Bills, 23-20, as Bradford threw for 247 yards and a touchdown. Philadelphia spoiled former Eagles RB LeSean McCoy's return to Lincoln Financial Field.
Former NFC East rivals, the Cardinals and Eagles have met 110 times in the regular season, dating back to their first encounter in 1935, when the Chicago Cardinals defeated the Eagles, 12-3. The Cardinals have won four of the past five matchups between the two teams, including a 24-20 Week 8 win at University of Phoenix Stadium last season.
Calling Cardinals-Eagles are seven-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his record 30th season as the voice of the NFL's premier primetime package; 16-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth, who has won the Emmy for Outstanding Event Analyst in each of his six seasons in the "SNF" booth; and two-time Emmy Award-winning sideline reporter Michele Tafoya.
•The NFL announced flexible scheduling changes for Week 16 earlier this week. The New York Giants at Minnesota Vikings game on Sunday, Dec. 27, moves to "SNF" at 8:30 p.m., with the Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens game moving to CBS at 1 p.m.