Tonight’s Sunday Night Football game at AT&T Stadium is one of the weirdest yet biggest NFC Week 17 games. The 8-7 Dallas Cowboys and 9-6 Philadelphia Eagles face off tonight in a winner-take-all game with the NFC East title and a playoff berth at stake. Dallas didn’t expect to finish the season this way, although it’s the same position they’ve been in for three years. Worse yet, they didn’t expect to be in this position without quarterback Tony Romo, who’s been ruled out following back surgery this week. Today’s Eagles game didn’t expect to have this much at stake either, as first-year coach Chip Kelly was expected to learn the NFL ropes. But here we are, with a prime time showdown in Dallas. If you can’t catch the game live on NBC, you can watch Eagles vs Cowboys game online free Sunday Night Football live streaming using one of several different tools.
Romo led the Cowboys last week to a comeback 24-23 win against the Redskins, but in doing so he aggravated a herniated disk that required season-ending surgery Friday morning. One week after blowing a 23-point halftime lead over the Packers, Romo connected on a 10-yard touchdown pass to DeMarco Murray to seal Dallas’ fourth-quarter comeback with 1:08 remaining. It was Romo’s 12th fourth-quarter game-winning drive since 2011, but it could’ve been Dallas’ playoff-clinching victory had they finished business against the Packers in Week 15.
This week Romo won’t have the chance to play the hero — or the goat — as backup QB Kyle Orton is starting today’s Cowboys game in Romo’s place. Romo’s absence will be especially tough considering the Eagles and Cowboys last met on Oct. 20 in a game Romo dominated after a slow start. The Dallas Cowboys QB in that game threw for 317 yards and one touchdown, beating the Eagles 17-3 to take sole possession of first place in the NFC East. It’s ironic that today’s Eagles game has the same implications, but much greater because first place also means a playoff spot.
It won’t just be the Cowboys starting a backup QB when you watch Eagles vs Cowboys game online free Sunday Night Football live streaming. However, the Eagles starting Nick Foles isn’t as “breaking news” as Dallas’ move. Foles has started at QB for weeks now after officially replacing Michael Vick. Foles played horribly in the Oct. 20 Eagles Cowboys game, eventually getting knocked out of the game with a concussion on the last play of the third quarter. After missing the fourth quarter and the following week against the Giants, Foles has been a completely different player and led the Eagles to the NFL’s second-ranked offense.
Though truth be told, running back LeSean McCoy is a big reason for that stat. Through 16 weeks McCoy has led the Eagles ground attack and rushed for 1,476 yards and nine touchdowns. The last time the Cowboys and Eagles faced off, the Cowboys didn’t have DeMarcus Ware and McCoy was held to 55 rushing yards. That won’t likely be the case tonight, as the Eagles offense will put it all on the line against Dallas’ league-worst defense to clinch the NFC East and get first-year coach Kelly a playoff spot and first-week bye.
To see these NFC East rivals duke it out in one of the biggest Week 17 games and in prime time, you can watch Eagles vs Cowboys game online free Sunday Night Football live streaming on DirecTV’s website if you have the NFL Sunday Ticket with Max Package. The NFL Sunday Ticket Package requires a subscription, but anyone who has it with DirecTV can watch the live streaming version free of any game, including tonight’s 8:20 EST / 5:20 PST Sunday Night Football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys.