Had Philadelphia taken care of business last Sunday and beaten the Redskins, the Cowboys - Eagles game was set for primetime, Sunday night, must-see, WIN OR GO HOME football. Instead, the 'Guls
lost and the game suddenly became "Cowboys win = in" as far as the playoffs go.
Naturally, the game would be bumped back to 1:00 EST because it's in Philadelphia. Only it wasn't -- now it kicks off at 4:15 EST ... which is what happened, and also which makes little sense. Or, if you're Tim Cowlishaw and/or freaking love conspiracy theories, a whole lot of sense.
Tampa Bay, Chicago and Minnesota all play noon games. If the Bucs win, or if the Bears and Vikings both win, the Eagles are eliminated from playoff contention.
[...] But the Eagles are going to prepare all week in hopes that a victory will get them into the playoffs. To learn after you have warmed up and just before kickoff that you have been eliminated can be devastating.
Fiction can be funny ... but seriously, this is kind of a stretch, no? Sure, that could potentially be an advantage for Dallas, but the Eagles hate the Cowboys, and people are still going to be screaming for Tony Romo's head. Additionally, as Cowlishaw notes, the 4:15 slot with an NFC rivalry game and the Cowboys' playoff hopes on the line begs for huge ratings.
Besides, why would Roger Goodell bother "pulling a Stern" and landing the Cowboys in the playoffs when they're only going to play one game anyway? Just seems like a little too much effort.
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