Even if he doesn't play, Eagles fans will still see a lot of Jalen Hurts Saturday

by 24USATVJan. 8, 2022, 10 p.m. 18
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Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts sat for interviews with both ESPN and the NFL Network that will air Saturday afternoon. Read more

Despite having nothing on the line, the Eagles will end their season in primetime Saturday in a nationally televised game against the Dallas Cowboys.

The mostly meaningless game will air on both ABC and ESPN. Calling the game will be Monday Night Football announcers Steve Leve, Bob Griese, and former Eagles director of pro personnel Louis Riddick. King of Prussia native Lisa Salters will report from the sidelines.

The Cowboys have a modest reason to care about the game — Dallas could move up to No. 2 seen in the NFC with a win against the Eagles paired with a losses by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Los Angeles Rams, and Arizona Cardinals. So possible, but highly unlikely.

Meanwhile, the Eagles have nothing to play for after clinching a playoff spot last week with the win over Washington. On Thursday, Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni said he’s still considering whether to play or rest his starters, but it seems like a good bet fans will get another glimpse of backup quarterback Gardner Minshew (who once told a crazy story about his time in college involving a hammer and a bottle of whiskey).

Even if you don’t see a lot of Jalen Hurts on the field, you’ll hear a lot from him before the game. The young Eagles quarterback sat down for interviews with two Hall of Fame quarterbacks that will air Saturday afternoon — one with ESPN’s Steve Young that will air during NFL Countdown, and one with Kurt Warner for NFL GameDay on the NFL Network. Both pregame shows start at 3 p.m.

As for the playoffs, the Eagles most likely opponent will be Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but there are scenarios where Philadelphia could end up facing the Cardinals, Rams, or even the Cowboys in the opening week of the playoffs.

Here’s everything you need to know to watch and stream Eagles-Cowboys on Saturday night:

Phillies fans will hear a familiar voice Sunday. NBC Sports Philadelphia announcer Tom McCarthy will step in to call Panthers-Buccanneers on CBS in place of Jim Nantz, who is out due to COVID-19 protocols.

As with every Eagles game, staff writers Jeff McLane, EJ Smith, and Josh Tolentino will be covering the action live on Twitter, which you can follow live on GameDay Central. Notes and observations about the game will be at Inquirer.com/Eagles. Don’t forget to subscribe to The Inquirer Sports Daily Newsletter.

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