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5 Things To Know Today: December 29

Posted Dec 29, 2013

1. GAMEDAY COVERAGE BEGINS AT 8 PM

PhiladelphiaEagles.com's coverage begins at 8 p.m. as Bo Wulf and Adam Caplan host the Kickoff Show with reports from AT&T Stadium. At halftime, Wulf and Caplan will analyze the action on the Halftime Report. Once the final whistle sounds, Wulf and Caplan bring you recap, analysis and reaction on the Post-Game Show presented by Ricoh.

Today's Broadcast Schedule
Time Event
8 PM Kickoff Show
10 PM (Approx.) Halftime Report
11:30 PM Post-Game Show presented by Ricoh

2. FANS CONNECTING WITH FANS

Fans can email gameday photos and videos to pix@philadelphiaeagles.com. These photos will be shared with Eagles fans everywhere and can be viewed on our gameday page as well as PhiladelphiaEagles.com/virtuallinc. Fans can follow the #PHIvsDAL action on PhiladelphiaEagles.com/social, which features all of your favorite social media platforms. Twitter has real-time team updates, Instagram has behind-the-scenes photos and Facebook is a great place to interact directly with other fans. How are you watching the game? Tag your gameday videos #BeatDallas and they could be used on our website and social media.

3. THE MATCHUPS TO WATCH

RB LeSean McCoy vs. LB DeVonte Holloman

McCoy, much like the rest on the Eagles offense, was corralled to the tune of 55 yards on 18 carries (3.1 yards per carry) and 26 receiving yards in the first meeting between these two clubs earlier this season.

Fortunately, the league's leading rusher is playing his best football at the right time. Three weeks ago, McCoy rushed for a franchise-record 217 yards against the Lions. Last week, McCoy had 133 yards and a pair of touchdowns vs. the Bears. McCoy also has the franchise's single-season rushing record in his sights as he needs 37 yards to surpass Wilbert Montgomery's mark of 1,512 rushing yards.

The Dallas Cowboys rank 27th in run defense and have allowed 200 yards or more on the ground three times this season. To make matters worse, middle linebacker Sean Lee is out with a neck injury. Lee earned the NFC's Defensive Player of the Week honors in the first matchup against the Eagles earlier this season. Holloman started at middle linebacker last week against Washington in Lee's absence.

WR DeSean Jackson vs. CB Brandon Carr

Jackson, like McCoy, is on the verge of a new franchise single-season record. Jackson needs only 106 yards to break the mark set by Mike Quick in 1983.

In the first meeting between the two teams, Jackson was targeted eight times, but had only three catches for a season-low 21 yards. Jackson, of course, has had some memorable games against Dallas, including his career-high 210-yard performance at the Cowboys in 2010.

The Cowboys' pass defense is next-to-last in the league in yards allowed and, with a chance to seize the division, this is where the best players need to shine the brightest. Carr is a tough, physical man-to-man corner, but has been exploited in zone coverage. The Eagles need Jackson to capitalize on the big-play opportunities when they present themselves.

LB Trent Cole vs. LT Tyron Smith

In the first eight games of the 2013 season, Cole had no sacks and the Eagles were 3-5. In the past seven games, the Eagles are 6-1 and Cole has eight sacks, which includes his three-sack bonanza last week against the Bears. Coincidence?

Cole was held to four tackles and a quarterback hurry in the first meeting against Dallas. With Kyle Orton at quarterback, he will be more of a stationary target than the elusive Tony Romo. It will be important for Cole to continue his hot streak and apply pressure early in the game and not allow Orton to get into a rhythm.

Cole sacked Bears quarterback Jay Cutler on the game's opening drive last week and it set the tone for the defense as they held the No. 2 offense in the league to a mere 11 points.

4. PARTY TONIGHT WITH OTHER EAGLES FANS

Are you looking for a place to cheer on Sunday night with fellow Eagles fans?

Make sure to check out the Miller Away Game Viewing Party at Grotto's on 119 N. Dupont Highway in Dover, Del. beginning at 8:30 p.m. There will be raffle giveaways, meet the Eagles Cheerleaders and SWOOP and Eagles Alumni will also be in attendance.

5. EARLY GAME WATCH GUIDE

With tonight's kickoff not until 8:30, there are plenty of other games to check out beforehand which will impact the NFC playoff picture.

Panthers at Falcons, 1 p.m. - The Panthers are already in the playoffs and clinch the NFC South as well as a first-round bye with a win or a New Orleans loss. The Panthers secure the No. 1 seed with a win, a Seahawks loss and a 49ers win.

49ers at Cardinals, 4:25 p.m. - The 49ers are already in the playoffs. San Francisco can win the NFC West and a first-round bye with a win and a Seahawks loss. The 49ers can get the No. 1 seed with a win, a Seahawks loss and a Panthers loss. Arizona is the only team on the outside looking in that can get a Wild Card berth. They need to win and the Saints to lose.

Packers at Bears, 4:25 p.m. - Just like the Eagles-Cowboys. Winner takes the NFC North. Loser polishes the golf clubs.

Bucs at Saints, 4:25 p.m. - Saints clinch the NFC South and a first-round bye with a win and a Panthers loss. The Saints clinch a playoff berth with a win or a Cardinals loss.

Rams at Seahawks, 4:25 p.m. - Seattle has a playoff spot, but they get the NFC West title and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs with a win or a 49ers loss.

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