The New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles' divisional round playoff game Sunday sits in the prized late-afternoon TV time slot. It's a window where broadcasts typically draw some of the week's highest ratings.
But that brings up a question: Why is FOX's A-team, play-by-play man Joe Buck and color analyst Troy Aikman, calling the Dallas Cowboys-Los Angeles Rams game Saturday night?
"They kind-of left it up to us," Buck told Sports Illustrated Media Podcast host Jimmy Traina earlier this week, via Philly.com. "It just felt like Cowboys-Rams has a feel to it like, ‘Man, I know it’s Saturday night, but it has the potential of being a spectacle.’ We’ll see. Usually, they don’t live up to that. But at least going in that’s what it feels like."
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According to Classic TV Sports, a blog that closely monitors trends in sports media, it's the first time since 1980 that a network didn't deploy its top broadcast team to that late-Sunday matchup.
Play-by-play man Kevin Burkhardt and color analyst Charles Davis will call the game.
Sunday's game kicks off at 3:40 p.m.