The Eagles didn’t give the Buccaneers much play on Sunday, and it looked like even the Fox broadcast team began to lose interest in the matchup.
Troy Aikman went so far as to say that “a lot of people” would want to be on the call for the upcoming 49ers-Cowboys matchup, almost saying flatly that he’d rather be in Arlington than Tampa.
“It’s going to be a great game. I mean, a very good game. I think there are a lot of people who would like to call that a game. But it should be a lot of fun,” Aikman said, drawing laughter from the game. secondary announcer Joe Buck.
Buck later asked Aikman if he was referring to the duo of Al Michaels and NBC’s Cris Collinsworth, but Aikman doubled down on his inference that he wanted to be in Texas.
“I think anyone would like to call that one, right? It’s a great matchup,” Aikman replied. “Two storied franchises, both teams playing great football. I think it’s going to be a fantastic game.”
Aikman, of course, had added incentive for wanting to be in the San Francisco vs. Dallas. He was the quarterback in each of the last three times the two teams met in the playoffs, and all three games were in the NFC championship game in the 1990s.
Aikman and Dallas beat Steve Young and the 49ers in 1993 and 1994 en route to Super Bowl victories, before Young and San Francisco won in 1995 in a game before their Super Bowl victory.
And can Aikman really be blamed for wanting the two franchises’ final showdown? Eagles-Buccaneers didn’t exactly deliver a classic; Tampa Bay entered the fourth quarter leading Philadelphia 31-0. The Eagles scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to make the game seem closer, but with a final score of 31-15, the game was never in doubt.
Jim Nantz and another former Cowboys quarterback, Tony Romo, are on CBS’s call in the matchup between the fourth- and fifth-seeded teams in the NFC.
There’s also the possibility that Buck is right too, and that Michaels and Collinsworth wished they were on the call. NBC’s Sunday night broadcast is for the Steelers at Chiefs, who opened with the largest point spread in NFL wild-card history. Many expect the Chiefs to win by a healthy margin.