The NFC East has almost been decided, but the Cowboys could put a bow on it during their Week 16 “Sunday Night Football” matchup.

Dallas is hosting the Washington Football Team and can potentially kill two birds with one stone. They could win to clinch the NFC East while giving Washington its ninth loss, which would, at the very least, make the Football Team long shots to make the postseason.

The Cowboys beat Washington 27-20 last time the two teams met, but they were more dominant than that scoreline indicates, as they once held a 24-0 lead. Mike McCarthy and Dak Prescott will hope to repeat their offensive success while avoiding the late-game pick-six that allowed Washington back into that contest.

Below is more about the Week 16 matchup, plus everything to know about how to watch “Sunday Night Football.”

MORE: Watch Cowboys vs. Washington live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

Who plays on ‘Sunday Night Football’ tonight?

  • Matchup: Washington at Cowboys
  • Location: AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas

Washington (6-8) is traveling to Dallas to take on the Cowboys (10-4) in a matchup that could officially decide the NFC East.

Of course, the Cowboys are heavily favored to win the division. They have already clinched a playoff berth thanks to the 49ers’ loss on “Thursday Night Football” but with a win, the Cowboys could wrap up the NFC East. Then, they could spend the rest of the season focusing on fighting for the No. 1 seed in the NFC.

Dallas has gone just 4-3 since Dak Prescott returned from a calf injury that sidelined him during the Cowboys’ win over the Vikings and their offense has hit a minor slump. They are averaging a solid 25.1 points per game which lags behind their 28.6 season average, so they will look to get back on track against a Washington defense that is banged up in the secondary.

Washington put forth a valiant effort with fourth-string quarterback Garrett Gilbert starting against the Eagles on Tuesday night, but they couldn’t stop the Eagles’ rushing attack enough in that contest to earn a win. As such, their playoff hopes are on life support and they desperately need a win to stay in Wild Card contention.

Washington is getting numerous players back after they spent last week on the COVID list. That includes quarterbacks Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen and also cornerback Kendall Fuller. Fuller’s reactivation will be critical as the team’s top cornerback, William Jackson III, suffered an ankle injury last week. If he can’t play, Fuller will be the No. 1 corner tasked with slowing down CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper.

What time is the NFL game tonight?

  • Date: Sunday, Dec. 26
  • Time: 8:20 p.m. ET 

The Cowboys vs. Washington game will begin at 8:20 p.m. ET. The game will take place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

What channel is “Sunday Night Football” on tonight?

NBC is the home of “Sunday Night Football” and the network chose Washington vs. Cowboys for its Week 16 game. Al Michaels (play-by-play) will be in the booth along with Cris Collinsworth (in-game analyst). Michele Tafoya, who is in her final season as a part of the “SNF” team, will be the sideline reporter for the game.

Drew Brees, Tony Dungy, Mike Tirico, Chris Simms, Mike Florio, Jac Collinsworth and Maria Taylor will be among the personalities that host NBC’s pregame and halftime coverage of the game.

Streamers will be able to watch this contest by using NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports App, Peacock or fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial.

Meanwhile, viewers in Canada can watch the game on DAZN.

NFL live stream for ‘Sunday Night Football’

All “Sunday Night Football” games are broadcast on NBC, which owns the exclusive broadcast rights for the program. As such, the network’s online platforms — including the NBC Sports app and NBC Sports.com — are the best places for cable and satellite subscribers to watch the game. Peacock, the company’s relatively new streaming service, will also carry the games free of charge.

For cord-cutters, there are plenty of live streaming options for “Sunday Night Football.” Below are all of them.

Streaming optionCable subscription needed?Free?CostFree trial?
NBC SportsYesYes
PeacockNoYes
NFL AppYesYes
Yahoo! Sports AppNoYes
fuboTVNoNo$60/monthYes
AT&T TV NowNoNo$55/monthYes
Hulu Plus Live TVNoNo$55/monthYes
Sling TVNoNo$35/monthNo
YouTube TVNoNo$65/monthYes

Dallas Cowboys schedule 2021

WeekDateOpponentKickoff timeTV
1Sept. 9at Buccaneers (Thursday)8:20 p.m. ETNBC
2Sept. 19at Chargers4:25 p.m. ETCBS
3Sept. 27vs. Eagles (Monday)8:15 p.m. ETESPN
4Oct. 3vs. Panthers1 p.m. ETFox
5Oct. 10vs. Giants4:25 p.m. ETFox
6Oct. 17at Patriots4:25 p.m. ETCBS
7Oct. 24Bye
8Oct. 31at Vikings8:20 p.m. ETNBC
9Nov. 7vs. Broncos1 p.m. ETFox
10Nov. 14vs. Falcons1 p.m. ETFox
11Nov. 21at Chiefs4:25 p.m. ETFox
12Nov. 25vs. Raiders (Thanksgiving)4:30 p.m. ETCBS
13Dec. 2at Saints (Thursday)8:20 p.m. ETFox/NFLN
14Dec. 12at Washington1 p.m. ETFox
15Dec. 19at Giants1 p.m. ETFox
16Dec. 26vs. Washington8:20 p.m. ETNBC
17Jan. 2vs. Cardinals1 p.m. ETFox
18Jan. 9at Eagles1 p.m. ETFox

Washington Football Team schedule 2021

WeekDateOpponentKickoff timeTV
1Sept. 12vs. Chargers1 p.m. ETCBS
2Sept. 16vs. Giants (Thursday)8:20 p.m. ETNFLN
3Sept. 26at Bills1 p.m. ETFox
4Oct. 3at Falcons1 p.m. ETFox
5Oct. 10vs. Saints1 p.m. ETCBS
6Oct. 17vs. Chiefs1 p.m. ETCBS
7Oct. 24at Packers1 p.m. ETCBS
8Oct. 31at Broncos4:25 p.m. ETFox
9Nov. 7Bye
10Nov. 14vs. Buccaneers1 p.m. ETFox
11Nov. 21at Panthers1 p.m. ETFox
12Nov. 29vs. Seahawks (Monday)8:15 p.m. ETESPN
13Dec. 5at Raiders4:05 p.m. ETFox
14Dec. 12vs. Cowboys1 p.m. ETFox
15Dec. 18 or 19at Eagles (Sat. or Sun.)TBDTBD
16Dec. 26 (SNF)at Cowboys8:20 p.m. ETNBC
17Jan. 2vs. Eagles1 p.m. ETFox
18Jan. 9at Giants1 p.m. ETFox

Sunday Night Football schedule 2021

WeekDateMatchup
1Sept. 9 (Thur.)Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Dallas Cowboys
 Sept. 12Los Angeles Rams vs. Chicago Bears
2Sept. 19Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs
3Sept. 26San Francisco 49ers vs. Green Bay Packers
4Oct. 3New England Patriots vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
5Oct. 10Kansas City Chiefs vs. Buffalo Bills
6Oct. 17Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Seattle Seahawks
7Oct. 24San Francisco 49ers vs. Indianapolis Colts
8Oct. 31Minnesota Vikings vs. Dallas Cowboys
9Nov. 7Los Angeles Rams vs. Tennessee Titans
10Nov. 14Las Vegas Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs
11Nov. 21Los Angeles Chargers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
12Nov. 28Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns
13Dec. 5Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers
14Dec. 12Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears
15Dec. 19Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints
16Dec. 26Washington Football Team vs. Dallas Cowboys
17Jan. 2Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings
18Jan. 9TBD