Phillies-Astros World Series schedule meets Eagles-Texans in Philadelphia vs. Houston doubleheader

The 2022 World Series is on a collision course with the NFL

It's something Major League Baseball tried to avoid. The Fall Classic went dark on a Sunday for the first time since the 1947 World Series was first televised, to avoid competing with "Sunday Night Football." But a rainout has the World Series aligning with the NFL again on Thursday.

Game 5 of the World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Houston Astros will air in direct competition with the "Thursday Night Football" matchup  between the unbeaten Eagles and Texans, football teams also representing Philadelphia and Houston. TNF's matchup will take place in Houston at NRG Stadium, while the World Series game is at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia with the series tied 2-2 after the Astros' combined no-hitter.

Thursday will mark only the seventh time that a World Series game and NFL game involving the same two metro areas will occur on the same day, according to ESPN Stats.

Astros manager Dusty Baker learned of the conflict Wednesday and was disappointed he wouldn't "get to see that game."

"I've always liked the Eagles, but I like the Texans because Lovie Smith is my partner from Chicago," Baker said. "I think it's great for the city.  It's great for any city when you have a World Series and you've got an undefeated football team. 

Philadelphia Eagles fans display signs for the undefeated Eagles and the Philadelphia Phillies after an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

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Thursday was originally scheduled to be an off day but Game 3 was postponed from Monday to Tuesday due to rain in the City of Brotherly Love. As a result, the whole series was shifted back a day. 

The Eagles remain the NFL’s lone undefeated team at 7-0. The same cannot be said about the Houston Texans, who are 1-5-1 on the season.

Not only do Philadelphia fans get to celebrate the Eagles and Phillies, the Philadelphia Union will play in the MLS Cup final on Saturday.