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Lions fall to Bears on final play of Thanksgiving game, remain NFL's only winless team
Lions coach Dan Campbell's management at the end of the game will be under scrutiny, as will his offensive play-calling.Cairo Santos made the game-winning 28-yard field goal as time expired Thursday to give the Chicago Bears a 16-14 win over the Lions at Ford Field.
Every year, on, three NFL match-ups take place filled with big action and division rivalries, and this year is no different.
First, thehead to Ford Field to take on the in Michigan (12:30 p.m. ET) followed by a matchup between the and the at AT&T Stadium (4:30 p.m. ET). Then at 8:20 p.m., the will battle it out with the in a special of Sunday Night Football on NBC. Live coverage of that game begins at 7:00 p.m. ET with Football Night in America and will also be available via
What NFL games are on Thanksgiving in 2021? TV schedule, times, channels for all three games
Thanksgiving Day will feature three games in 2021. As always, the Lions and Cowboys will be in action.The NFL is entering its 16th season of scheduling three games for Thanksgiving Day. Only two games were played last year. The night game between the Steelers and Ravens was postponed because of COVID-19 concerns, but the Lions and Cowboys continued their decades-long streak of playing on the holiday.
But if you’ve ever wondered when the NFL Thanksgiving Day tradition started then you’ve come to the right place. See below to find out answers to all of your questions.
When did the Thanksgiving Day NFL tradition start?
The Thanksgiving Day NFL tradition started in 1934 when the Detroit Lions hosted the Chicago Bears at the University of Detroit Stadium. George A. Richards, a local radio executive who had recently purchased and relocated the team at the time, came up with the idea in an effort to improve ticket sales and help the Lions get more attention. There was a sellout crowd of roughly 26,000 fans and from then on a tradition was born. With the exception of 1939 to 1944, the Detroit Lions have played annually on Thanksgiving.
2022 NFL Draft order, team needs: Saints leap six spots with loss to Buffalo, Jets with two top-5 picks
Houston moves back up two spots to No. 2 overallBut first, each week, Ryan Wilson, Chris Trapasso and I produce mock drafts for CBSSports.com. In Wilson's latest, he has the Texans, Falcons and Saints taking quarterbacks in the first round. Trapasso has Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett skyrocketing up the board. It was almost a consensus that Oregon edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux would be taken No. 1 overall by the Lions.
In 1966, the Dallas Cowboys entered the chat as the NFL added a second Thanksgiving game to the slate. Aside from 1975 and 1977, when the NFL attempted to add the St. Louis Cardinals into the mix based on popularity, the Cowboys have hosted every year on Thanksgiving Day. In 2006, the league added a third Thanksgiving game to the program.
Bills and Saints Thanksgiving History:
While Sunday’s game marks the first time that Bills and Saints are meeting on Thanksgiving Day, both teams have a notable Turkey Day history. Thursday’s game will mark the tenth Thanksgiving appearance for the Bills and the fourth for the Saints.
The Buffalo Bills are 4-4-1 all-time on Thanksgiving, having played all nine appearances on the road. In 2019, their most recent Thanksgiving game, the Bills beat the Cowboys in Dallas 26-15 in a game that served as a coming-out party for QB Josh Allen on the national stage.
Thanksgiving's real history, Macy's parade, 3 NFL games: 5 things to know Thursday
It's Thanksgiving in the U.S., the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade returns to form, Week 12 of the NFL season begins and more to start your Thursday.For many Native people, Thanksgiving represents the dark shadow of genocide and the resilience of Native people, rather than peace and shared prosperity between Native Americans and Pilgrims. "To most Natives, Thanksgiving is not a celebration," said tribal citizen Dennis W. Zotigh, who is also a writer and cultural specialist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
The New Orleans Saints have an all-time Thanksgiving record of 3-0 and also played their most recent Thanksgiving Day game in 2019 when they defeated the Atlanta Falcons 26-18.
Which teams haven’t played on Thanksgiving Day?
The Jacksonville Jaguars are the only NFL team to have never played on Thanksgiving.
Which NFL teams have never won a game on Thanksgiving Day?
The Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (and of course, neither have the Jacksonville Jaguars).
Which NFL teams are undefeated on Thanksgiving Day?
The Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans, New Orleans Saints, and Carolina Panthers.
2021 Thanksgiving Day NFL Schedule:
*All times are listed as ET
How to watch the Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions:
- Where: Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan
- When: Thursday, November 25
- Start Time: 12:30 p.m.
- TV Channel: FOX
How to watch the Las Vegas Raiders at Dallas Cowboys:
- Where: AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas
- When: Thursday, November 25
- Start Time: 4:30 p.m.
- TV Channel: CBS
- Where: Caeser’s Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana
- When: Thursday, November 25
- Start Time: 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff; live coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET with Football Night In America
- TV Channel: NBC
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