Thanksgiving Day football brings families together

Joe Bittner, ‘Doah Staff Writer
December 4, 2013

'Doah photo courtesy of cdn.fansided.com

‘Doah photo courtesy of cdn.fansided.com

The NFL is almost as much of a Thanksgiving staple as turkey. With this in mind, let’s take a look at the games that brought family together in front of the big screen.

The first game was in Detroit between the Lions and Packers. The Pack had been struggling after losing Aaron Rodgers for the season with a broken left collarbone; in fact, they’ve done nothing but lose. Hoping to turn things around, Matt Flynn started under center against the NFC North leading Lions. The Lions turned the ball over four times, but that did not stop them from drubbing the Packers.

The Green Bay offense was able to score a measly three points throughout the entire game, while their defense scored the team’s only touchdown. Quarterback Matthew Stafford and running back Reggie Bush led the Lion’s offense as they completely controlled the game. The Lions scored 37 unanswered points and won 40-10, an embarrassing outing for the Packers.

The next game was in Dallas between the Cowboys and Raiders. Oakland jumped out to a lead in the first 12 seconds of the game after recovering a Dallas fumble on the opening kick off for a touchdown. As the Raiders continued to score, the Cowboys seemed frustrated and confused. Dallas quarterback Tony Romo was seen sprinting into the tunnel at halftime looking over the playbook trying to figure out what the problem was. This seemed to help as Dallas took over the game in the second half. The Cowboys chipped away at the Oakland lead while the defense held the Raiders to only three points in the second half. DeMarco Murray found the end zone three times through the game. He and Lance Dunbar combined for 145 rushing yards on the day and ran the Cowboys to a 31-24 victory.

The final game was a classic rivalry battle between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers. These two hard-hitting teams fought hard throughout the game. The Steelers were held scoreless in the first half while Baltimore clang to a ten-point lead. In the third quarter, controversy struck. The Steelers kicked off after scoring a touchdown and Baltimore’s Jacoby Jones received the ball. He took the ball up the left sideline behind his blockers.

With one man to outrun, he narrowly avoids running into Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin. Tomlin was standing with one foot in play, seemingly not paying attention and watching the end zone scoreboard. He jumped out of the way at the last second, causing Jones to cut back inside and get run down by a defender and go down. Despite this series of events, the Ravens managed to squeak out a win after a dropped two-point conversion attempt by the Steelers.

Thanksgiving is not complete without football. Whether it’s throwing the pigskin around in the backyard or watching the pros do it on the television, people love football on Turkey Day. It seems fitting that all three of the home teams won this year, since home is where your family is.

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