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The Lions’ Five Best Thanksgiving Days: Coin Flip, Barry Sanders’ Big Day, and More

NS Detroit Lion is almost as synonymous with Thanksgiving as turkey and pumpkin pie. Thursday’s game against Houston Texas will mark the 82nd time the Lions have competed on Thanksgiving. And while their record on Thanksgiving was a mediocre 37-42-2, Detroit was able to score some unexpected wins in front of nationally televised audiences.

Prior to D’Andre Swift and his teammates face the Chicago Bears on Thursday, which are the top five games of the Lions’ Thanksgiving Day. The list includes some memorable individual performances as well as some notable wins that Lions fans who watched the games won’t soon forget.

5. Lions are silent Packers talk a lot

Before the 2013 Thanksgiving match between the Lions and the Packers, the former guard of the Packers Josh Sitton there are several options to talk about the Lion’s defence during an appearance on Green Bay radio. The Lions, who used Sitton’s words as motivation, had no problem beating their longtime foe, 40-10. Matt Stafford throws 300 yards and three touchdowns including a third quarter touch pass to the receiver Calvin Johnson, who caught six passes in 101 yards. Run backwards Reggie Bush and Joique Bell combine to accumulate a versatile 310 yards and two touchdowns.

The Lions’ defense, led by Ndamukong Suh, prepare for an offense of Packer no Aaron Rodgers, who missed the game with an injury. With Rodgers out, the lions are fired Matt Flynn seven times while only allowing a total of 126 yards. The win not only ended a five-game losing streak against the Packers, but also marked the Lions’ biggest win by a margin over Green Bay since 1973.

4. Barry Burns Bear

Led by Barry Sanders’ 167 yards of dash and three touchdowns, the Lions hit the nearly 500-yard mark in a 55-20 Thanksgiving win over the Bears in 1997. After they took the lead down. With seven points left in the third inning, Sanders’ 25- and 15-yard touchdowns helped Detroit win the game while keeping their playoff hopes alive. The match was one of many memorable performances that season for Sanders, who shared the tournament’s MVP award with Brett Favre after dashing the 2,053 yards and leading the Lions to the rear. Season.

3. ’95 Lions win track met vs. Vikings

Led by quarterback Scott Mitchell’s 410 yards and four touchdowns, the Lions took an early 21-7 lead on their way to a 44-38 win. The Three Lions’ ball recipients – Brett Perriman, Herman Moore and Johnnie Morton – each received more than 100 metres. The trio combined to catch 27 catches for 382 yards and four touchdowns. Barry Sanders dashed for 138 yards, including his 50-yard fourth-half touchdown.

Detroit endured a brave display by Vikings quarterback Warren Moon (384 yards, three touchdowns) and the receiver Jake Reed, Cris Carter and ran again to Amp Lee, who combined to catch 20 293-yard passes and 3 touchdowns. Victory will help the Lions secure a place in the playoffs after starting the season with a score of 2-5.

2. Lions benefit from coin flip mistakes

Detroit native Jerome Bettis was part of the most infamous money-flip in NFL History. After being forced into overtime with a last-minute goal, Steelsmith appears to win on a coin toss to start overtime after Bettis calls tails. But the top official that day, Phil Luckett, assumed that Bettis had called his head and handed the ball to the Lions. While Bettis and the Steelers protested, the 28-yard finish from Charlie Batch to Herman Moore helped set Jason Hanson’s game winning goal, as the Lions prevailed, 19-16. Pittsburgh, after a 7-4 start, failed to win again in the 1998 season. The win was also the final Thanksgiving Day game for Sanders, who shocked everyone by announcing his announcement. retired that season.

1. ‘Thanksgiving Day Massacre’

Just won their first championship under Vince Lombardi, ’62 Packers won their first 10 games, including a 9-7 win over the Lions, which was the focus of Lombardi’s 1962 book, “Run to the light of dayHowever, the Packers weren’t so lucky in the rematch, when midfielder Milt Plum’s two touchdown passes to Gail Cogdill gave the Lions a 14-0 lead.

Detroit’s Hall of Fame defensive duo “Night Train” Lane and Dick LeBeau each hit Packers Hall of Fame defender Bart Starr, helping the Lions win, 26-14. NFL historians believe the Lions recorded 11 Starr sacks including six belonging to Roger Brown, who also fired Starr in the end area for safety. The game that is remembered in Detroit is “Thanksgiving Day Massacre.” That would be the only loss for the ’62 Packers, who won the second of their five championships over the course of the decade.

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