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article imageNFL: Thanksgiving Day Gridiron Re-cap

By R. Francis Rubio     Nov 25, 2011 in Sports
Family, friends, good food and of course football. Here is a short recap of all three NFL battles fought on Thanksgiving Day.
Green Bay @ Detroit - The defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers traveled to Detroit Thursday with hopes to remain undefeated this season and keep their 17-0 winning streak alive.
The Lions on the other hand, coming off their best start in recent years this season were fired up and looking to hand the champs their first defeat of the season and in turn win their first Thanksgiving Day game in eight years.
Both teams remained scoreless by the end of the first quarter and matched up well the rest of the half with Green Bay in the lead by only a touchdown at halftime.
Then came the third quarter and the wheels started falling off for Detroit. Green Bay scored 17 points in the third, building a 24-0 and taking advantage of Lion turnovers and a personal foul by Ndamukong Suh which got him ejected from the game.
Detroit's quarterback Matthew Stafford tried to rally his team for a comeback in the forth but came up short in the end.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers completed 22/33 passes for 307 yards and 2 touchdowns. Detroit QB Mathew Stafford completed 32/45 passes for 276 yards and 1 touchdown.
Final score: Packers 27, Lions 15.
Miami @ Dallas - The Fish traveled to the Big D thanksgiving Day riding high after a three game winning streak and looking to hand Dallas their (turkey) lunch. The Cowboys had first place in the NFC East on their mind and were not going to be denied.
Coming into Thursday's game the Dolphins had not allowed a touchdown for 12 straight quarters and came up just shy of 14 when Tony Romo hit Laurent Robinson for a touchdown with only 55 seconds left in the first half.
The game was hard hitting an intense, (a cheerleader was even tackled on the sidelines.) The lead changed hands a few times throughout, which put Miami on top 19-17 with only 7:14 left to play in the game.
Unfortunately for Miami, Dallas quarterback Tony Romo lead his team down field in the final moments of the game, setting up a 28 yard winning field goal by kicker Dan Bailey.
Cowboys QB Tony Romo completed 22/34 passes for 226 yards and 2 touchdowns. Dolphins QB Matt Moore completed 19/32 passes for 288 yards and 1 touchdown.
Final score: Dolphins 19, Cowboys 20.
San Francisco @ Baltimore - Brother vs Brother, 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh came to town for a head-to-head match-up with brother and Ravens head coach John Harbaugh Thursday night.
Thanksgiving is a family affair however it usually consists of brothers yelling at the players on TV, not from opposing sidelines.
Not a very high scoring game, with only one actual touchdown drive at the end, although it was very emotionally charged.
San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith found himself on his back most of the game. Baltimore put the pressure on Smith, sacking the battered QB nine times throughout four quarters. This coming even with Raven's Pro-Bowl middle linebacker Ray Lewis still out with a foot injury.
Baltimore broke the 6-6 tie early in the fourth quarter with a seven minute,16 play drive ending in Flacco firing an 8-yard touchdown strike to tight end Dennis Pitta.
Brother John came out the victor in this, the first NFL game featuring brothers as opposing head coaches.
Ravens QB Joe Flacco completed 15/23 passes for 161 yards and 1 touchdown. 49ers QB Alex Smith completed 15/24 passes for 140 yards a 0 touchdowns.
Final score: 49ers 6, Ravens 16.
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