by Mike Lucas 11-29-13
It started with a blow out.
In the first game on the Thanksgiving day football menu the Detroit Lions demolished the Green Bay Packers 40-10. Running backs Reggie Bush and Joique Bell combined for 211 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns in the win. The Lions’ defense sacked Matt Flynn 7 times and held the Packers to 163 total yards of offense. This was the Lions first Thanksgiving win in 9 years.
In the afternoon game, the Dallas Cowboys beat the Oakland Raiders 31-24. Oakland jumped out to an early 21-7 lead, but Tony Romo proved he can be clutch again and led the Cowboys to 24 unanswered points. In the final seconds of the game Oakland had a chance to recover an onside kick. However, Sebastian Janikowski’s attempt never traveled 10 yards and Dallas would go on to win the game.
In the night game, the Baltimore Ravens narrowly edged out the Pittsburgh Steelers 22-20. It was a well-played game and neither team turned the ball over. With just over a minute remaining in the game, Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger found Jerricho Cotchery for a touchdown to cut the lead to two. On the two-point conversion, Roethlisberger threw a perfect pass to Emmanuel Sanders, but Sanders dropped the ball, ending the Steelers chance at a win.