By Ken Crippen
Professional Football Researchers Association


Throughout professional football history, the Thanksgiving Day game has held special attention in the eyes of the teams, their players and the fans. In the beginning, the Thanksgiving Day matchup was the last game of the season, with a town/city/state/national champion being crowned. Others used the day for marquee matchups in order to generate the largest gate receipts of the year.
 
When the NFL formed in 1920 (it was called the American Professional Football Association in 1921 and 1922, before changing their name to the NFL in 1922), the tradition continued. Traditional rivalries were established. For example, the Canton Bulldogs regularly played the Akron Pros, the Chicago Bears played the Chicago Cardinals, and the Pottsville Maroons played the Providence Steamroller.
 
One early Thanksgiving game of note was in 1921, when the Buffalo All-Americans played the Chicago Staleys (now the Chicago Bears). Entering into the game, both teams were undefeated.
 
Chicago scored on their first offensive possession. A 25-yard pass from Ken Huffine to George Halas pushed the Staleys deep into Buffalo territory. Runs by Dutch Sternaman, Pete Stinchcomb and Pard Pearce set up Sternaman’s off tackle run for the score.
 
In the third quarter, Buffalo answered with a long drive consisting mainly of passing. It finished with a 40-yard pass from Tommy Hughitt to Waddy Kuehl. Hughitt kicked the extra point and Buffalo took a 7-6 lead. The teams fought the remainder of the game, but neither scored.
 
Date: November 24, 1921
Location: Cub Park (Chicago, IL)
Attendance: n/a
 
  1 2 3 4 F
Buffalo All-Americans 0 0 7 0 7
Chicago Staleys 6 0 0 0 6
 
Scoring Summary:
CHI Sternaman run (Kick Missed)
BUF Kuehl 40-yard pass from Hughitt (Hughitt Kick)
 
 
With the win, Buffalo had “ended” their season, declaring themselves league champions. “Ended” is in quotes because there really was no end to the season. There was no set number of games that each team played. Champions were determined by a vote of the owners at the league meeting in the spring of the following year. The Staleys wanted a rematch to avenge their loss to the All-Americans. Buffalo agreed, but declared that the game was just an “exhibition” game as their season was finished (in their minds). Chicago won the rematch 10-7.
 
When all teams had stopped playing games for the year, Chicago had a record of 9-1-1 and Buffalo had a record of 9-1-2. Since ties were not counted in the standings, their records were identical.
 
At the spring league meeting, Chicago claimed that since there was no end to the season, the second game was not an “exhibition” game. The league sided with Chicago and allowed the game to be a part of the standings (giving them the identical records previously mentioned). To break the deadlock, tiebreakers were used. Each team won and lost a game against each other. The next tiebreaker was that the second game counted more than the first. Therefore, Chicago won the tiebreaker, and therefore the league championship.
 
In 1926, the NFL faced their first test from a major league: the first incarnation of the American Football League. The league only lasted one year, but two Thanksgiving Day games were played.
 
In the first game, the Philadelphia Quakers beat the New York Yankees 13-10. The Quakers took the early lead when Al Kruez kicked a 35-yard field goal. New York answered with an Eddie Tryon 24-yard field goal. Kruez kicked a 40-yard field goal in the third quarter, but the Yankees answered with a touchdown. Replacing an injured Red Grange, George Pease tossed a 26-yard pass to Tryon. Passes to Pooley Hubert and Tryon pushed New York to the opposing 16-yard line. A Bullet Baker pass to Pease brought New York to the shadow of the Philadelphia goal line, and Tryon ran around end for the score. Philadelphia fought back when Johnny Scott threw a 30-yard pass to Pie Way, who ran 10 yards for the score to take the victory.
 
Date: November 25, 1926
Location: Yankee Stadium (New York, NY)
Attendance: 22,000
 
  1 2 3 4 F
Philadelphia Quakers 3 0 3 7 13
New York Yankees 0 3 0 7 10
 
Scoring Summary:
PHI Kreuz 35-yard field goal
NYY Tryon 24-yard field goal
PHI Kreuz 40-yard field goal
NYY Tryon 3-yard run (Tryon Kick)
PHI Way 40-yard pass from Scott (Kreuz Kick)
 
 
The Los Angeles (Wilson) Wildcats and the Chicago Bulls played to a scoreless tie in the second AFL game that day. Neither team wanted to win, as Chicago only had five first downs, compared to the Wildcats’ two first downs. Chicago showed a brief glimmer of hope when Dick Romney picked up a fumble and ran it to the Wildcat 15-yard line. However, on the following play, Chicago fumbled the ball and Jim Bradshaw recovered for Los Angeles.
 
Date: November 25, 1926
Location: Comiskey Park (Chicago, IL)
Attendance: 3,500
 
  1 2 3 4 F
Wilson Wildcats 0 0 0 0 0
Chicago Bulls 0 0 0 0 0
 
Scoring Summary:
  n/a
 
 
From 1930 through 1933, the Detroit Lions were the Portsmouth Spartans. When they moved to Detroit in 1934, they needed to stand out from the other sports teams in the area, as well as needing to garner interest in the team. They continued a tradition that can be traced back to 1917, when professional football teams in Detroit played on Thanksgiving Day. Their first game was against the Chicago Bears.
 
The Lions were 10-1 entering the game with the Chicago Bears, who had won the championship the previous year. However, Chicago’s record was 11-0. The Lions would play the Bears again December 2, so with a win on Thanksgiving and a win on December 2, Detroit would take the season lead. The game was a sellout well in advance as championship aspirations rested on the outcome of the game.
 
The Lions had never given up more than 13 points that season. That was, until the Bears scored 19 on them that Thanksgiving Day. Detroit scored first when Buster Mitchell intercepted a partially blocked Carl Brumbaugh pass and returned it to the Chicago four-yard line. Ace Gutowsky ran it in for the touchdown. The Bears evened the score on two passes from Keith Molesworth to Gene Ronzani, the second a 14-yard touchdown strike.
 
The Lions regained the lead on a Glenn Presnell 42-yard field goal. They followed that with a 65-yard drive and finished with a second Gutowsky touchdown run. A couple of field goals by Chicago’s Jack Manders brought the score to 16-13 in favor of Detroit. In the fourth quarter, Joe Zeller intercepted a Gutowsky pass on the Detroit 46-yard line and ran it back to the four-yard line. Two runs straight into the line netted two yards. Bronko Nagurski faked a run and lobbed a pass to Bill Hewitt in the end zone for the winning score.
 
Date: November 29, 1934
Location: Titan Stadium (Detroit, MI)
Attendance: 25,000
 
  1 2 3 4 F
Chicago Bears 0 7 6 6 19
Detroit Lions 7 9 0 0 16
 
Scoring Summary:
DET Gutowsky 4-yard run (Clark Kick)
CHI Ronzani 14-yard pass from Molesworth (Manders Kick)
DET Presnell 42-yard field goal
DET Gutowsky run (Kick Missed)
CHI Manders 21-yard field goal
CHI Manders 42-yard field goal
CHI Hewitt 2-yard pass from Nagurski (Kick Blocked)
 
 
The Bears took the Western Division title with the victory. To make things worse for Detroit, Chicago also won December 2 by a score of 10-7. The Lions had revenge the following year, as Detroit won the NFL championship.
 
As the league moved into World War II, schedules were shortened and the traditional Thanksgiving Day game was eliminated. In 1939 and 1940, only one game was played: the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Philadelphia Eagles. After the 1940 season, the game was eliminated until 1945, when limited games returned.
 
From 1946 through 1949, the rival All-America Football Conference played on Thanksgiving Day. An interesting note from these matchups: the visiting team won all seven games played.
 
Staring in 1951, the Detroit Lions – perennial Thanksgiving Day combatants – played annual holiday games with the Green Bay Packers. This tradition continued until 1963. In 1962, the Lions handed the Packers their only defeat of the season.
 
Date: November 22, 1962
Location: Tiger Stadium (Detroit, MI)
Attendance: 57,598
 
  1 2 3 4 F
Green Bay Packers 0 0 0 14 14
Detroit Lions 7 16 3 0 26
 
Scoring Summary:
DET Cogdill 33-yard pass from Plum (Walker Kick)
DET Cogdill 27-yard pass from Plum (Walker Kick)
DET Williams 6-yard fumble return (Walker Kick)
DET Brown tackled Starr in end zone for safety
DET Plum 47-yard field goal
GB Davis fumble recovery in end zone (J. Kramer Kick)
GB Taylor 4-yard run (J. Kramer Kick)
 
 
The Dallas Cowboys started playing the Thanksgiving Day game in 1966. From that time, they have played every year except for 1975 and 1977.
 
In the 1976 Thanksgiving matchup between the Lions and the Buffalo Bills, the Bills put forth one of the best and worst performances in Thanksgiving history. O.J. Simpson ran for a then single-game rushing record of 273 yards. Quarterback Gary Marangi completed 4 out of 21 passes for 29 yards and an interception.
 
Date: November 25, 1976
Location: Pontiac Silverdome (Pontiac, MI)
Attendance: 66,569
 
  1 2 3 4 F
Buffalo Bills 0 0 7 7 14
Detroit Lions 0 10 10 7 27
 
Scoring Summary:
DET Hill 21-yard pass from Landry (Ricardo Kick)
DET Ricardo 22-yard field goal
DET Ricardo 35-yard field goal
DET Hill 24-yard pass from Landry (Ricardo Kick)
BUF Simpson 48-yard run (Jakowenko Kick)
DET Bussey 4-yard run (Ricardo Kick)
BUF Simpson 12-yard run (Jakowenko Kick)
 
 
The Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys continue to be regular hosts of the holiday game. Starting in 2006, the league added a third game to the Thanksgiving Day schedule, with rotating teams featured. That format remains in place to this day.
 
 
 
 

A Look at This Year’s Matchups

Green Bay Packers @ Detroit
Green Bay Packers Thanksgiving Day Record: 13-18-2 (0.419)
Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Day Record: 33-35-2 (0.485)
Thanksgiving Day Series Record: Detroit Leads Series 12-7
 
First Meeting:
Date: November 22, 1951
Location: Briggs Stadium
Attendance: 33,452
 
  1 2 3 4 F
Green Bay Packers 14 7 7 7 35
Detroit Lions 10 21 21 0 52
 
Scoring Summary:
DET Walker 20-yard field goal
GB Elliot 15-yard pass from Rote (Cone Kick)
DET Hoernschemeyer 17-yard pass from Layne (Walker Kick)
GB Rote 1-yard run (Cone Kick)
GB Moselle 48-yard pass from Layne (Walker Kick)
DET Hart 33-yard pass from Layne (Walker Kick)
DET Walker 35-yard pass from Layne (Walker Kick)
DET Hart 19-yard pass from Layne (Walker Kick)
DET Hoernschemeyer 85-yard run (Walker Kick)
GB Pelfrey 42-yard pass from Rote (Cone Kick)
DET Christiansen 71-yard punt return (Walker Kick)
DET Christiansen 89-yard punt return (Walker Kick)
GB Elliot 35-yard pass from Thomason (Cone Kick)
 
 
Last Meeting:
Date: November 26, 2009
Location: Ford Field
Attendance: 57,383
 
  1 2 3 4 F
Green Bay Packers 0 13 14 7 34
Detroit Lions 7 0 0 5 12
 
Scoring Summary:
DET Johnson 1-yard pass from Stafford (Hanson Kick)
GB Lee 7-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby Kick)
GB Crosby 20-yard field goal
GB Crosby 25-yard field goal
GB Driver 7-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby Kick)
GB Jones 21-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby Kick)
DET Delmas tackled Grant in end zone for safety
DET Hanson 22-yard field goal
GB Woodson 38-yard interception return (Crosby Kick)
 
 
 
Miami Dolphins @ Dallas Cowboys
Miami Dolphins Thanksgiving Day Record: 5-1-0 (0.833)
Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day Record: 27-15-1 (0.643)
Thanksgiving Day Series Record: Miami Leads Series 3-1
 
First Meeting:
Date: November 22, 1973
Location: Texas Stadium
Attendance: 58,089
 
  1 2 3 4 F
Miami Dolphins 14 0 0 0 14
Dallas Cowboys 0 0 0 7 7
 
Scoring Summary:
MIA Csonka 1-yard run (Yepremian Kick)
MIA Warfield 45-yard pass from Griese (Yepremian Kick)
DAL Garrison 1-yard run (Fritsch Kick)
 
 
Last Meeting:
Date: November 27, 2003
Location: Texas Stadium
Attendance: 64,110
 
  1 2 3 4 F
Miami Dolphins 7 16 14 3 40
Dallas Cowboys 0 14 0 7 21
 
Scoring Summary:
MIA Fiedler 1-yard run (Mare Kick)
MIA Mare 33-yard field goal
DAL Anderson 4-yard run (Cundiff Kick)
MIA Chambers 39-yard pass from Fiedler (Mare Kick)
DAL Anderson 27-yard Pass from Carter (Cundiff Kick)
MIA Chambers 6-yard pass from Fiedler (Kick Blocked)
MIA Taylor 34-yard fumble return (Mare Kick)
MIA Chambers 35-yard pass from Fiedler (Mare Kick)
MIA Mare 42-yard field goal
DAL Bryant 18-yard pass from Carter (Cundiff Kick)
 
 
 
San Francisco49ers @ Baltimore Ravens
San Francisco 49ers Thanksgiving Day Record: 3-1 (0.750)
Baltimore Ravens Thanksgiving Day Record: First Thanksgiving Day Game
Thanksgiving Day Series Record: First Meeting
 
 
 

All-Time Franchise Rankings for Thanksgiving Day Games

 
This list includes teams that played in the NFL, All-America Football Conference and American Football League (1960-69). For current franchises that played in multiple cities, the latest city is listed. Leagues are listed for teams with similar names in multiple leagues.
 
 
Team
Overall
Record
Winning
Percentage
Points
For
Points
Against
San Francisco 49ers 3-0-1 1.000 117 55
Indianapolis Colts 2-0-1 1.000 96 46
Buffalo Bills (AAFC)* 1-0-0 1.000 39 35
Boston Yanks* 1-0-0 1.000 34 10
Detroit Wolverines* 1-0-0 1.000 33 0
New Orleans Saints 1-0-0 1.000 30 27
Dallas Texans (NFL)* 1-0-0 1.000 27 23
New York Yankees (AAFC)* 1-0-0 1.000 21 7
Oorang Indians* 1-0-0 1.000 18 6
Kansas City Cowboys* 1-0-0 1.000 17 0
Brooklyn-New York Yankees* 1-0-0 1.000 17 16
Los Angeles Buccaneers* 1-0-0 1.000 9 6
Rock Island Independents* 1-0-0 1.000 6 3
Minnesota Vikings 5-1-0 0.833 205 133
Miami Dolphins 5-1-0 0.833 152 86
Philadelphia Eagles 4-1-0 0.800 104 41
St. Louis Rams 3-1-0 0.750 100 56
Canton Bulldogs* 3-1-1 0.750 56 7
Pottsville Maroons* 3-1-0 0.750 45 7
Tennessee Titans 5-2-0 0.714 180 131
San Diego Chargers 2-1-1 0.666 89 84
Cleveland Bulldogs* 2-1-0 0.666 83 46
Staten Island Stapletons* 2-1-1 0.666 36 46
Dallas Cowboys 27-15-1 0.643 1,075 808
New York Giants 7-4-3 0.636 168 62
Frankford Yellowjackets* 3-2-1 0.600 81 38
Akron Pros* 3-2-1 0.600 31 28
New York Jets 4-3-0 0.571 177 206
Chicago Bears 16-14-2 0.533 429 372
Kansas City Chiefs 5-5-0 0.500 229 249
Oakland Raiders 3-3-0 0.500 114 125
New England Patriots 2-2-0 0.500 91 78
Buffalo All-Americans/Bisons* 2-2-0 0.500 28 30
Atlanta Falcons 1-1-0 0.500 40 38
Racine Legion* 1-1-0 0.500 3 16
Detroit Lions 33-35-2 0.485 1,483 1,529
Buffalo Bills (AFL/NFL) 3-4-1 0.429 172 161
Green Bay Packers 13-18-2 0.419 594 661
Cleveland Browns 2-3-0 0.400 96 76
Denver Broncos 4-7-0 0.364 250 281
Pittsburgh Steelers 2-4-0 0.333 78 118
Seattle Seahawks 1-2-0 0.333 47 99
Dayton Triangles* 1-2-0 0.333 35 55
Milwaukee Badgers* 1-2-0 0.333 26 56
Arizona Cardinals 6-15-2 0.285 232 453
Providence Steamroller* 1-4-0 0.200 26 85
Brooklyn Dodgers (NFL)* 1-5-2 0.167 53 111
Washington Redskins 1-6-0 0.143 120 165
Columbus Panhandles* 0-1-1 0.000 6 18
New York Yanks* 0-1-0 0.000 14 49
New York Yankees* 0-1-0 0.000 19 30
Cincinnati Bengals 0-1-0 0.000 10 26
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0-1-0 0.000 10 38
Kansas City Blues* 0-1-0 0.000 6 17
Toledo Maroons* 0-1-0 0.000 0 28
Chicago Tigers* 0-1-0 0.000 0 6
Detroit Heralds* 0-1-0 0.000 0 28
Brooklyn Lions* 0-1-0 0.000 0 17
Chicago Rockets/Hornets* 0-2-0 0.000 41 53
Los Angeles Dons* 0-2-0 0.000 31 58
Rochester Jeffersons* 0-2-0 0.000 24 14
Brooklyn Dodgers (AAFC)* 0-2-0 0.000 14 42
Detroit Panthers* 0-2-0 0.000 9 15
Hammond Pros* 0-2-0 0.000 0 46
*Defunct Franchise
 
This list includes teams that were not part of the NFL, but played against NFL teams on Thanksgiving Day.
 
 
Team
Overall
Record
Winning
Percentage
Points
For
Points
Against
Chicago Boosters 1-0-0 1.000 20 0
All-Tonawanda Lumberjacks 1-0-0 1.000 14 3
Elyria Athletics 0-0-1 0.000 0 0
 
 
 
All-Time Game Results
 
November 25, 1920
Canton Bulldogs 0 @ Akron Pros 7
Decatur Staleys 6 @ Chicago Tigers 0
Columbus Panhandles 0 @ Elyria Athletics 0 (Non-League Game)
Detroit Heralds 0 @ Dayton Triangles 28
Hammond Pros 0 @ Chicago Boosters 27 (Non-League Game)
All-Tonawanda Lumberjacks 14 @ Rochester Jeffersons 3 (Non-League Game)
November 24, 1921
Canton Bulldogs 14 @ Akron Pros 0
Buffalo All-Americans 7 @ Chicago Staleys 6
November 30, 1922
Buffalo All-Americans 21 @ Rochester Jeffersons 0
Chicago Bears 0 @ Chicago Cardinals 6
Milwaukee Badgers 0 @ Racine Legion 3
Oorang Indians 18 @ Columbus Panhandles 6
Akron Pros 0 @ Canton Bulldogs 14
November 29, 1923
Toledo Maroons 0 @ Canton Bulldogs 28
Chicago Cardinals 0 @ Chicago Bears 3
Hammond Pros 0 @ Green Bay Packers 19
Milwaukee Badgers 16 @ Racine Legion 0
Buffalo All-Americans 0 @ Akron Pros 2
November 27, 1924
Buffalo Bisons 0 @ Akron Pros 22
Chicago Bears 21 @ Chicago Cardinals 0
Dayton Triangles 7 @ Frankford Yellowjackets 32
Milwaukee Badgers 10 vs. Cleveland Bulldogs 53 (at Canton, OH)
Green Bay Packers 17 @ Kansas City Blues 6
November 26, 1925
Chicago Cardinals 0 @ Chicago Bears 0
Kansas City Cowboys 17 vs. Cleveland Bulldogs 0 (at Hartford, CT)
Rock Island Independents 6 @ Detroit Panthers 3
Green Bay Packers 0 @ Pottsville Maroons 31
November 25, 1926
New York Giants 17 @ Brooklyn Lions 0
Los Angeles Buccaneers 9 @ Detroit Panthers 6
Chicago Cardinals 0 @ Chicago Bears 0
Green Bay Packers 14 @ Frankford Yellowjackets 20
Providence Steamroller 0 @ Pottsville Maroons 8
Akron Pros 0 @ Canton Bulldogs 0
November 24, 1927
Chicago Cardinals 3 @ Chicago Bears 0
Providence Steamroller 0 @ Pottsville Maroons 6
Green Bay Packers 17 @ Frankford Yellowjackets 9
Cleveland Bulldogs 30 @ New York Yankees 19
November 29, 1928
Providence Steamroller 7 @ Pottsville Maroons 0
Dayton Triangles 0 @ Detroit Wolverines 33
Green Bay Packers 0 @ Frankford Yellowjackets 2
Chicago Cardinals 0 @ Chicago Bears 34
November 28, 1929
New York Giants 21 @ Staten Island Stapletons 7
Green Bay Packers 0 @ Frankford Yellowjackets 0
Chicago Cardinals 40 @ Chicago Bears 6
 
November 27, 1930
New York Giants 6 @ Staten Island Stapletons 7
Providence Steamroller 12 @ Brooklyn Dodgers 33
Green Bay Packers 25 @ Frankford Yellowjackets 7
Chicago Cardinals 0 @ Chicago Bears 6
November 26, 1931
Green Bay Packers 38 @ Providence Steamroller 7
New York Giants 6 @ Staten Island Stapletons 9
Chicago Cardinals 7 @ Chicago Bears 18
November 24, 1932
Chicago Cardinals 0 @ Chicago Bears 24
Green Bay Packers 7 @ Brooklyn Dodgers 0
New York Giants 13 @ Staten Island Stapletons 13
November 30, 1933
Chicago Bears 22 @ Chicago Cardinals 6
New York Giants 10 @ Brooklyn Dodgers 0
November 29, 1934
Green Bay Packers 0 @ Chicago Cardinals 6
Chicago Bears 19 @ Detroit Lions 16
New York Giants 27 @ Brooklyn Dodgers 0
November 28, 1935
New York Giants 21 @ Brooklyn Dodgers 0
Green Bay Packers 7 @ Chicago Cardinals 9
Chicago Bears 2 @ Detroit Lions 14
November 26, 1936
Chicago Bears 7 @ Detroit Lions 13
New York Giants 14 @ Brooklyn Dodgers
November 25, 1937
Chicago Bears 13 @ Detroit Lions 0
New York Giants 13 @ Brooklyn Dodgers 13
November 24, 1938
Chicago Bears 7 @ Detroit Lions 14
New York Giants 7 @ Brooklyn Dodgers 7
November 23, 1939
Pittsburgh Steelers 14 @ Philadelphia Eagles 17
 
November 28, 1940
Pittsburgh Steelers 7 @ Philadelphia Eagles 0
November 22, 1945
Cleveland Rams 28 @ Detroit Lions 21
November 28, 1946
Boston Yanks 34 @ Detroit Lions 10 (NFL)
New York Yankees 21 @ Brooklyn Dodgers 7 (AAFC)
November 27, 1947
Chicago Bears 34 @ Detroit Lions 14 (NFL)
San Francisco 49ers 21 @ Brooklyn Dodgers 7 (AAFC)
Cleveland Browns 27 @ Los Angeles Dons 17 (AAFC)
November 25, 1948
Chicago Cardinals 28 @ Detroit Lions 14 (NFL)
Cleveland Browns 31 @ Los Angeles Dons 14 (AAFC)
Buffalo Bills 39 @ Chicago Rockets 35 (AAFC)
November 24, 1949
Chicago Bears 28 @ Detroit Lions 7 (NFL)
Cleveland Browns 14 @ Chicago Hornets 6 (AAFC)
Brooklyn-New York Yankees 17 @ Los Angeles Dons 16 (AAFC)
 
November 23, 1950
New York Yanks 14 @ Detroit Lions 49
Pittsburgh Steelers 28 @ Chicago Cardinals 17
November 22, 1951
Green Bay Packers 35 @ Detroit Lions 52
November 27, 1952
Green Bay Packers 24 @ Detroit Lions 48
Chicago Bears 23 vs. Dallas Texans 27 (at Akron, OH)
November 26, 1953
Green Bay Packers 15 @ Detroit Lions 34
November 25, 1954
Green Bay Packers 24 @ Detroit Lions 28
November 24, 1955
Green Bay Packers 10 @ Detroit Lions 24
November 22, 1956
Green Bay Packers 24 @ Detroit Lions 20
November 28, 1957
Green Bay Packers 6 @ Detroit Lions 18
November 27, 1958
Green Bay Packers 14 @ Detroit Lions 24
November 26, 1959
Green Bay Packers 24 @ Detroit Lions 17
 
November 24, 1960
Green Bay Packers 10 @ Detroit Lions 23 (NFL)
New York Titans 41 @ Dallas Texans 35 (AFL)
November 23, 1961
Green Bay Packers 17 @ Detroit Lions 9 (NFL)
Buffalo Bills 14 @ New York Titans 21 (AFL)
November 22, 1962
Green Bay Packers 14 @ Detroit Lions 26 (NFL)
New York Titans 46 @ Denver Broncos 45 (AFL)
November 28, 1963
Green Bay Packers 13 @ Detroit Lions 13 (NFL)
Oakland Raiders 26 @ Denver Broncos 10 (AFL)
November 26, 1964
Chicago Bears 27 @ Detroit Lions 24 (NFL)
Buffalo Bills 27 @ San Diego Chargers 24 (AFL)
November 25, 1965
Baltimore Colts 24 @ Detroit Lions 24 (NFL)
Buffalo Bills 20 @ San Diego Chargers 20 (AFL)
November 24, 1966
San Francisco 49ers 41 @ Detroit Lions 14 (NFL)
Cleveland Browns 14 @ Dallas Cowboys 26 (NFL)
Buffalo Bills 31 @ Oakland Raiders 10 (AFL)
November 23, 1967
Los Angeles Rams 31 @ Detroit Lions 7 (NFL)
St. Louis Cardinals 21 @ Dallas Cowboys 46 (NFL)
Oakland Raiders 44 @ Kansas City Chiefs 22 (AFL)
Denver Broncos 20 @ San Diego Chargers 24 (AFL)
November 28, 1968
Philadelphia Eagles 12 @ Detroit Lions 0 (NFL)
Washington Redskins 20 @ Dallas Cowboys 29 (NFL)
Buffalo Bills 10 @ Oakland Raiders 13 (AFL)
Houston Oilers 10 @ Kansas City Chiefs 24 (AFL)
November 27, 1969
Minnesota Vikings 27 @ Detroit Lions 0 (NFL)
San Francisco 49ers 24 @ Dallas Cowboys 24 (NFL)
Denver Broncos 17 @ Kansas City Chiefs 31 (AFL)
San Diego Chargers 21 @ Houston Oilers 17 (AFL)
 
November 26, 1970
Oakland Raiders 14 @ Detroit Lions 28
Green Bay Packers 3 @ Dallas Cowboys 16
November 25, 1971
Kansas City Chiefs 21 @ Detroit Lions 32
Los Angeles Rams 21 @ Dallas Cowboys 28
November 23, 1972
New York Jets 20 @ Detroit Lions 37
San Francisco 49ers 31 @ Dallas Cowboys 10
November 22, 1973
Washington Redskins 20 @ Detroit Lions 0
Miami Dolphins 14 @ Dallas Cowboys 7
November 28, 1974
Denver Broncos 31 @ Detroit Lions 27
Washington Redskins 23 @ Dallas Cowboys 24
November 27, 1975
Los Angeles Rams 20 @ Detroit Lions 0
Buffalo Bills 32 @ St. Louis Cardinals 14
November 25, 1976
Buffalo Bills 14 @ Detroit Lions 27
St. Louis Cardinals 14 @ Dallas Cowboys 19
November 24, 1977
Chicago Bears 31 @ Detroit Lions 14
Miami Dolphins 55 @ St. Louis Cardinals 14
November 23, 1978
Denver Broncos 14 @ Detroit Lions 17
Washington Redskins 10 @ Dallas Cowboys 37
November 22, 1979
Chicago Bears 0 @ Detroit Lions 20
Houston Oilers 30 @ Dallas Cowboys 24
 
November 27, 1980
Chicago Bears 23 @ Detroit Lions 17 (OT)
Seattle Seahawks 7 @ Dallas Cowboys 51
November 26, 1981
Kansas City Chiefs 10 @ Detroit Lions 27
Chicago Bears 9 @ Dallas Cowboys 10
November 25, 1982
New York Giants 13 @ Detroit Lions 6
Cleveland Browns 14 @ Dallas Cowboys 31
November 24, 1983
Pittsburgh Steelers 3 @ Detroit Lions 45
St. Louis Cardinals 17 @ Dallas Cowboys 35
November 22, 1984
Green Bay Packers 28 @ Detroit Lions 31
New England Patriots 17 @ Dallas Cowboys 20
November 28, 1985
New York Jets 20 @ Detroit Lions 31
St. Louis Cardinals 17 @ Dallas Cowboys 35
November 27, 1986
Green Bay Packers 44 @ Detroit Lions 40
Seattle Seahawks 31 @ Dallas Cowboys 14
November 26, 1987
Kansas City Chiefs 27 @ Detroit Lions 20
Minnesota Vikings 44 @ Dallas Cowboys 38 (OT)
November 24, 1988
Minnesota Vikings 23 @ Detroit Lions 0
Houston Oilers 25 @ Dallas Cowboys 17
November 23, 1989
Cleveland Browns 10 @ Detroit Lions 13
Philadelphia Eagles 27 @ Dallas Cowboys 0
 
November 22, 1990
Denver Broncos 27 @ Detroit Lions 40
Washington Redskins 17 @ Dallas Cowboys 27
November 28, 1991
Chicago Bears 6 @ Detroit Lions 16
Pittsburgh Steelers 10 @ Dallas Cowboys 20
November 26, 1992
Houston Oilers 24 @ Detroit Lions 21
New York Giants 3 @ Dallas Cowboys 30
November 25, 1993
Chicago Bears 10 @ Detroit Lions 6
Miami Dolphins 16 @ Dallas Cowboys 14
November 24, 1994
Buffalo Bills 21 @ Detroit Lions 35
Green Bay Packers 31 @ Dallas Cowboys 42
November 23, 1995
Minnesota Vikings 38 @ Detroit Lions 44
Kansas City Chiefs 12 @ Dallas Cowboys 24
November 28, 1996
Kansas City Chiefs 28 @ Detroit Lions 24
Washington Redskins 10 @ Dallas Cowboys 21
November 27, 1997
Chicago Bears 20 @ Detroit Lions 55
Tennessee Titans 27 @ Dallas Cowboys 14
November 26, 1998
Pittsburgh Steelers 16 @ Detroit Lions 19 (OT)
Minnesota Vikings 46 @ Dallas Cowboys 36
November 25, 1999
Chicago Bears 17 @ Detroit Lions
Miami Dolphins 0 @ Dallas Cowboys 20
 
November 23, 2000
New England Patriots 9 @ Detroit Lions 34
Minnesota Vikings 27 @ Dallas Cowboys 15
November 22, 2001
Green Bay Packers 29 @ Detroit Lions 27
Denver Broncos 26 @ Dallas Cowboys 24
November 28, 2002
New England Patriots 20 @ Detroit Lions 12
Washington Redskins 20 @ Dallas Cowboys 27
November 27, 2003
Green Bay Packers 14 @ Detroit Lions 22
Miami Dolphins 40 @ Dallas Cowboys 21
November 25, 2004
Indianapolis Colts 41 @ Detroit Lions 9
Chicago Bears 7 @ Dallas Cowboys 21
November 24, 2005
Atlanta Falcons 27 @ Detroit Lions 7
Denver Broncos 24 @ Dallas Cowboys 21 (OT)
November 23, 2006
Miami Dolphins 27 @ Detroit Lions 10
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 @ Dallas Cowboys 38
Denver Broncos 10 @ Kansas City Chiefs 19
November 22, 2007
Green Bay Packers 37 @ Detroit Lions 26
New York Jets 3 @ Dallas Cowboys 34
Atlanta Falcons 13 @ Indianapolis Colts 31
November 27, 2008
Tennessee Titans 47 @ Detroit Lions 10
Seattle Seahawks 9 @ Dallas Cowboys 34
Arizona Cardinals 20 @ Philadelphia Eagles 48
November 26, 2009
Green Bay Packers 34 @ Detroit Lions 12
Oakland Raiders 7 @ Dallas Cowboys 24
New York Giants 6 @ Denver Broncos 26
 
November 25, 2010
New England Patriots 45 @ Detroit Lions 24
New Orleans Saints 30 @ Dallas Cowboys 27
CincinnatiBengals 10 @ New York Jets 26