Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015 was Thanksgiving day. As is tradition, there was televised NFL Football throughout the day and long after the setting of the sun. In the first game of the day, the Detroit Lions extended their win streak to three games when they defeated the Philadelphia Eagles by a score of 45-14. The second game was a also a no-contest, as the Carolina Panthers had very little difficulty in dispatching the Dallas Cowboys by a final score of 33-14. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, it appears as though quarterback Tony Romo may have suffered a season-ending injury.
Fans across the country finally got the competitive game they wanted when the Chicago Bears faced the Green Bay Packers in the final game of the day. At famed Lambeau field in Green Bay, the Packers honored Brett Favre by retiring his famous jersey number 4 in front of a packed stadium. The fans in attendance were then treated to a close nip-and-tuck ballgame. In the end, the Bears came out on top by a score of 17-13. Here is a closer look at all three games.
Lions (4-7) 45, Eagles (4-7) 14: @ Detroit – Playing inspired football in front of their home fans, the Lions soundly whipped the Philadelphia Eagles. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford had a tremendous game, completing 27 of 38 passes for 337 yards and five touchdowns. After starting the season 0-5, the Lions have now won four of their last six games. Lions future hall-of-fame wide receiver Calvin Johnson also had a big day as he caught eight passes for 93 yards and three touchdowns. As for the Eagles, the season has officially turned ugly. Quarterback Mark Sanchez was largely ineffective and running back DeMarco Murray was again mediocre. Expected to be an impact player this season, Murray had 14 carries for 30 yards. When factoring in that Murray’s longest run was 19 yards, his true average yards per carry in this game, was abysmal. Total offensive yards – DET 430, PHI 227. Total net rushing yards – DET 108, PHI 68. First downs – DET 28, PHI 14. Turnovers – PHI 1, DET 0.
Panthers (11-0) 33, Cowboys (3-8) 14: @ Dallas – Those whom did not believe in the Carolina Panthers, may want to take note. This is not a fluke, they realy are this good. The foundation of any great NFL team, is great defense. On this day, as has been the case throughout the season, the Carolina defenders were exactly that. They picked off three Tony Romo passes in the first half; two of them were returned for touchdowns. Sensational Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly intercepted Romo twice, one of which he returned for a touchdown. Not only was the Dallas offense shut down through the air, but on the ground as well. The Cowboys were held to just 31 rushing yards. With quarterback Tony Romo apparently having re-injured the broken left clavicle which had caused him to miss seven games earlier this season, the immediate future of the team looks rather dismal. Total offensive yards – CAR 294, DAL 210. Total net rushing yards – CAR 129, DAL 31. First downs – CAR 18, DAL 14. Turnovers – DAL 3, CAR 0.
Bears (5-6) 17, Packers (7-4) 13: @ Green Bay – The Packers woes continued anew. Last week, they snapped a three-game losing streak when they beat the Minnesota Vikings. This week, they lost for the fourth time in the last five games. Despite playing in front of their home fans, and the presence of legendary ex-Packers quarterbacks Brett Favre and Bart Starr, the Packers offense sputtered in the biggest moments. As a result, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler won at Lambeau field for the first time in his ten-year NFL career. By defeating their division rival, the Bears have put themselves back into the playoff conversation. This was a rather dramatic victory. With the Bears leading 17-13 with just under a minute left in regulation time, the Packers had the ball with first and goal from the Chicago 8-yard line, but failed to score. Total offensive yards – GB 365, CHI 290. Total net rushing yards – GB 177, CHI 101. First downs – GB 23, CHI 17. Turnovers – GB 2, CHI 0.